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T H U R S D A Y   2 0  –   RM Leaders Group Workshops

T H U R S D A Y   2 0   –   K e y n o t e   S p e a k e r s


James Shaw – Climate Change Minister

James Shaw strongly believes that New Zealand can lead the world in transitioning to a high-value, clean-tech, post-carbon economy that works for everyone.

He knows it’s a hugely ambitious, probably decades-long task, but it’s the reason he’s committed to a life in politics and one of the many reasons joined the Green Party in 1990. James was appointed Green Party Co-leader on May 30, 2015, after being elected to Parliament as a list MP in 2014, and was appointed Climate Change Minster in 2017.

Prior to becoming an MP, James had a successful career in management consulting, primarily in London, where he lived from 1998 to 2010.

8 - Jonathon Porritt

Jonathan Porritt CBE – Founder, Green Futures

Eminent writer, broadcaster and commentator on sustainable development, Jonathan Porritt places emphasis on the solution rather than the problem. The co-founder of Forum for the Future sets scenarios and paths via which New Zealand can become a truly sustainable economy through clean technology and new models of economic growth.

Jonathan Porritt, co-founder of Forum for the Future, is an eminent writer, broadcaster and commentator on sustainable development. His services to environmental protection have earned him a CBE.

Established in 1996, Forum for the Future is now the UK’s leading sustainable development charity, with over 100 partner organisations, including some of the world’s leading companies.

His book The World We Made (2013) provides a positive vision on how we could conceivably be living in a fairer and more sustainable world by 2050; previous works include Capitalism As If The World Matters (2007).

From 2000 to 2009, Jonathon served as Chairman of the UK Sustainable Development Commission, the Government’s principal source of independent advice across the whole sustainable development agenda. In 2012, he was appointed as Chancellor of Keele University, and he is also Visiting Professor at Loughborough University and at UCL.

F R I D A Y   2 1   –   K e y n o t e   S p e a k e r s

Justin Lester, Mayor, Wellington

C O N F E R E N C E   O P E N I N G   S P E E C H  –   M A Y O R   J U S T I N   L E S T E R

Justin Lester was elected Mayor in 2016. He joined Wellington City Council as a Northern Ward Councillor in 2010 and then served as Deputy Mayor from 2013 until 2016.

During his time as a Councillor, Justin championed the living wage, prioritised good quality local services and supported local businesses. He feels strongly that good local government services make a huge difference in people’s lives.

Justin’s priorities as Mayor include kick-starting the economy, making housing affordable, improving Wellington’s transport, replacing outdated bylaws and prioritising arts funding. He also wants to establish the country’s first wet house, provide a rates rebate for first-home builders and create the world’s first predator-free capital.

David Parker

M I N I S T E R I A L   A D D R E S S   –   H O N   D A V I D   P A R K E R

Environment Minster Hon David Parker grew up and studied in Dunedin, graduating with a BCom/LLB from the University of Otago. He had a long career in business and law before being elected to Parliament as Labour Member of Parliament in the former electorate of Otago in 2002.

In his earlier years, David was a managing and litigation partner in South Island law firm Anderson Lloyd. He was also involved in many businesses, including innovative bio-tech export start-ups A2 Corporation, BLIS Technologies, Botryzen and Pharmazen, as well as in more traditional industries. He is an experienced CEO and company director.

David was appointed to Cabinet in 2005, and served as Minister of Energy, Climate Change, Transport, State Services, Attorney-General, and Land Information under Helen Clark’s Government. In Opposition, he served as Deputy Leader, Shadow Attorney General, and in Finance, Economic Development and various other roles. His focus has always been, and remains, on delivering prosperity and fairer economic outcomes for all New Zealanders.

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A N D R E W  E A G L E S

CEO, New Zealand Green Building Council

Andrew is a qualified economist with more than fourteen years’ experience in the built environment. Working for consultancies, associations, government and built environment charities, he has a wealth of knowledge in housing, market mechanism, advocacy and the construction supply chain.

Andrew joined the New Zealand Green Building Council in September 2016 as Chief Executive. The New Zealand Green Building Council is the country’s leading not-for-profit for the sustainable built environment. As well as exemplary research, the NZGBC oversees Homestar and Green Star the award winning certifications for New Zealand homes and buildings. NABERSNZ, the tool for confirming performance of offices in use, is also rising in popularity.

DAY 2 – Plenary Session Speakers

Marie Brown

D r  M A R I E   B R O W N

Dr Marie Brown is the Practice Leader: Policy with The Catalyst Group, an environmental management consultancy, the latest role in a career that has included working in local government, national and local NGOs and in the private sector. Marie has a background in science and law including a PhD from the University of Waikato. Her doctoral studies involved an extensive analysis of the use of ecological compensation and biodiversity offsets under the RMA. In research roles and through books, reports and peer reviewed articles published since, Marie has undertaken national-scale analyses of a wide range of issues from biodiversity loss to RMA implementation, environmental law enforcement to the prospect of biodiversity banking in New Zealand. Marie is a Senior Associate of the Institute of Governance and Policy Studies at Victoria University. In her present role, Marie provides policy related advice (covering design, implementation and evaluation) to a range of clients including central and local government, iwi, the private sector and conservation organisations.

DAY 2 – Panel Speakers


S T E P H E N  D A Y S H

Stephen has wide environmental consulting and management experience in New Zealand, Asia and the Pacific.

He has considerable experience working with clients in all fields of environmental planning, and in the management and co-ordination of multi-disciplinary professional service teams for major projects. His primary specialty is the project management of feasibility studies, environmental investigations and permitting processes for energy and infrastructure facilities, and urban developments.

He is a certified Commissioner Chair under the Ministry for Environment ‘Making Good Decisions’ programme and regularly sits as a decision maker in this capacity. Stephen is also a process and meeting facilitator with a focus in co-ordinating community-based option assessment processes for planning issues, often utilising multi-criteria evaluation methodologies.

Stephen is the founding director of Environmental Management Services, which merged with Mitchell Partnerships Limited in 2016 to form Mitchell Daysh.

DAY 3 – Keynote Speakers


M A R T I N   W I L L I A M S

Martin Williams has over 20 years experience practising in resource management and local government law. He has represented a wide range of private and public sector clients at local authority and appeal hearings, appearing as counsel in a number of leading Environment and High Court cases as well as in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

DAY 3 – Plenary Session Speakers

Sheena Tepania

S H E E N A  T E P A N I A

Ngāti Kahu ki Whangaroa, Te Aupouri, Ngāti Kuri, Te Rarawa

Bachelor of Laws – Auckland (1998)

Sheena is of Ngāti Kahu, Te Aupouri, Ngāti Kuri and Te Rarawa descent and has practised as a lawyer, lecturer and consultant specialising in Treaty issues, resource management and Māori land law.  Sheena currently works as a Consultant providing professional advice primarily focusing on kaupapa Māori encompassing law and environmental policy and planning.  She has been an Independent Hearings Commissioner since 2011 appointed to the Auckland panel and is frequently appointed to hearing panels to hear and decide applications for resource consent, private plan changes and notices of requirement.  Sheena was recently appointed to the Waikato Healthy Rivers – Wai Ora: Proposed Plan Change 1 hearings panel.

Sheena brings a high level of expertise in kaupapa Māori and environmental management from a te ao Māori (Māori worldview) perspective.  She is certified in the Ministry for the Environment’s Making Good Decisions programme with a chairing endorsement.

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