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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 –

NZAEE 2016 Conference Proceedings

NZAEE Conference Proceedings 2016

NZAEE Conference 2014 Presentation Papers

Key note Speakers:
Dr Mike Brown: The University of Waikato Place-responsive outdoor learning:Mike Brown
Dr Nikki Harre: The University of Auckland:: The politics and psychology of change:


Prof Greg Smith: Lewis & Clark College, USA :Grounding sustainability education in place and community:SMI14001-ppt

Dr Sally Birdsall University of Auckland : Measuring teachers’ understandings of sustainability:BIR14019-ppt


Susan Pudin University of Waikato: Working with local communities in Sabah, Malayasia: Developing a waste education programme:


Mary Tingey (Delta Community Trust)and Bridget Glasgow(Secondary School Advisor) A workshop on natural learning:TIN14033-ppt


Sangion Tiu: University of Waikato:Perceptions of traditional ecological knowledge in sustainability education in Papua new Guinea:Tui


Jeannne Williams(Kidsfirst Kindergartens Lincoln) and Glynne Mackey (University of Canterbury) : Sharpen up,shake up and stand up!Young children as agents of change:WIL


Catherine Kappelle: Education Outdoors NZ: Professional learning development,resources and support available:KAP


Dr Matt Morris: University of Canterbury: Shaking up the sustainability curriculum at UC:MOR14061-ppt


Chris North: University of Canterbury:Environmental care code to leave no trace principles: A seismic shift in approach and effectiveness?NOR14040-ppt


Dave Irwin: Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology: If the shoe fits: Student activism and identity:IRW


Rhys Taylor: Sustainable Living Education Trust:Sustainable Living-new learning guide launched:TAY14029-ppt

Claudio Aguayo: University of Waikato:A Model for developing education for sustainable websites for communities:AGU14031-ppt

Dr Chris Eames (Waikato University)Dr Sally Birdsall(Auckland University)Bridget Glasgow(Auckland Council): Knowing how to teach what in environmental education :a tool for teachers:EAM14003-ppt

Rachel Cottam : Lincoln University: :A quick guide to consuming sustainability:COT14048-ppt

Annie MacDonald:Marlborough District Council: Marlborough kids
edible garden programme and evaluation:GAN14005-ppt


Brad Harasymchuk: University of Canterbury: Place-based education: challenging the neo-colonizing process of the New Zealand and Canadian schooling systems: HARRASYM14004-ppt

Bridget Glasgow and Faye Wilson-Hill (Enviroschools facilitators): Getting credits for sustainable action : What’s new with Education for Sustainability Achievement Standards?:GLA14022-ppt Wilson


NZAEE Brochure 2013

NZAEE 2012

NZAEE Conference 2012 NZAEE 6 th Biennial Conference, January 2012, Hamilton The following presentations given at the conference were provided by the speakers for this website. They are listed by first author’s name on the presentation title as listed in the programme shown here. Keynote presentations Les Robinson, Innovation for the Rest of Us (PDF)… Continue Reading