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 – http://www.nzaeeconference.nz/
Thom Adams, Engagement Co-ordinator
Faculty of Science
Phone: +64-4-463 4768
The Environmental Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ) is partnering with the Australian Association for Environmental Education (AAEE) and the New Zealand Association for Environmental Education (NZAEE) to develop a joint position statement on environmental education. The output of this project should be a solid consensus position across the three organisations, supported by a peer reviewed publication of the research on which it is based. We hope that this will provide a robust basis on which to base future advocacy activities in relation to environmental education.
The first phase of research into practitioners’ views on environmental education is a short 15-minute survey. We invite you to go and complete the survey at Environmental Education Position Paper. Feel free to circulate link this to any of your contacts who are active in environmental education as well. A bigger sample will make our findings even more robust.
We will also be conducting an arts-based research workshop at the AAEE Conference in the Gold Coast in October and would be thrilled if you are able to join us. This will give us very rich qualitative data to help interpret the survey findings.
For further information on this project please email Sally Birdsall – firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2017 NZAEE Annual Report can be viewed at: http://nzaee.org.nz/publications/
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