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Southern Environmental Trust Forums

To fulfill its educational objectives, the Southern Environmental Trust has run free public forums on topics of general environmental interest. Below is a list of the forums the Trust has organised.


"Climate Change and Us"

Bill Bayfield from Environment Canterbury

Adrian McDonald from University of Canterbury

Prof Emeritus Andy Sturman from University of Canterbury

Dr Helen Rouse from NIWA

About 150 people attended this forum held in the Salvation Army  auditorium on Wednesday 8th May



"Pathways to Swimmable Rivers"

John Quinn from NIWA 

Tim Davies from Ecan

Doug Rankin from Whitewater NZ

Melissa Robson from Landcare Research

About 150 people attended this event held at the Salvation Army Auditorium on Wednesday 18th October.

View the videos of the presentations (courtesy Environment Canterbury).



"Caring for Our Urban Waterways"

Mike Bourke, Planning Engineer, Christchurch City Council

Carl Hanson, Groundwater Science Manager, Environment Canterbury

Dr Belinda Margetts, Freshwater Ecologist, Christchurch City Council

Arapat Reuben, Chair Christchurch - West Melton Zone Committee

About 150 people attended this event held at Knox Church on 16 March, 2016

View the videos of the presentations (courtesy Environment Canterbury).



"Canterbury Water - Are We Doing Enough?"

Ken Hughey, Lincoln University

Pat McEvedy, Selwyn District Concillor

Claire Mackay, North Canterbury Farmer and Zone Committee Member

Jay Graybill, Fish and Game Council



"Sustainable Water Use"

Professor Ali Memon, Lincoln University

Hon David Caygill, ECan Commissioner

Dr Henry Hudson, Consulting Scientist

Roger Young, Water Rights Trust



"The Resource Management Act - Progress or Procrastination?"

Hon Dr Nick Smith, Minister for the Environment

Peter Skelton, Honorary Professor, Lincoln University

Mark Christensen, Partner Anderson Lloyd, Lawyers

Bob Batty, Principal Consultant, Planit Associates



"Changing Climates - Hot Topic for Canterbury "

Hon David Parker, Minister responsible for Climate Change Issues

Dr David Wratt, General Manager, NIWA

Peter Townsend, CEO Canterbury Employers Chamber of Commerce



 "Smart Growth for Greater Christchurch Urban Development"

Ken Tremaine, Urban Planning Expert

Ray Davy, Conway Davy Ltd Wayne McDonald, Transit NZ

Vanessa Harvey, International Strategic Planner



"Water for All?"

Hon. Jim Anderton, MP, general Government policy on water

Sir Kerry Burke, Chairman, ECan - requirements: human use/quality of water

Josh Carmody, Australian water allocation expert

Tom Lambie, President, Federated Farmers - Opuha dam experience & irrigation



"Disaster - Are We Ready?"

Tony Boyle, ECAN Rivers & Hazards Manager

Bob Kirk, Professor, University of Canterbury

Steve Christensen, Beca Geotechnical expert on liquefaction

Jarg Pettinga, Associate Professor, University of Canterbury, Geological Sciences

Peter Kingsbury, ECAN Hazards Analyst



"Have we got the energy to cope?"

Hon Pete Hodgson, Energy Minister

Dr Keith Turner, CEO, Meridian Energy

Dr Don Elder, CEO, Solid Energy New Zealand

Barrie Hill, Australian Nuclear Energy expert

2002       "Global Warming: Meltdown for Canterbury?" - Peter Griffiths, Hon Pete Hodgson, Dr Frank Wood

2001       "Want, Not Waste" - Ket Bradshaw, John Webber, Dr Andrew Dakers, Dr Mark Milke, Cr Cross Little,                  Simon Collin, Molly Anderson

2000       "The Estuary: Christchurch's Showpiece or Sump?" - Liz Briggs, David Gregory, Dr Martin Single, Dr                   Diane Menzies, Peter Yoeman, Roger Lusby

1999       "Wise Water Use: The Issues Are Not Crystal Clear" - Michael Dicker, Alan Watson, Garry Moore,                        Richardson, Dr Robin Mann, Alison Undorf-Lay, Joe Bennett

1998       "Can we afford to breathe easy?" - Derel Anderson, Dr Neil CHerry, Dr Morgan Fahey, Brent Francis,                  Steve Gurney, Brenda Lowe, Dr Ian Town

1997       "Controlling the Christchurch Smog" - Dr neil Cherry, Robert Bishop, Terry Moody, Brenda Lowe,                        John Robson

1996       "Trade's impact on our environment" - Hon Philip Burdon

1995       Launch of Southern Environmental Trust - Sir Edmund Hillary

1994       "The setting-up of Christchurch's first community composting facility at Bexley" - Murray Binnie

1993       "Human Perception and Ecological Awareness" - Dr Mike Freeman

1992       "The availability and quality of water in Canterbury" - Dr Mike Freeman

1991       "The hole in the ozone layer" - Professor Leon Philips

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