Past Events

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Creative Collaboration Course (197.288) 5/12/19 Oct 2022

CoCA’s Creative Collaboration (197.288) students held an expo inspired by carbon neutrality in Te Ara Hihiko (Block 12) at Pukeahu campus. Each week explored a different take on the theme. The Sustainability Office supported this event by purchasing equipment for the expos.


Plant a Native, Save a Native
5-6 Oct 2022

MUSA ran their Sustainability Office sponsored event Plant a Native, Save a Native event 5 & 6 October 2022, which involved planting native trees with the Facilities Management team on campus and raising money for Save the Kiwi.
500 native trees were planted at Massey’s Turitea campus thanks to this event!


Te Wiki Toitū te Taiao| Green Campus Week
12 – 16 September 2022

Massey’s Green Campus Week | Te Wiki Toitū te Taiao ran from 12 – 16 September, linking in with ACTS Green Campus Day.

Ōtehā | Albany

Tuesday 13 September

Seed Planting with the Gardening Club
11am – 12:30pm
Student Central
“We are excited to announce our second seed planting event of the year! Come by, bring your friends along and get your own pots to take home. We will have herb, vegetable and flower seeds available! We’ve already got some beautiful little seedlings growing for spring from our last event!
Facebook: Massey Albany Gardening Club
President contact: Michaela Futter michaela.futter@hotmail.co.nz

Worm Farm Korero with Library Staff
12pm – 12.30pm
Behind the Library
Have you been considering a composting solution for your food scraps?
The Massey Albany Library team have been successfully running a worm farm for over a year now, and it’s just starting to produce some worm wee tea (a sign of some happy worms)! Jane Clark will run a “show and tell” session and give some advice on the type of worms you need, where to get them, and how to look after your worm farm and reduce food waste to landfill.

Wednesday 14 September

Sustainable features of our new IC Building: A talk with Peter Vause
11am – 11:30am
Student Lounge
Peter Vause, Programme Manager from the National Facilities Office, will give an informal talk about the incredible features of this state-of-the-art new building.

Waste Audit Findings presented by OCS
11am – 12pm
Student Lounge
We welcome all staff and students to join us as OCS present the findings of the recent Ōtehā campus waste audit. How much waste do we produce as an organisation, what is it made up of, and how can we stop so much of it going to landfill? These audits are an important part of learning what being ‘green’ or ‘sustainable’ means at Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa and mark the first steps towards our goal of 90% waste reduction by 2030.

Sensory Test with Kakato Beverages: Sustainable Cold Brew Coffee
11am – 2pm
Student Lounge
We are a group of passionate final-year Food Technology students. Our goal is to develop a unique, healthy and sustainable beverage from concept to launch. We need your help to finalise our final formulation, the product will be launched and sold on 23rd September. The population of vegans, vegetarians and flexitarians, interests in sustainability and ethics in the food system, and the popularity of the coffee propelled the demands of the sustainable coffee option, our cold brew coffee with hemp milk is vegan and packed in a 250ml glass bottle. The sensory test will take you only 5 minutes, snacks will be provided at the end.

A Walk on Massey’s Wild Side
12pm – 1pm
Meet at the Student Lounge
See the nature(s) of Massey Ōtehā as never before! Join us for a fun walking workshop through campus’ most beautiful spots and along the magical Fernhill Escarpment. Guides from a range of disciplines will share diverse insights into these special places: from entomology to sociology; from the voice of the campus to accounting for good. 
The walk will take an hour and is of easy to moderate difficulty. Please wear good shoes and BYO water bottle and weather gear. We will then return you to campus, where you are invited to share some delicious kai. 


Mapping the Sustainability of our Ōtehā Campus
11am – 1pm
Student Lounge
Join us as we add sustainability initiatives to a giant map of the Ōtehā campus. See what is already happening and where, add some extra activities we might not be aware of, and add some suggestions of things you’d like to see in the future.
Drop by as you wish- nibbles provided!

Pukeahu | Wellington

Wednesday 14 September

Waste Audit Findings presented by the Sustainability Trust
12pm – 1pm
Campus Co-Lab
We welcome all staff and students to join us as the Sustainability Trust present the findings of the recent Pukeahu campus waste audit. How much waste do we produce as an organisation, what is it made up of, and how can we stop so much of it going to landfill? These audits are an important part of learning what being ‘green’ or ‘sustainable’ means at Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa and mark the first steps towards our goal of 90% waste reduction by 2030.

