Rethinking Resources | Tūngia te ururua kia tupu whakaritorito te tupu o te harakeke



Invitation from Conference Convenors

The conference theme Rethinking Resources aims to celebrate the continued and evolving relevance of resource management law in the sustainable management of natural and physical resources. As resource management practitioners, we operate in a rapidly changing world where technological advances, environmental issues and a changing society mean we have to be increasingly agile to be relevant and make a difference. The COVID pandemic has made this very clear to us all!

Join us as we explore the meaning of Rethinking Resources with a powerful group of speakers and an engaging array of workshops and fieldshops spread over two days at the Rotorua Energy Events Centre. The conference will highlight the way in which Rotorua and its surrounding communities are rethinking resources in a very practical and exciting way while navigating a careful course through and beyond COVID.

We can no longer view our resources in the traditional way, and Rotorua has demonstrated its ability to see things differently. The workshops and fieldshops will explore a range of local examples of the changing context where Rotorua has moved away from a traditional focus on forestry and geothermal to embrace change. Learn about ecotourism ventures, world-class mountain-biking trails co-managed with commercial forestry, creative ways to generate and use energy, as well as cutting-edge approaches to coastal hazard management and the innovative ways that Māori land trusts are using their land and natural resources in the wider Bay of Plenty region. Experience how the RMA is being used in creative ways to facilitate better access to Middle Earth and the way in which the rural/urban interface is responding to significant growth pressure in the Bay of Plenty.

Rethinking Resources is about rethinking how we do things, rethinking how we address the resource management issues that we face and encouraging each other to raise our game and lift our sights as we emerge into a post-COVID future.

We are excited to bring you this conference from the adventure capital of New Zealand, and we know you will be challenged and inspired by what you will see, hear and experience.

We look forward to welcoming you to Rotorua.

Chris Dawson, Dr Joan Forret and Theresa Le Bas

Conference Co-convenors