We have a fantastic line-up of speakers and these will be introduced over the next month, please check back regularly for updates.
Position: The Bug Man and Cape to City Ambassador
Ruud studied kiwi in Waitangi forest and worked as scientist (entomology) with the Ministry of Agriculture (now MPI) for 14 years, before tackling the world of media, communication and consultancy on his own.
He's a trustee of Project Crimson, Kiwis for kiwi, the Air New Zealand Environment Trust, Kids Restore New Zealand, the Omaha Shorebird protection Trust and patron of the Little Barrier Island Supporters Trust, the National Wetland Trust, as well as Trees for Survival, Southland Community Environment Trust and Wingspan.
Of course… all these Trusts have a great common factor!
Ruud is championing environmental education projects from Fiordland to Hawkes Bay (Cape to City) and Bay of Islands, engaging whole communities in citizen science.
Try stopping him!
Position: Community advisory group member
The only degree I hold is a pedigree, however I have been blessed with an intelligence that has allowed me to see, hear and comment on issues which impact on the social well being of our people, community and country. I served in the NZ Army for 25 years reaching the rank of Warrant Officer Class One RNZALR.
I am a Justice of the Peace, Board of Trustees Chair for our local school, trustee of Ahuriri District Health Trust, Community leader, father and husband.
My interests are in health, environment and social justice and of course all sports.
I would describe myself as a person of character, integrity, with a sense of humour.
I have been invited to speak at this prestigious gathering for which I am both honoured and humble.
Transforming biodiversity has such a wide range of meanings and outcomes. Understanding this transformation in terms of Maori environmental world view should be the start point of any transformation. Maori had their tikanga and tapu processes that ensured the guardianship and relationship with Papatuanuku, Ranginui, their children Tangaroa, Tawhirimatea, Tane Mahuta to name a few meant a balance was maintained between need and sustainability.
I intend to cover some of these concepts and their relevance to any biodiversity transformation being advocated today. Maori concepts are not at odds with the purity of any transformation. It is at odds with any mitigation that has commercial and individual outcomes as the purpose for use of the environment and any transformation.
Position: Director Operations for the Lower North Island, Department of Conservation - Te Papa Atawhai
My role is the Director Operations Lower North Island which stretches from East Cape through to Wellington incorporating the Chatham Islands. The core focus is delivery of conservation outcomes with key stakeholders within the region.
Position: Chief Executive Officer – Zero Invasive Predators
Al is an engineer who leads the team at Zero Invasive Predators (ZIP). ZIP is a charitable entity whose purpose is to develop tools and techniques to completely remove rats, stoats and possums from large areas of New Zealand mainland. ZIP is based in Wellington with current field development sites in Queen Charlotte Sound, Haast, Rimutaka Forest Park and a predator research facility at Lincoln.
Position: Chair Maraetōtara Tree Trust
Pat Turley originated in the Ruapehu district loving the natural environment. Dairy farming raised and employed, he unsuccessfully encouraged fencing of remnant native bush and waterways 70s/ 80s. Maraetōtara River restoration caught his and wife Sue Turley’s attention in 2004. Pat is a Registered Valuer and property professional married with 3 teenage children.
Position: Hawke’s Bay Regional Council, Land Services Manager
Campbell Leckie is a senior operational maager with Hawke's Bay Regional Council. His roles have included leading plant and animal pest control, and forestry and sustainable land management programmes in the Hawke's Bay region. He is particularly interested in the public sector programmes and solutions that deliver both economic and environmental benefits to the community. In this context, he has a strong interest in the potential role of high UMF mānuka on steep hill country to strengthen economic and environmental outcomes for farming enterprises.
Position: NEXT Foundation, Environment Director
Jan is of Ngati Tuwharetoa and Ngati Raukawa-ki-te-Tonga descent having grown up in South Auckland. Prior to joining NEXT, Jan spent 7 years with the Department of Conservation leading teams at district, regional and national level building partnerships and developing large scale collaborative impact projects focused on people, biodiversity and water. Previously Jan’s early career was as an electronics and systems engineer mostly in the New Zealand Airforce with some earlier time with Telecom over a period of 12 years. While in the RNZAF he also developed skills in strategy and leadership training and development, international stakeholder liaison and relationship management. Jan has always enjoyed a passion for the outdoors and the environment, climbing, diving, mountain biking and just being. This passion led to a career change in his late 20s where he spent time at Canterbury and Lincoln University completing undergraduate and post grad work in Natural Resources Engineering. For the next 10 years he consulted and worked for clients including regional government, in hazard mitigation, water resource protection and environmental restoration both in New Zealand and overseas, before joining DOC in 2009.
