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Office News
Seminar Series
Resource Center
E-mail Working again
ECOlink deadline
Next Exec Meeting
ECOinfo by email
Clive Hamilton on Tour
ECO member groups
Upcoming Submissions
The Todd Foundation

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Office news

Seminar Series

ECO has been holding regular fortnightly seminars in Wellington this Autumn. Speakers so far have been Professor Peter Barrett on the Cape Roberts Antarctic drilling project’s search for data on climate change, Cath Wallace on marine management in New Zealand and Dr Wendy Nelson on marine macroalgae. Coming up is Dr David McDowell, past director of the IUCN-World Conservation Union who will be speaking on the international environmental movement, on Wednesday June 9th at 5.30pm at Turnbull House, Bowen Street, Wellington.

Resource Centre

Resmi Kamberaj, ECO’s resource centre worker has left ECO. A geologist, Resmi has found work in his field in Australia. We have greatly appreciated Resmi’s work in maintaining the library over the past year. We are looking for a library worker– preferably able to work under the Task Force Green scheme. Any interested people are urged to contact the ECO office.

E-mail working again

Thanks to Colin Benson for setting up a new computer for the Resource Centre. This also handles our e-mail and web access, and is now running smoothly after a frustrating period of crashes and failures by our ageing PC. Apologies to anyone whose e-mail was not answered–we think we’ve cleared the backlog and should offer better service in the future.


Dave Phillips has been spending a great deal of time updating the ECO web site. His time and skills were badly needed. The site has been refurbished and updated. Visit the site at

ECOlink deadline

The deadline for ECOlink has been extended (the original deadline was set to fit with the conference which has been postponed) the deadline is now Friday June 11th.

Next Exec meeting

The next ECO executive meeting will take place on Thursday June 10th. Please contact the office or any exec member if there are any issues you would like discussed.

ECOinfo by e-mail

If you would like to receive this newsheet by e-mail, either in addition to a mailed copy or instead of it, contact the ECO office,


The ECO annual conference has been postponed to the weekend of August 27–29th. The Conference will be held at Tapu Te Ranga marae in Island Bay, Wellington. The main themes will be marine and coastal biodiversity, Vote for the Environment, defence of the RMA and genetic engineering, trade and the environment. ECO is still looking for a Task Force Green eligible worker to organise the conference. Anyone interested in the job should contact the ECO office.

Clive Hamilton tour

We are hoping to host a tour by Clive Hamilton at the end of July. Clive Hamilton is executive-director of the Australia Institute, a Canberra based public policy research centre, and will be speaking on his work in developing Genuine Progress Indicators in Australia and applying them to New Zealand. Further information will be sent out as the details are confirmed.

ECO member groups

Cycle Action Network has applied to join ECO. CAN is a national network of cycling advocate groups. CAN has groups in Auckland, Waikato, Palmerston North, Wellington, Canterbury and Dunedin, as well as contact people in other areas. They have a starter pack with advice for people interested in setting up local cycle advocacy groups. Contact CAN at P O Box 11 964, Wellington, phone 04 385 2557 or e-mail Visit their website at

Upcoming submissions(details available from the ECO office)

Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry: Draft import Health Standards: White Rhinoceroses from South Africa into zoological gardens and Flamingos into zoological gardens. Submissions by June 15th.

Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry: Risk analysis of certain types of poultry products into New Zealand. Comments by June 15th. (the risk analysis is available at

Auckland Regional Council: Draft application to ERMA to import for release mist flower gall fly (Procecidochares alani) for the control of mist flower (Ageratina riparia). Comments by June 16th.

Wellington Regional Council: Draft Land Transport Strategy. Submissions by June 30th.

Manawatu-Wanganui Regional Council: Proposed Land and Water Regional plan, submissions by September 30th.

Meetings (details available from the ECO office)

Tonkin and Taylor Ltd.: Public meeting on the resource consent application by ADI for contaminated soil and waste chemical treatment plant at Otahuhu, Tuesday June 8th, 7pm, Otahuhu Town Hall, Otahuhu.

