Exciting lineup at Enviro Hui

TAIRAWHITI'S environmental challenges will be tackled on Friday at a hui bringing together some of the field’s sharpest thinkers and a range of special guest presenters.

Tairawhiti Enviro Hui: Shaped by the Land will involve a series of talks, exploring the relationship between economic development and te taiao (environment), and the unique ecology and biodiversity of Tairawhiti.

The free community event will run from 12.30pm to 5pm at the Dome in Gisborne.

Organiser Krystal Phillips, solutions co-ordinator with Nga Whenua Rahui Tairawhiti, said one of the aims was to grow connections about environmental and conservation issues in Tairawhiti.

“We're hoping to attract a good range of people. The hui will cover a broad range of conservation stuff, and we are keen to get new people involved, especially from the farming community.

“It's important for the different agencies in Tairawhiti to be working together on conservation, and to include businesses.”

Similar hui were held in 2014 and 2015, but there was a break last year.

The first two sessions of the hui will be about Plants of Tairawhiti, presented by Phillip Smith and Graeme Atkins, and Animals of Tairawhiti, by Dr Murry Cave.

Following that will be a presentation by 2017 Green Ribbon Supreme Award winners Whangawehi Catchment Management Group, before “Iwi-onomy”, by Manu Caddie and Panapa Ehau of Hikurangi Enterprises.

RNZ journalist Alison Ballance, who presents the science-focused programme “Changing World” will deliver the keynote before the afternoon is rounded off with a conservation leaders panel, involving Queen Elizabeth II National Trust’s Malcolm Rutherford, Department of Conservation’s John Lucas, Gisborne District Council’s Lois Easton, Nga Whenua Rahui’s Roland Pomana, Allison Balance, Manu Caddie and Pia Pohatu.

Following the hui will be a Pecha Kucha evening, from 7pm to 10pm.

It will involve thought-provoking rapid fire presentations by a range of interesting minds from Tairawhiti and beyond.

People are also welcome to join a trapping workshop the next day on November 4 at the Waihirere Domain from 10am-1pm.

A sausage sizzle will be provided. Participants need to bring appropriate footwear and something to drink.

The Enviro Hui is supported by the Department of Conservation, Eastern Institute of Technology, Gisborne District Council, Tairawhiti Environment Centre, Queen Elizabeth II National Trust and Nga Whenua Rahui.

TAIRAWHITI'S environmental challenges will be tackled on Friday at a hui bringing together some of the field’s sharpest thinkers and a range of special guest presenters.

Tairawhiti Enviro Hui: Shaped by the Land will involve a series of talks, exploring the relationship between economic development and te taiao (environment), and the unique ecology and biodiversity of Tairawhiti.

The free community event will run from 12.30pm to 5pm at the Dome in Gisborne.

Organiser Krystal Phillips, solutions co-ordinator with Nga Whenua Rahui Tairawhiti, said one of the aims was to grow connections about environmental and conservation issues in Tairawhiti.

“We're hoping to attract a good range of people. The hui will cover a broad range of conservation stuff, and we are keen to get new people involved, especially from the farming community.

“It's important for the different agencies in Tairawhiti to be working together on conservation, and to include businesses.”

Similar hui were held in 2014 and 2015, but there was a break last year.

The first two sessions of the hui will be about Plants of Tairawhiti, presented by Phillip Smith and Graeme Atkins, and Animals of Tairawhiti, by Dr Murry Cave.

Following that will be a presentation by 2017 Green Ribbon Supreme Award winners Whangawehi Catchment Management Group, before “Iwi-onomy”, by Manu Caddie and Panapa Ehau of Hikurangi Enterprises.

RNZ journalist Alison Ballance, who presents the science-focused programme “Changing World” will deliver the keynote before the afternoon is rounded off with a conservation leaders panel, involving Queen Elizabeth II National Trust’s Malcolm Rutherford, Department of Conservation’s John Lucas, Gisborne District Council’s Lois Easton, Nga Whenua Rahui’s Roland Pomana, Allison Balance, Manu Caddie and Pia Pohatu.

Following the hui will be a Pecha Kucha evening, from 7pm to 10pm.

It will involve thought-provoking rapid fire presentations by a range of interesting minds from Tairawhiti and beyond.

People are also welcome to join a trapping workshop the next day on November 4 at the Waihirere Domain from 10am-1pm.

A sausage sizzle will be provided. Participants need to bring appropriate footwear and something to drink.

The Enviro Hui is supported by the Department of Conservation, Eastern Institute of Technology, Gisborne District Council, Tairawhiti Environment Centre, Queen Elizabeth II National Trust and Nga Whenua Rahui.

The free community event will run from 12.30pm to 5pm at the Dome in Gisborne on Friday, November 3.

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