The Kea Conservation Trust’s second NZ Kea conference (Summit), aims to bring people together from around NZ and beyond, to present current knowledge on kea status, threats and conservation measures and, to provide a forum for networking, sharing information, brainstorming and generating community action to save our most charismatic and endangered mountain parrot, the kea.
Saturday 30th November – Sunday 1st December 2019
Distinction Hotel Te Anau – 64 Lakeside Drive, Te Anau.
The 2019 Kea Summit is being run by the Kea Conservation Trust with support from Department of Conservation – Te Anau and the Te Anau community.
DUE TO LIMITED SPACE, THIS EVENT IS RESTRICTED TO REGISTERED PERSONS ONLY. If you are interested in attending, please contact us.
Day 1 (Saturday):
Presentations by leading researchers and key stakeholders on latest kea research outcomes, threats and current mitigation measures, captive kea status and the importance of education/advocacy. The day will provide opportunities to network and build lasting relationships to support kea conservation initiatives for the future.
Summit Dinner (Saturday evening):
$70 per person (3 course)
Day 2 (Sunday):
- Final presentations.
- Open panel discussion – covering key topics covered in the previous days presentations. Panel will include representatives of the KCT, DOC, ZAA, research and veterinary fields and questions and discussion invited from the floor.
Brainstorming and practical workshop sessions: The aim of the afternoon session is to generate real actions to drive community kea conservation initiatives.
- Kea First Aid – treatment and transport protocols: Community training workshop supporting injured/sick kea.
- Community trapping workshop – how to kea proof your traps: Kea are re-knowned for getting into kill and leg hold traps; often with fatal results. Find out how the pros keep kea out of a range of commonly used traps (run by the Mammalian Corrections Unit (MCU) and DOC).
- Advocacy workshop – key messaging for kea conservation.
- Blue Sky Thinking – where to now for kea?
Post Summit Field trips (Cost to cover transport to be confirmed)
Dr Laura Young and DOC Te Anau will be running a field trip (weather permitting) on the Monday directly after the weekend conference. This will be a full day trip along the stunning Milford Highway and out to Milford Sound, stopping at all the points of interest along the way. This is an excellent chance to see kea and learn about human-kea conflict issues and visit sites at Homer Tunnel etc. KCT and DOC staff may also try to catch and band kea and test blood lead levels (if the opportunity arises) so this is a great opportunity to see how this is done in the field. Removal of lead from behind Homer Tunnel (for anyone who is keen!). Bring your own lunch.
Our speakers list will be updated as they are confirmed over the next few months.
The following speakers will be presenting at the Summit (for details on speakers and talk topics, visit our Summit Speakers page);
- Peter Hillary (KCT Patron) – The call of the Southern Alps – the kea’s chorus. A personal perspective.
- Dave Hansford (QSM – Freelance Journalist) – Fire hoses, fake news and future shock: Why facts no longer work.
- Jamie MacAuley (DOC) – Kea and landscape scale predator control at (very) remote sites.
- Josh Kemp (DOC)- New kea survey tool for monitoring long term changes in kea abundance and distribution.
- Dr Lynn Miller (Bird Rescue NZ) – Lead: A critical view.
- Todd Jenkinson and Maigan Thompson (Zoo and Aquarium Association) – Not Preaching to the Converted – Using Social Science to Develop and Deliver Advocacy Messaging.
- Heather Arnold (Nelson Forests) – “No, we’re not feeding kea!”
- Amalia Bastos (University of Auckland) – Probabilistic reasoning in kea.
- Dr Pauline Howard BVSc (South Island Wildlife Hospital)- South Island Wildlife Hospital – caring for kea.
- Lydia McLean (University of Canterbury) – Behavioural differences between kea populations
- Maggie Nichols (ZIP – Predator Ecologist) – Kea research with a focus on mitigating risk from aerial 1080 operations.
- Jason Taiaroa (Nga Whenua Rahui) – A collaborative approach to conservation; utilising multiple agencies to achieve common goals.
- Roy Sloan and Stuart Hamlett (Fiordland Wapiti Foundation and Paradise Valley Springs) – The birth of hunter conservation and community collaboration.
- David Sutherland and Candace Borchert (Whoa Studios) – Using creativity to engage children in kea conservation.
- Dr Laura Young (KCT) – Lead survey results and what we’re learning from the Kea Sightings Database.
- Andrea Goodman (KCT) – Are we doing enough to save our kea? Where our legislation is falling short.
- Tom Goodman (KCT) – Kea monitoring outcomes in Mt Aspiring and Fiordland National Parks.
- Tamsin Orr-Walker (KCT) – Thinking big to save our threatened species.
- Josh Kemp (DOC) and Dr Laura Young (DOC) – What is driving kea decline in edgy eastern forests?
If you would like to be a part of the Kea Summit Team and sponsor our 2nd kea conference, please contact us today!
We would like to thank the following individuals and organisations who have helped with funding:
- Federated Mountain Clubs (FMC) – $200