Ministry for the Environment: Environmental Education Workshops-practical advice for those delivering community and adult environmental education:

     Wellington: Tuesday June 8th

     Dunedin: Monday June 14th

     Christchurch: Tuesday June 15th

     Hamilton: Thursday June 17th

     Auckland: Friday June 18th

     Palmerston North: Monday June 21st

Ministry of Fisheries: Shellfish Fishery Assessment Working Group Wednesday June 9th, 9am, Hargreaves Street, Auckland.

Ministry of Fisheries: Rock Lobster Stock Assessment Working Group, June 9th, 9–5pm, Greta Point, Wellington.

Ministry for the Environment/Landcare Trust: Land and Water Management Seminar, June 9–10th, Hamilton.

New Zealand Conservation Authority: June 9–10th, Boulcott Street, Wellington.

IUCN-World Conservation Union New Zealand meeting, Thursday June 10th, Department of Conservation, Boulcott Street, Wellington.

Ministry of Fisheries: Meeting to discuss the development of an oreo management plan, Thursday June 10th, 2–5pm ASB House, Wellington

Environmental Risk Management Authority: Annual Conference: Hazardous substances and new organisms – making the Act work for all participants, June 10–11th, Te Papa, Wellington.

Environmental Risk Management Authority: Public Forum on GMOs, Friday June 11th, 5.30pm-7.30pm, Te Papa, Wellington.

Environmental Risk Management Authority: Hands on workshop on genetic engineering, Saturday June 12th and Sunday June 13th, 1.30pm, Te Papa, Wellington.

University of Otago/University of Canterbury: Statistical Methods for Environmental Management Workshop: June 10-11th, Canterbury University.

Waitakere City Council: "Green to Go" Youth Environment Conference, June 10–11th, Waitakere City.

Ministry of Fisheries: Hoki Stock Assessment Working Group, Wednesday June 16th, 9am, Greta Point, Wellington.

NZ Botanical Society and Landcare Research: New Zealand Botany at the end of the millennium conference, June 16–18th, Lincoln University.

New Zealand National Agricultural Fieldays: June 16–19th, Mystery Creek, Hamilton.

Sustainable Energy Forum: Threshold 2000–Liveable cities for the next millennium, Annual Conference, June 24-25th, Auckland.

Ministry for the Environment: Public meetings on dioxins and human health, speaker: Professor Alan Smith, University of California.

     Wellington: Tuesday June 24th, BP Theatrette, Customhouse Quay;

     New Plymouth: Monday June 28th, Plymouth International Hotel;

     Hamilton: Tuesday June 29th, Novotel Tainui Hamilton, Alma Street;

     Whakatane: Wednesday June 30th, Manor Inn, Domain Road;

     Rotorua: Thursday July 1st, Hui–details to be confirmed

     Auckland, Friday June 2nd, The Gallery, Civic Centre, Manukau City Council;

     Dunedin, Tuesday July 6th, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, The Octagon;

     Christchurch, Wednesday July 7th, Christchurch Art Centre, cnr Hereford Street Rolleston Avenue.

     All 5.30pm–7.30pm

Environmental Risk Management Authority: consultation meeting with environmental NGOs, Tuesday June 29th, Auckland.

Ministry for the Environment: consultation meeting with environmental NGOs, June 30th, Boulcott Street, Wellington.

NZ Ecological Society: Annual conference, June 28–July 2nd, Blenheim.

Ministry of Fisheries: consultation meeting with environmental NGOs, Thursday July 8th, 2–4.30pm,Wellington, Agenda items by Wednesday June 30th.

Australasian Environmental Engineering Conference: Engineers Deliver Sustainability. Auckland, July 10–14th.

Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry: International Forestry Contact Group, Wednesday July 21st, 2–4pm, MAF, ASB Bank House, Wellington.

Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture: Native Plant Symposium – New Zealand Plants and Their Story, October 1–3rd, Sharella Motor Inn, Wellington.

Hamilton City Council: Festival of the Environment, October 29–November 7th.

The Todd Foundation

The Todd foundation makes grants to non-profit New Zealand organisations. Grants include conservation and education and research. The closing date or applications is the last working day of November, but applications should be made early. Application forms are available from ECO or from the Todd Foundation, P O Box 3142, Wellington.