Speakers

Angela Clifford

Angela Clifford is one of the driving forces behind Eat New Zealand. She’s committed to bringing together New Zealand food on this national platform.


She believes in the power of collaboration and also in the ability of individuals to make an extraordinary difference if they pursue something they love. With a long career in food & wine she lives in North Canterbury with her family on their beloved permaculture small farm called The Food Farm. There they feed themselves and teach others how to grow their own food. She hopes for a resilient food future for her community & country, and to one day be able to grow celeriac successfully.​

Chlöe Swarbrick

Chlöe grew up in an Auckland family who raised her on a diet of robust and challenging discussion, in a community that showed her that inequality and injustice were a daily reality for too many New Zealanders.

 

She has been a law student, journalist, business owner and a community project leader.

 

“Our actions decide who is rich and who is poor, who gets sick, and who gets better. They decide the quality of the air, and of the water, and the land. They decide who has a future and who does not. As the Green Party, in Government, we have an incredible opportunity to make those decisions count for people and the planet.”

Professor Alan Brent

In 2017 Alan Brent joined the School of Engineering and Computer Science at Victoria University of Wellington, as the inaugural holder of the Chair in Sustainable Energy Systems. The Chair supports the transition to sustainable energy of the Aotearoa and regional economy, and society.

 

It is aligned with the strategic sustainability focus at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington, to meet current and future challenges, by taking an inter-disciplinary approach, and engaging with partners across society in trans-disciplinary ways. Alan is a chartered member of Engineering New Zealand and an executive committee member of The Sustainability Society.

Caleb Clarke

Caleb is an environmental engineer with 20 years experience in water systems design including wastewater disposal and water sensitive design. He specializes in natural treatment systems and green engineering for stormwater encompassing stream, wetland and groundwater restoration and management. Caleb aims to integrate multiple outcomes through collaborative engineering design that weaves kaitiaki and community aspirations with the enhancement of natural systems. He is focused on regenerative outcomes that are low in carbon and resource use and increase wellbeing. Caleb set up Aotea Brewing’s off grid brewery and volunteers on the AoteaOra trust board to advance the sustainability of off grid living on Great Barrier.

Alec Tang

Alec Tang is Auckland Council’s Acting Chief Sustainability Officer and leads a team focussed on creating a more sustainable, resilient and equitable Auckland. The Chief Sustainability Office works across Auckland Council’s diverse operations and alongside Auckland’s mana whenua, mataawaka, communities and businesses to deliver the system shifts required for this future, from infrastructure provision and service delivery through to funding and decision making. The office’s current focus is the finalisation and delivery of Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri, Auckland’s Climate Plan ( www.climateAKL.co.nz ) which will set a path for rapid decarbonisation, in line with the region’s 1.5°C commitment, whilst also preparing the region for the impacts of climate change.

 

Prior to joining Council, Alec has enjoyed a diverse career focussed on the delivery of sustainable solutions across business, academia and the public sector. Most recently, Alec worked within one of the world’s leading sustainability consultancies, delivering strategic insights to support business transformation and leading the firm’s global water sustainability practice. Alec also currently lectures on sustainable business at Auckland University of Technology. He is a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) and Fellow of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (FIEMA).

Jon Morgan

Known as ‘Green Jon’ across Auckland and the Zero Waste community, Jon has an extensive background in caring for the environment. As such, he is involved in several projects that benefit communities through improvement of natural environments and elimination of waste.

Jon is a passionate environmental and community advocate. He is a strategic thinker with the vision and drive that enabled him to successfully establish social enterprise initiatives with proactive environmental education and business operations.