AGM 2011

At this year's  AGM, we launched our Freshwater for Life campaign, so during the meeting we gathered scientists, industry officials and politicians together to discuss solutions around water management.

We also made a short video of why we love freshwater - to see the video click here  


For details  on the various lectures and workshops see below - 


9:00am Executive Meeting
2:00pm Registration Desk Opens
4:30pm Close of Executive Meeting
7:00pm Conference Opens
- Welcome from President: Barry Wards
7:15pm Political Panel: What’s your vision for nature for future New Zealanders?
Master of Ceremonies: Pinky Agnew
Labour: Ruth Dyson, Conservation spokesperson, Labour Party
National: Nicky Wagner, chair Bluegreens forum, National Party.
Greens: Russel Norman, co-leader of the Green Party 

8:30am AGM
9:30am Opening address:  Conservation Minister, Kate Wilkinson
10:00am Morning Tea
10:20am Short introduction: Craig Potton
Freshwater for Life – fins, feathers and family – what our rivers mean to us
10:40am New Zealand’s freshwater biodiversity crisis
Mike Joy, Freshwater Ecologist, Massey University
11:15am Community Interest and National Identity
Phil Teal from Fish & Game.
Meryl Carter, Nga Whenua Rahui, environmental educator -Ira Seitzer, Founding Whitebait Connection Programme Co-ordinator, freshwater educator Northland

12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Freshwater for Life - Solutions 
3:00pm Afternoon Tea
3:30pm Introduction: Freshwater for Life - Economic Factors 
5:20pm Special screening of award winning film “River Dog” with introduction by filmmaker James Muir
6:30pm Awards presentation
7:00pm Launch of Conservation Ambassador role
Craig Potton, Sir Alan Mark, Dr Gerry McSweeney 
7:15pm Awards, Dinner and Sanderson Memorial Address

Morgan Williams: Dr Williams completed 10 years as NZ’s Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (PCE) in March 2007. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at the Universities of Canterbury and Queensland, positions he has held for eight years. In April 2004, Lincoln University awarded Morgan an honorary doctorate in Natural Resources. In his third phase of life Morgan has an ongoing advisory role with UQ’s School of Integrative Systems, is a Trustee of Leadership NZ and WWF NZ (chair from August 2011), chair of a new wind-power company aimed at community based wind farm development, a trustee of the National Energy Research Institute and advisor to two sustainable land use Trusts. Morgan grew up on a dairy farm near Kaiapoi in Canterbury. He has degrees in ecology from the University of Canterbury and Bath, UK. He shares his environmental and sustainability interests with his wife Pam. She is currently a Victoria University Research Fellow and in 2008 completed a PhD in the field of tertiary education for sustainability. Pam is also a Co-Chair of Enviroschools, a largely privately funded Trust that overseas education for sustainability in over 700 schools.

8:30am Council Meeting
10:00am Morning Tea
10:30am Strategic Plan and Constitutional Review update
Andrew Cutler
11:00am Workshops:
Developing our volunteer culture
Submission writing
Election year campaigning – How to?
Effective communication with Maori communities
12:30pm Lunch
1:30pm Volunteer Opportunities
Julie Watson
2:00pm Letter to the Future briefing and election issues for Forest & Bird
Mike Britton
2:15pm Freshwater for Life briefing, Nicola Vallance
2:30pm Mackenzie campaign update Jennifer Miller
2:45pm Mokihinui campaign update
Chris Todd
3:00pm Conference closes

3:45pm Executive meeting


Saturday Conference $50.00
Saturday Dinner $50.00*
Sunday Conference $50.00

Please RSVP to Jennifer Corr or (04) 801 2762 by no later than 5pm 3 June, 2011.

*Note: There is limited seating for dinner and the film screening on Saturday 25 June. Please be sure to notify Jennifer as soon as possible if you plan to attend.