Wednesday 22 March 2023: Pre-Conference Workshop: RMA Reforms

This workshop can be booked separately from the conference.  You do not need to be a conference delegate to attend the workshop.  See the Pre-conference Workshop page on this website for further details on the workshop programme.

Thursday 23 March 2023

8.30am - 9.00amOPENING

Mihi whakatau: Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei 

Welcome: Raewyn Peart, Policy Director, Environmental Defence Society

9.00am - 10.30amSESSION 1: Global Context

Chair: James Palmer, Chief Executive, Ministry for the Environment

Geopolitics, the Ecological Impacts of Russia’s Ukraine Invasion, and Environmental Security
Professor Robert Patman, University of Otago (live video link)

Our place in the world: Trade, environment and climate change
Vangelis Vitalis, Deputy  Secretary Trade and Economic, New Zealand Foreign Affairs and Trade

Jointly addressing Aotearoa’s climate and biodiversity crises
Rod Carr, Chairperson, Climate Change Commission

10.30am -11.00amMorning Tea

11.00am-12.30pmSESSION 2: Reframing the Biodiversity and Climate Crises 

Chair: Dayle Hunia, Director,  Kōtuku Systems

Restoring the mauri of the whenua
Rob McGowan, Rongoā Māori Practitioner 

Climate change impacts in Tairāwhiti
Manu Caddie, Kaihautū, Te Weu Charitable Trust

Rethinking our relationships with the living world
Professor Dame Anne Salmond, Distinguished Professor of Māori Studies and Anthropology, University of Auckland 

Speaker panel with audience questions

12.30pm - 1.30pmLunch

1.30pm - 3.00pmSESSION 3: Resource Management Reform: The Generational Pivot 

Chair: Natasha Garvan, Partner, Bell Gully

International Keynote: Leading-edge concepts in resource management law
Professor Cameron Holley, University of NSW (via Zoom)

The once in a generation reform: How do we make it work?
Sally Gepp, Environmental Law Barrister, President, RMLA

Panel discussion and audience questions
What key things do we need to get right in the reforms?
John Duguid, GM Planning, Auckland Council
Mike Joy, Senior Researcher, Institute for Governance and Policy Studies, Victoria University
Andrew Parrish, Regional Planning Manager, Environment Canterbury
Annette Sykes, Principal Solicitor, KLE Law

Session sponsored by:

3.00pm - 3.30pmSESSION 4: Valedictory

Chair: Gary Taylor, Chief Executive, Environmental Defence Society

Recalibrating environmental policy
Vicky Robertson, former Secretary for the Environment (live via zoom)

3.30pm - 4.00pmAfternoon Tea
4.00pm - 5.30pmSESSION 5: Holding Politicians to Account 

Chair and Moderator: Gary Taylor, Chief Executive, Environmental Defence Society

Making better decisions for the environment: Ensuring governments are accountable
Rt Hon Simon Upton, Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment

Political dialogue (with audience questions)
What key pivots are needed for environmental policy in Aotearoa New Zealand?
Rachel Brooking, Labour Party MP
Simon Court, ACT Party Spokesperson for Environment and Climate Change
John Tamihere, President, Te Pāti Māori 
Hon Eugenie Sage, Green Party Spokesperson for Environment
Hon Scott Simpson, National Party Spokesperson for Environment and Climate Change

5.30pm Close
7.00pm - 10.30pmConference Dinner

Dinner Speakers
Blair Tuke & Peter Burling talk about their involvement with LIVEOCEAN

Implementing the new UN Global Biodiversity Framework: What next for Aotearoa New Zealand?
Kayla Kingdon-Bebb, Chief Executive, WWF- New Zealand

Dinner MC
Sue Simons, Partner, Berry Simons
Dinner sponsored by 

Friday 24 March 2023

7.00am - 8.45amSESSION 6: Breakfast Session
The Energy Security Challenge: Transitioning to Renewables 

