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Join us in Nelson - ECO Conference Stoke, Nelson, 25-28 August

We have put together a fantastically interesting programme of speakers in a Conference which aims to find ways through the sometimes bewildering maze of crises we face: climate change, water quality, resource and biosecurity management.

There are solutions, and we will hear from and talk with people who are working hard on making great things happen.  Ample time for discussion and meeting others over planet-friendly kai which is included in the fee.

Come and be a part of it.  

We would love to see you there. We have kept conference fees very low!

Please register now.  LATE FEES APPLY AFTER 21st AUGUST

The full programme is now on the website.

Registration fees are very affordable and include most meals. $95 for the full weekend including lunches and Saturday dinner for members and friends and $125 for non-members and friends, and just $60 for unwaged/seniors.

Friday: field trips to Brook Waimarama and Paremata Flats followed by dinner at Stoke Hall and an introductory session.

Saturday . Start time 8.30am. Keynote presentations. The evening, after dinner, will be a session with politicians representing the political parties on their solutions to the issues.  This is open to the public.

Annual General Meeting 8.30am for ECO members. Sessions resume at Stoke Hall at 11am and end by 5.00pm.

We have a field trip to Golden Bay planned for Monday 28th.  Please let us know if you are interested in coming on this trip.  We have arranged transport for the day which will leave from Nelson at 8.30am and return to Nelson about 5.30pm. The aim is to visit sites of interest particularly related to water.  Friends of Golden Bay will be our hosts for the day.  Cost likely to be $15-$20 for the day.


ECO Website

This is the virtual home of ECO. Since 1972 ECO has been the umbrella group for environment and conservation organisations in New Zealand.

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This website has information about ECO and its 50+ member groups as well as news of the environment and major conservation issues in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Please look around our website to learn more about our work and access resources and links of importance.

If you need further information contact the ECO Office in Wellington.

 Contact ECO at this address.

Or phone 0064 4 385 7545


ECO Conference 2017 (25-28th August, Nelson):

Environmental Responsibilities and Democracy for the Future: 

Limits, Pathways and Actions


Where? The Annual ECO Conference and AGM is to be held in Nelson this year, at Stoke Memorial Hall. 

When? The dates are 25-28 August.
Come Along and join the discussion.

Come to our conference in Nelson in August.  We'll be addressing water issues, climate change, our environmental responsibilities for the future, putting the politicians on the spot a month out from election day, and organising local field trips.  

ALL are welcome - you don't need to be an ECO member or Friend to attend, it's open to all.

Our theme is:
"Environmental Responsibilities and Democracy for the Future: Limits, Pathways and Actions".

Keynote speakers include Betsan Martin our responsibility to the environment; Sir Geoffrey Palmer who devised the Resource Management Act and is now proposing a constitution for New Zealand; Paul Young from Generation Zero on the Zero Carbon Bill, and others.
We have a very full programme for you and lots of interesting field trips lined up - a busy afternoon on the Friday before conference, and an interesting day looking at water issues in Golden Bay on Monday 28th August.  Part of the audience at ECO Conference 2015

Come for the full four days and make the most of it.  

You are welcome to donate to our conference to help others to attend.  

You can make a donation to ECO via our Givealittle page or by internet banking to 38 9016 0185477 00. Please reference with your name and "conference".  Thank you!

More information on our Conference page.

Help ECO with our mapping sensitive environments project

Go here to donate via our Givealittle page or donate to 38 9016 0185477 00

You can help us with a project to map our sensitive environments . At the moment we have no ready means to easily identify what conservation lands and waters might be at risk by being mined.

We need to buy a special computer programme to map where the mining and permitting is happening, to bring together data held in different formats, as well as funds to engage an expert to implement this project over 2017. We have already started this groundbreaking and vital work but your support is needed to help us complete it.

This is a unique attempt to illustrate the risks to some of our most precious landscapes and species. This work is important and we need your help to make this happen. The maps generated will be used to hold the mining industry to account. We need to raise at least $10,000 as the public's contribution.

Funds will be used for:

Buy a special computer programme used in mapping.    

Pay a specialist to operate this programme.

Buy associated hardware


Go to our special cause page on Givealittle to help out!

Thank you!


Other ECO activities


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 ECO - 42 years as an environmental coalition


Volunteer with ECO - click here for opportunities

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To subscribe to our weekly e-newsletter Tieke, email ECO with "subscribe Tieke" in the subject.

To contact our National Office: 04 385 7545 or email us

Use our Resource Centre: an invaluable resource of books, journals and archives of New Zealand and international environmental issues.  Contact the National Office as above.  The Archive is now catalogued on The Community Archive.  Take a look and email us with any inquiries about consulting material.



ECOLink News and Analysis

The latest, and all back copies of ECOLink are online at this link.  If you want to subscribe to get ECOLink regularly become a Friend of ECO.  For information on becoming an ECO Friend.

