12:00pm Registration desk opens – Oceania, Te Papa


RM Knowledge Hub Leaders workshops –
Te Huinga Centre


2:30- 3:00pm  Afternoon Tea
3:30-4.30pm 100% Sustainable New Zealand 

  • Hon Eugenie Sage

Soundings Theatre, Te Papa

 4.30-5:00pm Managing the Paradigm Shift to New Systems Thinking

Pre-recorded interview with Jonathan Porritt CBE, Britain’s “most green thinker”

Soundings Theatre, Te Papa



5:00–7:30pm Welcome reception – Te Marae, Te Papa
Networking drinks & nibbles
8:30am Conference Opening Amokura Gallery, Te Papa
  Mihi Whakatau
8:45am-9:00am Harnessing the winds change in the Capital
    Mayor Justin Lester 
9:00am–9:30am Keynote Minister’s address – Amokura Gallery, Te Papa
  Hon David Parker – Environment Minister
    Environmental law and policy – the journey begins
9:30am-10:30am Keynote Christian Scharff, President, IMS Luxembourg

Third Industrial Revolution, the inclusion challenge

  Amokura Gallery, Te Papa
11:00am Keynote Andrew Eagles
  New Zealand Green Buildings Council
11:40am Panel Coastal Management – Amokura Gallery, Te Papa
Rob Bell – NIWA
Stephen Daysh – Mitchell Daysh

Andrew Saunders – Insurance Council

Dr Roger Blakeley – Councillor, Greater Wellington Regional Council

1:00pm LUNCH Oceania, Te Papa
2:00pm-3:30pm WORKSHOPS Amokura Gallery, Te Papa
• National policy statements as a policy mechanism for resolving land use tensions – reform or transform?
• MfE
• Collaboration
• RMLA Academic Advisory Group
3:00pm-3:30pm AFTERNOON TEA  
3:30pm-5:00pm Debate Amokura Gallery, Te Papa
We’re doing it all wrong – New Zealand the way you want it!

Stephen Selwood – Infrastructure NZ

Paul Ridley-Smith – TrustPower and Morrison & Co

Samuel Lang

Karen Fifield – Wellington Zoo Trust

  Moderated by Wallace Chapman 
5:30pm-7:30pm TASTE OF WELLINGTON – Macs Function Centre
Networking drinks and dinner
















Amokura Gallery

Registration open – Oceania, Te Papa

Prof Robin Kundis Craig, University of Utah

Learning to Live with the Trickster: U.S. and New Zealand Natural Resources Law in the Anthropocene

(Proudly sponsored by Boffa Miskell)

Amokura Gallery


Martin Williams, Barrister

RMA: Fit for Purpose?


10:20am Morning Tea and RMLA Annual Annual General Meeting



















Dr Marie Brown, The Catalyst Group

Securing regulatory outcomes – enhancing compliance monitoring and enforcement in New Zealand’s resource management system


Sheena Tepania, Consultant and Gina Rangi, Group Manager, Lakes District Council


Water with a rural focus

Amokura Gallery

  • Professor Robin Kundis-Craig, University of Utah
  • Chris Keenan, Horticulture NZ
  • Vaughan Payne, CEO Waikato Regional Council
  • Madeleine Wright, Solicitor, Environmental Defence Society
From 1:00pm LUNCH
1:00pm onward Field Shops
  • NZ Energy Chain
  • Zealandia
  • Urban Design
  • Transforming the Hutt River
  • Social Housing
  • Resilience and Regeneration
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parliament Tour
  • Building a Resilient Water Supply
7:00pm – Midnight  


Conference and RMLA  Annual Awards Dinner – Wellington Foyer, Te Papa

RMLA Conference Welcome Reception

Date: Thursday 20 September
Time: 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Venue: Te Marae, Te Papa
Cost: One ticket is included in each full Conference registration.

Additional tickets can be purchased via the registration process for $50.00 inc GST.

To commence the Conference social programme, the official Welcome Reception is at Te Marae, Te Papa and RMLA invites you to join them for drinks and nibbles while catching up with friends and colleagues.

Taste of Wellington serves up a sizzling cultural cornucopia. A perfect blend of culture, culinary excellence, locally crafted brews and regional wines create a relaxed Friday networking event on Day 2 of the conference.

Each of our Taste of Wellington providers have been carefully selected on the basis of their demonstrated commitment to sustainability.

Date: Friday 21 September
Time: 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Venue: Macs Function Centre
Cost: One ticket is included in each full Conference registration.

Additional tickets can be purchased via the registration process for $60.00 inc GST.

Conference and RMLA Annual Awards Dinner

Date: Saturday 22 September
Time: 7.00pm – Midnight
Venue: Wellington Foyer, Te Papa, Wellington
Dress: Cocktail or dress in your favourite ‘Reform or Transform’ outfit!.  (Costume hire will be available at the conference on Saturday 22 September during the day).
Cost: One ticket is included in each full Conference registration. Additional tickets can be purchased via the registration process for $120 inc GST.

The dinner is a wonderful way to conclude the conference and to celebrate with the RMLA Award recipients.

RMLA’s Annual Conference & Awards Dinner is proudly sponsored by Buddle Findlay.

Download the full Conference Programme by CLICKING HERE

*This programme may be subject to change at any time.

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