RMLA Annual Conference



Te Tau Ihu (the Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough regions) is an outstanding environment, rich in resources and stunningly beautiful.  It is the setting of one the most important cases yet decided under RMA, King Salmon.  At the heart of this decision were the regions’ outstanding landscapes.  However this setting presents many challenges for resource management, just as it did for King Salmon.  As with many other parts of regional New Zealand, Te Tau Ihu largely dependson its natural resource base to sustain economic wellbeing.  How (or can) we retain what is outstanding about the top of the south within the growth pressures this tension inevitably creates?

Te Tau Ihu is grappling with a number of outstanding issues.  There is more to be done to address climate change and coastal hazard management, to resolve the competing needs of water users, to protect our regions’ outstanding water bodies, to better manage competition for productive rural land and the growth industries of aquaculture and tourism.  We also need to diversify from reliance on the primary sector, innovate and embrace new technologies, as well as encouraging industry and business to compete on the national stage.

How can we as resource users and resource management practitioners, be outstanding in responding to these issues?  What are we doing to address these challenges in our work, development and practice? What more or better can we do?  What new skills and ideas do we need to acquire and apply?

The objective of this conference is to better equip practitioners, consultants, business, industry and decision makers alike to confront these challenges, so to be “outstanding” in the response. 

This theme will be explored with field trips in outstanding places such as Abel Tasman National Park, Mapua, the Moutere Valley, Neudorf and the Marlborough Sounds.  There will be social events highlighting many of the outstanding products of the region sourced from grapes, hops, sea life, earth and pasture. 



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Again this year, we have decided to include Posters to showcase fresh ideas, research and topical issues in resource management.  The poster does not need to be focussed on the law or legal matters.  Resource management practice bridges numerous disciplines and the RMLA’s membership is wide.  We are inviting academics, students and professionals who have an interest in resource management and environmental issues in general to be involved and have no preconceived ideas about what will be suitable.  We invite anyone interested to submit a 250 word abstract for a poster to Rachel Cook to be considered for inclusion by the Committee by Thursday 30 June 2016: rachel@conference.co.nz

Guidelines are available here.