Foraging Tour with Sue Kino
10:30am
Meet at Wellbeing Hub (Koha Coffee)
Grounds Manager Sue Kino will be giving a tour of the Pukeahu campus, where you can learn all about the properties of the edible and useful plants, trees and weeds on our grounds. You’ll get chance to nibble some things along the way! Grab a hot drink at Koha Coffee before you leave (bring a keep cup), or enjoy a fresh cup of kawakawa tea and some foraged nibbles when you return.
You’ll be provided with a foraging map of the campus to take away with you (or check out the online version here).

Thursday 15 September

Foraging Tour with Sam Duffy
11:30am
Meet at Campus Co-Lab
Student Development Coordinator Sam Duffy will be giving a tour of the Pukeahu campus, where you can learn all about the properties of the edible and useful plants, trees and weeds on our grounds. You’ll get chance to nibble some things along the way! Grab a hot drink at Koha Coffee before you leave (bring a keep cup), or enjoy a fresh cup of kawakawa tea and some foraged nibbles when you return.
You’ll be provided with a foraging map of the campus to take away with you (or check out the online version here).

Mapping the Sustainability of our Pukeahu Campus
11am – 1pm
Campus Co-Lab (with Koha Coffee)
Join us as we add sustainability initiatives to a giant map of the Pukeahu campus. See what is already happening and where, add some extra activities we might not be aware of, and add some suggestions of things you’d like to see in the future.
Drop by as you wish- nibbles provided!

Turitea | Palmerston North

Tuesday 13 September

Mapping the Sustainability of our Turitea Campus
11am – 1pm
Student Lounge
Join us as we add sustainability initiatives to a giant map of the Turitea campus. See what is already happening and where, add some extra activities we might not be aware of, and add some suggestions of things you’d like to see in the future.
Drop by as you wish- nibbles provided!

Waste Audit Findings presented by Nelson Harper from Precycle NZ
11:30am – 12:30pm
Student Lounge
We welcome all staff and students to join us as Precycle NZ present the findings of the recent Turitea campus waste audit. How much waste do we produce as an organisation, what is it made up of, and how can we stop so much of it going to landfill? These audits are an important part of learning what being ‘green’ or ‘sustainable’ means at Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa and mark the first steps towards our goal of 90% waste reduction by 2030.

Friday 16 September

Karaka Grove: Site Visit and Korero with Hone Morris and Gary Mack
12:30pm
Meet at Karaka Grove
Join us at Karaka Grove to hear from Hone Morris (Pukengo Reo) about the significance of this historic site, its vegetation, and the vision for its future. Gary Mack  (Grounds Manager) will also talk about Massey grounds and be on hand to plant a Northern Rata.

Online

Tuesday 13 September

Is climate change affecting your decision to have children?
6:30pm – 7:15pm NZT (join/leave when it suits you)
An informal online discussion for Massey students and staff facilitated by Dr Sal Lampkin, Sustainability Transformation Manager, including excerpts by Leola Maynell, School of Psychology from our 2022 Climate Action Week.

Wednesday 14 September

The role comedy and theatre can play in climate action
2:30pm – 3:15pm NZT (join/leave when it suits you)
An informal online discussion for Massey students and staff facilitated by Dr Sal Lampkin, Sustainability Transformation Manager, including excerpts by Assoc. Prof Elspeth Tilley and Dr Nick Holm, School of Humanities, Media and Creative Communication, from our 2022 Climate Action Week.

Thursday 15 September

Taking Climate Action: Where can we start?
9am – 9:45am NZT (join/leave when it suits you)
An informal online discussion for Massey students and staff facilitated by Dr Sal Lampkin, Sustainability Transformation Manager, including excerpts by Dr Sam Dean, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, from our 2022 Climate Action Week.


Climate Action Week
Monday 28th March – Friday 1st April 2022

This is an online event for all Massey students, consisting of short videos, speakers, panel discussions, korero, creative ideas and competitions with prizes to be won! Connect with Massey’s commitment to be net zero carbon by 2030 and become an active partner in our journey!

