SOLD OUT - Climate Change and Local Government Forum

The Climate Change and Local Government Forum is an exciting new event featuring New Zealand experts in this area. It's an opportunity to hear from people facing the same challenges as you.

  • 21 Jun - 22 Jun
  • Macs Function Centre, Wellington
  • 9.00 am - 4.00 pm
  • $805.00 excl. GST. for members
  • $925.00 excl. GST. for non-members
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Overview

Climate change is the ‘nuclear free’ issue of our age and Local Government is at the leading edge of responding to climate change. SOLGM is hosting the inaugural Climate Change and Local Government Forum on 21 and 22 June in Wellington. Don’t miss out on this important opportunity to hear from the leading practice experts on climate change and to network with your colleagues. Climate change will continue to impact on everything we do. Make sure you can do your best to respond to the challenges of climate change in your community by attending this Forum.

The Programme

Day One: Thursday 21 June

9.00am Registration

9.30am Introduction

Geoff Williams, Chief Executive Rotorua Lakes Council, Chair Sector Policy and Outlook Working Party

9.40am Understanding and Adapting to Climate Change

Dr Mike Williams, Director, Deep South Challenge

Dr Suzi Kerr, Motu, Deep South Challenge

10.25am Cellphone Clearance Break (Morning Tea)

10.45am Case study: the effect of Climate Change on South Dunedin

Tom Dyer, Group Manager 3 Waters, Dunedin City Council

11.30am Panel Discussion: Climate Change and Insurance

Chair; Tim Grafton, Chief Executive, Insurance Council of New Zealand

Catherine Iorns, Reader School of Law, Victoria University

Belinda Storey, Managing Director Climate Sigma

Professor IIan Noy, Chair in Economics of Disasters, Victoria University

12.30pm Lunch

1.15pm Climate Change, Stormwater and Wastewater Systems

Professor Iain White, Professor of Environmental Planning, Waikato University

2.00pm On a principled level, how should the risks of sea level rise be distributed between individuals, insurance, locals and central government?

Associate Professor Elisabeth Ellis, Director, Philosophy, Politics and Economics Programme, University of Otago

2.45 pm Afternoon Tea

3.00pm How can Local Government respond to the challenges of Managed Retreat?

Jeff Farrell, Manager Strategic Projects, Whakatane District Council

3.45pm Summing up the day:

Geoff Williams, Chief Executive Rotorua Lakes Council, Chair Sector Policy and Outlook Working Party

4.00pm Finish
4.10pm Networking drinks

Day Two: Friday 22 June 2018

9.00am Tea and Coffee

9. 30am Introduction and Recap of Day One

Geoff Williams, Chief Executive Rotorua Lakes Council, Chair Sector Policy and Outlook Working Party

9.40am Māori landholders leading in adaption strategies for their coastlines’- a coastal case study from Ohau to Waikawa rivers, Horowhenua

Dr Huhana Smith , Artist, Curator, Collaborator in Wellington

10.25am Cellphone Clearance Break (Morning Tea)

10.45am Coastal Hazards and Climate Change Guidance for local government

Emma Lemire, Analyst, Climate Change, Ministry for the Environment

11.30am The role of Local Government in adaptation and mitigation of climate change

Blair Dickie, Principal Strategic Advisor, Science and Strategy at Waikato Regional Council

12.30pm Lunch

1.30pm Panel Discussion: “How Local Government is responding to the challenges of Climate Change”

Roger Lincoln,Director Climate Change, Ministry for the Environment

Maxine Day, Team Leader, Urban and Rural Policy, Tasman District Council

Bradley Cato, General Counsel, Hutt City Council

Blair Dickie, Principal Strategic Advisor, Science and Strategy at Waikato Regional Council

2.45pm Afternoon Tea

3.00pm Flood-Prone Communities and Sea Level Rise

Associate Professor Janet Stephenson, Director Centre for Sustainability Otago University

3.45pm Summing up the day:

Geoff Williams, Chief Executive Rotorua Lakes Council, Chair Sector Policy and Outlook Working Party

4.00pm Finish

Presenters

  • Geoff Williams

    Chief Executive, Rotorua Lakes Council

    Geoff is the Chief Executive of Rotorua Lakes Council and has more than 20 years’ experience leading complex, multi-site, client-focussed service organisations.

    Before joining Rotorua Lakes Council in July 2013 he was executive director for Regional Facilities Auckland (RFA), the Auckland Council CCO (council-controlled organisation) responsible for the city’s major regional venues.

    Geoff has a Masters in Education and Psychology and has also held executive positions in central government agencies, including the Ministry for Social Development. He was Child, Youth and Family’s Regional Director for the Bay of Plenty and Waikato prior to his roles in Auckland.

  • Dr Mike Williams

    Director Deep South National Science Challenge

    Dr Mike Williams is Director of the Deep South National Science Challenge and a Principal Scientist – Marine Physics at NIWA. Mike has been involved with Challenge since it started in 2015 and helped develop its mission of enabling New Zealanders to adapt, manage risk, and thrive in a changing climate. Prior to starting as Challenge Director, he led oceanographic and sea ice research in the Southern Ocean, and around Antarctica for NIWA. Mike returned to New Zealand in 2001 after working as an oceanographer in Copenhagen, Denmark and completing a PhD in polar oceanography in Australia.

