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Upcoming events

The Centre runs a monthly Seminar Series aimed at stimulating discussion and debate on issues concerning sustainability. Seminars start at 4pm (unless advertised otherwise) and are held in the our Seminar Room, 563 Castle Street. We host a range of international and local speakers and presentations are followed by discussion.

Seminar topics are varied and include:
• energy
• climate change
• traditional ecological knowledge
• social-ecological resilience
• food
• agriculture
• environmental stewardship
• resource management
• conservation
• Mātauranga Māori

 If you are interested in presenting your work or would like to receive email notifications about our upcoming seminars please contact

Seminars are held at the Centre for Sustainability Seminar room, 563 Castle Street, unless advertised otherwise:

Upcoming seminars 2019:

May 3,  12-1pm :  Exploring evacuation issues in Vanuatu and Aotearoa-New Zealand: life safety vs habitability. Presented by Assoc. Prof. Carol Stewart, School of Health Sciences &
Prof. David Johnston, School of Psychology - Massey University.

Many emergencies experienced in Aotearoa-New Zealand lead to evacuations, with small-scale evacuations of communities relatively common. Evacuation becomes necessary when the benefits of leaving significantly outweigh the risk of ‘sheltering-in-place’, and is primarily driven by considerations of life safety hazards, with concerns about habitability issues such as drinking-water contamination a less-common driver. This presentation will explore evacuation issues using two recent case studies: the 2017-2018 volcanic eruptions of Ambae volcano, Vanuatu, which led to two full-scale mandatory whole-island evacuations of the island’s original 11,700 inhabitants in October 2017 and again between August and November 2018; and the 14 November 2016 M7.8 Kaikoura earthquake, which generated a local-source tsunami that impacted the east coast of the South and North Islands.

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