Register at the door at 830am on Saturday. (Cash only please). Online registration for Saturday's conference is now closed. There are still seats available but a limited number. The earlier you arrive, the better.
Click here for a map of the venue location: 9 Octagon, Dunedin, New Zealand.
Click here for a map of the venue location: 9 Octagon, Dunedin, New Zealand.
Conference Timetable - Saturday 11 January 2014
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Meet the Speakers
Rev. Dr. Peter Matheson
Professor Colin Campbell-Hunt
Associate-Professor Bob Lloyd
Suzi and Brendan Flack
Hinerangi Ferrall Heath
Dr Sophie Bond
Dr. Rachael Shaw
Jo McVeagh has worked on and off at Greenpeace for eight years. She has had a variety of roles at Greenpeace; from training volunteers, frontline activism, media spokes-person, climber, and researcher. Jo is currently Greenpeace's national Volunteer Coordinator, and works with volunteers throughout Aotearoa on activities that range from letter-writing, to art exhibitions, to public demonstrations.
Chris Hay's passion for activism, and in particular direct action began with grassroots forest campaigning, followed by 12 years running the Actions Unit at Greenpeace. He is a dad and currently works independently providing strategic capacity building to a range of campaigning organisations. His specific skills are in campaign strategy, activist training, research and direct action.
Taught in Edinburgh, Otago, and Melbourne Universities. Active in Peace Movement in Scotland and New Zealand and in St Martin Island Community. Retired Presbyterian Minister. Latest Book: Argula von Grumbach: A Woman before her Time. (2013)
Jinty is a second term Dunedin City Councillor. She believes strongly in the potential for local government - working with and alongside empowered communities - to enact positive change in the way we interact with each other and with the planet. Before being elected, Jinty volunteered her time with Sustainable Dunedin City and 350 Aotearoa, and worked for Enviroschools at both a regional and national level. She holds a Bachelor of Science (Ecology, Botany) and a Masters in Science Communication from the University of Otago.
Colin Campbell-Hunt is Head of the Department of Accountancy and Finance at the University of Otago. He has previously held positions as Professor and Head of the Department of Management, Deputy Dean of The Otago School of Business, and Director of Research and Enterprise for the University. His research has focused on competitive strategy and competitive advantage, with a particular interest in the evolution of international competitive capability in a group of outstanding New Zealand firms. The Competitive Advantage New Zealand project – CANZ – was funded by the Foundation for Research Science and Technology and became one the largest and longest-running research projects ever funded in the social sciences in New Zealand. The project produced a best-selling book World Famous in New Zealand, and numerous articles in the leading international journals in management and marketing, one of which was awarded the 2009 Hans Thorelli Prize for the article that “has made the most significant and long-term contribution to international marketing theory or practice”. His interest in climate change has developed from previous work on the use of the theory of complex adaptive systems in the context of organisations to conceptualise how social and economic systems might develop in the face of radical changes brought on by climate change.
John Wathen is the Hurricane Creekkeeper and founder of Friends of Hurricane Creek in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. John’s first endeavor in the river world was the formation of the Stroker’s Paddle Club in 1992. After being exposed to toxic chemical poisoning in his industrial day job, John quickly moved to become an environmentalist. In 1997, he helped found the Friends of Hurricane Creek. The organization became an official part of the Waterkeeper Alliance in 2005 and John was named the Hurricane Creekkeeper. He has been a strong watchdog, educator, and activist for Hurricane Creek, as well as many other important environmental causes. John’s work goes well beyond the work of a typical river advocate. He has made a name for himself in Alabama and in the Southeast as a first responder to environmental disasters. BP Oil Disaster – When the Gulf Oil Spill occurred, John did not hesitate before he left for the coast. In partnership with SouthWings and many coastal Waterkeeper groups, he took photographs and video and used the power of the Internet to spread the reality of what was happening on the ground (or in the water) to the rest of the world. He has been interviewed by Al Jezeer, Rachel Maddow, and many other national and international media outlets for his work on the Gulf Oil Disaster.
Dr Bob Lloyd is from Australia, he came to New Zealand in 2002 after having worked for the Australian Co-operative Research Centre for Renewable Energy (ACRE), based at Murdoch University in Perth. He has also worked on renewable energy systems in China and the Pacific Islands and taught at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji. His current research interests at Otago University, where he is the Director of Energy Studies and Associate Professor in the Physics Department, lie in energy conservation in residential housing and energy management including world energy resources and peak oil. His PhD from Flinders University in South Australia was completed in the field of experimental atomic physics.
Sarah’s family own a small dairy farm in Ngaere, Central Taranaki, which is located immediately adjacent to many oil and gas well sites. She is Head of Technologies in a local secondary school. Sarah has a background in research, with two postgraduate diplomas in teaching and learning, and educational research and theory. She has spent more than 2 years speaking out about the adverse effects she feels the oil and gas industries are having in Taranaki.
Steve Abel has a strong history of successful activisim and understands the economics and numbers around the clean energy v.s Deep Sea Drilling in New Zealand. Steve Abel was involved in protests by Native Forest Action against logging on the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island. He later worked as a campaigner for Greenpeace from 2002 to 2006 during which time he was prominent in the New Zealand movement against genetically engineered food crops. Abel was also involved in actions against the proposed coal-fired power station Marsden B in Northland, New Zealand including a nine-day occupation in 2005 and the operation of a pirate radio station Heatwave FM which broadcast from Ruakaka in November 2006. The Marsden B proposal was later abandoned. Abel was one of the coordinators of the re-recording of the Don McGlashan song "Anchor Me" in 2005 to mark the twentieth anniversary of the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior.
Neville Auton is Energy Manager at the Dunedin City Council. Neville works an ‘internal consultant’ within the Council, helping managers of the various business units to identify energy savings. He understands about the huge reduction in impacts already being realised and the potential for more savings without affecting services to the city’s citizens.
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Having spent 3 years lecturing in environmental studies at Victoria University, Sophie returned to Dunedin to take up a lectureship in geography last year. Her research and teaching focuses on issues of environmental and social justice, with a particular interest in radical democracy and the ways in which dissenting voices are heard in the context of the power and politics of neoliberal globalisation.
Amanda is a scholar activist interested in issues of social and environmental justice. She recently finished her PhD thesis at Victoria University. Her work, entitled "Accessing Nature: the battle of the Hurunui", critically explored issues of environmental democracy in freshwater decision-making under the ECan Act and the Canterbury Water Management Strategy.
Gareth grew up in Gisborne, before moving to Wellington to study Religious Studies, History and Politics. Gareth lives in Wellington with his wife Meghan and their two young children, Arlo and Zoe.
He has previously worked for Greenpeace, where in 2009 he coordinated New Zealand’s largest ever climate campaign Sign On, which saw over 200,000 Kiwis demand greater Government action on climate change. Gareth entered Parliament as the youngest MP in 2010, was named the New Zealand Herald Backbencher of the Year in 2011, and is now in his second term he is focused on campaigning for clean energy, healthy oceans and a free and open Internet. Gareth has worked extensively to oppose deep sea drilling in Aotearoa and to promote smart green alternatives, and is presently fronting the Green Party’s “Wish You Weren’t Here” campaign which calls for Anadarko and the Government to stop risky deep sea drilling. As the Greens’ Oceans and Energy spokesperson Gareth is well placed to communicate the political solution to stopping deep sea drilling.
After completing her PhD Rachael Shaw was contracted by Greenpeace to do oil spill modeling at the Anadarko deep sea drill sites in New Zealand.