Starting from here – hui shows us how to embrace climate change action

Academics, artists and activists will discuss how to create a more equitable and sustainable world and share insights from their work across the business, research and community sectors in a major online national event.


The Aotearoa New Zealand Sustainable Development Goals Summit hui 2# is part of a series of engaging online discussions, workshops and panels leading up to a face-to-face summit in September at UC.

New Zealand’s community of climate action change-makers present the Aotearoa Sustainable Development Goals Summit Series Hui #2: Be the Change, on March 25 at 7pm, with online lightning talks, panels, workshops and a performance to help all New Zealanders engage with the United Nation’s decade of climate action.

 Hui 2# keynote speaker, Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Canterbury (UC) Bronwyn Hayward, opens the discussion on how Aotearoa New Zealand is doing on achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

 Professor Hayward balances writing reports with Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC) teams and youth climate action such the CYCLES Children and Youth in Cities Lifestyle Evaluation study, with media commentary and writing. She was made a member of the NZ Order of Merit for services to political science (sustainability, youth and climate), and recently released the book Children, Citizenship and Environment #Schoolstrike edition.

 “Acting together we can achieve extraordinary change,” she says.

 Maria DaRocha Software Development Lead & Site Editor ( at Victoria University of Wellington and Ronja Levers, Kaiwhakahaere Kaupapa (Project Manager) at Hui E! Community Aotearoa, also share their thoughts about on our progress on SDGs, which provide an internationally-agreed roadmap for change.

 Celebrated poet Daisy Lavea-Timo, 2017 New Zealand Slam Poetry Champion, international speaker and performer, and a youth sector leader, shares her inspirational poetry.

“Any individual can find something on the diverse list of Sustainable Development Goals that resonates, that ‘one day’ whakaaro can start today, because we are all uniquely positioned to make significant impacts on the SDG targets,” she says.

 The panel and workshop sessions are a chance for the audience to share their ideas and ask questions. For Session One, participants choose between the ensuring sustainable food production panel or a workshop on regional implementation of the SDGs with Raewyn Jones from the Waikato Wellbeing Project. In parallel, for session Two, participants can choose between panel on Te Tiriti and the SDGs or workshop on weaving sustainability culture into your organisation with Mike Burrell is the Executive Director at Sustainable Business Council leads the workshop.

 The 2020-2021 Aotearoa New Zealand Sustainable Development Goals Summit series is organised by UC and Lincoln University, with mana whenua Ngāi Tuahuriri, in partnership with the Christchurch City Council and Ara Institute of Canterbury, supported by Tourism New Zealand, Te Pokai Tara – Universities New Zealand, ChristchurchNZ and New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO. 

 Hui 3# is on 24 June and the two-day Summit Collaboration For Systemic Change is on 2-3 September 2021. Find out more here: Current Summit / | SDG Summit Series

 Tickets for Hui 2# are $10 ($5 for youth) at Humanitix: Aotearoa Sustainable Development Goals Summit Series Hui #2: Be the Change on Thursday 25 March from 7pm to 9.30pm online.


Main Session: Aotearoa New Zealand and the SDGs – How are we doing?

Bronwyn Hayward Professor of Political Science and International Relations | University of CanterburyMaria DaRocha Software Development Lead & Site Editor ( | Victoria University of WellingtonRonja Ievers Kaiwhakahaere Kaupapa (Project Manager) | Hui E! Community Aotearoa

Creative: ‘Mirrors and Windows’ Daisy Lavea-Timo Director, Cross-Polynate Ltd | Facilitator, Leadership Lab | Slam Poet

This will be followed with two parallel Streams.

Stream A:

Panel 1: Ensuring Sustainable Food Production Systems 

The Primary Sector has set sustainability targets for farmers (He Waka Eke Noa – Our Future in Our Hands) and the New Zealand Climate Change Commission recommends significant further changes to farming practices. This panel brings together a young farmer, the organic industry and regenerative farming research to explore how the Sustainable Development Goals can be used to support practical solutions to our current challenges. How can New Zealand meet Target 2.4 of the SDGs: ensuring sustainable food production systems? 

Workshop 1: How to Implement the SDGs in your Region: Learning from WaikatoAbout the facilitator: Raewyn Jones is the co-founder and co-chair of the Waikato Wellbeing Project (WWP), which is a regional initiative to achieve a more environmentally sustainable, prosperous and inclusive Waikato region by 2030. The WWP supports a grassroots movement to activate collective action towards achieving agreed targets for our region based on the SDGs.

Stream B:

Panel 2: Te Tiriti and the SDGs

This panel will enter deeply into the topic of Partnerships as expressed through SDG17 and presents Te Tiriti o Waitangi (the Treaty of Waitangi) as it was intended, the foundational documentfor relationships and partnerships in Aotearoa New Zealand. It will offer a glimpse into understanding how Te Tiriti may be viewed and expressed for us all, and, from a Māori perspective, explore examples of good practice, elaborate on some of the difficulties encountered and suggest improved approaches to being transformational through relational politics.

Workshop 2: Growing Sustainability Culture in your Organisation: Sustainable Business CouncilAbout the facilitator: Mike Burrell is the Executive Director at Sustainable Business Council. The Sustainable Business Council (SBC) is a CEO-led membership organisation with over 100 businesses from all sectors, ambitious for a sustainable New Zealand. His previous role was New Zealand’s High Commissioner to South Africa. Before that he was Director for Sustainable Economic Development at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the founding CEO of Aquaculture New Zealand.