NZARM Conference 2019

Northland change at pace and scale

NZARM Conference - Northland Change at Pace and Scale

Essential freshwater - Afforestation and Land Use Change - Climate Change

In 2019, Lonely Planet recognised Northland as one of the top destinations in the Asia-Pacific region. This acknowledgment shed light on the area's rich cultural and historical significance, highlighting its importance to both Maori and European settlers. The New Zealand Association of Resource Management (NZARM) organised a conference from October 15th to 17th, 2019, in Paihia, Bay of Islands, to explore this hidden gem further.

The conference aimed to delve into the challenges faced by resource managers, focusing on themes such as Essential Freshwater, Afforestation and Land Use Change, and Climate Change. Organised by a collaborative team including the Northland Regional Council, DairyNZ, Hancock Forest Management Ltd. (NZ), and various contributors and sponsors, the event offered attendees a unique opportunity to engage in discussions, learn from experts, and explore the lesser-known regions of Northland and the Bay of Islands.

Highlights of the conference included a traditional powhiri at Te Tii Marae in Waitangi, plenary sessions featuring renowned speakers like Cheryl Barnes from MfE and Warren Parker, visits to operational sites such as Ngati Hine Forestry and Ruapekapeka Pa, and field trips focusing on topics like sediment and farming in the Kaipara Moana Catchment.

The event concluded with practical workshops, group discussions, and a wrap-up debate, providing attendees with valuable insights and action plans to tackle the challenges posed by rapid environmental changes. By offering a blend of education, exploration, and networking, NZARM 2019 left participants better equipped to address the evolving demands of resource management.

NZARM Conference 2019