2017 National Conference and Annual General Meeting 

The dates for our 2017 National Conference and Annual General Meeting, to be held in Wellington, have been confirmed for Thursday, 29 June and Friday, 30 June, followed by a meeting of the National Council on Saturday morning, 1 July. The conference will be linked to our theme for the year: NZ and the SDGs: committed to sustainable peace and development. More details will follow soon. 

previous conferences 


 Full the full programme please see below


Guest speakers on The Role of Universities in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals - NZ report for Habitat III 

Professor Dory Reeves & Dr Stephen Knight-Lenihan, Auckland University

Dr. Dory Reeves is Professor of Planning at the University of Auckland.

Prior to joining the University of Auckland (UoA) in 2008 Dory worked as a planning consultant in the UK, specialising in equality and diversity in planning and public policy. She co-convenes the UN-Habitat Partnership group in the UoA and with Dr. Stephen Knight-Lenihan is co-ordinating the production of researchers of a state of New Zealand Report for Habitat III. She has contributed to the UN-Habitat Gender & Urban and Planning Report. She holds the RTPI certification as a planner. She is helping to lead an AKO Aotearoa project to better prepare planners, architects and engineers to work with Maori.



Dr. Stephen Knight-Lenihan is a Researcher and Lecturer in environmental planning, University of Auckland.

Prior to joining University of Auckland in 2010, Stephen worked as an environmental consultant in New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and South Africa. Building on his core discipline of freshwater ecology, Stephen has worked on project-specific and strategic environmental impact assessments, and sustainable development projects assessing conservation and development objectives.
He has contributed to sustainable development policy documents and co-authored a text book on ecosystems and development in New Zealand. Part of his research is on the usefulness of resilience assessments for identifying ecologically sustainable development pathways.



Abstract-Talk Session
Dory and Stephen will both draw on their own areas of research to provide some insight into the role of Universities play in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Dory will explain the work of the HabitatUNI network which the University of Auckland is involved in and how the State for New Zealand report for Habitat III came about and the processing using eSocSci. It will shine a light on the role of planning an achieving the SDGs.
Stephen will focus in particular on the challenges arising out of the need to address climate change. They stretch from deciding how to manage properties in areas increasingly assessed as being under threat, through processing New Zealand overseas aid applications for countries coping with existing and future climate change impacts. Stephen will focus on how research is contributing to addressing these issues. 


Conference Programme

 Friday 27 May

10.30  Registration
11.15 WELCOME-Introductions - UNANZ Chair: Dr. Graham Hassall.
11.25 The enforcement of UNSC Resolutions: UNANZ Kathlyn Gonzales.
12.10 UN In Today’s World - Special Officer Dr. Kennedy Graham, M.P.

1:00 LUNCH

1.45 UNANZ Secondary Schools Speech Contest Finals
         Robin Halliday & Monju Sarkar.
3.15 UNANZ Speech Presentations.

3.40 Afternoon Tea

4.00 UNANZ AGM - Election of Officers.

6:00 Finish

7:00 Buffet meal. $20 per head (collected at the door)
         KINDER HOUSE: 2 Ayr St., Parnell.   Ph 379 4008

Opening of the “Voices of the Pacific” Humanitarian Exhibition - By Pedram Pirnia

 UN SDGs presentation

Saturday 28 May

9.30 Registration.
9.40 Human Rights Workshops - Special Officer John Morgan.
10.30 The role of Universities in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals – preparing a NZ report for Habitat III - Prof. Dory Reeves & Dr. Stephen Knight-Lenihan. University of Auckland

11.30 Morning Tea

11.50 UN SDGs-workshops - Special Officer Dr. Gray Southon

12.45 LUNCH

1.30 UN Security Council - Special Officer Dr. Negar Partow
2.15 Humanitarian Affairs - Special Officer Jean-Paul Bizoza

3.00 Afternoon Tea

3.15 SO’s Members’ Panel Review - Chair: Dr. Graham Hassall
THE HOW! In achieving SDGs

4.30. Finish


Sunday 29 May -  UNANZ Northern Seminar

Gary Russell UNANZ VP. A researcher in Social & Cultural Capital Assets and economic heritage auditor. He was an Economist and Planner with the EU Interreg programs, EU Bornholm Research Centre & Baltic Sea Tourism Commission. His research  involved developing the first sustainable Tourism impact indicators.
ABSTRACT: Gary will present his research on the Pacific Is. colonies and the non-listed colonies and their economic sustainability under the UN Sustainable Development Goals and will review the destructive past economic non sustainable activities as the resources of these nations have been plunder. He will demonstrate that the PI nations have the economic capability to survive and be self-sustaining under their own self-determination governance. The colony masters have produce myths of future economic disaster and had this accepted by the UN agencies. e.g. ECOSOC . This myth will be destroyed so peaceful resolutions from Freedom of Association will come from sustainable economic stability.
Stephen Flood, New Zealand Climate Change, Research Institute Victoria University, Wellington.  Head of Smartearth research Ireland, specialises in climate finance and capacity building in the pacific region. He has over 10 years’ experience in the climate & environment change sphere as a consultant and as an academic researcher.
ABSTRACT: Stephen will present and analyse the sustainable development goals and their synergy with the climate change agenda for action. He proposes that the sustainable development and climate change action agendas can and should be more closely aligned as they are intrinsically linked. Climate change is framed as a cross-cutting SDG that has direct impact on the majority of the other 16 SDGs. Explains value systems have an important role in the realisation of the SDGs.
He presents concrete actions linked with climate change and outlines how they will be realised.


