6-8 September 2023




Among the many strengths of resource management practitioners is our ability to think fast; apply our expertise to unique problems and projects; adapt to a constantly evolving regulatory framework; and take into account intensifying global pressures and national imperatives. These pressures require us to be prepared to take bold steps and plot new paths to ensure that the wellbeing of our communities, businesses and the environment can be sustained and thrive together.

The RMLA 2023 conference theme of Pivoting in Paradise/Whakatipua1 aims to challenge our thinking on when and where we need to take a new direction, refocus our priorities and adopt new approaches to achieve a more sustainable future.

Whether it’s rethinking our approach to growth planning or tourism, seeking out new technologies to solve resource management issues, making tough decisions around land-use in light of natural hazard risk and climate change, or embracing te ao Māori in our institutions and day to day practice, the Queenstown conference will showcase examples of pivoting occurring at small and large scales, here in Aotearoa and overseas. It promises lively debate, engaging speakers, topical workshops, social functions in spectacular settings and fieldshops that will not disappoint.

Be prepared to explore the best that Queenstown Lakes District and Central Otago has to offer with local guides and insight. Whether you want to get out on foot, on the water, on a bike, or in the air you’ll be wishing you could be in two places at once. And because we know that your time at the conference will leave you wanting more of our part of paradise, why not come early or stay for the weekend to enjoy some skiing, wine tasting, great dining, mountain biking, and our stunning heritage areas. We will be sure to give you lots of tips to make the most of your trip.

Join us in this important korero and learn what it takes to pivot in paradise. Be informed and inspired on how your practice, your district or your region can better face the resource management challenges ahead.

We look forward to welcoming you to Queenstown.

Natalie Hampson, Maree Baker-Galloway, Liz Simpson


[1] Kai Tahu kupu for growth, future, sustainability.