Workshops - Sunday, 01 December 2019

All Workshops will take place at Lincoln University.

There is no charge for attending the pre-conference workshops, however, you are required to sign up to attend. This can be done through the online registration form found on the Registration page

Workshops will only run if they meet a sufficient minimum attendance. This will be determined following the close of the early bird deadline on 18 October. As much advanced notice will be provided as possible.The organising committee reserves the right to cancel a workshop.

*Please note catering is not provided for the workshops, unless otherwise stated.

Full Day
09.00 - 17.00
Workshop 1Meteorological and hydrological measurements and
datalogging for ecology applications
10.30 - 12.30
Workshop 2NZES as an active Treaty Partner
13.30 - 16.30
Workshop 3Ecological Impact Assessment – what, why and how?
13.30 - 16.30
Workshop 4Kaitiakitanga in urban spaces


Workshop 1: 09.00 - 17.00 (Full Day)
Meteorological and hydrological measurements and datalogging for ecology applications

Presented by Scott Technical Instruments. To answer a research objective, the selection of the right monitoring system is critical. Accurate data is especially important when your field of study is sensitive to changes in microclimate. 

In this Workshop we will pass on some of the lessons learned from decades of experience in field data collection, covering topics in: instrument overview; the collection of background climate data; the collection of data in specific microclimates of interest; sensor placement and exposure variations; sensor measurement principles; field procedures; equipment and tools required for maintaining of a monitoring site; telemetry and remote data collection options.

We will also cover practical examples for parameters such as temperature, humidity, rainfall, wind, soil moisture, soil and water temperature, and water quality.

*Catering will be provided during this workshop

Workshop 2: 10.30 - 12.30 (Half Day - Morning)
NZES as an active Treaty Partner

NZES has been actively working to enhance equity, diversity and inclusion in recent years. In our Diversity Statement and Action Plan, we recognise our obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi. We acknowledge that there is more we could do as a society to support our Māori members, build our Māori membership and build connections with iwi and hapū. 

The aim of this workshop is to brainstorm what NZES could be doing to create a better-connected and more welcoming space for all. We will use the gathered wisdom to build a strategy that will be achievable and effective. We welcome any interested people to apply to attend and we will also be inviting a number of people with expertise in this space.

Workshop 3: 13.30 - 16.30 (Half Day - Afternoon)
Ecological Impact Assessment – what, why and how?

This half-day workshop will examine the theory, practice and application of Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA) in New Zealand’s terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments.  EcIA is a crucial part of decision-making on a range of environment management issues, and requires rigorous techniques of evaluation, so that implications of predicted outcomes can be assessed. During their careers, many NZ ecologists will contribute specialist information to, or undertake and report on, an EcIA under the Resource Management Act or other environmental legislation.  Other ecologists will be responsible for review and auditing for local authority consent processes.

The workshop will comprise a mix of presentations, case studies and discussion of issues around data collection, reporting, assessment and consistency. Presenters will be drawn from consultants experienced in undertaking EcIAs, and local authority staff familiar with review and assessment of EcIA reports. Participants will hear about and discuss:

  • international perspectives on EcIA;
  • the basics of the ecological impact assessment process, including the process set out in the EIANZ Guidelines (May 2018);
  • the limitations of data collection and ecological impact assessment;
  • preparation of a clear, accurate and informative EcIA report;
  • the perspectives of the local authority ecologist assessing a report; and 
  • ecological issues around the process, reporting and decision-making.

Workshop 4: 13.30 - 16.30 (Half Day - Afternoon)
Kaitiakitanga in urban spaces

Kaitiakitanga is a common Māori concept often used to articulate Māori environmental stewardship. It encapsulates Māori values to ensure an ethical relationship with the natural world. Through narratives, place and ideas of kinship, kaitiakitanga has become a pivotal concept for Māori in resource management within New Zealand. Limited information is available on how kaitiakitanga is applied in the urban space. Its relevance becomes more important as now 80% of Māori reside in urban centres. As we move further into the 21st century Māori concepts of environmental protection are needed to contribute to the growing response to environmental degradation. 

This workshop aims to increase participants' understanding of kaitiakitanga and the complexities in its application. The workshop will focus on providing participants with the opportunity to learn about kaitiakitanga and the different components that make up this concept. By using real world examples, the workshop will challenge participants view of kaitiakitanga and encourage them to consider better engagement with this concept and those who apply it. This will allow participants to create kaitiakitanga action plans to implement into their projects and share examples of kaitiakitanga within their own communities.  


NZES 2019 Conference Host

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Conference Organisers

Conferences & Events Ltd
PO Box 24078, Manners Street, Wellington, 6011
  +64 4 282 1584


This conference is organised bConferences & Events Ltd, Nelson, Wellington & Nationwide.  We are a New Zealand business.