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Te Reo o Te Taiao Forest & Bird is issuing a challenge to the nation’s political, business and community leaders to be bold and secure a safer future for all New Zealanders under threat from climate change, at their Centennial Conference this weekend. 

Inspiring Bold Leadership in a time of climate and biodiversity crises is the conference theme. 

Forest & Bird’s Chief Executive, Nicola Toki will deliver a candid State of the Nation speech on why the environment matters now more than ever, and why our leaders need to be brave to secure a safer future for all New Zealanders. 

This follows the keynote address by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Simon Upton. 

There will be a panel discussion on whether we need to redefine conservation for 2023 and beyond, and how conservation practices could and should change in the future. 

On another panel, local body and business leaders will be asked how they plan to address the need for urgent action to reduce emissions and to build more resilient communities.  

Four journalists focused on reporting environmental issues will speak about combatting misinformation and apathy. After that, rangatahi conservation leaders will share their visions for the future. 

Closing a full day of discussion, legal scholar Professor Jacinta Ruru will outline the possibilities for a tino rangatiratanga sphere in conservation, legislation and policy. 

The Forest & Bird Centennial Conference will be held at Te Papa’s Soundings Theatre on Saturday 29 July. Virtual registrations are available for anyone interested in attending. The full programme is available on our website

Forest & Bird is a member of the Climate Shift 10-Point Climate Action plan.  

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