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VUW Pacific Climate Change Conference timetable, speakers and panel sessions

 

Panel sessions and facilitators

8:30am Monday 15 February

Room: MCLT103               Powhiri, prayer and official welcome

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9:15am Monday 15 February

Room: MCLT103               Keynote address: President Anote Tong                                                 Current crises and future trajectories

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10.15am Monday 15 February

Panel session 1                 Post-COP21 analysis: What does COP-21 mean for the Pacific?

Room: AM102/104          Adrian Macey  – Victoria University Climate Change Research Institute

Catherine Iorns – Victoria University School of Law

Simon Hillier – Aotearoa Youth Leadership Institute

Penehuro Lefale – LeA International

 

Panel session 2                 Water crises: Too much, too little and the wider ecological effects

Room: MCLT102               Stephen Flood – Victoria University Climate Change Research Institute                                                 Valentina Dinica – Victoria University School of Government                                                 Tim Naish – Victoria University Antarctic Research Centre

Panel session 3                 Climate change, empire and the militarisation of the Pacific

Room: MCLT101               Edwina Hughes – Peace Movement Aotearoa                                                 Julian Aguon – Blue Ocean Law (Guam)                                                 Pala Molisa – Victoria University School of Accounting and Commercial Law

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11.30am Monday 

Panel session 4                 Community crises: How climate change is affecting population movements

Room: AM102/104          Leota Kosi Latu – Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)

Tauisi Taupo – Victoria University School of Economics and Finance Sarah Meads – Independent development consultant

Panel session 5                 Climate change as colonisation: What does it mean to decolonise climate change politics in the Pacific?

Room: MCLT102               John Overton – Victoria School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences Koreti Tiumalu – 350.org (Aotearoa) Dayle Takitimu – Indigenous rights and environment lawyer

Panel session 6                 How climate change is intersecting with financial and economic crises

Room: MCLT101               Stephen Flood – Victoria University Climate Change Research Institute                                                 Manuel Terai – French Polynesia Government Advisor for Pacific Affairs                                                 Geoff Simmons – The Morgan Foundation

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1:30pm Monday 15 February

Room: MCLT103               Keynote address: Professor James Renwick and Professor Tim Naish The latest climate change science: Long and short-term implications for the Pacific

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2.30pm Monday

Panel session 7                 Oil, fracking and fossil fuel dependency in the Pacific

Room: AM102/104          Aaron Carter – Oil Free Wellington Fi Gibson – Oil Free Wellington Jean Kahui – Frack Free Kapiti and Beyond Catherine Cheung – Climate Justice Taranaki

Panel session 8                 Land crises

Room: MCLT102               Troy Baisden – GNS Science                                                 Rob McKay – Victoria Antarctic Research Centre                                                 Leonard Basilius – Palau Community Action Agency                                                 Sarah Meads – Independent development consultant

Panel session 9                 West Papua and climate crises

Room: MCLT101               Catherine Iorns – Victoria University School of Law Julian Aguon – Blue Ocean Law (Guam) Tere Harrison – Māori journalist, film producer, director

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4pm Monday         

Panel session 10              Corporate control of climate politics

Room: AM102/104          Rod Oram – Business journalist                                                 Cath Wallace – ECO and International Union for Conservation of Nature                                                 Geoff Simmons – The Morgan Foundation

Panel session 11              Social and ecological impacts

Room: MCLT102               Cliff Law – National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) Matthew Dunn – Victoria University School of Biological Sciences Will Steffen – Australian National University Climate Change Institute

Panel session 12              Effects on gender rights, education and justice

Room: MCLT101               Prue Taylor – University of Auckland                                                 Jean Kahui – Frack Free Kapiti and Beyond                                                 Arianne Kassman – Coordinator, 350.org (Papua New Guinea)

 

 

 

 


 

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8:45am Tuesday 16 February

Room: MCLT103               Keynote address: Dayle Takitimu Colonisation, capitalism and climate crises in the Pacific

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10am Tuesday 16 February

Panel session 13              Climate refugees, differential impacts and climate justice

Room: AM102/104          John Overton – Victoria School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences Leota Kosi Latu – SPREP Claire Anterea – Office of Te Beretitenti (Kiribati)

Panel session 14              Green technologies: real hopes or false solutions?