The January-April 2017 issue of ECOLink is now available at this link.

It covers the ECO Conference 2017, the withdrawl of a coal mining application at th

e Panirau Plateau, update on ECO office activity, the myrtle rust threat, threat of mining on the West Coast,

and analysis of
the Threatened Species Strategy, orange roughy fishing stocks, an analysis of the OECD environmental performance report for New Zealand; the granting of mineral permits on the Coromandel, decarbonising New Zealand, and water standards and policy.


The June-July 2016 Issue has details on our 2016 conference and other issues.  See here.


The April-May 2016 Issue
NZ needs to reform fisheries management; Incorporated Societies Act proposed changes; Health and Safety Act chanings in force now; Past ECOLinks, Volunteers & ECO Archives; New Exec Members - is that you?; OECD team reviews NZs environmental performance; Resource Legislation Bill amends Conservation & other Acts; Environmental Protocol to Antarctic Treaty - 25th Anniversary; Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary & Marine Protected Areas; Fonterra Coal-fired boiler a "death star"; Te Kuha, China & the price of coal; Biosecurity needs more priority & funding; Guava moth - another biosecurity mess? New ECO member: Kiwis Against Seabed Mining; Obituary: Remembering Bob Fantl; Obituary Tom Hay - forest campaigner.

The Nov-Dec 2015 IssueECO Link Nov-Dec 2015
Resource Legislation Amendment Bill - submissions; New OPen Cast Coal Mine near Mokau Proposed - submissions; Topics for Environmental Reporting -submissions; Emission Trading System REview - submissions; To Bee or Not to Bee?; COP21 - a pivotal agreement; People's climate marches in NZ; Paris Agreement - a start not an end; Fossil Fuel Subsidies in NZ & Divestment; Antarctic protection remains Stalled but Progress Possible; Wangapeka Track too Precious to Road.

The Sept-Oct 2015 Issue
Fonterra NZ Second biggest coal user; Open Government, participative, Info & Public; ECO Update; Kermadec Success; Auckland SER2015; Fossil Fuel Inudstry and Dairying; Parliamentary Legislation, reports and petitions; TPPA & OIA; Biodiversity Offsets; ECO Conference 2015: Water Quality Failings Risk; ECO AGM & Water Permits; MPI Review of Fisheries Management; Book Offer; Antarctic Marine Protection - will countries block again?; ECO Submission on Permanent Forest Sink Initiative; ECO Submission on NES for Plantation Forestry.

ECO Link May-June 2015The May-June 2015 issue
This issues covers: Climate Consultation - targets for Paris; ECO Conference - Freshwater; ECO Update; Shell BP Todd Maui Wells passed "best by date"; Fracking - the personnel experience; Water and Health concerns of fracking; Environment Minister's budget allocation - trimmed; Environmental Reporting Bill; Puriri Dieback spreading; What's on your plate, pet or things you use? Roundup; Antarctic Environmental Research; RMA changes still brewing; In the hills - NZ Indigenous Conifers; New Polar Code rules will not protect Antarctic waters; Antarctic Matters.

The Feb-March 2015 issue
This issue covers: Auckland Kauri tree threat product of changes to the RMA; EPA turns down Chatham Rosk Phosphate; Karangahake Mine Update; Antarctic toothfish pirate fishing - countries are closing in; Agreement on jack mackerel and IUU vessels; Climate Change Special: Long way for NZ to catch up on climate protection; Climate negotiations - from Lima to Paris - what's NZ hiding? New Zealand, the farce follower; Jobs After Coal - A just transition for NZ Communities; EEZ Maui Gas Bill; Impactsof oil and gas in Taranaki; Setting NZ's Post-2020 GHG Reduction Target(s).

Other ECOLink issues can be downloaded here


ECO Working Groups

For more details see here.

See the Coastal and Catchment working group paper on the New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement 2010. The complete analysis may be downloaded here. (380KB).

ECO has released a report on the Environmental Effects of Plantation Forestry which is a case study in the Ngunguru Catchment in Northland.  More details can  be found here.


ECOs Digital Tools to Manage Environmental Projects

ECO project on Tools for gathering environmental information and monitoringThe project aims to provide easy access to digital tools to help community groups with conservation and environmental projects.

ECO’s Digital Tools to Manage Environmental Projects have been developed to assist community and environmental groups in their projects to monitor and manage information.  Digital tools can be used in a wide range of circumstances, examples include monitoring bird numbers after pest control, monitoring resource management decisions, compare mining applications with protected areas and biodiversity in the area.  This includes demonstrations of the use of Geographic Information System tools available to empower groups to make use of data gathered during environmental projects.

It is designed as an online learning environment to guide and assist participants.  The first module is “Methods to collect and manage data” and the second, “Mapping and analysis tools”.

ECO would like to know what tools you already use, and which may be useful to you. Please visit the “Moodle” for further information.