Chair: Tina Schirr, Executive Director, BusinessNZ Energy Council (BEC)

Closing the energy gap to 2050
Ross Copland, Chief Executive, New Zealand Infrastructure Commission

Panel discussion and audience questions:
Tracey Hickman, Chief Commercial Officer, Genesis Energy
Susan Hall, Director, Energy Projects and Programmes, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
Ross Copland, Chief Executive, New Zealand Infrastructure Commission
Stephen Brown, Director, Brown NZ Ltd
Session sponsored by: 

9.00am - 10.50amSESSION 7: Rethinking Rural Landuse 

Chair: Corina Jordan, Chief Executive, Fish & Game 

International Keynote: Regenesis: Feeding the world without devouring the planet
George Monbiot, The Guardian columnist in conversation with Rod Oram, New Zealand business journalist (video pre-record)

Facing the Tsunami - Our biggest threat is on its way
Geoff Reid, Forest Restoration Advocate

Recloaking Papatūānuku: building on O Tātou Ngahere from Pure Advantage
Emeritus Professor David Norton, University of Canterbury

Mobilising the regenerative economy
Nathalie Whitaker, Chief Executive, Toha

Panel discussion and audience questions
How might we pivot future rural landuse after Gabrielle?
Professor Bruce Clarkson, Deputy Chair, Waikato University
Adam Forbes, Principal, Forbes Ecology
Tracy Brown, Director, DairyNZ
Suzie Greenhalgh, Portfolio Leader, Society, Culture & Policy, Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research
Session sponsored by:

10.50am - 11.20amMorning Tea
11.20am - 12.00pmSESSION 8: Political Update 

Chair: Shay Schlaepfer, Chief Operating Officer, Environmental Defence Society

The Government’s environmental reform agenda
Hon David Parker, Minister for the Environment (presentation followed by Q&A)

12.00pm - 1.15pmSESSION 9: Rewilding the Sea 

Chair: Julie Hall, Director, Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge

Rewilding our Seas: Restoring marine life and addressing the climate crisis
Bronwen Golder, Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions, Deep Sea Conservation Coalition

Restoring the forests of our seas
Nick Shears, Associate Professor of Marine Science, University of Auckland

Scaling up mana whenua-led approaches to marine restoration
Dan Hikuroa, University of Auckland

Innovative tools to support marine restoration
Raewyn Peart, Policy Director, Environmental Defence Society

1.15pm - 2.15pmLunch

2.15pm - 3.30pmSESSION 10: A New Wildlife Act

Chair: Ruth Isaac, Deputy Director-General Policy, Department of Conservation

International Keynote: Lessons from the USA’s endangered species law
Brett Hartl, Government Affairs Director, Center for Biological Diversity, USA (via zoom)

The relationship between Māori and indigenous species
Professor Jacinta Ruru, University of Otago

Options for Wildlife Act reform
Shay Schlaepfer, Chief Operating Officer, Environmental Defence Society

Panel discussion and audience questions
Nicola Toki, Chief Executive, Forest & Bird
Ann Brower, University of Canterbury
Jordan Munn, Chief Executive, Trap and Trigger
Professor Jacinta Ruru, University of Otago
Session sponsored by:

3.30pm - 4.00pmAfternoon Tea
4.00pm - 5.00pmSESSION 11: Managed Retreat and Rewilding

Chair: Lou Sanson, Vice Chair, IUCN Oceania

International Keynote: Cairngorms Connect - the UK's biggest habitat restoration project
Jeremy Roberts, Cairngorms Connect (pre-recorded presentation with live Q&A)

The Blue Acres Buyout Program, New Jersey
Camilla Gardiner, Manager, Climate Change and Sustainable Value, KPMG

Working with communities to achieve restoration at scale
Annette Lees, Director, Alternative Endings

5.00pm - 5.30pmClose

A Big Idea
Russel Norman, Executive Director, Greenpeace Aotearoa

Conference Close
Gary Taylor, Chief Executive, Environmental Defence Society

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