“He totara whai rua he kai na te ahi”


UN Charter: Chapter 1. Article 1.2. ‘To develop friendly relations among nations based on respect for the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples.’


FREE ENTRY :         May 29 Sunday. 9.30am - 2pm

Auckland War Memorial Museum Auditorium level 2.-South Entrance.

Pacific Island peoples struggles for nationhood is a history of overcoming oppression, colonialism, and denial of human rights. The United Nations Resolution 1514, was adopted by the UN General Assembly on December 14, 1960. The UN General Assembly declared on this day that all colonies and non-listed nations will have the mandate right to decide their Freedom of Association. The resolution provided for the granting of independence to colonial countries and peoples and passionate yearning for freedom and highlighted the decisive role of such peoples in the attainment of their independence and ending of colonialism in all its manifestations. The declaration was a milestone in the process of decolonisation. In addition to their historic struggles today, the diverse peoples of the Pacific & Island nations face the threat of climate change with rising sea levels, and many still face a range of human rights challenges making the call for their support urgent.

New Zealand is a leading nation for supporting the Pacific People’s UN HR Freedom of Expression and Security and support the UN Decolonisation Committee of 24 processes. This seminar will focus on the indigenous people who originally ruled themselves. The case study of the Pacific Island stories will be told in the context of a 21st Century world under the UN Human Rights Charter, Articles 1 & 73 calling for the Freedom of Association and cultivation of human rights. The Pacific Ocean region is the last major global area where colonial governments still control and exploit the rights and destiny of the indigenous people’s through denial of their self-determination under UN Article 1.2. These Pacific nations’ people fought for the freedom of their colonial ruler’s home countries in WW1 & WW11; now it is time they fully attain all their rights, especially their right to Freedom of Association and to shape their own economies, traditions & customs future.


9.30am. Review of the Colony & Non-listed Colony states as Case Studies & SOIs Speakers. French Polynesia,-Richard Teiri PM elect of Sovereign Kingdom of Tahiti Paku- Motu New Caledonia tbc, Tokelau Is, American Samoa tbc, Pitcairn tbc, Guam tbc, Cook Is. George Turia and the non-listed colony states; Christmas Is.Kelvin Mathews CEO of the Shire and Norfolk Is. Andre’ Nobbs Ex Chief Minister of the Norfolk Is. Legislative Assembly


10.30.   Gary Russell. Does Self Determination make for a viable economy?

PI Indigenous Economic Development. A social, economic & cultural impact assessment case study on PI fisheries and tourism enterprises based on adoption of UN SDGs and cultural traditions.


11.00    Pedram Pirnia. Who OWNS What?

How to Cultivate Self-Determination and Ownership of Development Aid?


11.45     MORNING BREAK –


12:05    Stephen Flood. Climate Change Comes with Political Responsibilities?

‘Operationalising the UN SDG’s through Climate Action: A Case Study.


12.50pm PANEL DISCUSSON: Question & Answer Session


TOPIC. “Is the UN Decolonisation process working

      in the interest of indigenous people?

A list of invited panel of guests to participate: UNIO reps of the Pacific, Sir Tumu Heihei UNESCO-World Heritage Site past Chair. Dame Anne Salmond.  University of Auckland, UK Royal Geographical Society Board.  Bernadette Cavanagh MFAT NZ UN Security Council Division Sir Don McKinnon, past Commonwealth Sec. General, Sir Geoffrey Palmer Ex NZ PM constitution lawyer, Col. Martin Dransfield.  UNANZ National Council member. Richard Teiri PM elect Tahiti-Paku-Motu., Hon. Maggie Barry NZ Minister of Heritage &. Culture. Mike Lee Auckland Councillor, George Turia Cook Is Government advisor rep, Sir Pita Sharples ex MP.NZ Maori Party. Andre’ Nobbs. Ex. Chief Minister Norfolk Island, .Marama Fox Maori Party MP,

Invites to be extended to UN members of the UN Decolonisation Committee of 24. and the Ambassadors of the Pacific Islands Nations, Australia, France, United Kingdom , EU parliament representative and  the USA,


2.00pm. LUNCH at Kinder House 2 Ayr St. Parnell and view Pedram Pirnia “Voices of the Pacific” photo exhibition.




UNANZ CONFERENCE REGISTRATION - Attaining the Sustainable Development Goals

Cost for lunch per day   = $20
and for both days            =$40 TOTAL
Note; Students attend FREE.
Non-waged are ask to make a donation.

Pay into Bank Acc. No. 38 9008 0143867 00 
Ref: your name & attendance date/s. e.g. Smith27: or Smith28  or  Smith27-29

Or cheque payable to UNANZ Conference and post to UNANZ Conference
PO Box 24 494, Wellington 6142

Friday Night dinner at Kinder House: pay at door $20



Sunday May 29. At 9.30am. Auckland Museum.


Pacific Islands perspective on self determination