Comments & Ideas
Post-it’s from board:
- Take away the single use plastic cups by water and encourage us to use their Dunedin cc cups instead
- Please recycle the lunch waste – Conservation of resources!
- Ditto! We have to set an example including compost
- More on rubbish – can the Dunedin Centre give us a recycling bin for the plastic salad containers in the lunch bags? Even better do something useful with food waste and serviettes (like compost them) – if so, could we have a place to put these?
- Recycle bins at lunch
- Single species versus ecosystem based conservation – benefits and risks?
- Next step change for trusts managing species
- Funders to consider employing auditor/mentor to report back to funders about groups who receive funding instead of more time and money consuming monitoring with residual trap catch etc. Auditors should be able to walk a treadline (etc) as well as work at paperwork and make recommendations.
- (Paula Wilson) Can funders please work out some way of funding continuing projects? Lack of funding jeopardises years of gains in protecting endangered species
- (Paula Wilson) Can funders please make it possible to apply for private and public lands from one fund? Biodiversity Condition Fund is DOC and we cannot get our DOC land funded from there.
Response from Paula: Thank you for this feedback regarding community conservation funding – we will put our thinking caps on regarding continuity of funding, and also funds criteria being open to public and private land. (Currently the Ministry for the Environment and the Department of Internal Affairs – Lotteries Commission among others are open to applications from both public and private land – please refer to this webpage for further information - http://www.doc.govt.nz/getting-involved/volunteer-join-or-start-a-project/start-or-fund-a-project/funding/
- (Carol Melville) If we cannot get all the funding for our project, does this mean we have to apply to more than one for each project?
Response from Carol: Yes you might need to apply to a number of different funders for a portion of the one project
- The pamphlets in the bag! 90% will be thrown out – sponsors next time lay the pamphlets out and let us choose the ones to read and keep
- Have the young people on much earlier in the programme – people are leaving early and it is disrespectful to their views to have a half empty room
- Mining and Conservation do not mix.
- Marine reserve at Long Point
- Keep the Conservation Boards
- Conservation Boards – will bigger regions mean less contact with people on the land? How will this be addressed?
- Conservation Boards – Look at licencing private CSL holders to use 1080 in the community where it Is closely monitored
Response from Otago Conservation Board: They were pleased to get the support for retaining Conservation Boards, but are unable to respond to the second comment until the Minister’s Review of Conservation Boards is concluded in December and he advises the review outcomes and implications for the nature and function of boards.
- (Barry Hanson)What does value exchange mean?
- (Barry Hanson) What will DOC partnerships mean to community volunteer groups? Will integrating funds give us any more access to funding? Will enhancing management translate into any benefits for community groups? If so, how?
Response from Barry: awaiting response
- If DOC wants community groups to do conservation as well as we can, it needs to be easy for us to get the funding we need.
- (Business Partnerships) How will this relate to small groups doing the work? Or will it?
Response from Tim Fraser: From a Business Partnerships perspective – we fully understand that community groups require funding. This is why we are working with business in ways that can help – although it is certainly no magic bullet and will more often than not benefit some and not others. We are also looking at other innovations and that can help with community funding alongside businesses.
- Bring back Conservation Corps. They were a huge support for community grups in Otago for many years – did great things for young people and the environment. 2 Corps per year, not the 4 Corps per year version.
- Online summaries of papers presented at conference please.
- Annual event?
- No more cows till we solve the water pollution
- Young people are influxing into councils / NGOs / Uni and making change happen. We also have things to teach our elders. Don’t write us off.
- (Networking) Have release from privacy act for email contacts on registration form – simple!
- Day 2 – length of presentations good. Day 1 – you almost had enough presenters for 2 venues – not quite. So presentations a bit rushed.
- Truly fantastic conference. Good mix of strong speakers, good variety of topics. Ideas for future: tell people time to be back in the room; ask them to come in 3 minutes early; be a sheep dog outside cf playing kea calls at the people already seated. Make powerpoints available.
- Keep records of your success! Photopoints are a great way.
- Quick coaching of where to stand for presenters in terms of microphone.
- More food at social. Not responsible hosting with alcohol and $25. Hmmmm
- Thank you for a great conference
- Loved it – would liked to have had a presentation of Penguin Trust from early days to today and thoughts of future. All the best and thank you.
- Great opportunity, great range – thank you
- Have a feedback survey – eg. on Survey Monkey, or a physical form
- Small group sessions eg for 30 mins before lunch – have a focus on question and then get people to talk in 3’s or 4’s
- More question time built in, especially after controversial sessions eg new DOC structure – cut people off if they go over (eg Tim Fraser)
- Think wider environmental issues E.g. how will waste be kept down – clip-on name tags instead of lanyards with pvc pockets; recyclable containers in lunch bags (and make sure people know they can recycle them)