February 2013: Second Circular
Updated 21st February 2013
Planning for New Zealand's Conservation Incorporated conference is well advanced. We have chosen conference themes which will help citizen-based conservation thrive and grow in this country. This is very much an applied conference, designed to make us all stronger and more effective.
We invite expressions of interest in presenting formal papers, presentations and posters relevant to our themes. We welcome contributions which will inform us about our futures as New Zealand's conservation minders.
So what is Conservation Incorporated about? And what are our themes?
Conservation in this country is on the threshold of fundamental change. Custody of our unique biodiversity is passing progressively to community groups, many of us operating independently with local purpose. The Department of Conservation's new emphasis on community engagement is accelerating this shift. Conservation Incorporated offers a formative opportunity to explore the nature of the changes in train and the very significant challenges facing citizen-initiated conservation.
Conservation Incorporated will be hosted by the Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust in Dunedin - wildlife capital of New Zealand - on 17-18 October 2013.
Our conference will examine questions relating to four themes:
How can like-minded groups and NGOs connect to make the most of opportunities to collaborate?
2. Staying viable
What factors will influence the success and vitality of community-based conservation? What will it take to ensure that groups thrive and remain effective as custodians? What works and what doesn't in the way we organise ourselves and our work?
3. Responding to need
How well will community conservation projects meet biodiversity needs? How do we ensure that they do?
4. What's feasible?
What has worked so far for community-based conservation in New Zealand? What can we learn from that?
Pre-conference workshops of direct practical relevance to community groups are scheduled for Wednesday 16 October 2013. We plan workshops on how to raise funds, how to market our causes, and how to manage our affairs as voluntary organisations. Watch this space for more information.
How do we make offers of papers?
Proposals for papers, presentations and posters should be emailed to the conference organisers at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do so by Thursday 28 March 2013.
April 2013: Third Circular
Updated 12th April 2013
Planning for New Zealand's Conservation Incorporated conference continues and various aspects are constantly being confirmed. Thank you to all of those that expressed interest in presenting formal papers relevant to our themes. We were overwhelmed with the responses and are working through which can be accepted. We have confirmed the Minister of Conservation, Dr Nick Smith will open the conference, followed by a great line up of excellent speakers on a variety of topics addressing the four conference themes.
The Conference venue is confirmed at the newly refurbished Dunedin Centre located in The Octagon. Recently refurbished, this venue is located in the heart of Dunedin city, and only short distance from accommodation, restaurants, cafes, bars, shopping and major attractions. The grand baroque style of the Dunedin Centre makes an impressive setting for our conference.
Three pre-conference workshops are scheduled for the afternoon of Wednesday 16 October 2013 beginning at 1pm. Registrations to participate can be made with your conference registration. The workshop outlines are:
Governance as Leadership
by Margy-Jean Malcolm (Unitec NZ)
In this workshop, participants will explore:
- Core functions of governance and different ways we fulfil them
- Recruitment, retention and getting the best out of our governance team
- Practical question frameworks that help strategic thinking and planning
- Legal, financial and other stewardship responsibilities of good governance
- How we can shape our governance models and practices to make the most of the leadership contribution of diverse stakeholders?
Sustainable fundraising - what really works?
by Heather Newell (Foresee Communications)
How often do we hear the words that organisations should be thinking outside the box when it comes to fundraising? The success or otherwise of that strategy depends on how much we know about the box! At this session you will learn where the money really comes from and how to plan to receive your share. How you can develop a sustainable fundraising plan, and where you should invest your energy and effort. Learn from one of New Zealand's leading fundraising experts who has been working with thousands of New Zealand organisations and collecting case studies for more than twenty years.
Heather has achieved the highest accolade in the fundraising sector - a fellow of the Fundraising Institute of New Zealand. She holds the internationally recognised qualification of Certified Fund Raising Executive and is the lead trainer for the Fundraising Institute's Certificate of Fundraising qualification.
Integrated Pest Management
hosted by the Orokonui Ecosanctuary
Orokonui Ecosanctuary, the 307ha fenced nature reserve, has achieved extremely low pest levels due to an eradication and monitoring programme that is second to none and is now providing safe habitat to many threatened species. Come and learn about the control tools and techniques used by Orokonui and other community led projects, new trap designs (including Good Nature traps) and measuring biodiversity outcomes. The workshop includes a guided walk in the Ecosanctuary to look at pest infrastructure and enjoy the biodiversity outcomes! Coach from Dunedin and local wines and cheeses included in workshop fee.
Early Bird Registrations
These will open on 01 June so watch out for more information about how to register, fees and other options in the next flyer and on our website.
Contact us for more information on email@example.com.