Position: Department of Conservation, Director
Lou Sanson was appointed as Director-General of the Department of Conservation in September 2013, after 11 years as Chief Executive of Antarctica New Zealand - responsible for developing, managing, and executing New Zealand’s activities in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean.
The Department of Conservation is responsible for managing 8.5 million hectares of public land (approximately 30% of New Zealand’s landmass) and 34 marine reserves.
DOC manages over 14,000km of tracks and 970 huts. These places are used by 48% of New Zealanders (approximately 1.6 million people) and approximately 30% of overseas visitors (and many more view the iconic scenery from a distance).
During his time at Antarctica New Zealand Lou has overseen the deepest ever multi-national sedimentary science drilling project in Antarctica (ANDRILL) and he led the development of Antarctica’s largest wind turbine project focussing on reducing fossil fuels at McMurdo Station and Scott Base.
Prior to this Lou was Conservator for Southland Conservancy in charge of Fiordland National Park and Stewart Island.
He also led the establishment of Rakiura National Park, the sub-Antarctic World Heritage Area and one of the world’s largest island eradication projects and helped establish a network of marine reserves in Fiordland and Stewart Island.
Lou is a keen outdoor person, he enjoys natural history, hiking, ski-touring, diving and photography.
Position: Zealandia, CEO
Paul has had a life-long passion for ornithology and conservation. He took over as CEO of ZEALANDIA in mid-November 2015, having first been introduced to the Karori Sanctuary project in early 2000 following which he became a volunteer in the sanctuary, monitoring kaka and doing supplementary feeding duties.
He is also on the board of directors of three start-up companies, two of which he Chairs: Boutiq Science Ltd, a nanotechnology spinout company; Ferronova, a company focusing on use of magnetic nanoparticles and sensors for biomedical applications; and MEVO, a car-share scheme.
Previously Paul was CEO of the National Energy Research Institute (NERI), and prior to that was Director of Business Development for Izon Science Ltd, a nanotechnology instrumentation company. During his time as General Manager of International Investments with the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology, Paul established the Foundation’s International Group, negotiating joint research funding agreements with Korea and Japan, as well as research collaborations in the USA and Europe. He was a Director in the British Council for almost 20 years, and has worked in over 40 countries around the world.
Paul holds an MSc and has post-graduate qualifications in both business and marketing management. He is a Chartered Physicist and member of the Institute of Physics, a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, a member of the Institute of Directors and, until late 2015, was inaugural Chair of the New Zealand Smart Grid Forum and Vice-chair of the IEA’s Demand-side Implementing Agreement.
Position: Past National President of Federated Farmers
Bruce is a cattle & sheep farmer from Hawke's Bay but now spends the majority of his time off farm with a number of Governance roles. These include Ravensdown, HorticultureNZ, Our Land & Water NSC, Resilience NSC, QEII National Trust, Cape to City, ApicultureNZ, Motu and others. Bruce holds a keen interest in the environment.
Position: Landcare Research
Grant Norbury is a wildlife ecologist with Landcare Research based in Alexandra, and oversees the research being done in Cape-to-City. He specialises in predator-prey ecology in dryland Grant Norburyecosystems with a view to enhancing native biodiversity. He studies the interactions within pest guilds and how they affect native species. Grant works alongside DOC and Regional Councils to assess the impacts of conservation management strategies on biodiversity. Grant is also the chairperson of a community conservation group, the Central Otago Ecological Trust, which aims to restore communities of native lizards that have become locally extinct or rare in the district.
Position: Manuka Farming NZ Ltd
Mānuka Farming NZ Ltd has (through its parent company MRPL) co-invested with MPI in the High Performance Mānuka Plantations Primary Growth Partnership (PGP) programme. MRPL is now able to provide the knowhow from this programme to land owners through Mānuka Farming NZ Ltd.
