Here’s What’s Wating for you at EnviroPAST 2022

We’ve curated an exciting and varied content lineup for this year’s conference. There’s something for everyone, whether you’re wanting to learn about simple changes you can make in your own life to leave a lighter footprint on the planet,  or understand the latest science that’s underpinning government decision making.

Programme announcement are currently ongoing – keep an eye out here and on our social pages for updates as they become available.


Dame Juliet Gerrard

Juliet trained at Oxford University and moved to Aotearoa in 1993 where her career has included roles in both Crown Research Institutes and universities. Juliet’s research background is broad and interdisciplinary, with particular interests in fundamental and applied protein science. She has held an Industry and Outreach Fellowship with Callaghan Innovation, founded a start-up company, chaired the Marsden Council, served on the Board of Directors of Plant and Food Research, and is currently on the Board of Te Papa.
Since Juliet’s appointment in 2018 as the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, Kaitohutohu Mātanga Pūtaiao Matua ki te Pirimia, she has worked from a base of four founding principles: rigour, inclusivity, transparency, and accessibility. She has supported the science and science advisor community to provide advice to the PM, ministers, and the public on a wide range of topics, including advice on the Christchurch mosque shootings, the response to the Whakaari | White Island eruption, the Cannabis referendum, rheumatic fever and the Covid-19 pandemic. The Office has released two major reports, Rethinking plastics in Aotearoa New Zealand and The future of commercial fishing in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Photo Credit to Elise Manahan

Lani Rotzler Purewa

Ko Lani Rotzler Purewa tōku ingoa. 

He uri tēnei no Ngāi Tūhoe, no te Schwarzwald hoki. I’m a young urban māori with a passion for learning about what it means to be in good relation to Rangi and Papa through the matauranga of our tupuna.

I work for Para Kore, and Papawhakaritorito Trust to support community gardens across the Hutt Valley. Our mission at Para Kore is to empower and support kura, kōhanga, marae and organisations across Aotearoa to reduce waste through education and support within the frameworks of kaupapa and tikanga Māori. 

It is my greatest privilege to work with rangatahi to restore native ngāhere, grow kai and put to practice regenerative growing methods that support soil microbiology, and enhance wider ecosystems address climate change pressures.


Tim Jones (MC)

Having been our MC for the two previous EnviroPAST conferences, we’re thrilled to be able to bring Tim with us to Wellington! Tim specialises in working with individuals and organisations to help them tap into their Purpose Fuelled Performance, assisting them in the transition to becoming a force for good – hence Grow Good. His purpose-focused consulting, coaching and training programmes are specially designed for those that want to use their skills to achieve meaningful goals in life and work.

Since starting his business he has worked with organisations such as Meridian Energy, The Co-Operative Bank, The NZ Defence Force, The Chia Sisters, Bivouac Outdoors and Cookie Time to name a few. His business is one of New Zealand’s founding B Corps and he is also B Corp Ambassador for NZ. More recently he has been co-teaching the University of Canterbury MBA Programme “Creating Impact-led Enterprises”. That’s why he is New Zealand’s #1 B Corp and business for good specialist,

Genevieve Rae

Clothing Repair with Genevieve Rae

Learning to repair your clothes is one of the most impactful personal sustainable actions we can take. In this workshop we will look at four different hand stitches that we can use to mend and upcycle our clothing. Genevieve will run us through the stitches one step at a time, so everyone can get the basics down. We’ll cover how to hem clothing and fix seam holes. Then we’ll look at some embroidery stitches for a sneaky decorative fix to spice up even the most worn down pieces. All materials will be provided and everyone will receive a small sewing kit to take home.
Genevieve Rae is a Masters student at Massey University Wellington, doing textile design research into mycelium materials. Mycelium is like the root structure of fungi, mushrooms are the fruiting body, or reproductive organs, of fungi. During her bachelors degree, Genevieve was able to explore many material processes, from sewing, weaving, and knitting, to 3D printed jewellery and natural dyes. Emerging start ups are beginning to provide markets with sustainable mycelium packaging – a styrofoam replacement, mycelium leathers, and mycelium sponges. This is a material that textile designers must be familiar with for future sustainable materials development.
“The most important thing I’ve learnt while studying textiles is how to form an embodied understanding of a material. Practicing and playing with a material helps us design with it much more sustainably.”
Jordan Hamel

Creative Communication with Jordan Hamel

Jordan Hamel is a Pōneke-based writer, poet and performer. He was the 2018 New Zealand Poetry Slam champion and represented Aotearoa at the World Poetry Slam Champs in 2019. He is the co-editor of Stasis Journal and co-editor of No other place to stand an anthology of Aotearoa climate change poetry from Auckland University Press. This poem is from Jordan’s debut poetry collection Everyone is everyone except you published by Dead Bird Books in May 2022.
This workshop will look at different ways in which poetry can be used as a tool to understand, communicate and respond to the current climate crisis that we face. It will explore the many roles of the poet as an activist, observer and a voice for change.


Practical Action


For this year’s practical action event, we are teaming up with Conservation Volunteers, Wellington City Council, and the Department of Conservation to help with their dune restoration mahi. Conference attendees will be transported by bus to a local beach and will join the hundreds of volunteers who have helped to plant thousands of native dune plants and remove invasive plants from Wellington’s dunes.

CVNZ works closely with Wellington City Council (WCC) to help restore the local dune ecosystems around Wellington’s south coast, and continually review and monitor the restored areas to determine success and further revise the restoration programmes. Natural sand dunes play a vital role in protecting our beaches, coastline and coastal developments from coastal hazards such as erosion, coastal flooding and storm damage.