Tue 30 Nov 2021 AT 12:00 pm , Wellington

National Level Collaboration - Setting Up for Success

The establishment of Predator Free 2050 was a national collaborative process. It involved multiple public sector agencies, local government, NGOs, scientists, iwi and more - over 30 organisations in one collaborative process. This event shares the key lessons learnt through the process, including where to start, what elements are critical to make it work, lessons learnt and the top tips for success.

Hear from representatives from the Department of Conversation, Inspiring Communities and Taranaki Regional Council about how this national-level cross sector collaboration process was established and the key elements that made the process a success.

About the Speakers

Megan Courtney, Inspiring Communities

Megan is systems-thinker and an expert in improving community outcomes. She spent 15 years working in local government facilitating and brokering partnerships to do just this. Her holistic view of helping communities lift up to achieve new and inclusive ways of being, has been honed through her own experiences and abilities as a planner, researcher, teacher, writer and doer.

Megan has worked with the Department of Internal Affairs in producing practical partnering tools and resources for others working in community-led collaboration and is also an integral founding member of Inspiring Communities, a national organisation that helps locally-led change take centre stage. She is also a consultant for Inspiring Communities’ consultancy arm- Powerdigm

Megan was the lead Powerdigm consultant on this National Level Collaboration report and assisted with the set up of the PF 2050 National Collaborative Process.

Brent Beaven, Department of Conservation

Over 20 years in conservation, Brent has implemented major pest management programmes and threatened species monitoring and translocations. For a decade he was responsible for managing Stewart Island and then the Subantarctics.

He has been an advisor to the Minister of Conservation, and currently leads and manages the government’s response to the Predator Free 2050 initiative. 

Steve Ellis, Environment Services Manager, Taranaki Regional Council

Steve’s Council role oversees all aspects of Taranaki’s pest management programmes (pest plants, animals and predator free) and Councils site-led biodiversity protection programme. Beginning work as a possum control field operator almost 30 years ago, his field experience includes roles in both control and monitoring. Now in management, Steve holds leadership positions as convener of the Regional Councils Biosecurity Working Group and frequently represents Regional Councils on national projects, including co-leading the PF2050 collaborative group, “Moving from sustained predator control to eradication”. Steve led the design of Taranaki Taku Tūranga - Towards Predator free Taranaki.