Conferences & Events Ltd
PO Box 24078, Manners St
Tel: +64 4 384 1511
Events & Field Trips
note: that from 1 October 2010, the rate of GST On all goods and
services in New Zealand will increase from 12.5% to 15%. Therefore we
wish to advise you that all registration fees, fieldtrips and social tickets will
incur an additional cost of 2.5% from 1 October onwards.
All fees below are inclusive of GST at 12.5%
Tuesday 26th October @ 6.30pm
Oceania, Te Papa
Inclusive with registration
Additional tickets are charged @ $50.00
Join us for the welcome reception and meet and network with other delegates in the Oceania Room at Te Papa.
Wednesday 27th October @ 6.45pm - late
Shed 5, Queens Wharf
highlight of the social programme is the Gala Dinner which will be held
at the stunning Shed 5 restaurant, overlooking the water at Queens
We are delighted to announce our after dinner speaker for the evening,
Polar Scientist - Grant Redvers.
Redvers has been working in the Polar Regions since 1997 as a
scientist, sailor and diver. After completing a BSc in Physical
Geography he worked in the field of surface water hydrology in New
Zealand before commencing his polar travels. Work as a science
technician at Scott Base, Antarctica, led Grant to complete an MSc in
Environmental Science, during which he spent two more summers on the
ice to investigate the impacts of the Scott Base wastewater discharge.
Clearly bitten by the ‘polar bug’, he then set sail from New Zealand
for the Antarctic Peninsular with a team of glaciologists and
mountaineers, to support a variety of research and climbing projects
over a number of summer seasons. These expeditions led Grant to the
French sailing vessel Tara (ex Seamaster of Sir Peter Blake). Grant
joined the Tara team in 2004, sailing to Antarctica, South Georgia and
Patagonia to undertake a range of research projects, natural history
filming and adventure activities, before being appointed as the head of
the Tara Arctic Expedition from 2006 – 2008. This mission saw him lead
a multi-national team, locked in the Arctic sea ice for a year and a
half, to study climate change as part of the International Polar Year.
Most recently, Grant sailed to the west coast of Greenland with a team
of glaciologists and climate scientists.
Grant’s presentation promises to take you on an entertaining voyage to
both ends of the earth, as he shares his passion for cold places,
extreme adventure and science.
More information on Grant is available at:
One-Day Field Trips - Friday 29 October 2010
For each of these fieldtrips you will be outdoors. Please wear sturdy
footwear (walking boots recommended). Please bring warm
waterproof clothing, including a coat. Protection from the sun is
also recommended (sunglasses, sunscreen and a hat).
You will also need some cash.
allow from 9am – 5pm for all fieldtrips, although some may leave
earlier. You will be sent an email at the end of this week if you
have booked for a fieldtrip detailing the timings for the day.
Field Trip A - From heavy metal to high amenity
round Wellington Harbour by coach to Waiwhetu Stream and a nearby
urupa. In the afternoon visit Matiu-Somes Island. Until
2010, Waiwhetu Stream was the most polluted stream in New Zealand
because of industrial storm water runoff. A presentation will be
given about the unique remediation solution central and local
government commissioned to resolve a challenging problem. In the
afternoon travel by ferry to the scientific and historic reserve
Matiu-Somes Island. Learn of the island’s history and its present
status as a wildlife refuge.
Cost: $55 (includes lunch)
Field Trip B – Co-management in Action!
the day with a ferry trip to Matiu-Somes Island then in the afternoon
continue across the harbour to Days Bay. After lunch, travel by
coach to visit Parangarahu with the Pencarrow Lakes.
Matiu-Somes Island has an incredible history and many previous roles;
learn how it has now been returned to a wildlife refuge.
Pencarrow Lakes are New Zealand’s last remaining relatively unmodified
wetlands. They were formed at least 7000 years ago when earthquakes
raised the beach ridges, causing the valleys to fill with water.
In September 2009 title to Parengarahu including the lakes was
transferred to the mana whenua. Restoration of this area is an
excellent example of co-management and includes local iwi, the regional
council, a commmunity environmental group and the Department of
Conservation. For further background information visit:
Cost: $60 (includes lunch)
Field Trip C - Sustainable urban design, Wellington’s waterfront and Zealandia wildlife sanctuary
HAS NOW BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF NUMBERS
the morning, be guided on a walking tour of the waterfront and CBD to
see some award winning examples of sustainable urban design. In
the afternoon travel to an urban jewel, Zealandia – The Karori
Sanctuary Experience (Wellington’s unique eco-attraction). Begin
with the rain gardens of the redeveloped Waitangi Park, followed by a
visit to the retro-fitted Conservation House (one of New Zealand’s most
environmentally friendly buildings), then on to the Meridian Building
and BNZ Harbour Quays on the waterfront – two New Zealand 5 Star Green
Star rated buildings. Discover how different aspects of the
Kumutoto Plaza integrate in their waterfront setting.
from the Harbour Quays rain gardens to Zealandia, home to some of the
rarest and most extraordinary wildlife on the planet. Your
guided walk through the sanctuary valley, will be followed by time to
further explore the natural heritage and exciting new interactive
For further background information see:
BNZ Sustainable Housing
Cost: $35 (lunch at an additional cost)
Field Trip D - From water to wine
by coach to the Wairarapa region to visit Wairarapa Moana (lake) and
the Martinborough wine growing area. Restoration of the lake has
necessitated finding ways to accommodate multiple interests including
those of local iwi, farmers and recreationalists. The management of
flood protection, irrigation and the local ecology will be discussed.
On to Martinborough and a local winery to talk about the environmental
impacts of wine growing and making, and how these can be mitigated.
Finish with a wine tasting and opportunity to purchase the local
product. For background information see:
Wairarapa Moana Wetlands Park
Cost: $50 (morning tea included - lunch at an additional cost)
Field Trip E - Land of contrasts – harnessing Wellington’s natural vibrancy
Wellington’s rugged south coast, view the city from hill top vantage
points, and visit a mountain bike park, wind farm and large
Consider coastal resources,
community engagement and public open space from Te Raekaihau Point,
Owhiro Bay and Wrights Hill. Discuss the management in
partnership of the Makara Peak Mountain Bike Park and a community
restoration initiative on public and private land. Walk to WWII
bunkers before a drive through Project West Wind’s turbines.
about the challenges of large farm management on the fringes of a city,
ridge and hill top protection and sustainable land use issues.
For further background information see:
Cost: $65 (includes lunch)