Keynote Speakers

We are pleased to announce the following invited speakers for NZES 2021, with more to come.

Karen Pratt

Karen Pratt is co-Project lead for ‘Project Reef South Taranaki’ (run through the South Taranaki Underwater Club - investigating the sub-tidal reefs off South Taranaki and working in partnership with schools and community) which has been recognised through a number of national and regional awards, including the ‘Protecting our Coasts and Oceans’ category in the national Green Ribbon Awards, Dive NZ Wyland Award and the NZ Coastal Society Terry Healy Coastal Project award. Since inception in late 2015, the Project continues to expand its research initiatives and important environmental science connections. 

South Taranaki has been Karen’s home for the past twenty-three years. Previously a Chartered Accountant specializing in auditing and management accounting and a current member of the Institute of Directors, she is passionate about lifelong learning and community.

John Innes

John Innes is a scientist at Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research (MWLR) in Hamilton, NZ. He has researched small mammal pests and their impacts and control for four decades, and thus nears his use-by date. He and colleagues have hosted annual workshops for national sanctuaries practitioners for 15 years, that resulted in the 2014 formation of Sanctuaries of NZ Inc (SONZI), a practitioner’s group to represent sanctuaries. John serves on DOC specialist advisory groups for kōkako, kakapo and takahē, and has worked also with kakī, pāteke and kiwi recovery programmes, as well as with tui and bellbird restoration in urban environments. He has for a decade worked to collate biodiversity outcome data from pest control programmes of various kinds and is interested in objectives and outcomes of different sanctuary types in different landscapes and environments.

Phil Lyver

Dr Phil Lyver’s whakapapa affiliation is with Ngāti Toarangatira ki Wairau and works for Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research in Lincoln.  Over the last 25 years he has had the privilege of supporting tangata whenua and Indigenous communities internationally to engage traditional knowledge (mātauranga) in the customary management (kaitiakitanga) of wildlife populations and ecosystems.  He led New Zealand’s Adelie penguin programme in the Ross Sea for over a decade.  Phil was a member of the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel advising the establishment and first thematic assessments of IPBES, and co-Chair for the aligned Indigenous and Local Knowledge Task Force.

Conference Organisers

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