Monday 28th March

10am – 11am 
Introduction to Climate Action Week 
A short presentation introducing the week and a discussion around what climate action at Massey means for you 
Dr. Sal Lampkin (Massey’s Sustainability Transformation Manager), including welcome addresses from Massey’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Jan Thomas and New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Jacinda Ardern

11.15am – 11.45am 
Why climate action is important 
Short video clips by climate experts 
Presented by Dr Sal Lampkin and including:  
Prof. Stewart Barr (University of Exeter)  
Prof. James Higham (University of Otago)
Prof. James Renwick (Victoria University of Wellington)

12pm – 1pm 
Introduction to Climate Action Week 
A short presentation introducing the week and a discussion around what climate action at Massey means for you 
Dr. Sal Lampkin (Massey’s Sustainability Transformation Manager), including welcome addresses from Massey’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Jan Thomas and New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Jacinda Ardern   

1.15pm – 1.45pm 
Why climate action is important 
Short video clips by climate experts 
Presented by Dr Sal Lampkin (Massey) and including:  
Prof. Stewart Barr (University of Exeter)  
Prof. James Higham (University of Otago)
Prof. James Renwick (Victoria University of Wellington)

2.30pm – 3.45pm 
What does ‘Net Zero Carbon by 2030’ mean for Massey? 
Presentation and discussion about where Massey’s emissions come from and options for renewable energy 
Dr Allanah Ryan, Marcus Richardson, Tian Wang, Charlie Potter and Dr Sal Lampkin (all from Massey’s Sustainability Office) 

4pm – 4.45pm 
Sustainability Quiz  
Join us for a sustainability quiz. Win prizes and find out more about climate action at Massey & beyond!
Charlie Potter & Dr Sal Lampkin (Massey) 

5.30pm – 7pm 
Creative solutions workshop 1 & competition
Details of student ‘Creative Solutions’ competition and brainstorming session including short clips of innovative product prototypes  
Presented by Dr Sal Lampkin (Massey) with Greg Low (Reusabowl, Wellington)

Tuesday 29th March

9:45am – 10:45am 
Identifying the real value (or not) of academic international air travel
Panel discussion around academic mobilities and the challenges and opportunities, including the impact of digitalization and Covid-19 
Dr Kimberly Camrass (Griffith University, Australia)
Assoc. Prof. Debbie Hopkins (Oxford University)
Dr Sal Lampkin (Massey)
Sherry Tseng (PhD candidate, University of Otago)

11.30am – 12.30pm 
Cleaning Up Business Travel’s Dirty Secrets
Presentation and discussion around how travel analytics can influence our travel decisions  
Simon Crunden (Founder/ CEO of Nutrip and Travel Analytics, Australia) 

12.45pm – 1.45pm 
Creative solutions workshop 2 & competition
Continuation of Creative Solutions work to develop student entries
Presented by Dr Sal Lampkin (Massey) and Charlie Potter (Massey) 

2pm – 3pm 
What’s changed, if anything? How climate science has both informed and begun to change us.  
Sam will reflect on his journey as a climate scientist in influencing public opinion, the media, and government policy making in New Zealand/Aotearoa 
Dr Sam Dean (National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research) 

3.15pm – 3.50pm 
Matariki hunga nui, Matariki ahunga nui, Matariki manako nui: Matariki in contemporary contexts
Prof. Hemi Whaanga (Massey)

4pm – 4.45pm  
Massey farms, natural resources and mātauranga Māori 
A panel discussion hosted by the School of Agriculture and Environment exploring initiatives the Massey farms are taking in response to climate action
Prof. Chris Anderson (Massey)  
Allan Still (Massey) 
Dr Anke Zernack (Massey)

5.30pm – 6.30pm 
Civil unrest: will the Generation Green New Deal approach work? 
Debate the role of marches and civil unrest in climate action
Presented by Dr Sal Lampkin (Massey) 

Wednesday 30th March

10.30am – 11:30am
Transportation & urban planners must work together
Panel discussion around transport planning & active transport in NZ and what the future holds 
Dave Charnley (Palmerston North County Council)  
John Lieswyn (Viastrada, Wellington) 
Emma McInnes (Resilio Studios, Auckland)  

Assoc. Prof. Imran Muhammad (Massey)  
12.30pm – 1.30pm 
Cost, Convenience, Comfort and Carbon 
A presentation and discussion of choice of travelling door-to-door 150km between cities/towns by diesel car, electric car, bus, plane, train – or bicycle!   
Emer. Prof. Ralph Sims (Massey)

