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): Venue and cost to be advised.
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 workshop sessions. Topics include key stakeholder roles, threat mitigation, conflict resolution, future proofing and connecting through education and advocacy. The aim of the afternoon session is to generate real actions to drive community –led kea conservation initiatives.
- Practical workshop sessions:
- Kea triage – treatment and transport protocols: Community training workshop supporting injured/sick kea.
- Community trapping workshop – how to kea proof your traps: Kea are reknowned 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 Thomas Heyward (Mammalian Corrections Unit) and DOC).
Post Summit Field trips
Kea Conservation Trust field personnel (Corey Mosen, Dr Laura Young and Tom Goodman) and Te Anau DOC staff will be carrying out a range of local field work directly after the Summit which Summit attendees are welcome to join in on. These will be weather dependent but are likely to include day trips catching and banding of birds along the Milford Rd (Milford/Homer/Monkey Creek/Chasm), and overnight excursions to huts along the Kepler Track. A good level of fitness is required for the Kepler.
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)
- Dave Hansford (QSM – Freelance Journalist)
- Josh Kemp (DOC)
- Dr Lynn Miller (Bird Rescue NZ)
- Todd Jenkinson (ZAA NZ Fauna Tag Co-convenor/Kea Species Coordinator)
- Heather Arnold (Nelson Forests)
- Amalia Bastos (University of Auckland) – Probabilistic Reasoning in Kea.
- Dr Pauline Howard BVSc (South Island Wildlife Hospital)
- Lydia McLean (University of Canterbury)
- Phil Bell (ZIP – Innovation Director)
- Maggie Nichols (ZIP – Predator Ecologist)
- Martin Curtis (Singer/Songwriter)
- Jason Taiaroa (Nga Whenua Rahui)
- Fiordland Wapiti Foundation
- Dr Laura Young (KCT)
- Andrea Goodman (KCT)
- Tom Goodman (KCT) – Kea Monitoring Outcomes in Mt Aspiring and Fiordland.
- Tamsin Orr-Walker (KCT)
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