Room: MCLT102               Ralph Sims – Massey University School of Engineering and Advanced Technology James Barber – Oil Free Wellington Broderick Menke – Marshall Islands Conservation Society

Panel session 15              Sustainable agriculture, carbon sinks and the politics of just transitions

Room: MCLT101               Troy Baisden – GNS Science Will Steffen – Australian National University Climate Change Institute Mary-Linda Salvador – Conservation Society of Pohnpei (Federated States of Micronesia)

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11.30am Tuesday

Panel session 16              Neoliberalism, the TPPA and climate change in the Pacific

Room: AM102/104          Greg Rzesniowiecki – The Renewables Motueka Jonathan Boston – Victoria University School of Government Geoff Simmons – The Morgan Foundation Sina Brown-Davis – Indigenous activist, Te Roroa, Te Uri o Hau, Ngāpuhi, Fale Ula and Vava’u

Panel session 17              Critical education for climate justice

Room: MCLT102               James Renwick – Victoria University School of Geography, Environment and                                                 Earth Sciences                                                 Catherine Iorns – Victoria University School of Law                                                 Dan Zwartz – Ministry for the Environment                                                 Pala Molisa – Victoria University School of Accounting and Commercial Law

Panel session 18              Religious perspectives on climate justice

Room: MCLT101               Sister Catherine – Caritas New Zealand                                                 Jaspreet Singh – Shah Satnam Ji Green ‘S’ Welfare Force Wing                                                 Paul Blaschke – Jewish environmentalist

Anwar ul-Ghani – Waikato Muslim Association

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1:30pm Tuesday 16 February

Room: MCLT103               Keynote address: Bill McKibben (video) and Koreti Tiumalu Pacific climate activism and climate crises

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2.30pm Tuesday

Panel session 19              The power of art in Pacific climate justice movements

Room: AM102/104          Susana Lei’atua – Actor, writer                                                 Lemi Ponifasio – Choreographer, MAU founder, director                                                 Nina Nawalowalo – The Conch director

Panel session 20              Media as an influencer

Room: MCLT102               Maraea Rakuraku – Native Agency founder, editor                                                 Rod Oram – Business journalist

                                                Kevin Hester – Climate activist                                                

Panel session 21              Re-weaving resistance: Building a pan-Pacific climate justice movement

Room: MCLT101               Teanau Tuiono – Pasifika Indigenous Network Fenton Lutunatabua – 350.org (Fiji) Dayle Takitimu – Indigenous rights lawyer, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui legal advocate Siliveseteli Loloa – 350.org (Tonga)

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4pm Tuesday

Panel session 22              Youth role and perspective

Room: AM102/104          Simon Hillier – Deconstructing Paris India Logan-Riley – Generation Zero, Ngāti Kahungungu ki Heretaunga Kya Lal – New Zealand Youth Delegation Lottie Boardman – Aotearoa Youth Leadership Institute

Panel session 23              The psychological dimensions of climate crises, climate diplomacy and international negotiations

Room: MCLT102               Graham Hassall – Victoria University School of Government Paul Schneider – Massey University Cristina Parra – Auckland University of Technology School of Social Sciences

Panel session 24              The role of the law in reinforcing and addressing climate crises

Room: MCLT101               Catherine Iorns – Victoria University School of Law Dayle Takitimu – Indigenous rights and environmental lawyer Alberto Costi – Victoria University School of Law Nathan Ross – Victoria University School of Law

 

 

 

 

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8:45am Wednesday 17 February

Room: MCLT103               Keynote address: Rod Oram and Professor William Steffen Climate policy in the Pacific: Political challenges and corporate capture

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10am Wednesday 17 February

Panel session 25              Where to from here? Political challenges and possibilities

Room: AM102/104          Starling Konainao – 350.org (Solomon Islands) Nerida-Ann Hubert – Nauru National Youth Council Emma Moon – Oil Free Wellington

Panel session 26              Can business be sustainable?

Room: MCLT102               Rod Oram – Business journalist Ann Smith – CarboNZero Marama Davidson – Green Party

Panel session 27              The future of alternative energy and economics

Room: MCLT101               Maria Bargh – Victoria University Te Kawa a Māui (School of Māori Studies) Ralph Sims – Massey University School of Engineering and Advanced Technology Will Steffen – Australian National University Climate Change Institute

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11.30am Wednesday

Panel session 28              The future of climate action: From boardrooms to the streets

Room: AM102/104          Niamh O’Flynn – 350.org (Aotearoa) Aaron Packard – 350.org (Aotearoa) Billy Cava – 350.org (New Caledonia) Mikaele Maiava – Pacific Climate Warriors, 350.org (Tokelau)

 

Panel session 29              The future of climate governance and grassroots organizing

Room: MCLT102               Kevin Hester – Climate activist Geoff Bertram – Victoria University Institute for Governance and Policy Studies Isso Nihmei – 350.org (Vanuatu) Brianna Fruean – SPREP

Panel session 30              The future of building pan-Pacific mass climate movements

Room: MCLT101               Koreti Tiumalu – 350.org (Aotearoa) Sina Brown-Davis – Indigenous activist, Te Roroa, Te Uri o Hau, Ngāpuhi, Fale Ula and Vava’u Siliveseteli Loloa – 350.org (Tonga)

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1:30pm Wednesday 17 February

Room: MCLT103               Keynote address: Kosi Latu The next steps

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2:30pm Wednesday 17 February

Room: MCLT103               Open forum discussion facilitated by Professor James Renwick and Dr Pala Molisa

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