*Programme to be confirmed and is subject to change.


MC: Stacey Morrison

Day 1 Morning Session

8am – Registrations open
8.45am – Attendees to be seated
Mihi and Karakia tīmatanga
9am – Welcome: BioHeritage Challenge Director Dr Andrea Byrom and Director Māori Melanie Mark-Shadbolt
9.30am – Opening keynote: Mike King, New Zealander of the Year and mental health advocate: The link between nature and wellbeing.
IMPACT 1, Whakamana: Empowering people to protect and restore te taiao (the environment)
10am – Keynote: Empowering people to protect and restore te taiao
Kelvin Hastie, community champion
10.30am – Rapid-fire: BioHeritage research updates

  • Dr Marie McEntee, Social Scientist, University of Auckland
  • Dr James Ataria, Cawthron Institute
  • Associate Professor Tammy Steeves, University of Canterbury
11.05am – Panel:  Will the ‘predator free’ movement result in an increase in environmental activism?                                                                           MC Rod Oram

  • Jessi Morgan, Predator Free Trust
  • Tame Malcolm, BioHeritage Challenge
  • Wendy Rakete-Stones, Hawke’s Bay Regional Council & Cape to City
  • Dr Fabien Medvecky, University of Otago
  • Karen Williams, Federated Farmers

Day 1 Afternoon Session

IMPACT 1 Whakamana: The role of NGOs and governments in the protection and restoration of our taiao
Sponsored by Hawke’s Bay Regional Council 
1pm – Keynote: Enterprise with impact and environmental innovation – how do we bring ideas to impact?
Louise Aitken, CEO Ākina Foundation
1.25pm – Panel: The pros and cons of philanthropic investment for environmental impact                                                                                                MC Kim Hill

  • Aroha Mead, BioHeritage Challenge
  • Professor Bruce Clarkson, University of Waikato
  • Nathalie Whitaker, founder
  • Jan Hania, NEXT Foundation, BioHeritage Kāhui Māori
  • Professor Shaun Hendy, University of Auckland
IMPACT 2, Tiaki: Is biosecurity a losing battle in an increasingly connected world?
Sponsored by the Bio-Protection Research Centre
2.50pm – Keynote: Roger Smith, Head of Biosecurity New Zealand
3.20pm – Rapid-fire: BioHeritage research updates

  • Dr Monica Gerth, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Professor Phil Hulme, Lincoln University & Bio-Protection Research Centre
  • Alby Marsh, Plant & Food Research
3.55pm – Panel: The ‘security’ in biosecurity: what can we learn from other technology, intelligence and surveillance sectors?                            MC Dr Andrea Byrom
Sponsored by Ko Tātou This Is Us, Biosecurity 2025

  • Waitangi Wood
  • Dr Steve Pawson, Scion
  • Nadine Tunley, Oha Honey
  • Sam Vye, Environment & Conservation Technologies
  • Dr Tara Strand, Scion
5.00pm – Keynote: Our People, Our Land
Vicky Robertson, Secretary for the Environment
5.30pm – Wrap up and Karakia whakamutunga
5.40pm – NETWORKING DRINKS + SPEAKERS: Indigenous environmental concerns in a shrinking world
Danbi Cho
Melanie Mark-Shadbolt
More speakers being confirmed

Sponsored by Te Tira Whakamātaki






MC: Stacey Morrison

Day 2 Morning Session

8am – Registrations open
8.20am – Attendees to be seated
Karakia tīmatanga
8.30am – Welcome: BioHeritage Challenge Director Dr Andrea Byrom
8.45am – Keynote: Hon Dr Megan Woods, Minister of Research, Science and Innovation
IMPACT 2, Tiaki: Achieving a predator free New Zealand. Are we dreaming?
Sponsored by Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research
9.10am – Rapid-fire: BioHeritage research updates

  • Associate Professor James Russell, University of Auckland
  • Dr Emily Parke, University of Auckland
  • Professor Phil Lester, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Dr Patrick Garvey, Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research
9.50am – Keynote: Predator Free 2050: What success will look like
Sir Rob Fenwick
10.00am – Panel: Predator Free New Zealand, a dream or reality?                                                                                                                                               MC Alison Ballance

  • Dr Shaun Ogilvie, BioHeritage Challenge
  • Nicola Toki, Department of Conservation
  • Campbell Leckie, Hawke’s Bay Regional Council
  • Devon McLean, Project Janszoon, NEXT Foundation, BioHeritage Challenge
  • Bruce Warburton, Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research
IMPACT 3, Whakahou: Restoration trajectory: are we all going in the same direction?
Sponsored by Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research
11.20am – Keynote: Biodiversity outcomes of Aotearoa’s most common predator control regimes: implications for restoration trajectories
Dr Rachelle Binny, Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research
11.50am – Rapid-fire: BioHeritage research updates

  • Aisling Rayne, University of Canterbury
  • Professor Jason Tylianakis, University of Canterbury
  • Dr Brad Case, AUT
  • Corinne Bataille, University of Canterbury
  • Dr Ian Duggan, University of Waikato
12.40pm – Panel: NZ’s biodiversity trajectory: shifting the dial from extraction to restoration                                                                                              MC Melanie Mark-Shadbolt

  • Pania Newton
  • Professor David Norton, University of Canterbury
  • Peter Brunt, Department of Conservation
  • Shaun Neeley, Aquila Farming

Day 2 Afternoon Session

IMPACT 3, Whakahou: Aotearoa’s unique approach to ecosystem restoration
Sponsored by Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research
2.30pm – Keynote: Restoring the faith: harnessing science for societal impact
Professor Juliet Gerrard, Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor
2.55pm – Panel: Aotearoa’s unique approach to ecosystem restoration                                                                                                                                         MC Professor Bruce Clarkson, University of Waikato

  • Matt Highway, Fonterra
  • Professor Joshua Viers, CITRIS UC Merced
  • Dr Marcus Vandergoes, GNS
3.40pm – Keynote: Does it make any sense to be crazy and ambitious
Simon Upton, Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment
4.10pm – Wrap-up: Stacey Morrison
4.25pm – Karakia whakamutunga
4.30pm – Symposium concludes