June 2013: Fourth Circular
October seems very close for Conservation Incorporated’s small team of organisers. But our cold winter days are being put to good use. Preparations for the event are well in hand. New ideas for improving the conference experience are surfacing all the time. In this circular, we tell you about opportunities for you to showcase your conservation activities to great effect.
Early Bird Registrations
Registrations are now open for the conference. Look for details and register online at the Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust’s new-look website http://yellow-eyedpenguin.org.nz/conservationinc/register-online.
Early bird registrations close on 31 July 2013.
Participants are limited to 250, so be sure to register early to secure places for you and your group.
We will soon be in a position to tell you about the conference programme. There are just a few speakers to finalise. The programme looks very good indeed. Watch this space.
We have asked our speakers to emphasise the lessons they can convey from their experiences, so that conference participants can derive more from the conference. We are confident that this focus will stimulate interest and benefit us all.
Strut your stuff
Would you like to showcase your work and cause?
If so, let us know and we will make display room for you where others can meet you over refreshment breaks or in spare time. Contact us with your space and logistical requirements at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We weren’t able to accommodate all offers to speak at the conference - our two days just aren’t long enough! But we do encourage you to consider a poster presentation, whether or not you offered to speak. For more details, contact us as soon as you can at email@example.com.
More news soon. Watch out for our regular updates.
July 2013: Fifth Circular
Conservation Inc, 17 – 18 October 2013, with pre-conference workshops on 16 October.
Three months to go before Conservation Inc launches. Have you registered yet? Remember, early bird registrations close on 15 August.
Conservation Inc aims to make you and your organisation stronger and better prepared for the future. Conservation needs us all to be well organised within ourselves and amongst ourselves. We hope you’ll see real benefits in attending. And we certainly want to hear from you.
In this circular, we’ll tell you about our speakers and remind you about key dates and conference events.
Registrations are open now. You can register online at the Trust’s website:
If you register before 15 August, you’ll receive an early-bird discount on conference fees and be assured of participating in pre-conference workshops. We expect the workshops to be very popular. Registering now will also ensure that we can provide poster space for you, or room to tell others about your work with displays and information.
Three workshops of direct relevance to community conservation work will precede the conference on the afternoon of 16 October:
Governance as leadership (convened by Margy-Jean Malcolm of Unitec NZ)
Sustainable fundraising – what really works? (Heather Newell of Foresee Communications)
Integrated Pest Management (hosted by Orokonui Ecosanctuary)
You can find more details about these hands-on workshops at
Who’s speaking, and about what?
We have an impressive line-up of conference speakers chosen for the insights they can offer to what works in community-led conservation and how to make it work. Here is an outline of the keynote speakers for both days.
The conference will be launched by the Minister of Conservation, Hon. Nick Smith, who will stay to respond to questions you may wish to ask.
The Department of Conservation hosts the first session. You will have ample opportunity to ask the questions we all want answers to.
Key players - Kevin O’Connor and Lou Sanson, Deputy Directors-General of Conservation Services and Partnerships respectively – will explain DOC’s new arrangements for doing conservation alongside community groups. Paula Wilson will discuss the future of the Biodiversity Fund which she manages. And DOC’s new Commercial Business Director will speak about DOC’s efforts to stimulate corporate support for conservation causes.
Business leaders will discuss how the private sector regards conservation causes and sponsorship relationships with groups. Martin Snedden, head of New Zealand’s Tourism Industry Association, proposes to tell us about tourism’s perspective on what we do and how tourism might fit as a player in the new conservation landscape. Dom Quin, from Fonterra Brands NZ Ltd, wants to tell us how the corporate sector values sponsorships. Gareth Morgan is hopeful he will avoid arrest at the North Korean border to give us the benefit of his energetic views as a business leader, philanthropist and conservation commentator.
To complement these presentations, we have an array of fantastic speakers, all chosen to expand on conference themes of connectedness, staying viable, what’s feasible and meeting conservation need?
To see who these speakers are, and for the full draft programme, check out the Conservation Inc page on our website http://yellow-eyedpenguin.org.nz/conservationinc
Full (draft) programme coming soon….
Sixth Circular (August 2013)
Conservation Inc, 17 – 18 October 2013, with pre-conference workshops on 16 October.
Registration is open for the conference and spaces are filling fast. We recommend that you register soon to be sure of participating at the event. You can register on-line at www.yellow-eyedpenguin.org.nz/conservationinc/register-online.
Remember, let us know as soon as you can if you’d like to display a poster or require space to exhibit your cause and work.
In this circular, we’ll tell you about accommodation in Dunedin, the conference programme and abstracts, the venue and a unique opportunity to visit an unusual project to conserve mainland oceanic petrel s on the Dunedin coastline. No, not albatrosses – petrels. A little smaller but just as attractive and compelling.
