Events and activities

Our community engagement program has events and activities you can attend or take part in.

2020

September 

Bright Brains on Wings, 23 September 

Join Dr Elodie Urlacher from the Environmental Protection Authority and discover the impact of bee research on our understanding of brains and neuroscience.

Uncover the wider scientific significance of how bees explore their environment to find food, what they learn, and how they communicate.

When: 6.00 pm on Wednesday 23 September 2020

Where: War Memorial Library, Lower Hutt

October

Safer Homes presentation to Probus community group, Wesley Church Hall, Wellington, 16 October

Our Safer Homes programme manager, alongside our EPA bee expert, will be talking about safety around gardening chemicals, including how to keep our bees and environment safe too.

Mātauranga Framework webinar, date TBC

Members of our Te Herenga network are invited to learn and kōrero about our Mātauranga Framework. This is a new tool designed to ensure Māori perspectives are properly considered in our decision making.

November

Open Waters Aotearoa / Wai Tūwhera o te Taiao launch, date TBC

Join our science engagement team for a webinar launch for our new eDNA community outreach programme, “Open Waters Aotearoa / Wai Tūwhera o te Taiao”.

Open Waters Aotearoa / Wai Tūwhera o te Taiao at Wainuiomata Catchment Day, 10 November

We are taking part in the Wainuiomata Catchment Day, an event coordinated by Greater Wellington Regional Council involving school groups gathering to learn about streamcare (including eDNA).

Safer Homes at AgFest, Greymouth, 13 and 14 November

The Safer Homes team will be hosting a stand to share guidance, giveaways and activities on how to keep your whānau and the environment safe around everyday chemicals.

December

Keep a look out on our social media channels for our Christmas campaign. This will include creative competitions, giveaways and tips to help you get through the silly season.

2021

January

We will be running a Safer Homes Summer Safety campaign to highlight human and environmental safety around chemicals over summer. You’ll also get to learn more about what’s in our waterways from our Open Waters Aotearoa team.

February

Safer Homes at Creekfest, Porirua, date TBC

Head along to Creekfest, a bi-cultural annual Wellington festival. Visit the Safer Homes stand for information and advice on everyday chemicals, plus kids activities and info packs. 

EPA Annual Update, date TBC

Each year the EPA makes a plan to guide the work that we do. Stakeholders and customers are invited to hear an update about our work, and our plan from our Chief Executive and other speakers.

March

Safer Homes at Southland A&P show, 6 March

Visit the Safer Homes stand for information, guidance, and activities on how to keep your whānau and the environment safe around everyday chemicals. 

May

Safer Homes at Healthy in the Hutt, Walter Nash Centre, Taita (date TBC)

Visit the Safer Homes stand for information, guidance, and activities on how to keep your whānau and the environment safe around everyday chemicals. 

June

EPA at Fieldays, Mystery Creek, Waikato, 16 to 19 June

The EPA is heading to Fieldays. Come and say hello and learn more about the work that we do as New Zealand’s environmental regulator.

July

EPA at Local Government NZ (LGNZ) conference, Blenheim, 15 to 17 July

We work with councils to ensure the rules to protect our environment are followed and understood. We will be taking part at the LGNZ conference to talk to councils about our shared work to protect the environment.

Public consultations

You can have your say on current and upcoming consultations.

We are proposing to amend the Hazardous Substances (Storage and Disposal of Persistent Organic Pollutants) Notice 2004.

Read more about amending the EPA Hazardous Substance Notice

Find out more about other consultations that are open for public submission

Previous events and activities Plus

March 2020

Women in Science Breakfast

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.

Photo of EPA staff at Ngā Here: Many Connections, a networking event at Victoria University hosted by Forest and Bird YouthNgā Here: Many Connections, Forest and Bird Youth networking evening

On 9 March, we 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.

Photo: EPA staff host a stand at a networking event hosted by Forest and Bird youth

Te Herenga HuTe Herenga huii

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 Poa, 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

Photo of EPA Science engagement staff attending eDNA outreach hui on Matui Somes IslandeDNA outreach Hui

From 18 to 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.

Photo: 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