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



Update from Conference Convenors

The RMLA Conference Committee and National Executive have been looking at all options to try and get more certainty around attendance at our conference in Rotorua in early December. We all want this to be a safe, face to face conference and feel that people will both want and need to have some time with other colleagues outside of their homes!

With that in mind, the Committees have decided to reschedule the RMLA Conference to Thursday 22 and Friday 23 September 2022 in Rotorua.

In reaching this decision, the Conference Committee looked at a number of date options for the first quarter of 2022, however felt September next year was the best option to avoid clashes with other events which have already been scheduled and which involve a number of RMLA members.

It is the Conference Committee’s strong desire to present the same conference programme in Rotorua given all the mahi and time many people, including our guest speakers and fieldshop hosts, have already invested. We will continue to work with all involved to achieve this.

The RMLA Conference will remain at the Rotorua Energy Events Centre. Fittingly, holding the RMLA Conference in Rotorua next year will coincide with the 30th anniversary of the inaugural RMLA Conference, which was also held in Rotorua. The Conference Committee hopes this is a good sign!

Conference theme

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.

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.

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, cutting-edge approaches to coastal hazard management and the innovative ways that Māori land trusts are using their land and natural resources. 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.

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