Threatened Species Summit programme

The summit is a series of sessions run by DOC on day three of the Crazy & Ambitious conference at Te Papa in Wellington 8-10 May 2017. It will be chaired by Lou Sanson, Director-General, DOC.

Early morning session

  • 9:00 am: Karakia and mihi whakatau, Joe Harawira, DOC
  • 9:10 am: Lou Sanson, Director-General, DOC
  • 9:20 am: Hon Maggie Barry, Minister of Conservation
  • 9:40 am Our nature in our place – how DOC is working with others to ensure threatened species success. Lou Sanson, Director-General, DOC

Morning tea

  • 10:15 am: Predator Free 2050 – advancing the programme. Arihia Bennett, PF2050 Ltd Board member; and Mervyn English, DOC; with Sir Rob Fenwick, PF2050 Ltd Board member and moderated by Hon Nicky Wagner
  • 10:45 am: The value of threatened species to NZ Incorporated. Sir Rob Fenwick, Chair Predator Free NZ Trust

Session 1: Uniting against invaders

  • 11:00 am: Kākāpō genomics: sequencing the genomes of an entire species. Andrew Digby, DOC
  • 11:15 am: Using an acute toxin for eradication: are you crazy?! Phil Bell, Zero Invasive Predators
  • 11:30 am: What recovery of North Island kōkako requires. John Innes, Landcare Research
  • 11:45 am: Panel: The future of pest control tools in the quest for a Predator Free 2050. Chair: Nicola Toki, DOC. Panellists: Robbie van Dam, Goodnature; Graeme Elliott, DOC; Phil Bell, ZIP; Kelvin Hastie, Crofton Downs Predator Free


  • 1:00 pm: The DOC Threatened Species Strategy, what it means and what we’re going to do. Nicola Toki, DOC Threatened Species Ambassador
  • 1:15 pm: Australian perspectives on saving threatened plants and animals and Australia’sThreatened Species Strategy in practice. Gregory Andrews, Australian Threatened Species Commissioner
  • 1:30 pm: The conversation about feral cats in New Zealand. Helen Beattie, Cat Management Strategy Group
  • 1:45 pm: Biocontrol as a key weapon for the War on Weeds. Lynley Hayes, Landcare Research
  • 2:00 pm: Core collection development for efficient and targeted operation of seedbanks; how to retain diversity using environmental and climatic data.Kioumars Ghamkhar, Margot Forde Forage Germplasm Centre
  • 2:15 am: War on Weeds – Winning against wildings. Keith Briden, DOC
  • 2:30 pm: The role of botanic gardens in threatened species conservation. Jack Hobbs, Auckland Botanic Gardens; Jeremy Rolfe, DOC

Afternoon tea

Session 2: Conservation without borders (beyond public conservation land)

  • 3:30 pm: Perspectives on threatened species conservation. Kara Edwards, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu
  • 3:50 pm: The future of threatened species in captivity and the role of zoos in conservation. Karen Fifield, Chief Executive, Wellington Zoo Trust
  • 4:05 pm: Why business should invest in threatened species. Neal Barclay, General Manager Retail, Meridian Energy
  • 4.25 pm: Why protecting nature on private land is pivotal to agriculture’s future success. Nuffield Scholar Dan Steele, Blue Duck Lodge
  • 4:40 pm: Panel: Opportunities and challenges of recovery of threatened plants and animals on private and farming land. Panel co-chairs: Hon Scott Simpson and Nicola Toki, DOC. Panellists: William Rolleston, President, Federated Farmers; Mike Jebson, Chief Executive, QEII National Trust; Ngaire Tyson, Landcare Trust
  • 5:10 pm: The National Science Challenge. Andrea Byrom, Biological Heritage Director
  • 5:20 pm: Closing address. Lou Sanson, Director-General, DOC;
  • 5:25 pm: Karakia, Joe Harawira, DOC

Get involvled

DOC will be live streaming some of the summit sessions through their Twitter account @docgovtnz. Follow the discussion and tweet your thoughts and questions using #ThreatenedSpeciesSummit.

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