Accommodation in Dunedin
We have organised a fantastic deal for you at the 4.5-star Scenic Hotel Dunedin City located right in the centre of town.
The special conference rate for a single, double or twin-share room is only $139.00 (incl. GST) per room per night. Scenic Hotel Dunedin City have put rooms aside for you already.
To take advantage of this special rate please phone 0800 NZ OWNED (0800 69 69 63) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please quote the rate code YEPCON to ensure you get this great rate. And please support Scenic Hotels who have been very good friends of conservation for some time now.
An outline of the conference programme is now available. You can see what’s in store at www.yellow-eyedpenguin.org.nz/conservationinc/programme-outline.
We will post the finalized programme itself closer to the time, once we are sure that we have allowed for the inevitable changes.
Speakers are now submitting their abstracts. We will include all of them in the conference booklet. But we will also post them on-line as we receive them. Look now for those we have on the website.
The conference venue
Want to see where the conference will be held?
We are privileged to be using Dunedin’s newest conference facilities in the centre of town and only just completed. Take a peek at www.dunedinvenues.co.nz
Seabirds on the Cliffs
Graeme Loh and Mark Hanger have offered to lead an easy Wednesday afternoon field trip to the cliffs overlooking the southern ocean where, from Cargill's Castle to Tunnel Beach, the only mainland colony of fairy prions survives. Forest and Bird has built a small predator-proof reserve and provided a play-back sound system and nest boxes to allow the fairy prions and sooty shearwaters to expand their colonies safely. The fence is surprising.
We shall catch the 34B St Clair Park bus to Sutcliffe Street at 2:05pm and walk a few hundred metres to the cliffs. Stout footwear, warm clothes, a hat and a stick are desirable. Bring binoculars for appreciating the mollymawks. A second shift can catch the 5:05 service. Duration: two and a bit hours.
For more information contact Graeme at email@example.com or 0211322436
See you in Dunedin soon!
September 2013: Seventh Circular
There is now less than a month to go before we launch Conservation Inc. Be sure to register very soon. We’ve made it easy for you to do that on-line at http://www.yellow-eyedpenguin.org.nz/conservationinc/register-online
Conference venue and times
The conference runs from Thursday 17 to Friday 18 October 2013, with pre-conference workshops on the afternoon of Wednesday 16 October.
Conservation Incwill convene in the newly refurbished Dunedin Centre, Harrop Street (off the Octagon) in the centre of Dunedin city. You will find a map attached to the full conference programme on the website.
You can sign in and collect your conference pack at 8 am on Thursday morning. Each day’s proceedings commence at 8.30 am and conclude at 5.30 pm, with plenty of breaks for informal networking in-between.
We have organised a social hour(‘hour’ being a relative term) on Thursday evening. An excellent opportunity to catch up with old friends and new ones in a more relaxed setting.
Where to stay?
Scenic Hotels have offered to host you at a very competitive conference rate. We commend this as your accommodation option. The hotel is only a few minutes’ walk from the conference venue.
Book on-line at http://www.scenichotels.co.nz/hotel-deals/dunedin-otago/yept. Remember to include the code ‘YEPCON’ to take advantage of Scenic Hotel’s generous special rate.
Conservation Incexplores questions of direct relevance to groups and individuals wanting to pursue conservation initiatives of their own in an environment increasingly reliant on community effort.
Our aim is to ensure that New Zealand’s natural heritage benefits from the custodial care of groups which are strong, durable and well prepared for the very considerable challenges ahead.
We have chosen to explore four themes. Inevitably, these will beg other questions.
How can groups and individuals focused on their own causes stay connected in order to capitalise on the benefits of collaborating with others?
What does it take to ensure that groups stay viable and thrive so that they remain effective as custodians of natural heritage?
How do we ensure that community-based conservation will look after New Zealand’s biodiversity well?
What can we expect realistically from community-based conservation? What has worked well and what can we learn from that?
To explore these questions, our speakers have been asked to focus more on the lessons than the stories they can convey from their own experiences.
Like to see who’s saying what? You can download a copy of the conference programme http://yellow-eyedpenguin.org.nz/conservationinc/conference-programme-full
The conference booklet will contain all the speakers’ abstracts. In the meantime, we are posting those we’ve received http://yellow-eyedpenguin.org.nz/conservationinc/speaker-abstracts
Like to look around Dunedin before and after the conference?
Please consider making time to explore Dunedin and its attractions – wilderness and otherwise - while you are here. You’ll find the experience very worthwhile (but we’re biased, of course).
Dunedin i-Site has a splendid website to help you plan your adventures. Visit them at www.dunedinnz.com.
We’re looking forward to welcoming you in October. See you then!