2010 AGM

01 Jul 2010

More than 100 delegates attended Forest & Bird's 87th annual general meeting in Wellington at the Mercure Hotel from June 25-27.

At a freshwater panel discussion, Fish & Game representatives Bryce Johnson and Neil Deans spoke about the dire impact of dairy farming on river water quality and the ad hoc allocation of water around New Zealand.

Cath Wallace from ECO joined Forest & Bird conservation advocate Quentin Duthie to cover the current campaign against mining national parks and some recent history of mining conservation land.

At the Sanderson Memorial Address on Saturday evening, David McDowell – former IUCN director-general and DOC director-general – spoke about the importance of NGOs for conservation.

BirdLife assistant director for network development Hazell Shokellu Thompson visited from Britain to talk about global threats to birds – including migratory birds that do not heed national borders – and the benefits for Forest & Bird of being a BirdLife partner. 
Conservation Minister Kate Wilkinson thanked Forest & Bird for its unwavering advocacy for nature. She described the debate about opening Schedule 4 areas to mining as “incredibly interesting”.

“Like all political debates, it’s had plenty of facts and plenty of rhetoric, but it’s critical we have these kind of discussions. I assure you that this Government does listen. We will not allow mining to compromise our ability to ensure our most valuable natural heritage remains protected for our families to enjoy. “

Opposition leader Phil Goff opened his speech by declaring that if Labour won government: “Any land taken out of Schedule 4 will be returned to that status.” He also said the Labour Party would reverse the Government’s decision to replace Environment Canterbury elected councillors with appointed commissioners.

Green Party co-leader Russel Norman spoke about the need to “grow public love for the environment and conservation”. He warned: “We will destroy our economic future if we destroy the environment.”

Awards were presented on Saturday evening to Old Blue recipients Eddie Orsulich and Dave Kent for their outstanding contributions to Forest & Bird and conservation.

Old Blue winners Tom Hay, John Topliff and Chris Bindon were not able to attend the presentation.

Long-time Kiwi Conservation Club Co-ordinator Isobel Morgan received a Kiri Kiwi award for services to KCC.

The Golden Spade award for planting native plants went to Tony and Beth Bryant of the Nelson-Tasman branch. The Pestbuster award went to the Atuanui Restoration Project team.



Sanderson Memorial Address

Hon Conservation Minister, Kate Wilkinson's Speech 

Labour Leader, Phil Goff's Speech

Reports and Documents 

Annual Report 

Annual Report Accounts