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The 2018 NZAEE Annual Report can be viewed at: https://nzaee.org.nz/publications/

NZAEE Conference 2018 A Huge Success

The New Zealand Association for Environmental Education (NZAEE) 9th Biennial Conference: An Ecosystem for Environmental Education – He Pūnaha Hauropi mō te mātauranga a taiao, was an enormous success, with over 200 delegates and more than fifty presenters able to share their ideas and build new connections during the three day event. Opened by Associate Environment Minister Nanaia Mahuta at Wellington Girls College, delegates were immersed in the strong community of environmental educators doing exceptional mahi throughout the country and beyond.

We had a number of achievements in the lead-up to, and during the conference, such as a 30+ strong youth contingent, and presentations by a number of high profile figures within the environmental and environmental education landscape. Of particular importance was the opportunity for our community to engage with the government’s Environmental Education for Sustainability Strategy and 2017-21 Action Plan, and we would like to acknowledge the contributions of the Department of Conservation and others to the conversations that took place around it.

Our keynote speakers, Billy Matheson –  Massey University, Enspiral Foundation and EXP Agency, Ocean Mercier from Victoria University’s Faculty of Māori Studies, and Sam Judd of Sustainable Coastlines, were thought provoking and transformational in their messages. We hope that our delegates found something of value in each of their presentations, and that what inspiration was found on the day continues into the future.

The future of the environmental education sector, and of NZAEE, was a key focus of the conference and opportunities were provided for delegates to connect within their sectors and regions. At the end of the three days, each region was asked to come up with several actions to take back with them. As we mentioned in our closing session, the Wellington NZAEE Branch will be following up with all of our regional branches and members later this year to check in on progress on actions identified, and to see what can be done to support them as our organisation progresses.

We would like to thank all members of the conference committee, the NZAEE executive, our many sponsors and supporters, Taranaki Whānui, Wellington’s environmental education community, our volunteers, conference company Paardekooper, and all of our delegates for helping us to make the conference an exceptional event.

Please feel free to take a look at photos from the event posted on the conference website – http://www.nzaeeconference.nz/

Thom Adams, Engagement Co-ordinator
Faculty of Science
Phone: +64-4-463 4768
Mobile: +64-22-1664768

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