The purpose of the event was to update the various environment groups on progress made since the inaugural hui in 2013, to provide an opportunity for community and iwi groups to get to know the Environmental Services Unit (and vice versa) and to provide an opportunity for us all to share information and network.
Mayor Len Brown opened the morning, talking about coming waste minimisation programs, cleaning up the streams and rivers in the region, Kauri dieback, and even the reintroduction of Kiwi!
Auckland is at a crossroads. All our biodiversity measures are in decline. And we are set for an increase in population. People are moving here from other parts of the country for the opportunities of the city, and people are having families. We need to get things right to make sure one of the things which makes our region livable, the environment, is looked after! Without the environment, we can't live at all!
Various speakers from the ESU spoke about their roles, their projects, and how they work with community. We were told about council initiatives to 'daylight' streams. It would be nice to see our Waiheke streams clear again.
We also heard from guest speakers Sam Judd from co founder and CEO of Sustainable Coastlines. They are the group that runs the 'Love your coast' events, as well as education campaigns and have now recently set up a network in Papua New Guinea
There was a great "love your coast" event on Waiheke in march this year, I wrote about it here:
After the break we had breakout sessions with different people from different departments hosting conversations at tables. I chatted with Jane from Biosecurity about Kauri Dieback and initiatives to educate visitors to Waiheke about how to protect the island.