Welcome function Venue: Rotorua Energy Events Centre
Register early for the conference and enjoy some local hospitality ahead of the official conference opening on Thursday 22 September
Kindly sponsored by Tompkins Wake
Welcome and conference opening Mayor Steve Chadwick Sally Gepp - President, RMLA
Keynote: Global context of rethinking resources Professor Glenn Albrecht
Morning tea Kindly sponsored by M.E
Panel: The role of local government/iwi/co-governance in rethinking resources
Kotahi te kohao o te ngira e kuhuna ai te miro ma, te miro pango me te miro whero. I muri, kia mau ki te aroha, ki te ture, ki te whakapono. There is but one eye of a needle through which the white thread, the black thread and the red thread pass. Hereafter, hold fast to charity/love, the law and faith – Kīngi Pōtatau Te Wherowhero1858
Co-governance as a concept is not new. However, until relatively recently co-governance of resources with tangata whenua was largely the exception rather than the rule. Treaty settlement legislation, greater jurisprudential recognition, and societal changes have all contributed to an increasing number of co-governance arrangements being established. So, what are some current examples? What have been some of the benefits and challenges in establishing/implementing co-governance arrangements? What place does tikanga have in a co-governance arrangement? How do the arrangements work where more than one iwi has a co-governance role? And what are some of the key learnings to date that can assist us moving forward together?
Lunch Kindly sponsored by Brookfields Lawyers
Keynote: Climate change litigation in Australia - a driver for change Natasha Hammond - Barrister, Martin Place Chambers
Kindly sponsored by Boffa Miskell
Panel: Future of geothermal In this session, we will explore applications for New Zealand’s abundant geothermal resources. GNS Science is at the forefront of research and is developing strategies for the future use of geothermal resources. The discussion Geothermal – the next generation research programme, led by GNS Science, will focus on high-temperature resources deep in the Taupō Volcanic Zone above 400ºC. There will be discussion on direct use of geothermal resources under the umbrella of the Geoheat Strategy for Aotearoa NZ 2017–2030 and the extraction of minerals such as lithium and silica from geothermal fluids that is currently under way. New Zealand is well placed to explore new geothermal technologies, and you will get insight into some of what is being considered and what is under way.
Panel: Implementing national direction on freshwater 2020 saw the release of new national policy instruments dealing with freshwater. One year on, this session will explore some of the challenges and successes in implementing the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management and National Environmental Standards for Freshwater and related instruments. Perspectives will be shared from those intimately involved from the Ministry for the Environment and regional councils. Come prepared to engage with the panel as it wrestles with the practicalities of making a real difference to improve freshwater quality in New Zealand.
3:45 - 5:15pm
Workshops • Co-management and co-governance
• Matatā risk reduction strategy – extinguishing existing use rights as part of managed retreat • Resource management reform
• Rotorua geothermal system
• The freshwater planning process
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5:30 - 7:30pm
Taste of the Bay of Plenty Venue: Te Puia
Keynote: Insights from the Parliamentary Commissioner in light of the changing resource management climate Rt Hon Simon Upton
Panel session: The calls for urgent reform of our resource management processes continue to be heard across all areas of the RMLA community. The reasons for reform differ but faster change and more certainty of outcome are common themes. This panel looks at the RMA reforms and at the growth of Fast-Track Consenting as a means to achieve faster change for significant projects.
Morning tea Kindly sponsored by Bell Gully
Panel: Responding to climate change We are all having to consider climate change in our work in some way or another. This session will explore the rapidly evolving national responses to our changing climate and the commitments we have made as a nation to address our impacts. Our expert panel members with up-to-date knowledge and expertise from central government, research institutes and the independent Climate Change Commission will bring their understandings together to address those resource management and spatial allocation issues that are confronting us as we transition into an uncertain climate future. Find out the latest developments in this dynamic area and how it affects our work now and into the future. This session will be relevant to all sectors, so bring your own questions for our panellists to consider and respond to with their latest thinking.
Lunch Kindly sponsored by Brookfields
Field shops From 12:30pm and will return to the conference venue by 5.30pm at the latest
• Biodiversity and plantation forestry
• Catch a matter of national importance while you can – trout fishing for beginners Kindly sponsored by B&A
• Discovery and rediscovery: Discovering the Waimangu Volcanic Valley and rediscovering the Pink and White Terraces
• Future of wood
• Geothermal power development and industrial use Kindly sponsored by Mercury
• RMA meets Middle Earth Kindly sponsored by Marshall Day Acoustics
• Rural growing pains Kindly sponsored by BBO
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