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Thursday, November 28 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
Environmental Politics and Policy in New Zealand - I

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Environmental politics in Aotearoa have always been contentious, but in recent years have risen to the forefront of mainstream policy debates. From bans on new oil and gas exploration to pricing agricultural emissions and cleaning sacred waterways, many of today’s challenges hold social and economic significance that extend far beyond the silo of environmental management. In this roundtable authors of a forthcoming new text on Environmental Politics and Policy in Aotearoa New Zealand will present the key points from their chapters, in order to stimulate discussion distinct elements of environmental politics in New Zealand. We will explore New Zealand’s unique institutional, cultural and resource context, by first focusing on the key importance of Te Tiriti before turning to the unique characteristics of the natural environment in Aotearoa. The unique setting here informs and is, in turn, informed by the global context of environmental politics, policymaking and social movement activism.


Julie Macarthur, Maria Bargh
Aotearoa in global context

David Hall
The state of the environment in New Zealand

Janine Hayward
Environmental history in Aotearoa

Valentina Dinica
Theorising Environmental Policy

Rod Oram
New Zealand’s Green Economy


Julie MacArthur

Julie MacArthur


Maria Bargh

Victoria University of Wellington

David Hall

AUT University

Janine Hayward

Janine Hayward
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Valentina Dinica

Associate Professor Public Policy and Sustainability, School of Government, VUW
Valentina’s research addresses several key areas of sustainable development: sustainable tourism, with particular focus on nature-based tourism and island tourism; nature protection and enhancement; renewable energy and energy efficiency in the context of climate change mitigation... Read More →

Thursday November 28, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm NZDT
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