2pm – 3pm 
Making money work for a zero-carbon future
Investment needs to be switched from fossil fuels to massively scale up clean energy and climate solutions. We all have a role in driving this change 
Barry Coates (Founder/CEO of Mindful Money, Auckland) 

3.15pm – 4.15pm 
Understanding Kaitiakitanga
This workshop aims to support a deeper understanding of the Māori concept of Kaitiakitanga and practical ways that kaitiakitanga can aid in climate action.
Dr Erana Walker (Massey)

4.30pm – 5.30pm 
Now What? A Practical Guide to Creating Change
Ready to be empowered?  Social innovation is fun, challenging and a proven way to create practical solutions to the climate crisis.  How does it work?  Connect here for top tips for creating change, and be ready to share and explore your own ideas for climate action.  
Crs. Brent Barrett and Renee Dingwell (City Councillors, Palmerston North City Council)
Dr Anna Berka (Massey)

Thursday 31st March

9.30am – 10.15pm 
“If it was just about the climate, we’d have fixed it years ago” 
Audience-led debate about the wider social, political, and economic issues affecting the climate
Presented by Dr Sal Lampkin (Massey), including a recording from Prof. Bronwyn Hayward (University of Canterbury). 

10.45am – 11:45am 
The IPCC call to action and the tragedy of climate change science: where are we at with the climate emergency, where are we going, and what do we need to do?
According to the latest IPCC report, action in the coming decades dictates climate resilient development prospects for the planet. Yet, tragically, Climate Change Science as Usual persists. Transformative societal change is imperative in these perilous times
Monique Corson (Massey alumni) 
Prof. Bruce Glavovic (Massey)  
Dist. Prof. Robert McLachlan (Massey)  
Prof. James Renwick (Victoria University of Wellington)

2pm – 2.45pm 
The plastic pollution treaty, climate change, and the Pacific Islands 
Discussion around current research trends and how we can address plastic pollution
Dr Steph Borrelle (Marine & Pacific Regional Coordinator at Bird Life International)  
Hannah Blumhardt (Victoria University of Wellington)
Assoc. Prof. Trisia Farrelly (Massey)
Dr Olga Pantos (ESR) 

3pm – 3.45pm 
Gender & Climate Change
How climate change is affecting women’s feelings and decisions about having children
Leola Meynell (PhD candidate, Massey)

4.30pm – 5.30pm 
Navigating our way towards a plastic-free ocean, by Emily Penn  
Emily describes her transition from architect to skipper to plastic pollution advocate
Presented by Dr Sal Lampkin (Massey) 

Friday 1st April

10am – 10.45pm 
Changing to more sustainable lifestyles  
Discussion exploring how we can change and, more importantly, maintain daily habits & lead more-sustainable lifestyles
Presented by Dr Sal Lampkin (Massey), including a video about the Sustainable Action Model by Dr Lynsey Ellis (Massey)

11am – 12pm
Can art change the world? 
Join a theatre maker, an eco-writer, and an expert in political comedy, as we navigate the pitfalls and promises of creative climate activism. Bring your questions about what works, what doesn’t, and how to use the best of what creativity can offer in your own climate action work.
Dr Nick Holm (Massey) 
Prof. Ingrid Horrocks (Massey)
Assoc. Prof. Elspeth Tilley (Massey) 

2.30pm – 3.20pm
What’s next for climate action at Massey?
Discussion about highlights from the week and next steps for climate action at Massey
Charlie Potter, with Dr Sal Lampkin and Dr Allanah Ryan

3.20pm – 3.30pm
Climate Action Week close 
Dr Allanah Ryan (Massey)


20th ACTS Conference: The Future of Sustainability
10-12 May 2022

The Australasian Campuses Toward Sustainability (ACTS) annual conference brings together sustainability champions from campus communities across Australasia and the Pacific to share and inspire transformative actions toward a future that is fair, just and equitable for all.

​​​​​​​As a university our potential is not just to solve challenges of today, but to regenerate for a truly sustainable future. Through this conference we explored this potential, with a particular focus on leading through transformational governance and values, innovating, educating and enabling for change, and raising the voices of indigenous peoples that have nurtured our lands and waters for thousands of generations.

The Future of Sustainability calls for leaders, practitioners, educators and students to consider how their efforts can progress beyond a do-less-harm paradigm, and support restorative outcomes.

Massey University was a virtual host of this conference.