RMLA Annual Conference
2013 RMLA Conference
"Black & White Gold - Does it all Glitter?"
26-28 September 2013
Devon Hotel and Conference Centre
As announced at the Queenstown conference in September, the 2013 RMLA conference will be held in New Plymouth.
The title for this year’s conference is “Black and White Gold, Does it all glitter?”.
The conference title symbolises the tensions within both the RMA itself, and Central Government’s Business Growth Agenda, of securing gains in economic prosperity through more productive use of resources while ensuring that New Zealand’s unique natural resource base is sustained.
The conference will examine this quest to better reconcile economic development and environmental protection using two industries of central relevance to the Taranaki Region, petroleum and dairy, as “case studies”.
This conference will also be a timely chance to catch up on the most significant RMA reform set in 20 years, likely advanced to the point of legislation being introduced (or being progressed) by September. The opportunities and challenges of the dairy and petroleum industries provide an ideal context within which to review the reforms, aimed at improving the resource management system generally, and in relation to freshwater specifically. Both reform sets directly confront and seek to better resolve the tensions we will explore at the conference.
As visitors to Taranaki you will be treated to a suite of field trips not only showcasing the province’s natural resource wonders, but enabling members to experience how they have been applied to create a period of employment growth and activity currently unrivalled in the country.
Development of the conference programme is well advanced and sponsorship opportunities are on offer. Contact www. rmla.org.nz for more details as they come to hand.
Meantime, be sure not to miss it -put the dates in your diary, and we will see you there!
Lauren Wallace, Convenor