Position: Landcare Research
Dr Roger Pech has been an ecologist at Landcare Research for the last 12 years and at CSIRO for 25 years before that. His main research interests are multi-species pest management, and the impacts of invasive mammals on biodiversity and agricultural production. He has worked primarily in New Zealand, Australia and China. Most recently he has been involved in a ‘tipping points’ project for the Biological Heritage National Science Challenge. This project is examining situations in which small changes in social or biophysical components of a system can trigger a transition across a tipping point to a new state. The aim is to provide science for policies that decrease the risk of undesired tipping points or, where necessary, facilitate transitions across tipping points to a new preferred state. For managing invasive mammals, the preferred state is one where strong social and political support enables suppression or eradication of pests, recovery of damaged natural ecosystems and opportunities for viable populations of native species in human-dominated landscapes.
Position: Landcare Research
I am a Wildlife Ecologist with broad research interests in ecology and wildlife management. I completed my BSc (Hons) (2001) and PhD (2005) at the University of Sydney, where I studied the ecology and management of mammalian carnivores. Much of my research has focused on the ecological interactions between native and invasive plants and animals. My current research focuses on restoring highly invaded ecosystems. This includes managing multiple invaders on islands, and applying landscape ecology principles to manage invasive species on continents.I have performed various research and conservation roles in the government, university and private sectors, and have advised various governments on managing communities of native and invasive animals. In 2007 I was awarded the Chairman’s Prize for Scientific Excellence by the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre, and in 2013 was awarded Honorary Life Membership of the Australian Wildlife Society. I am an Associate Editor for Wildlife Biology and a member of the IUCN Invasive Species Specialist Group.
Position: Landcare Research
I completed a PhD at Auckland University in 2016 having previously studied in my home country of Ireland. My research explored interactions among New Zealand’s invasive predators and examined the consequences of these interactions for ecological communities. I also investigated whether scent communication may underpin invasive species encounters and discovered that dominant predator odour is a powerful attractant for lower order predators.
I recently commenced a post-doctorate at Landcare Research on a project to develop a ‘highly effective lure’. This research will use a combination of behaviour studies and chemical ecology to identify the attractive components found in predator (ferret) odour. The aim is to develop a predator lure that differs from traditional food-based attractants as it exploits an animal’s compulsion to investigate a threat.
I spend much of my free time rock-climbing, kayak-fishing, and photographing wildlife – any excuse to get into the great outdoors!
Position: Landcare Research
Dr. Flood has over 10 years’ of expertise in climate change, environmental policy and social science research, which covers both qualitative and quantitative research methods. His research interests include communicating climate change adaptation and behavioural change, resilience and systems thinking, coastal management, climate change adaptation and decision-making, vulnerability assessment and hazard management, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Stephen has extensive experience working with a range of end users in public sector, private sector, and influencer groups in New Zealand and further afield. He has worked as an environmental policy analyst with the Irish Sustainable Development Council focusing on mitigation and adaptation policy development at a national and regional level. He completed his post-doctoral fellowship at the New Zealand Climate Change Research Institute at Victoria University working on barriers and enablers to decision-making in relation to climate change adaptation in New Zealand. His research has a direct social and environmental impact in enabling communities and end users to make better decisions by increasing their environmental governance capacity and thus protecting their local environments and communities from the present and future impacts of climate change. He is also interested in developing novel tools and methods to improve the communication of uncertainty and risk in the areas of climate change adaptation and building resilience to natural hazards.
Position: Landcare Research
Dr Greenaway assists the co-production of sustainable development knowledge and practice. She facilitates and evaluates processes which foster collective deliberation to address complex issues. Alison is supporting documentation of insights gained through the implementation of Cape to City and Poutiri Ao o Tane. She also contributes to the working group for the Ministry of Primary Industry‘s Strategic Direction of a biosecurity team of 4.7 million.
Position: Landcare Research
Bruce is a scientist with Landcare Research at Lincoln, NZ, and his research is focused on developing cost-effective strategies for controlling invasive vertebrates, including possums, rats, mustelids, rabbits, and wallabies. He has a particular interest in animal welfare and ethics and has been a member of both the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee and National Animal Ethics Advisory Committee.
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