We are proud to introduce the following speakers

Professor Glenn Albrecht

Keynote: Global context of rethinking resources

Thursday2 December, 9.20am

Glenn is an environmental philosopher with both theoretical and applied interests in the relationship between ecosystem and human health. He has pioneered the research domain of 'psychoterratic' or earth-related mental health conditions with the concept of 'solastalgia' or the lived experience of negative environmental change. He also has publications in the field of animal ethics including the ethics of relocating endangered species in the face of climate change pressures.

Glenn's most recent publication is Earth Emotions: New Words for a New World, published in May 2019 by Cornell University Press. The book has been translated into French and was released in Paris in late February 2020. The French title is Les émotions de la Terre: Des nouveau mots pour un nouveau monde, published by Les Liens Qui Libèrent.

He has been published in many peer-reviewed journals and has recently completed and published book chapters on his research interests. With colleagues, Nick Higginbotham (University of Newcastle) and Linda Connor (Sydney University) under Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project grants, Glenn has researched the impact of mining in the Upper Hunter Region of NSW, Australia, and the impact of climate change on communities, again in the Hunter Region. Glenn has also been involved as a Chief Investigator in ARC Discovery Project research on the social and ethical aspects of the thoroughbred horse industry worldwide.

Glenn is a pioneer of transdisciplinary thinking and, with Higginbotham and Connor, produced a major book on this topic, Health Social Science: A Transdisciplinary and Complexity Perspective, published by Oxford University Press in 2001. His current major research interest – the positive and negative psychological, emotional and cultural relationships people have to place and its transformation – is one that sees him having an international research profile.

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Nicki Douglas

Panelist: The role of local government/iwi/co-governance in rethinking resources

Thursday 2 December, 10.50am

Nicki has worked in the Environment sector for 20 years both as a Public Servant (DOC) and for Iwi (Te Arawa Lakes Trust). She is currently an Environmental Consultant, and is currently working with Te Arawa Lakes Trust and Freshwater Iwi Advisory Group on Resource Management reform and implementation of Te Mana o te Wai.

Nicki serves as the Deputy Chair on Te Tahuhu o Tawakeheimoa Trust - Ngāti Rangiwewehi's PSGE and is a member of the Ngāti Rangiwewehi Environmental Unit - Te Tari Taiao. I represent Ngāti Rangiwewehi on Te Maru o Kaituna - a co-governance committee established under the Tapuika Settlement Act for the Kaituna River.

Nicki has been the Convenor of Te Urunga o Kea - Te Arawa Climate Change Working Group since its inception in 2018. She also supports her marae at Okauia (Ngāti Tangata) and Mangahanea (Te Whānau a Hinetaapora) on environmental matters where she can.

Nicki is passionate about enabling hapū and Iwi to fulfil their role as kaitiaki.

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Natasha Hammond

Keynote: Climate change litigation in Australia - a driver for change

Thursday 2 December, 1.00pm

Natasha is a barrister who specialises in environmental, planning and administrative law, practising at Martin Place Chambers in Sydney, Australia, since 2014.

Natasha is also a sessional lecturer in environmental and climate law at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. Natasha has a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts from the University of Otago, New Zealand, and a Master of Environmental Law from the University of Sydney, Australia. Natasha appears in all jurisdictions of the Land and Environment Court of New South Wales, particularly judicial review, criminal and civil enforcement and development appeals, as well as in a range of other state and federal courts.

Natasha advises and represents state and local government, developers, individuals and community groups on a broad range of environment and planning law matters, including permissibility of development, pollution, biodiversity, mining, water, climate change and heritage. Prior to being called to the bar, Natasha practised as a solicitor with the London Borough of Harrow and Maddocks Lawyers in Sydney and prosecuted environmental offences for the Office of Environment and Heritage (NSW).

Kindly sponsored by Boffa Miskell

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Prof Catherine Iorns Magallanes

Panelist: Responding to climate change

Friday 3 December, 11.15am

Catherine is an award-winning Law Professor at Te Herenga Waka--Victoria University of Wellington. She has more than 25 years' experience teaching and researching on environmental law, indigenous rights and statutory interpretation, including a focus on climate change. Recently she completed a large research project for the Deep South National Science Challenge on New Zealand's laws on adaptation to sea-level rise, including looking at the current proposals for law reform. Catherine's additional roles include being the Academic Adviser to the NZ Council of Legal Education, an advisor to the Environmental Law Initiative, and New Zealand's nominee to the IUCN governing world Council.

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Hon David Parker

Keynote: Opening address

Thursday 2 December, 9.00am

David grew up and studied in Dunedin, graduating with a BCom/LLB from the University of Otago. He had a long career in business and law before being elected as Labour Member of Parliament in the former electorate of Otago in 2002. In his earlier years, David was a managing and litigation partner in South Island law firm Anderson Lloyd. He was also involved in many businesses, including innovative bio-tech export start-ups A2 Corporation, BLIS Technologies, Botryzen and Pharmazen, as well as in more traditional industries. He is an experienced CEO and company director.

