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Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at 6:30 PM (NZDT)

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 Hot Topic - Are We Being Climate Smart?


Free public forum in support of Earth Hour

Hosted by Mayor Bob Parker


 David Wratt   Roger Sutton  Peter Townsend 

     David Wratt                  Mike Theelen                  Roger Sutton            Peter Townsend             Rhys Taylor

Wednesday 24 March - Isaac Theatre Royal, 145 Gloucester St

Yealands Estate Wine Tasting & Networking Drinks - 6:30-7:30pm
Enjoy a free wine tasting hosted by Yealands Estate while networking with other attendees in the Isaac Theatre Royal Foyer Bar. Yealands wines will also be available for purchase from the bar. 

Sustainability is at the core of everything Yealands Estate does; they are a carboNZero certified winery.

Welcome Address - 7.30pm 

Mayor Bob Parker

Our changing climate - Local evidence and potential effects of climate change

David Wratt, Chief Scientist, National Climate Centre, NIWA


Building a resilient city - Climate smart urban design and transport

Mike Theelen, General Manager, Strategy and Planning, CCC


Powering the future - Low carbon and renewable energy solutions

Roger Sutton, CEO Orion NZ Ltd


A climate of opportunity - Business opportunities in a carbon constrained world

Peter Townsend, Employers' Chamber of Commerce


Climate smart living - Living on a low-carbon diet

Rhys Taylor, Sustainable Living Education Trust


Concluding Remarks - 9.30pm

Mayor Bob Parker

To register please select the number of tickets required at the top of this page and click on the Register button. Your ticket will be emailed to you.

Speaker Biographies




David Wratt, Chief Scientist, National Climate Centre, NIWA

David Wratt is responsible for NIWA’s National Climate Centre undertaking research throughout New Zealand on the evidence for and impacts of climate change.  David was lead author for the Australasian section of the 2006 IPCC report and is Vice-Chair of Working Group 1, which assesses the physical science of climate change. David is Chair of the Royal Society of New Zealand’s Climate Committee and has prepared advice for central and local government on the local effects of climate change.  David is renowned for his ability to clearly convey understanding on climate science and for options that increase resilience to a more variable climate.




Rhys Taylor, Sustainable Living Education Trust 


Rhys Taylor is a former sustainability researcher with Landcare Research Ltd and National Coordinator of the Sustainable Living Education Trust, backed by 24 local councils. Sustainable Living provides adult education courses on a range of topics including good gardening, shopping wisely, eco-building and energy efficiency.

Rhys is also an accredited Natural Step Advisor to business and writes for the PRESS Good Living Tabloid. He has a Masters Degree in Resource Management from Lincoln University and Degree in Human Sciences from Oxford University.  Rhys also supports NGOs in delivering the 10:10 NZ initiative that is promoting a 10% reduction in household and business greenhouse gas emission during 2010.


Michael Theelen, General Manager, Strategy and Planning, Christchurch City Council



Mike Theelen is the General Manager of the Strategy and Planning Group at Christchurch City Council, and is responsible for the long term planning of the city, and peninsula. As a coastal city, surrounded by large river fed plains Christchurch is acutely aware of the need to ensure that it understands the long term threats to its development and wellbeing. The city is committed to addressing these in an integrated and holistic manner. A keen tramper, runner, and cyclist Mike enjoys the lifestyle Canterbury offers, and appreciates the need to protect this environment for both current and future generations.


Peter Townsend, Employers Chamber of Commerce



Peter Townsend is the Chief Executive of the Canterbury Employers’ of Commerce and has held that position since 1996.  The Employers’ Chamber has over 3,000 members and concentrates on assisting members to improve their enterprises; ensuring members can operate in a business friendly environment; and encouraging new levels of business activity.  Peter holds several corporate directorships including being a Board member of New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and is involved with a range of community groups and initiatives in this region that are in harmony with objects of the Employers’ Chamber.

Peter is the Honorary Consul for Chile for the South Island, a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and a Fellow of the Institute of Management.  Peter has a BSc (Hons) and a post Graduate Diploma in Business.



Roger Sutton, CEO Orion NZ Ltd

Roger is passionate about energy and energy efficiency, he lives in a 75 year old house which he has recently fully insulated and is a keen cyclist.  He has been the Chief Executive Officer of Orion New Zealand Limited for 6 years, and is Chairman of EECA (the Energy Efficiency & Conservation Authority).  Through his role with EECA he feels he can really contribute and help to bring energy efficiency to every New Zealander.  He has previously been a director of Energy Developments Limited, an ASX listed renewable energy developer, a director of Energetics, Australia’s largest specialist energy efficiency consultancy, and a trustee of Community Energy Action, a Christchurch based trust that supports energy efficiency initiatives for low income households.



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To register please select the number of tickets required at the top of this page and click on the Register button. Your ticket will be emailed to you.

*The Early Bird Registration incentive of a case of Yealands Estate Wine was drawn at the close of business on Friday 19 March 2010 and the winner will be annouced at the forum. The winner must be over 18 years of age and must be present to be eligible to win. The organiser's decision will be final, no correspondence will be entered into.


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When & Where

Isaac Theatre Royal
145 Gloucester St
Christchurch, Christchurch 8011
New Zealand

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at 6:30 PM (NZDT)

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