15 October 2019

66th NZARM Conference - Northland

Change at Pace and Scale

Essential freshwater - Afforestation and Land Use Change - Climate Change

Bay of Islands | Copthorne | 15-17 October 2019 - 66th NZARM Conference

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The world's biggest travel publisher Lonely Planet has named Northland in the Top 3 of best destinations in the Asia-Pacific region for 2019. Here is your opportunity to see the other side of Northland and Bay of Islands, at the New Zealand Association of Resource Management (NZARM) Conference 15-17th of October 2019. Waitaha Events Centre Copthorne Hotel, Waitangi, Paihia, Bay of Islands.


The Lonely Planet quoted

“Endless extraordinary surf beaches, myriad islands and forests of giant trees are the hallmarks of the northernmost part of New Zealand (Aotearoa) – but that’s only part of the story. Northland is the cradle of the country’s culture and history – both for the indigenous Māori people and for the European settlers who followed them”.

The 3-day in Northland is following the traditional format of one day and two field days, but with a facilitated twist, to prompt attendees to discuss, learn and meet others and take home more. The collaborative organisation team consists of Northland Regional Council, DairyNZ, Hancock Forest Management Ltd. (NZ), and a growing number of contributors and sponsors.  We are planning to take you to the real Northland where no tourists go, to the headwaters, hill country and culturally important areas of both the Bay of Islands and Kaipara Moana Catchments that feed into our taonga, our shallow harbours.

To reflect the challenges resource managers are facing at this time the is themed around:


Change at Pace and Scale: Essential Freshwater - Afforestation and Land Use Change - Climate Change

If we are to prepare and face up to these challenges, we need to work together and learn from each other.  This is designed so that attendees don’t only hear from guest speakers and visit the various sights, but have ample opportunities to discuss and learn from the huge expertise within delegates. We will all go home better prepared to tackle the challenges at pace and scale.

What to expect from NZARM 2019 :

Tuesday 15th: day:

Powhiri on Te Tii Marae in Waitangi, to welcome guests to the rohe and bless the .

Waitaha Events Centre at the Copthorne Hotel: :  plenary sessions with fewer speakers and more interaction between attendees. Guest speakers confirmed include Cheryl Barnes from MfE, Warren Parker chair of Forestry Ministerial Advisory Group and Pamu Farms of New Zealand, David Burger from DairyNZ and Mike Petersen, NZ Trade Envoy.

  • Happy Hour: Drinks and nibbles sponsored by .


Wednesday 16th: Field trip day one (less bus more discussion & learning)

Morning: Ngāti Hine Forestry site (leave at 8.00am from Copthorne hotel)


Visiting an operational harvesting site, where a tethered assisted harvester is in use.  Discuss issues around appropriate land use for the landscapes and catchments we manage. Facilitated discussion regarding forest planning, catchment management, biodiversity and kiwi (the bird) management in plantation forests. 

Please Note: High vis vests and hard hats required (BYO if you can, we can supply a very limited numbers)


Lunch and historic site visit:


Ruapekapeka Pa, the site of the final battle of the New Zealand land wars in the north. This taonga site has an impressive story and is currently under collaborative management between tangata whenua and DoC and the earth works are still in place.


Afternoon: Kaipara Moana Catchment: sediment and farming (back by 4.30 @ Bay of Islands)

We will go over the watershed boundary to the largest harbour catchment in Northland. The Kaipara Moana Catchment is dominated by the Northern Wairoa River.  This catchment expands across about a third of Northland.

We will be running this session on a dairy farm with our partners Living Water (DOC/Fonterra partnership) around scalable solutions for farming practices and water quality. We will also be sharing some of our mahi from within the Waimā Waitai Waiora partnership where we are collaborating with partners across the catchment to improve our freshwater environments and empower marae/hapū/iwi to fulfil aspirations for water quality in a catchment where sediment is the biggest stressor


Evening Conference Dinner: Copthorne Hotel:  Waitaha Events Centre

  • Including NZARM awards, dinner speaker and entertainment


Thursday 17th: Field trip day two: Beef and farm forestry(even less bus/one farm practical workshop)

Morning: Farm environment planning

  • Land use/ land use change in hill country, mosaics and optimised landscapes for economic and environmental gain.
  • Farm scale forestry, productive use of farm-grown totara
  • Biosecurity and biodiversity (traps and toxins)
  • Soils and understanding of matching land-use / management.

Group discussion, practical workshops and sharing


Early Afternoon

Road map for our future (and Lunch)

  • Wrap-up debate of some “Big Brains” to discuss the burning issues of the and these changing times.
  • Question Time: What have we learnt and how do we deal with that?
  • Conference summary: where do we go from here, take home actions

    Conference to be finished by 3 pm. Buses available direct to Kerikeri Airport or earlier bus for mid-afternoon flights if required. 

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