Leading in a Changing Climate: Kaitiakitanga for Community Organisations

Climate Change Governance 

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Climate change governance enables organisations to constructively address environmental challenges. The most recent international report (IPCC 6th Assessment) plots the massive risks to human wellbeing from climate change. It concludes that, given the key risks identified, "adaptation that increases resilience requires sustained, adaptive management with the goal of transformative change" ( No one could disagree with the importance of 'adaptive management', but how do we do that in our place with our people, within the constraints and demands of 2022, in a raging pandemic?!? 

Silvia Purdie is working with community organisations, from small local groups through to large social service agencies. She is passionate about helping people, no matter what their situation, take positive action on climate change. "Yes there is so much that can get us down, but I'm finding that when people put their heads together to do something constructive, this generates energy".  A group she worked with last year liked to meet on Friday afternoons so that they ended the week on a high note!


How will your organisation respond to climate change?

In this workshop Silvia Purdie outlines a collaborative Treaty-based approach to environmental responsibility in community agencies. 

The seminar will enable participants to:

-       form an effective ‘Taiao’ or ‘Green’ team
-       reduce your organisation’s carbon and waste footprint
-       energise people with creative ways to engage
-       assess and address local climate change risks
-       support Tikanga Maori values in relation to Taiao

Our Workshop Speakers

Silvia Purdie is a counsellor, sustainability consultant, and ordained minister. 

She established and leads Place Consultancy  as a resource and training base for the community sector in environmental sustainability. Silvia brings an engaging and encouraging approach to the complex challenges of climate crisis.

She brings a particular interest in mental health, with a private practice in counselling and professional supervision based in Rolleston. Those who attended her Grow seminar for Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 on climate change and mental health described it as: “a very interesting, practical and hopeful session”, “meaningful, empowering and thought provoking”. Silvia is also an ordained Presbyterian minister and author, with two books currently being published: ‘Awhi Mai Awhi Atu: Women in Creation Care’, and ‘Moving On: Grief in Ministry Transition’.

Jonathan Boston, ONZM, is Professor of Public Policy in the School of Government at Victoria University of Wellington (VUW). His research interests include climate change, child poverty, governance, public management, research funding, and welfare state design. He has served at various times as Director of the Institute of Policy Studies and Director of the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies at VUW.

David Hanna is the director of Wesley Community Action and member of the Inspiring Communities team. He is a fifth generation Tangata Tiriti, a partner, father of 4 children and grandfather. A central strand of his working life is helping create new systems that enable people to develop and maintain healthy relationships and live lives that they value. His roles have included time as a National Youth Director of an NGO, a policy manager in Central Government, a consultant on positive child / youth development. 

Who Should Attend?

The online 90 minute training programme is aimed at anyone interested in promoting sustainability within your organisation, and especially for those with governance responsibility.

Date and Location

Wednesday 18 May, 9am - 10.30am
You will be sent the details to 'attend' this ZOOM meeting once you are registered.

Price & Registration

90 minute Workshop
$140 inclusive of GST per person

Registration process

Payment online is by Debit or Credit Card: VISA, Mastercard or American Express only and there are 3 easy steps to complete the online booking process.

Upon hitting the blue "Complete Booking" button, you will receive an automated email confirming your registration and you will also be a sent in a separate email a Tax Invoice showing your booking as being paid in full by Credit Card. If you have any issues or questions about your booking, please contact Feona Horrex on 0272 040425 or email: feona@grow.co.nz

We work hard to ensure that all workshops are cost effective by automating our systems. If you require an invoice (rather than paying by debit or credit card) there will be a $25.00 inc GST surcharge for this, and you will need to supply:

  • The full name and postal address required to appear on the invoice.
  • The contact name and email of the person(s) responsible for authorising this expense and approving payment.
  • Any purchase order references required on vendor invoices.

Please email feona@grow.co.nz  if you would like to reserve a place, as our workshops fill quickly.

What happens if you have to cancel?

We know that sometimes your plans can change for many different reasons. Should you be unable to attend, a substitute delegate is welcome to attend at no extra cost. If a substitute delegate is not available and you need to cancel your registration, please be aware of the following:

Up to 7 days prior to the event you will be provided a refund of your registration cost, less a $20.00 inc GST per attendee service charge.
If you cancel within 7 days of the event, you are not eligible to receive a refund. Please note: should your registration not be paid by the time of the event, you are still liable to make the payment. Unpaid accounts may be passed over to our debt collection agency and additional costs may be incurred.
All cancellations must be received in writing via email.
Training is cancellable by GROW with 3 days’ notice if a minimum number of attendees is not met and full refunds will be provided.
Please note: GROW Ltd reserves the right to make any amendments that we may deem to be in the best interest of the forum – it is however very unlikely and we will notify you as soon as possible should this occur.

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Further Details

This workshop will be delivered using ZOOM. Please familiarise yourself with ZOOM, it is very easy and free to use.

Watch this video on How to Join a ZOOM meeting: https://blogs.otago.ac.nz/zoom/how-to-join-a-zoom-meeting-step-by-step/


For further details, please contact:
e: feona@grow.co.nz
p: 027 204 0425

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