Pre-conference NZGS/ IAG Conference event: ‘Indigenous environmental rights, activism and cultural resurgence in urbanising areas’ 

Hi all,

As co-convenors for the IPKR Study Group, Warrick and I have been assisting Brad Coombes (School of Environment, University of Auckland) with organising a themed event/workshop that will precede the combined NZGS/IAG conference in Auckland on July 12-14.

Activities will be offered on July 10 and 11, with an overnight stay at Makaurau Marae ( ) on July 10. Wai o Hua are the mana whenua here and as custodians of Makaurau Marae, are designing and will oversee the various activities that are planned. The marae is close to Auckland Airport, so participants may meet at the airport during the morning and be transferred to the marae in one group.

A tentative agenda is as follows:

Who for?

Those attending the NZGS/IAG conference and who have an interest in Indigenous communities, social wellbeing, environmental rights and cultural resurgence will be the main beneficiaries. This should not be seen as something limited to ‘Indigenous geographers.’ Every effort will be made to make this appealing to inquisitive graduate students, and we also envisage that this will be a family-friendly event.


The fee for overnight accommodation, meals and transfers will likely be no more than NZ$100, which includes an individual koha (‘contribution’) towards the work of the marae. Efforts are also being made to subsidise the cost further and to implement waged/unwaged, family and academic/community differentials. Brad is working towards having the NZGS website handle sign-ups, deposits and final payments, and is happy to handle any queries. If you would like to be included on an email list to register your interest, please email him at 

Additional Information

Makaurau is well-suited to hosting breakout sessions, so there will be provision for an IPKRSG-IAG business meeting. If other sub-groups want to develop their own break-out session, workshop or recreational activity, that can likely be arranged (after lunch on the 11th appears to be a suitable time). There should also be time for private contemplation or recreation, and others have already shown an interest in a nearby winery or anticipate completing more of the coastal walkway system. 



Sandy Potter and Warrick Nerehana Fort