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@ VOL 7 ON JUN 24, 2017

Nita Smith is the Conservation Coordinator for the Wakatipu Reforestation Trust. The Trust's vision is to: Protect and restore the native biodiversity of the Wakatipu Basin through revegetation projects, collaboration, education and advocacy.

The kowhai rich dry woodlands that used to be prolific in the Wakatipu Basin are one of the most threatened ecosystems in New Zealand, and also one of the least protected. The Trust, through the passion and commitment of volunteers is doing what it can to reverse this by running a native plant nursery and planting native plants out on public land around the Wakatipu.


While Nita's background isn't strictly botany and reforestation, she has had a career shaped by her love of the environment and mountains including working as a scientist in Antarctica, hydrologist on the West Coast and more recently in environmental education. 


Some of that love of the environment is due to being dragged up a few wild valleys aged about 7, botanising with her Mum and Wakatipu Reforestation Trust founders, the well known Neill and Barb Simpson, proof that environmental education in children can have a lasting lifetime effect.


Having returned to the area recently she is super passionate about helping enable the community to get out to dig some holes, plant some plants, connect as a community in gumboots over a cuppa and a scone, as well as being involved in some exciting environmental research projects that have the potential to change the way we do landscape reforestation.  

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Shedding light where it is 24 hours bright - Antarctica

@ VOL 7 ON JUN 24, 2017

Trent Yeo is Executive Director of Ziptrek Ecotours in Queenstown which opened its doors in 2009. Ziptrek is a sustainability based tourism business which helps tell a story of Queenstown to thousands of guests a year. 

Trent is a strong advocate of sustainability in tourism; particularly education in the outdoors. He sees this as a vocal and vital role in the business of adventure tourism. His original background was architecture (sustainability) and also outdoor and environmental education. 

Trent served for three years on the Shaping Our Future Steering Committee, advisory on various sustainability, education, tourism and entrepreneurship groups and as a guest speaker (QRC, Otago Polytechnic, University of Otago) and school organisations. 

Trent is licensee and curator of TEDxQueenstown, worked as a small team on TEDxScottBase in Antarctica and an active ambassador for the TEDx network in New Zealand.

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New Zealand's Worth Loving

@ VOL 7 ON JUN 24, 2017

New Zealand artist Tess Sheerin has recently been noted for her unusual depictions of native wildlife, fuelled by a need to raise awareness about the increasing problem with pollution and its knock on effects. Her latest endeavour is to create public murals to reach out to communities about the issue of waste water and coastal pollution. The murals are hand painted in distinctive black and white style contrasting with expressive bursts of colours, similar to her previous portrayal of large scale urban wildlife inhabiting city walls in post-quake hometown Christchurch. 


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Sake Basics - NZ's First

@ VOL 7 ON JUN 24, 2017

Local Japanophiles and award winning sake brewers - David Joll and Richard Ryall provide some insights into the wonderful world of sake brewing, and offer their best tips on how to enjoy Japan's national drink.

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My Queenstown Life

@ VOL 8 ON JUL 20, 2017

This presentation focuses on the places that Queenstown Life blogger Jane Guy loves about her town. She performs an ode to the sights and life in her beloved town. 

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The changing face of Ballarat Street/Mall over time.

@ VOL 8 ON JUL 20, 2017

This presentation focuses on the changing face of Ballarat Street/Mall over time. David Clarke explains why it is the central focus of Queenstown's CBD

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Connecting the Dots on Sustainable Communities

@ VOL 8 ON JUL 20, 2017

Esther Whitehead of Sustainable Queenstown explains how the town of Queenstown can build a future minded community.

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Living Building Challenge - Camp Glenorchy

@ VOL 7 ON JUN 24, 2017

Steve Hewland presents a new concept in sustainable hospitality which considers environmental, community and financial sustainability

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Auroras in Photography

@ VOL 7 ON JUN 24, 2017

Joseph Michael looks at the creation and impact of Auroras through his photography.