The 2023 Environmental Compliance Conference is coming to Te Papa, Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington, on November 1-3. The planning is well underway, and the 2023 conference committee is putting out a further call for abstracts from those working in environmental compliance field in New Zealand. Do you have a burning issue that you’d like to share, useful case studies, or an update on a method that’s working well? Then the committee would like to hear from you.

This year’s conference aims to deliver the practical knowledge on how to be more effective, efficient and up to date on Environmental Compliance in Aotearoa. The committee is specifically seeking presenters who can address the following topics:

Reform: Practitioners will soon face significant changes that impact on how they work, with RM Reform, Three Waters and other changes ahead in the Local Government space. RM reform is coming over the horizon and we’d like to hear what approaches are being taken to prepare for the new legislation, what planning are you doing? Do you have new ideas about how to achieve consistency between regions? How will you deal with historic consents and what is the role of regulators?

  • Education: The committee would like to hear how environmental compliance is included in the education of planners and others working in the environmental field? Educators working in a tertiary institution are encouraged to submit an abstract for ECC.
  • Responding to Emergencies: This summer we saw large scale emergencies across the motu and the Hawkes Bay Regional Council put out a call for the sharing of resources and ideas about how to respond to large scale emergencies. Are there any ideas you’d like to share about how this has worked?
  • Innovation and Technology: ECC is a chance to share updates in the fast-moving area of innovation and technology. What will this mean for EC practitioners?
  • Role of Mana Whenua: What opportunities are there for Council’s to involve mana whenua in compliance monitoring and enforcement activities as kaitiaki? How is non-compliance information shared and are there case studies where iwi and hapu are actively involved in monitoring, e.g., water sampling.
  • Rural and industrial issues: ECC will draw on rural experiences that are different to those in urban areas. What are the challenges and progress in this area?
  • Urban environmental issues: The committee would like to hear ideas about how you manage global stormwater consents and other big compliance issues as we increase and intensify our urban areas.
  • Your Work in Practice: This is an opportunity to share Investigations / evidence gathering techniques and case studies that you think will be of interest to the conference.

All abstracts must be submitted by Friday 26 May 2023. Acceptance or otherwise is at the discretion of the Conference Committee. Submitters will be advised of their acceptance by late June 2023. All Power Point presentations are due by Friday 6 October 2023.

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The presentation topics will be organised into steams and attendees will be able to choose which sessions to attend.

Sponsorship Opportunities at ECC

The Environmental Compliance Conference is a chance for delegates to explore the topic of next generation compliance tools, improving environmental performance, theories, innovations and practical applications in a New Zealand context. It comes at a time of change in legislation and practice and the issues being discussed are immediately relevant to conference delegates. The conference is two full days of practical learning. It includes field trips and/or walking tours, exhibition and workshops from renowned experts, focused on practical and tactical solutions to compliance problems and opportunities in New Zealand.

Sponsorship Opportunities are still available for the 2023 ECC conference at Te Papa, our treasured national museum. This is a captive target audience working in the environmental compliance field and an opportunity to showcase your brand to those who will be listening.

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