NZCS 2020

New Zealand Coastal Society - Te Hunga Takutai o Aotearoa

Annual Conference 2020

November 17th - 20th on Waiheke Island

"Small Islands, Big Oceans"


The New Zealand Coastal Society invite you to share your knowledge, stories and love of the coastal and marine environment at this year’s conference located on Waiheke Island, a stone’s throw from Auckland’s CBD within Tīkapa Moana o Hauraki (Hauraki Gulf). 

This year’s theme Small Islands: Big Oceans reflects both the challenges and opportunities faced by the islands in the Hauraki Gulf and is reflective of New Zealand as a group of ‘small islands’ in the Pacific. Balancing the growing demand for; coastal use, transport, infrastructure,  tourism and a changing culture, with unique opportunity to support conservation on land and a need to both understand and preserve a unique marine environment in a changing world, Waiheke Island and the Hauraki Gulf reflect challenges faced in many coastal and island locations.

This theme presents an opportunity to explore the environmental, cultural, social and economic challenges and opportunities that a changing world and climate present for these islands. The conference theme provides the opportunity for  cross disciplinary exploration of the sustainable management of our islands and our oceans, the changing governance, uses and expectations and the potential to both lead the world and learn from and be inspired by case studies from other small islands within big oceans. 


Further details to follow soon - watch this space!