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Speakers

We are excited to bring you a fantastic line up of
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peakers for our 2024 Conference!

Our speakers have been carefully chosen to bring you new insight and perspective on the conference themes and how they relate to the compliance world.  We have exceptional keynote and breakout session speakers from across the environmental compliance spectrum and we’re sure that all attendees will be inspired. 

Conference MC

Guest Speaker

  • Jackie Adams
    Taskforce and Investigations Manager, Environmental Protection Authority

    Our Conference MC Jackie Adams is the Taskforce and Investigations Manager for the Environmental Protection Authority. Jackie is well qualified as this year’s ECC conference MC, describing himself as a loud mouth Irishman with a lot of Blarney ...

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  • Tim Batt

    Tim is a highly talented and acclaimed New Zealand-based comedian. His latest comedy show titled Is Climate Change Funny Yet? is a comedy show that makes jokes about climate change. Sure to get a laugh out of deadly serious issues, our award-winning guest speaker is not to be missed ...

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Keynote Speakers

We are pleased to introduce our keynote speakers for ENVCC23.  Each of our speakers has been invited to share their passion for their work and a unique insight into their areas of expertise. Their topics will span law, elected representation in local government, centrally led policy development and environmental protection.

  • Judge Prudence Steven
    Christchurch Environmental Court

    Judge Prudence Steven was sworn in as a Judge in February 2019. She also serves as a District Court Judge in Christchurch. Steven’s professional focus has been on resource management and local government/public law ...

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  • James Palmer
    Secretary for the Environment 

    James Palmer is the Secretary for the Environment. He has invaluable knowledge and will provide insight into the local and central government sector and the highest level of policy-making ...

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  • Dr Allan Freeth
    Chief Executive, Environmental Protection Authority

    Dr Allan Freeth is the Chief Executive of the Environmental Protection Authority since September 2015 and is well-known across New Zealand’s business, cultural, public and philanthropic sectors. This fascinating keynote speaker holds a BSc (1st class Honours) degree in Zoology, a Doctorate in Philosophy in Population Genetics, and an MBA with Distinction ...

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  • Tory Whanau
    Mayor of Wellington

    Tory Whanau won the Wellington City Council mayoralty in October 2022. She is the council’s first wahine Māori mayor, and is of Pakakohe and Ngā Ruahine descent. Tory is an exciting new prospect on the local government political landscape and welcomes ECC delegates to her city ...

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  • Sophie Handford
    Councillor, Kāpiti Coast District Council

    Sophie Handford is one of Aotearoa’s youngest Councillors, having been elected to Kapiti Coast District Council at the age of 18. She’s an environmental activist, founding School Strike 4 Climate in Aotearoa NZ, and believes there’s so much more to do and now is the time. This young leader will be an inspiring keynote speaker at ENVCC23 ...

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  • Wayne Langford 
    President, Federated Farmers NZ  

    Wayne Langford wears many hats. He’s the current President of Federated Farmers of New Zealand, leads the Yolo Project promoting mental health in the rural sector, is a husband and father of three, and a sixth generation dairy farmer from Golden Bay ...

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Workshop Speakers

This year ENVCC24 is host to a 3-hour (pre-conference) workshop on the compliance and enforcement (C&E) provisions in the new Natural & Built Environment Act 2023.  Presenters Dr Marie Doole and Rob Dragten will answer the questions of what this means for practitioners and discuss how it can be implemented.  Join the discussion!

Wednesday 1st November 2023

The compliance system is changing as a result of resource management reform. The new and updated C&E tools will be available under the RMA during the period of transition between the RMA and the NBA. The changes will be coming into force progressively from the date the Act came into effect (24th August 2023), to provide time for adaptation and to set in place the support mechanisms for the new tools ...

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Panel Discussion

RM Reform is underway. The new NBEA includes much sought changes to practices around CME. Don’t miss our panel on Thursday 27th November, 10:30 - 11:00am. 

Greg Bevin, Joshua Shaw, Richard Hopkins will be sharing their collective knowledge to discuss RM Reform & the implementation of the new system with a CME focus ...

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Breakout Sessions

ENVC24 Breakout Sessions will focus on the latest practices, tools and strategies from leading industry experts.  These sessions are an important forum to share practical experiences at a critical time in compliance.

Thursday 27th November 2024

Soundings Theatre

Rangimarie 1 (Breakout Room 1)       

Rangimarie 2 (Breakout Room 2)          

How we add value
Amanda de Jong

11:30 - 12:00pm

Court decisions in 2023
Stephen Quinn
 and Kate Rogers
12:00 - 12:30pm

Two Councils, two plans, one goal 
Melanie Heather, Isabelle Logez and Georgia Simmonds

2:15 - 2:45pm

Conditioning ESC Performance
Michael Parsonson

2:45 - 3:15pm

Motiti Protection Area
John Morris

3:15 - 3:45

Mātauranga as evidence
Te Mauri Apiata

11:30 - 12:00pm

Minimising Compliance Costs 
Hugh Leersnyder

12:00 - 12:30pm
 

Digital environmental management
Alex Bees

2:15 - 2:45pm

Ashes to ashes, dust to court
Trudy Richards

2:45 - 3:15pm

Who is actually Responsible
Matthew Wilson

3:15 - 3:45pm

Navigating Enforcement Responses
Joshua Shaw

11:30 - 12:00pm

Toxic Shock
Tim McGuigan

12:00 - 12:30pm
 

Investigative Interviewing
Jackie Adams

2:15 - 3:15pm


Tools to curb commercial offending 

David Collins and Brandon Watts

3:15 - 3:45pm

Friday 28th November 2024

Soundings Theatre

Managing Compliance Monitoring Data
Simon Wilson

10:30 - 11:00am

City Rail Link Project - Wai Matters Jason Haggerty and Lorena Vigoya

11:00 - 11:30am
 

RM Reform - Opportunities for CME  Jamie O'Sullivan

11:30 - 12:00pm

Getting real time data with the
Waka

Abi Croutear-Foy and Chris Wilcox

12:00 - 12:30pm

The role of the EPA taskforce        Jackie Adams

2:15 - 2:45 pm

Victims of environmental offending   
Jade Magrath and Katia Fraser 

2:45 - 3:15pm

Nurdles: a huge, tiny problem           Steph Scheirlinck

3:15 - 3:45pm

Rangimarie 1 (Breakout Room 1)       

Introduction to Resource Management Act Compliance 
Janet Whiteside

10:30 - 11:30am

Te Whanganui-a-Tara: The complexities and challenges of compliance at a harbour-wide
scale

Annie Graham

11:30 - 12:00pm
 

Partnerships for compliance
Clark Ehlers

12:00 - 12:30pm

Presenting at a hearing                      Stephen Quinn and Kate Rogers 

2:15 - 2:45pm

NBEA Enforcement: much, much better!
Antoinette Besier and Karenza
de Silva

2:45 - 3:15pm


Keeping it technically simple
Jacqui Mackle

3:15 - 3:45pm

Rangimarie 2 (Breakout Room 2)          

Northland Forestry Environmental WG
Zivana Pauling

2:15 - 2:45pm

Woodburners - to burn or not to burn
Marion Henton

2:45 - 3:15pm

Over Spiced                                              Kagan Morcom

3:15 - 3:45pm

*Click the presentation title for full details.  Please note programme, session dates and times are subject to change.   

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