Summit programme.

Day one – Thursday 9 May - TSB Stadium

8.30am – 9.00am


Official Welcome

9.00am – 9.20am

Keynote opening address 

Rt Hon. Jacinda Ardern

The importance of a Just Transition to New Zealand

9.20am – 9.35am

Youth Panel

Rangatahi perspective

Introduction: Rt Hon. Jacinda Ardern


Josh Barratt

Ethan Sheaf-Morrison

Nikita Taiapa

India Logan-Riley

9.35am – 10.05am

Keynote address

James Cameron and Suzy Amis Cameron

A global perspective on the importance of taking action on climate change and how New Zealand can showcase leadership that captures the opportunities.

10.05am – 10.30am

Paramanawa - morning tea

10.30am – 11.15am

Taranaki 2050 Roadmap

The Taranaki Region will present their draft roadmap and outline the process to develop it.

Glen Bennett, Community champion

Joanna Breare, Chief Executive, Todd Energy

Gus Charteris, General Manager, Just Transition Unit, MBIE

Waid Crockett, Chief Executive, South Taranaki District Council 

Justine Gilliland, CEO, Venture Taranaki

Grant McQuoid, Director, Velocite

Jen Natoli, Team Lead, E tū

Wharehoka Wano, CEO, Taranaki Iwi

11.15am – 12.10pm

Lessons from international leaders

The whole world is facing climate change issues. Here are some examples of what international leaders are focusing on when undertaking a Just Transition.

Jay Weatherill, Former South Australian Premier

Samantha Smith, Director, Just Transition Centre, Norway

Alan Thompson, Global Energy Systems Leader, ARUP

Professor Franz-Josef Wodopia, Managing Director, Coal Importers Association, Hamburg

12.10pm – 12.55pm

How is Aotearoa New Zealand Transitioning?

Panel discussion on where Aotearoa New Zealand business and community leaders can discuss what a Just Transition means for New Zealand.


Liana Poutu, Chairwoman Te Atiawa

Robert Spurway, Chief Operating Officer, Global Operations, Fonterra

Sam Huggard, Secretary, New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

Kevin Hague, Chief Executive, Forest and Bird

12.55pm – 1.45pm

Tina - Lunch

1.45pm – 2.15pm

Lessons from the Pacific

Case studies from two Pacific Island nationals that are already experiencing the impact of climate change.

Hon. Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, Deputy Prime Minister Samoa

Hon. Henry Puna, Prime Minister Cook Islands

2.15pm – 3.00pm

Changing the Model

How businesses are changing their business models to meet sustainability challenges – and what it means for their shareholders.

Keynote address:

Peter Bryant, Managing Partner, Clareo


Leon Clement, CEO, Synlait

Wayne Thompson, Ports of Auckland

Lisa Tumahai, Kaiwhakahaere, Ngāi Tahu

3.00pm – 3.25pm

Paramanawa - afternoon tea

3.25pm – 4.10pm

Navigating the future of work 

How companies can support their employees and communities in the transition –what does good practice look like

Introduction: Hon. Grant Robertson

Tony Maher, National President, CFMEU, Australia

Richard Wagstaff, President, NZCTU

Kirk Hope, Chief Executive, BusinessNZ

Christopher Luxon, CEO, Air New Zealand

4.10pm – 4.30pm

Whakakapi korero - wrap up day one

Hon. Dr Megan Woods

Summit dinner - Thursday 9 May 2019 - TSB Stadium

7.00pm – 10.30pm

Dinner keynote address:

Peter Garrett

Dinner Entertainment


Day two – Friday 10 May 2019 - TSB Stadium

8.40am – 9.00am

Mihi whakatau - Welcome day two

Neil Holdom, Chair, Taranaki Mayoral Forum

9.00am – 9.40am

Economics for the 21st Century

How climate change issues are changing the way economists view the world.

Keynote address:

Kate Raworth, Economist and Author of Doughnut Economics

9.40am – 10.25am

Navigating the New Environment

Understanding New Zealand’s emerging landscape – informational session exploring the new policy context and what we’re doing to set the country up for the transition

Hon. James Shaw


Eddie Christian, Group Manager Market Engagement, EECA

David Binnie, GM Supply and Distribution, Z Energy

10.25am – 10.50am

Paramanawa - morning tea

10.50am – 11.10am

Using technology for good - together

How can we use technology in more innovative and collaborative ways to enable transition to a low emissions economy?

Russell Craig, National Technology Officer, Microsoft

11.10am – 11.55am

Investing in change

How to navigate the new investment requirements, including repurposing and raising capital

Charles Ehrhart, Director Sustainable Value, KPMG

David Hall, Senior Researcher at the Policy Observatory, AUT

Cecilia Tarrant, Establishment Chair, Green Investment Finance

 11.55pm - 12.15pm

Learning to fly – sustainable benefit from international innovation

A case study of Cora, an autonomous, electric, air taxi, challenging global transportation from New Zealand

Anna Kominik, Country Director, Zephyr Airworks

12.15pm – 1.05pm

Tina - Lunch

1.05pm – 2.05pm

Embracing Change – Energy

How the energy sector has embraced community and iwi engagement for new developments and projects

Facilitator: John Hancock

Tracey Hickman, Executive General Manager Generation and Wholesale, Genesis

James Kilty, Chief Generation and Development Officer, Contact Energy

William Meek, CFO, Mercury Energy

Topia Rameka, CEO, Tūwharetoa Maori Trust

2.05pm – 3.00pm

Changing land use and the future of food

Navigating a new environment which is challenging how to farm and produce food

Hon Damien O’Connor, Minister of Agriculture


Tim Morris, Director, Coriolis

Steve Carden, CEO, Pāmu

Leonie Matoe, Business Development Manager, Kaitahi

3.00pm – 3.50pm

Emerging opportunities – hydrogen

Focus on a new technology and how it is being developed in New Zealand.

Introduction: Hon Dr Megan Woods

Case study: Patrick Cnubben, New Energy Coalition, the Netherlands


Andrew Clennett, Co-founder and CEO, Hiringa

Linda Wright, CEO, New Zealand Hydrogen Association

Mark Pickup, Principal Policy Advisor, Energy Markets, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

3.50pm – 4.05pm

Whakakapi korero - wrap up day two

Hon Dr Megan Woods

4.05pm – 4.15pm

Kupu whakamutunga – farewell

4.15pm – 4.45pm

Paramanawa – afternoon tea