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8 June 2016

Conference 2016: Details

Connection, Challenge, Vitality: Building resilience to thrive in a volatile environment

Hawke’s Bay | 11-13 October 2016

Venue: Mission Estate Winery

In New Zealand today practitioners of natural resource management are grappling with how to adequately respond in a world where the issues and threats seem more complex than in the past. This has led to diverse responses to these issues in different regions, rather than the more nationally unified approach of years gone by.

We need new ways to think about natural resource management challenges in the context of the increased complexity and uncertainty that we have to deal with.

A resilience approach recognises that there is a “gathering storm” of threats: land use change, economic volatility, climate change and volatility, loss of biodiversity, species extinction, nutrient enrichment of water and so on.

Australian keynote speakers David Salt and Paul Ryan are leaders in the discipline and application of Resilience Thinking.

Sessions will cover the following topics (day one, and day two before morning tea)

  • Origins and developments in Natural Resource Management
  • Thought frameworks in this millennium. (These include systems and resilience thinking, natural capital and ecosystem services)
  • Policy and action – Discussion using examples of the Tukituki (a Hawke’s Bay catchment plan) and forestry.
  • Personal and Social Resilience
  • Community – Models and examples of participation, projects and governance.
  • Science and Natural Resource Management in NZ

Field trips on days two and three will visit a range of sites to present the complexity, linkages and some of the unresolved issues we are grappling with. We will link the presentations from day one with the discussions at these sites. Field trip site visits include:

  • Tutira lake catchment: A site of well documented land use change, research, and complex challenges.
  • Karamu Stream: Work on this stream now strives to incorporate and link multiple values and objectives which sometimes involve trade-offs.
  • Landwise: an organisation with a focus on the development and promotion of sustainable crop production, and management systems, practices and technologies that assist this goal
  • Tukituki catchment: Two farm visits to discuss implementation of a catchment plan, and planting to maximise ecosystem services.

Conference dinner – Mission Vineyard – evening of Day 2. Guest speaker Ruud Kleinpaste.

Join us for the conference, or extend your Hawke’s Bay visit and choose one or more optional training opportunities or events. See details below.


Members (Become a member here)
Full registration – Early Bird* $450.00
Full registration – Standard $550.00
Day 1 Registration only – Early Bird* $150.00
Day 1 Registration only – Standard $175.00
Field Trip only (days 2 and 3) – Early Bird* $300.00
Field Trip only (days 2 and 3) – Standard $400.00
Non-member – Early Bird Registrations* $500.00
Non-Member – Full $600.00
Day 1 Registration only – Early Bird* $200.00
Day 1 Registration only – Standard $250.00
Field Trip only (days 2 and 3) – Early Bird* $350.00
Field Trip only (days 2 and 3) – Standard $450.00
Student – Early Bird* $300.00
Student – Standard $400.00

*Early bird registrations close on Wednesday, August 31st. All rates include GST.

Optional events and training opportunities

East Coast Hill Country: Resilience in Practice – 1 day – Workshop with Paul Ryan. Numbers limited to 20. $420 incl GST. October 10th. [SOLD OUT]

Facilitating Collaborative Discussion – Get Results from your meetings. 1.5 day workshop with Gay Pavelka $750 + GST ($862.50 GST incl). Numbers limited to 15-20. Date; October 14-15th. [SOLD OUT]


Please quote “NZARM” when booking at these hotels to get special rates:

Harbour View Lodge
60 Nelson Quay, Ahuriri, Napier
(06) 835 8077

Crown Hotel
22a Waghorne St, Ahuriri, Napier
(06) 833 8300

Other accommodation:

The Navigate
50 Waghorne St, Ahuriri, Napier
(06) 831 0077

Bluewater Hotel
10 West Quay, Ahuriri, Napier
(06) 835 8668

Anchorage Motor Lodge
26 West Quay, Ahuriri, Napier
(06) 834 4318

Scenic Hotel Te Pania
45 Marine Parade, Napier
(06) 833 7733

East Pier Hotel – price on request, mention NZARM when booking
50 Nelson Quay, Ahuriri, Napier
(06) 834 0035

Additional accommodation is available on Marine Parade Napier. Buses will pick-up from three locations, within easy walking distance of most accommodation:

  1. East Pier Hotel, Ahuriri
  2. Scenic Hotel Te Pania, 43 Marine Parade, Napier
  3. Opposite Shoreline Motel, 377 Marine Parade, Napier

Any and all registration queries should be directed to:

Shelley Haring
On-cue conferences
Ph: 03 546 6330 ext 703

For more information on the programme contact:

Brendan Powell
Hawke’s Bay Regional Council
Ph: 06 833 8056

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