David was appointed to Cabinet in 2005, and served as Minister of Energy, Climate Change, Transport, State Services, Attorney-General, and Land Information under Helen Clark’s Government. In Opposition, he served as Deputy Leader, Shadow Attorney General, and in Finance, Economic Development and various other roles. His focus has always been, and remains, on delivering prosperity and fairer economic outcomes for all New Zealanders. In the 2020 Labour Government he was appointed as Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment, Minister of Revenue and Associate Minister of Finance. He is also responsible for the newly-named Oceans and Fisheries portfolio.

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Vicki Morrison-Shaw

Panelist: The role of local government/iwi/co-governance in rethinking resources

Thursday 2 September, 10.50am

Vicki is a Director at Atkins Holm Majurey and has broad experience in the environmental, Māori and local government sectors having worked in private practice, in-house and policy/iwi consultation roles. Vicki has led project teams for new developments. She has advised and represented regulatory authorities, applicants and interested parties in relation to designations, heritage authorities, resource consents, marine consents, plan and policy changes. She has appeared as counsel at all levels of the Courts - from first instance council and Environmental Protection Authority hearings through each of the appeal court levels up to and including the Supreme Court.

Vicki has advised on a wide range of strategic issues and participated in due diligence, public works, leasing and a range of Māori law processes including marine and coastal area applications, cultural management plans, Treaty settlement processes, and representation process issues in the Māori Land Court. Vicki is a certified Making Good Decisions commissioner and co-author of the original Māori Values Supplement for the Making Good Decisions Commissioners Training Programme. Vicki has affiliations to Ngāpuhi iwi and is currently studying Te Reo Māori at AUT.

Prof Peter Skelton

Workshop: The freshwater planning process

Thursday 2 December, 3.45pm

The Minister for the Environment has appointed Peter as the Chief Freshwater Commissioner. Peter was an Environment Court Judge for 22 years before spending six years teaching and examining environmental law at Lincoln University. He is one of the founders of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand and was its first New Zealand vice-president. In 2000, the New Zealand Planning Institute gave him an award for outstanding service to planning by a non-planner, and in 2001 he was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

He is an honorary life member of the Resource Management Law Association of New Zealand and the Legal Research Foundation of New Zealand. More recently he was a government appointed commissioner/councillor responsible for governance of Environment Canterbury and has completed an investigation into Otago Regional Council’s water planning process. In 2016 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Natural Resources by Lincoln University.

Peter has been appointed for an 18 month term and is working with his secretariat and Freshwater Commissioners to establish FPP processes and procedures, and appoint any panels that are required. His term as the Chief Freshwater Commissioner is for 18 months and ends in January 2022.

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Joseph Tahana

Panelist: The role of local government/iwi/co-governance in rethinking resources

Thursday 2 December, 10:50am

Joseph (Joe) (Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Makino, Tapuika) was raised in Rotoiti, attending Rotoiti Primary School and Rotorua Lakes High. After leaving school, he joined the NZ Army, serving in various roles both in New Zealand and overseas before retiring in 2004 after 20 years’ service.

After returning to New Zealand, Joe gained experience in environmental resource related policy development and planning at both local and regional level and has a sound understanding of resource issues that impact iwi. He holds qualifications in resource management and business and has worked with whanau and hapu governance to build capability that addresses development issues.

Joe is an active member of Te Waiiti Marae and the Ngāti Pikiao Environmental Society, as well as chair of the Lakes Rotoiti Scenic Reserve Board. After working for DOC for the past 7 years, implementing its Treaty Settlement commitments he is now about to take up a new role in the private sector based in Rotorua. Joe also sits on a number of land trusts and other committees.

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Rt Hon Simon Upton

Keynote: Insights from the Parliamentary Commissioner in light of the changing resource management climate

Friday 3 December, 8.35am

Simon was sworn in as Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment for a five-year term on 16 October 2017. Simon is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand and a Rhodes Scholar, with degrees in English literature, music and law from the University of Auckland and an MLitt in political philosophy from Oxford University. He was sworn in as a member of the Privy Council in 1999. A Member of Parliament between 1981 and 2000, Simon held a variety of ministerial portfolios including environment, research, biosecurity, health and state services between 1990 and 1999.

After leaving Parliament, Simon moved to Paris to chair the Round Table on Sustainable Development at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). In 2005, he returned to New Zealand to pursue a number of private sector roles while continuing to chair the Round Table. In April 2010, he returned to the OECD full-time as Environment Director, a post he held for seven years until returning to take up the role of Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment.

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Miriama Kamo

Master of Ceremonies

Award-winning journalist Miriama Kamo is the presenter and a reporter for TVNZ’s flagship current affairs programme Sunday and a presenter on TVNZ’s bilingual Māori and English current affairs show Marae. A founding Sunday team member, Miriama has relished working on the stories that matter to New Zealanders. Miriama also proudly fronts Māori current affairs programme Marae, alongside Scotty Morrison.

As a newsreader, Miriama has been at the forefront of many major New Zealand events, including the Pike River explosion, the passing of Sir Edmund Hillary, and the Christchurch earthquakes. A writer, Miriama’s work is regularly featured in news sites, online publications and magazines, and in early 2018, Miriama had her first children’s book published.

Kindly sponsored by Anderson Lloyd

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