Friday 15 June to Saturday night 16 June at Te Papa Tongarewa, Museum of New Zealand
In 2012 Forest & Bird took steps to sustain and secure the nature of tomorrow. Our ambition is to set the conservation and environment agenda, instead of purely simply responding to others; to balance our defensive advocacy work on conservation threats with a stance that is also proactive and visionary.
From Friday 15th to Saturday June 16th at Te Papa, we asked: what do we want to see happen in New Zealand over the next 25-40 years, to support conservation, and sustain both the environment and the economy?
Speakers included Gareth Morgan, Dame Anne Salmond, Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Jan Wright and Department of Conservation Director-General Al Morrison.
The programme also included a lively forum of young people working on conservation and environmental issues. Their discussion was led by Te Radar. Click here to see the conference's programme.
The Friday programme:
Biodiversity Offsets, 2pm - 5pm
This discussion provided an opportunity for people from various fields to compare notes on biodiversity offsetting policy and best practice, with comment from some top experts in this emerging science. Speakers included Mark Pizey from Solid Energy, Ecologist Marie Brown from Waikato University and the Department of Conservation's Biodiversity Offsets Project Manager Gerri Ward.
The Nature of Tomorrow, 7pm – 9pm
Te Radar joined forces with six young conservationists who shared their big, green vision. The long-time conservationist, failed gardener and comedian made sure the hard-issues were covered with a good smattering of humour. The group of young conservationists included Sarah Hall who travelled to Antarctica this year with Robert Swan's 2041 expedition, Forest & Bird's Saddleback campaign manager for Bird of the Year 2011 Jackson James Wood, Bridget White from Project Kiwi at Christchurch's Unlimited Paenga Tawhiti School and T.K Hawaikirangi from the Department of Conservation.
Saturday speakers and topics
We were delighted to welcome renowned New Zealand historian and anthropologist
Dame Anne Salmond as our Sanderson Dinner speaker.
Highlights from the Saturday session included Gareth Morgan's keynote address, Tamati Kruger of Ngai Tuhoe on collaborating with Maori, Dr Tom Trnski on New Zealand’s marine future and an interactive panel discussion on the future of farming. To see profiles on some of the speakers see here.
See the video of Gareth Morgan's presentation.
Opening speech by Forest & Bird's President, Andrew Cutler
Considering Conservation (speech notes), Economist and author, Gareth Morgan
Making it work: Challenges and opportunities in the implementation of biodiversity offsets, PHD student, Marie Brown
A Forest and Bird perspective of Biodiversity Offsets, Forest & Bird Lawyer, Peter Anderson
DOC Biodiversity Offsetting Programme, Biodiversity Offsets Programme Manager for DOC, Gerri Ward
Farming Green Fields
Farming Green Fields, Alistair Mowat, Innovation Leader at ZESPRI International Limited
As Nature Intended, Biological farmer, Jeff Williams
A Vision for Marine Reserves in NZ, Marine Curator at Auckland Museum, Tom Trnski
Vision for a predator-free NZ
A predator-free New Zealand - how crazy an idea is it?, Forest & Bird Conservation Advocate, Nicola Toki (nee Vallance)
Sanderson Memorial Lecture
HAU ORA: THE WIND OF LIFE, Dame Anne Salmond