Spring – the time of year for new growth! A great time to ‘fertilise’ those conservation projects, and ‘sow seeds’ for new growth says DOC Partnerships Ranger, Trudi Ngawhare.
DOC, in partnership with Ecoworks NZ, Gisborne District Council and Tairawhiti Environment Centre, will be hosting the Tairawhiti Environment Hui at Te Tini o Porou Conference Centre, this Friday 7 November as part of Conservation Week celebrations.
“The hui is for individuals or groups involved in conservation to share expertise, ideas and experience. A chance to celebrate the great work happening in our region, network and inspire each other to grow projects”, says Ms Ngawhare.
A highlight is keynote speaker Geoff Simmons of The Morgan Foundation – an independent foundation which aims to stimulate debate on the important issues facing New Zealand.
Mr Simmons works on water quality (MyRiver), Predator Free Rakiura and the infamous “Cats to Go” campaign. He has co-authored four books alongside Gareth Morgan, covering topics such as health (Health Cheque), fishing (Hook Line & Blinkers), Antarctica (Ice Mice & Men) and food (Appetite for Destruction).
Session topics cover primary industries; working with whanau, hapu and iwi; and freshwater. The hui concludes with a panel discussion of local conservation leaders, to discuss working together to grow conservation in Tairawhiti.
“Tairawhiti relies on the environment for well-being, primary industries, tourism, and something as basic as providing healthy kai for our families. Growing conservation efforts will contribute to our prosperity”, says Ms Ngawhare.