Regeneration Panel

27 February 2019

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Regeneration Panel

We are beginning to understand the how regeneration can transform agriculture. The panel will explore what regeneration looks like in a range of socio-economic sectors. 

The Panel

  • Malcolm Rands (Ecostore founder)

  • Hirini Tane (Pa to Plate, Oromahoe Trust)

  • Linda Matson (Agriculture)

  • Bernadette Aperahama (Whangarei District Council)

  • Graeme Ramsey (NorthTec)

  • Dr Melissa Gilbert

…we are co-creative participants in a 14-billion-year process of the universe becoming conscious of itself. We are a keystone species capable of creating conditions conducive to all life. We can design for human, ecosystems and planetary health, and nurture resilience, adaptability, transformability and vitality (Daniel Wahl).

This public seminar is brought to you by NorthTec School of Business and Climate Change Tai Tokerau Northland Trust

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Malcolm Rands
ecostore is now a multi-national brand that started in Malcolm’s garage in Matapouri. Malcolm is ecostore’s founder and also leads the Fairground Foundation. Guided by the precautionary principle, ecostore produces environmentally friendly products. Malcolm still spends lots of time at home at Matapouri.

Dr Melissa Gilbert
After starting her career in health as a nurse, Melissa trained as doctor. She a rare doctor – she expresses her scientific training and an holistic practice, avoiding the excesses of the big pharma. Melissa is passionate about the role of food in health and enjoys growing her own food.

Hirini Tane
Hirini left home in Oromahoe in the Bay of Islands to study at Otago University. He will graduate this year with a doctorate. He research includes Pā to Plate, focused on the Waitangi River catchment and exploring how whanau can develop food webs on their ancestral lands. Hirini has also visited most marae in the country, compiling the Māori Maps website.

Linda Matson
Linda’s first career was in cost management accounting in Northland and Australia. She was raised on a dairy farm and when she started her family, Linda and her husband returned to dairy farming and have recently added beef and kiwifruit to their business portfolio. Linda describes herself as a biological farmer and is a keen advocate for biological food growing systems.

Bernadette Aperahama
Bernadette’s Masters degree is in City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning. After graduating she worked as a planner at the Auckland City Council and is now a Senior Strategic Planner at the Whangarei District Council where she has recently led the development of a Corporate Sustainability Strategy. Bernadette also helps Maori organisations with planning and resource management kaupapa.

Graeme Ramsey
Graeme developed HR consultancies in the UK, then on returning home served as Mayor of the Kaipara and Deputy Chair of the Northland Regional Council. Graeme has been CEO or Director of organisations in NZ and Australia, most recently with the Problem Gambling Foundation of NZ. He spent 2017 in Ghana with his wife for a voluntary leadership role with the Dream Big Ghana charity. Home again, Graeme is teaching

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