  • Dr Suzi Kerr

    Senior Fellow at Motu Research

    Dr Suzi Kerr is a founder and Senior Fellow at Motu Economic and Public Policy Research, a Principal Investigator in Te Pūnaha Matatini (a centre of research excellence focused on networks and complex systems), and an Adjunct Professor at Victoria University. She was recently appointed a member of the Interim Climate Change Commission. She is also a member of Air New Zealand's Sustainability Panel, and president of the Australasian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society. She is also the Science Lead for the programme of work on climate change Impacts and Adaptation within the Deep South National Science Challenge.

    Dr Kerr holds a PhD from Harvard University. Her current research focuses on climate change. She empirically and theoretically investigates domestic and international climate change policy, with special emphasis on emissions pricing and land use in both the tropics and New Zealand. She has led and co-led several international projects, such as for the World Bank.

  • Professor Iain White

    Professor of Environmental Planning, University of Waikato

    Iain White is Professor of Environmental Planning at the University of Waikato. He has conducted research into climate change adaptation in many countries around the world, with a particular focus on how planning and governance systems can influence decision making to better cope with extreme events. He is particularly interested in closing the gap between science, policy and practice to help generate real world impact. He is also a TEDx speaker. More info is here - http://www.waikato.ac.nz/fass/about/staff/iainw

  • Blair Dickie

    Principal Strategic Adviser – Science and Strategy, Waikato Regional Council

    Blair has a science and public policy background and has worked in local government for over 30 years. Recently the focus of Blair’s work has shifted to addressing cross cutting issues such as biological diversity, energy and climate change policy. In this capacity he has been responsible for the review of the region’s geothermal management policy, the development of the Waikato Regional Energy Strategy, the development of the 2G-Regional Policy Statement. He has recently completed investigating a regional response to the issues surrounding the best use of the region’s water resources to mid-century entitled: “ Let’s Talk Water” which resulted in Waikato Regional Freshwater Strategy last year.

    Blair is responsible for the co-ordination of the Directorate’s central government advocacy. He is a member of the Society of Local Government Managers and in 2011 participated in a US State Department funded joint climate change four week professional exchange between SOLGM and the International City Managers Association. He is a member and past President of the New Zealand Resource Management Law Association.

  • Professor Ilan Noy

    Professor of Economics, Victoria University

    Ilan is a Professor of Economics at Victoria University and the Chair in the Economics of Disasters, a position supported by the New Zealand Earthquake Commission and the Ministry of Primary Industries. His research and teaching focus on the economic aspects of natural hazards and disasters, and other related topics in environmental, development, and international economics. He is also the founding Editor-in-Chief of Economics of Disasters and Climate Change, a journal published by SpringerNature. He previously worked at the University of Hawaii, and consulted for the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, UNISDR, the International Monetary Fund, ASEAN, the Japanese Government, and the Chilean Central Bank.

  • Associate Professor Janet Stephenson

    Director of the Centre for Sustainability, Otago University

    Janet is the Director of the Centre for Sustainability, an interdisciplinary research centre at the University of Otago. A social scientist, her research interests include indigenous resource management; the interconnections between people and their local environments; and the role of individuals and organisations in the transition to a sustainable future. Current research includes community adaptation to climate impacts (Deep South National Science Challenge), ecosystem-based management (Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge) and the future of New Zealand’s electricity grid (GREEN Grid). For more information … http://www.otago.ac.nz/centre-sustainability/staff/otago038792.html

  • Associate Professor Lisa Ellis

    Associate Professor of Philosophy and Politics, University of Otago

    Lisa Ellis is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Politics and Director of the programme in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the University of Otago. Her work in environmental political theory investigates how we can make environmental policy decisions that serve our collective interests in flourishing now and in the future. She has written about environmental democracy, the collective ethics of flying, measuring the human value of biodiversity losses, and species extinction, among other topics. More information on her work may be found here: http://www.otago.ac.nz/philosophy/dept/staff-ellis.html.

  • Catherine Iorns

    Reader, School of Law, Victoria University of Wellington

    Catherine Iorns is a Reader in Law at Victoria University of Wellington. Her primary areas of teaching and research are environmental law, indigenous rights, and statutory interpretation; she has recently won prizes for her environmental law research. She holds positions at Amnesty International Aotearoa New Zealand and the NZ Council of Legal Education, and is a member of a Bioethics Committee for a project under the Biological Heritage National Science Challenge. She is also a member of the International Law Association Committee on the Implementation of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law.

    Catherine is funded by the Deep South Challenge to work on legal issues relevant to climate adaptation and liability for sea level rise damage.

