New Zealand Ecological Society 2022 Conference
28 November- 1 December 2022, University of Otago
HE URU KAHIKA KI TE WAO – CONNECTIONS NEW ZEALAND
We invite our community to come together in Ōtepoti Dunedin, Aotearoa New Zealand for the 2022 New Zealand Ecological Society Conference running 28 November – 1 December.
In the 2022 Conference theme we recognise the importance of hononga/connections: environmental connections, ecological connections, and human connections.
Ecology in a Warming World – recognising that global environmental changes will affect local conditions.
Predator Free and Beyond – the ecology driving Predator Free 2050 and other pest management, the complementary approaches needed, and the resulting biodiversity outcomes.
Working Together – conservation success is possible only through nurturing the connections between individuals, communities, tangata whenua, and organisations.
He Uru Kahika ki te Wao – Connections New Zealand
The theme this year comes from a whakataukī that goes: He uru kahika ki te wao, he uru tangata ki te pā – Like a grove of kahikatea in the forest, so are the connections of the people in the pā. Kahikatea have a shallow root system that interlocks with each other from which they provide stability and strength to each other. This is important for the tallest of our native trees. This metaphor is then transferred to people in the pā needing to have support systems in order to stay strong and healthy. There is also another level to this that incorporates a human interdependence on nature, looking to nature to provide strategies for survival.
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