16 October 2018
The annual NZARM conference is an opportunity for members from across New Zealand to come together to learn, share experiences and network with other members. The theme of this year’s conference is “Getting it done! Catchments, Partnerships, Implementation”. Join us for three days of papers, field trips, and workshops to explore our theme.
Registrations with open at 8.30am, with a Mihi Whakatau and welcome at 9.30am, then national-level keynotes speakers to expand our theme of Getting it Done. Each speaker will investigate the subthemes of catchments, partnerships, and implementation in the broader sense.
The second half of the day we will have regional speakers discuss examples of large-scale projects, implementation of national policy, and partnering through co-management in one of the fastest growing regions in the country.
This will be followed by the Annual General Meeting and an evening of Beers and Bowls on the Green. A great way to relax and catch up with mates.
Dawn Hikoi - Early risers may like to enjoy a guided hikoi by local kaumatua to catch the sunrise on top of Mauao (Mount Maunganui). Please register your interest at the Registration Desk on the first day.
Attendees will be given an option on day two to explore one of three field trips. The field trips will focus on key aspects of resource management across the region,
1. Tauranga Harbour and Matakana Island - explore the sparkling waters and catchments with a focus on Resource Management under pressure from increasing population.
The Tauranga based field trip will begin with a drive through the Port of Tauranga where delegates can learn about the challenges and complexities of managing the largest cargo port in New Zealand. Next is an opportunity to look through the Ballance Fertiliser production plant and discuss the challenges and opportunities around fertiliser use and development, and learn about Mitigator – a software tool for managing nutrient losses on farms.
From the City the trip then heads into the more rural harbour catchments to visit an established kiwifruit orchard. Here the issue of resource pressures and availability of land and water will be discussed, along with the challenges of managing soil and water quality.
Heading further north the next stop is a farm site showcasing collaborative land-owner and community engagement, retirement of low-productivity land and citizen science in action.
From here we head via Omokoroa to see the pressures of urban development out to Matakana Island by ferry. On the way we will talk about issues impacting the harbour, including sedimentation and nutrient inputs. On Matakana island there will be an opportunity to see the result of collaboration with Iwi and hapū around industry (kiwifruit), and riparian and wetland planting. The trip will conclude with a drive along the island through exotic forestry blocks to learn about the island forestry operations before heading back to the City.
2. Lower Kaituna/Pongakawa catchments and Papahikahawai Island/Maketū Estuary - see the works in progress with a focus on the implementation of catchment-scale projects.