  • Tim Grafton

    Chief Executive, Insurance Council of New Zealand

    Tim Grafton is the Chief Executive of the Insurance Council of New Zealand and is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors

    Over the past 30 years he has had extensive experience in the media, government, public relations and market research sectors. Prior to his appointment at ICNZ in 2012, he was Executive Director of leading market research company, UMR Research, where he led a number of key research projects particularly in the energy, primary industry and public sectors providing strategic advice at Board and Chief Executive level. He has been a senior adviser to former Prime Ministers Rt Hon Dame Jenny Shipley and Rt Hon Bill English, and former Finance Minister the Rt Hon Sir William Birch. He has also been a senior public relations practitioner and lobbyist as well as a senior parliamentary reporter.

    Tim has a number of governance roles. He is a member of the New Zealand Advisory Board of the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance; Chair of the Fair Insurance Code’s Code Compliance Committee; Chair of the Deep South National Science Challenge Representative Users Group; and member of Victoria University’s Chair in the Economics of Disasters Advisory Committee.

  • Roger Lincoln

    Director, Climate Change, Ministry for the Environment

    Roger’s responsibilities include New Zealand's domestic climate policies, international climate change negotiations and reporting and evidence functions.

    He has extensive experience in international climate change negotiations and prior to his appointment as Director was employed as a Principal Policy Analyst within MfE - working across a range of environmental and corporate issues including outcomes and strategic planning.

    Roger brings a strong focus on building partnerships across the natural resource sector agencies, business and academia. He has previously worked at the Ministry of Agriculture Forestry on land sector issues, WTO negotiations and international sustainable forest management.

  • Emma Lemire

    Analyst, Climate Change, Ministry for the Environment

    Emma is an Analyst in the Climate Change Analysis team at the Ministry for the Environment. She has a background in climate science and since joining the Ministry has worked mainly in the area of climate change adaptation. She was heavily involved in the update of the Ministry’s Coastal Hazards and Climate Change guidance for local government, and is now leading the Ministry’s outreach work supporting councils to implement the guidance. She is also a member of the Secretariat providing support to the Climate Change Adaptation Technical Working Group.

  • Maxine Day

    Team Leader, Urban and Rural Policy, Tasman District Council

    Maxine Day is the Team Leader for Urban and Rural Development Policy at Tasman District Council. She has been a planner for 18 years, working within local government and the private sector. Her work has involved strategic planning for climate change through both the RMA and LGA. She is involved in a broad range of policy responses to natural hazard risks, including implemention of a plan change at Mapua which restricts subdivision and development in coastal locations; developing a methodology for setting minimum ground and floor levels for coastal development; and managing urban growth pressure in vulnerable coastal locations.

  • Dr Huhana Smith

    Artist, Curator, Collaborator

    Huhana Smith (Ngāti Tukorehe, Ngāti Raukawa ki Te Tonga) is an artist and academic with wide-ranging experience in Māori customary and contemporary art and museum practice, exhibition planning and implementation (nationally and internationally), and working with indigenous knowledge, art, design and science research. She is Head of School of Art at Massey University, Wellington who advocates for art and design as critical methods in active participatory, kaupapa Māori, multidisciplinary and collaborative research projects, particularly around major environmental and climate change issues.

  • Belinda Storey

    Managing Director Climate Sigma

    Belinda is a principal investigator with the Deep South National Science Challenge and is a professional member of the Royal Society of New Zealand. She is Managing Director of Climate Sigma which provides scenario analysis and asset valuation on the physical and transition risk from climate change. Belinda serves as a director on the boards of Landcorp Farming and 350.org Aotearoa and is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors and Risk New Zealand.

  • Bradley Cato

    General Counsel, Hutt City Council

    Bradley Cato is the General Counsel for Hutt City Council. With large parts of Eastbourne and Petone fronting the Wellington Harbour, climate change is a challenge that has to be addressed.

    Brad has been with Council for almost 6 years. Prior to that he has worked for the Property, Infrastructure and Development Team of a global law firm in Auckland. After that he worked as an in-house solicitor, advising a resource management consultancy based on the Coromandel Peninsula and then, prior to joining Council, as a barrister sole.

    He does not currently consider himself to be an expert on climate change but hopes to be by the end of the Forum.

  • Tom Dyer

    Group Manager 3 Waters, Dunedin City Council

    Tom is a passionate young local government manager with 10 years experience in infrastructure management. He leads the 3 Waters Group at the Dunedin City Council. His team is responsible for providing drinking water, removing wastewater and stormwater, and managing coastal erosion for Dunedin’s residents. He loves the complexity of managing infrastructure in a changing environment and the challenge of bringing people together to deliver essential services to a beautiful little city.

  • Jeff Farrell

    Manager Strategic Projects, Whakatane District Council

    Jeff Farrell is Manager Strategic Projects at the Whakatāne District Council. Jeff has been involved in the management of natural hazards for several decades, both in response and recovery roles. His current work includes developing strategies and policies to manage a range of natural hazards within the Whakatāne District, including: flooding; landslides; debris flows; and seismic events. Jeff is the Council’s lead on the Awatarariki debris flow risk management programme at Matatā. This programme includes working with Government on a managed retreat proposal, in a parallel process to proposed District and Regional Plan changes under the RMA that may extinguish existing use rights for a number of properties.