The Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ) would not exist without the ongoing commitment, dedication and expertise of our volunteers. This week is National Volunteer Week in Aotearoa New Zealand and we're taking the opportunity to thank our many local volunteers who commit their time and expertise to our Board, Advisory Council, Committees, and Institute initiatives. You are an integral part of the work that we do.
History of Aotearoa New Zealand in the EIANZ
What was the Environment Institute of Australia (EIA) became the EIANZ with the inaugural meeting of the NZ Chapter on 28 February 2003 in Christchurch. This was a significant milestone for the environment profession in Aotearoa New Zealand – providing a professional home for environmental practitioners and the chance to share knowledge, experience and insights with their trans-Tasman counterparts.
Since its inception, the NZ Chapter of the EIANZ has made great progress in progressing environmental issues in Aotearoa New Zealand and creating a network for environmental practitioners that covers Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, a branch covering the Manawatū area, and a further branch covering the Marlborough and Tasman area known as ‘Top of the South’. In the past 18 months alone, the work of our volunteers in Aotearoa New Zealand have steered a number of Institute initiatives, including:
Climate Change Commission Draft Report | Jan 2021
Submission on Proposed NPS Indigenous Biodiversity 2019 | March 2020
2021 Mentoring Program
Wellington Networking Event
Essential Freshwater Video Summary Event and Zoom Q&A
Otago Waste Plan and the new Dunedin Trade Waste and Stormwater By-laws
Christmas Lunch and far South Branch launch
Engagement and advocacy
The NZ Chapter has been an important part of the Institute’s position statements and to our current work in recognising Indigenous knowledge, values and rights in the Institute’s Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.
EIANZ membership is open to environmental practitioners at all stages of their career – from students to established professionals. As an EIANZ member, you are part of a supportive, professional community contributing to the development and implementation of environmental best practice.
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