Events and activities

This month we held several events, including a Women in Science Breakfast, Te Herenga Hui, and an eDNA outreach hui.

Events and activities

March 2020

Photo of attendees and speaker at Women in Science breakfastWomen in Science Breakfast

6 March

In the lead up to International Women’s Day we invited students from Wellington High Schools to join us for breakfast at the Sustainability Trust.

Following the theme of Women in Science, a selection of women from the EPA gave short presentations about their career paths. Their stories traversed the challenges of study, career directions and personal growth. Each woman reflected on the different ways they have experienced gender bias, the pressure of their own inner critic, and their personal experiences of things such as anxiety and cultural difference. Speaking with such openness encouraged the students to freely ask questions and gain understanding to help inspire their own career paths.

Louise McMillan is a Senior Advisor in the Hazardous Substances team. She shared her journey from starting at the EPA on a 100 hour contract to becoming a team leader and working with a focus on ozone layer protection.

Dr Manda Safavi was born and raised in Iran. She moved to New Zealand to complete her PHD in Biochemistry at Otago University, a challenge that involved learning a new language and culture. Overcoming these hurdles has strengthened Manda's confidence and belief in the potential of all women.

Erica Gregory is a Principal Advisor in the Kaupapa Kura Taiao team. Her career and life journey included entering the public service after leaving school, studying English Literature and working in the UK. Erica moved into Māori engagement work in 2006. She enjoys helping colleagues challenge their own thinking about engaging with Māori.

Lana Doyle is a Senior Solicitor within the EPA’s legal team. She attended Wellington Girls College before studying Law at Victoria University. Later she studied political science in France and was admitted to the Bar in 2007. She has worked in a variety of areas of law. Her current work includes governance and the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme.

Hannah Davidson is a research assistant in the EPA Science team. She completed a BSc and Masters in Chemistry at Otago University, interspersed with plenty of travel. Hannah’s interest in science communication, outreach and helping people to connect with and care about the environment is the perfect match for her current role.

Photo: Lana Doyle speaking to attendees at our Women in Science breakfast held at the Sustainability Trust.

Ngā Here: Many Connections, Forest and Bird Youth networking evening

9 March

On 9 March, the EPA had a stand at Ngā Here: Many Connections, a networking event at Victoria University hosted by Forest and Bird Youth. The event was designed to encourage students towards careers in the environmental sector. Keynote speakers were Hon James Shaw and Councillor Tamatha Paul. A wide variety of environmental organisations hosted information stands. Staff from across the EPA talked to students about our work.

Te Herenga hui

Te Herenga Hui

11 - 12 March

The Te Herenga National Hui was held at the Takapūwāhia Marae, Porirua on  11–12 March, jointly hosted by the EPA and Ngāti Toa. Te Herenga, our National Māori Network, is a forum for kaitiaki and environmental resource managers. The hui provided an opportunity for Te Herenga members from across Aotearoa to come together to discuss environmental issues relating to the EPA.

This year there was a particular focus on our emerging Mātauranga Māori framework for decision makers, the environmental DNA (eDNA) outreach programme, and the perspectives of rangatahi. Speakers included Professor Michael Bunce, recent EPA interns Morgan-Andrew King and Te Wainuiarua Pao, Naomi Solomon (Resource Management and Communications Manager, Te Rūnangao Toa Rangatira) and Maui Hudson (Associate Professor, Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies, University of Waikato).

Photo: Attendees at the Te Herenga hui, Takapūwāhia Marae, Porirua

eDNA outreach Hui

18-19 March

Our Science Engagement staff joined Zealandia bi-cultural and kaitiaki rangers, Taranaki Whānui iwi, Wellington Harbour Islands kaitiaki and community members for an overnight hui on Matiu Somes Island. This provided an opportunity for further discussions about the development eDNA outreach programme, and to collect water samples from around the island.

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