Message from the RMLA President – July 2018

Tēnā koutou katoa

We’ve reached a tipping point in the year. The shortest day has passed and Matariki has been celebrated. We’re now on the quick slope to our annual conference (themed “Transform or Reform”) and from there to the end of the year. Watch how quickly the days go – the early bird price for the conference is only open for a few more weeks – so make sure to get your conference tickets soon.

RMLA exists to promote best practice in the implementation of environmental policy, planning and law through education, debate and commentary. We do this in many ways including by providing seminars, webinars, publications and forums for sharing views.

One forum is RMLA’s recently launched Knowledge Hubs. With these we are welcoming a new generation of leaders within RMLA. We have several new Leaders and will be profiling them in our newsletter.

We need more. As a Leader you’ll be passionate about a particular topic and willing to co-ordinate sharing of knowledge and views on policy developments. Topics we need Leaders for include: Biodiversity/Nature Conservation, Climate Change, Contaminated Sites, Utilities and Infrastructure, Local Bodies and Mātauranga Māori. If you’re interested please contact Karol.Helmink@rmla.org

Of course, to advance best practice we need to be free to meet and debate in a safe and healthy manner. The National Committee has undertaken a review of our policies to provide more clarity around health and safety at events we host and to ensure that we have an anti-harassment and discrimination policy. These can be found here.

We also propose some related changes to our constitution that we will be seeking support for at our AGM during the conference.

Noho ora mai, na

Rachel Devine

President – RMLA