Jonathon Porritt to speak in Gisborne

Leading environmental thinker has strong links to New Zealand.

Leading environmental thinker has strong links to New Zealand.

Jonathon Porritt, founder of Forum for the Future and former head of the Friends of the Earth in the United Kingdom. Picture supplied

HOW environmental and economic prosperity can go hand-in-hand to benefit regions like Tairawhiti will be the focus of a presentation tomorrow by global sustainability leader Sir Jonathon Porritt.

Sir Jonathon is founder and director of Forum for the Future, a not-for-profit organisation that works with businesses and other organisations to accelerate sustainable change. He also chairs Air New Zealand’s Sustainability Advisory Panel.

He will be in Gisborne for a meeting with the rest of the airline’s panel of seven experts on Sunday, including Te Ha trustee Dame Anne Salmond.

Sir Jonathon will arrive early to present a special talk: Economy, Ecology and Culture: Redefining Our Boundaries for the 21st Century, at Waikanae Surf Life Saving Club tomorrow afternoon.

He is being hosted by Air New Zealand, Activate Tairawhiti and Te Ha Trust.

Dame Anne said it is a privilege to have Sir Jonathon speak publicly in Gisborne.

“Sir Jonathon is a global leader in sustainability. He is a terriifc speaker and a warm and impressive person.

“His father (Arthur Porritt) was the first New Zealander to be appointed Governor-General, and he knows the country well and has high aspirations for its future.

“He enjoys working with iwi, and the innovative thinking based on ancestral experience.

“Sir Jonathon has worked with leading companies world-wide, helping them adapt to rapidly changing conditions, so that they can thrive into the future.”

In his talk he will discuss the ways in which environmental and economic prosperity go hand-in-hand and how that thinking can be applied to regional New Zealand.

“The chance to hear him speak is a rare opportunity and not to be missed,” Dame Anne said.

HOW environmental and economic prosperity can go hand-in-hand to benefit regions like Tairawhiti will be the focus of a presentation tomorrow by global sustainability leader Sir Jonathon Porritt.

Sir Jonathon is founder and director of Forum for the Future, a not-for-profit organisation that works with businesses and other organisations to accelerate sustainable change. He also chairs Air New Zealand’s Sustainability Advisory Panel.

He will be in Gisborne for a meeting with the rest of the airline’s panel of seven experts on Sunday, including Te Ha trustee Dame Anne Salmond.

Sir Jonathon will arrive early to present a special talk: Economy, Ecology and Culture: Redefining Our Boundaries for the 21st Century, at Waikanae Surf Life Saving Club tomorrow afternoon.

He is being hosted by Air New Zealand, Activate Tairawhiti and Te Ha Trust.

Dame Anne said it is a privilege to have Sir Jonathon speak publicly in Gisborne.

“Sir Jonathon is a global leader in sustainability. He is a terriifc speaker and a warm and impressive person.

“His father (Arthur Porritt) was the first New Zealander to be appointed Governor-General, and he knows the country well and has high aspirations for its future.

“He enjoys working with iwi, and the innovative thinking based on ancestral experience.

“Sir Jonathon has worked with leading companies world-wide, helping them adapt to rapidly changing conditions, so that they can thrive into the future.”

In his talk he will discuss the ways in which environmental and economic prosperity go hand-in-hand and how that thinking can be applied to regional New Zealand.

“The chance to hear him speak is a rare opportunity and not to be missed,” Dame Anne said.

Sir Jonathon will speak at Waikanae Surf Life Saving Club tomorrow from 2.30-4pm. Entry is free.

The presentation will be followed by light refreshments and an opportunity for questions and discussion afterwards.

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