2019 Pestival brings great debate

Last Updated : 01 Oct 2019
2019 Pestival brings great debate - debate team
Graeme Hill, Nic Toki, Cr Penny Hulse, and Geoff Simmons with MC Jesse Mulligan
2019 Pestival brings great debate - Jenny Gargiulo
Auckland Council's Jenny Gargiulo speaks at the 2019 Pestival.
2019 Pestival brings great debate - Lorelle Stranaghan
Lorelle Stranaghan of Pest-Free Howick addresses the crowd.

The 2019 Conservation Week Pestival held on 14 September at Auckland’s Aotea Centre saw the debut of The Great NZ Conservation Debate.

The debate had DOC’s Threatened Species Ambassador Nic Toki and media personality Graeme Hill win the ‘Insects are better than birds’ moot where they versed off against the affirmative team made up of Cr Penny Hulse and TOP leader Geoff Simmons

The event, emceed by radio host and conservation advocate Jesse Mulligan, was full of interesting and informative talks from across the conservation landscape.

Check out any presentations you may have missed by clicking on the links below. Refer to the Pestival programme to find out which session the talk occurred in, and you can also take a look at the list of exhibitors.


Presentation Name


Cultural restoration of Nga Tūpuna Maunga (the volcanic cones of Auckland/Tāmaki Makaurau).

Nick Turoa, Tūpuna Maunga o Tāmaki Makaurau Authority

Open for business - how business can help conservation.

Georgina Hart, Sustainable Business Network

The NZ Biodiversity Strategy – how you can input into the future of nature in NZ.

Becci Louise, Department of Conservation

The new Regional Pest Management Plan - the important changes.

Imogen Bassett, Auckland Council

Update on the MPI’s ‘Ko Tatou This is Us’ biosecurity campaign.


Sarah Berry, Ministry for Primary Industries

What’s the data telling us? – how trapping data can be our advocate

Rachel Fewster, University of Auckland

The new weed management manual – a prescription for ‘plant blindness’.

Jenny Gargiulo, Auckland Council

Community presentation: Hapua Thrive - creating backyard bliss (in Remuera).

Margot Nicholson, Robyn Simcock and Elise Townsend from Hapua Thrive

Community led predator control in Te Wairoa catchment (Franklin).

Glenn Richards and Willow van Heugten from Friends of Te Wairoa Catchment

Pekapeka tou roa – sharing the life and plight of the long-tailed bat (Video).

PDF presentation

Sophie Barclay, Community Waitakere

Pest Free Howick - from schools into the community.

Lorelle Stranaghan, Pest Free Howick

Urban Ark – Manawa Taiao

Sian Buley, Auckland Zoo

25 years working with community to control pests (Awhitu)

Sarah Williams, Awhitu Landcare

The Cacophony Project - digital tools to make trapping and monitoring hundreds of times more effective.

Grant Ryan, Cacophony Project

Managing trap or bait lines in kauri (dieback) areas.

Lisa Tolich, Auckland Council

Behaviour change research and kauri dieback track users.

Jo Aley, Department of Conservation

New pest control tools

Professor Charles Eason, affiliated with Lincoln University & Connovation

Supporting community-powered conservation through the natural environment targeted rate – an update

Samantha Hill, Auckland Council

Working together to create predator free landscapes

Ed Chignell, CEO Predator Free 2050 Ltd



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