A nice review piece from Sharnahae Wilson at Wellingtons Independent Herald on Wednesday the 19th of October
Wellington’s first annual networking and dance party for professionals working in the environment has led to a windfall for Seton Nossiter Park Seton Nossiter Park which is a 1.6km-long, 30ha bush-clad reserve nestled in Belmont Gully in Wellington (which lies between Grenada Village, Horokiwi to the north, Woodridge to the east and Newlands and Paparangi to the south).
The Seton Nossiter Park Working Group, working with the Paparangi Scouts and Cubs, St Michael’s Church, and the community, has planted 1,200 trees in the park this year, building on the several thousands planted previously. These efforts complement the restoration efforts of the Wellington City Council and Wellington Regional Council. Bruce Patterson, who chairs the Group, was astounded to hear that proceeds from the not-for-profit Talk Environment event were to go to his group, for further restoration of the park.
The proceeds from the event of $645 have kindly been donated to the Seton Nossiter Park Planting Group and will be used to purchase irrigation systems for the plant nurseries at Cashmere Home and Cashmere Heights Home. The residents at these two hospital-level residential homes grow 400 trees each year, many of which are planted in the park.
Thanks again to everyone who made Talk Environment possible and we will continue to support the Seton Nossiter Park Working Group from future events.
Friday the 23rd of September 2016
'Talk Environment' brought together design professionals from across the Wellington Region, Engineers, Architects, Planners, Urban Designers, Landscape Architects, Scientists, Surveyors and more came together to celebrate collective achievements across Wellington.
The night kicked off with drinks and nibbles and a fantastic turnout with over 130 tickets sold across the board to both professionals and students creating a great networking event for Wellington Professionals.
Later that evening we were delighted to have Dr. Jeffrey Wakefield from Cardno, U.S.A fly over for an informative 'lessons learnt' presentation about the 2010 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Disaster, which is considered the largest accidental marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry. Jeffrey was a lead consultant who assessed impacts of wildlife and nearshore ecological resources. Jeffrey's presentation was top notch and he shared valuable insights that everyone was able to learn from.
Shaun Foster from ACO also provided a great presentation on Environmentally Sensitive Treatment methods for Stormwater that was very well received/ enjoyed by all.
Slowly but surely the night progressed into a party with dancing and music - certainly aided by a depleting wine source, peer pressure, and some Michael Jackson, Drake, and Rihanna for good measure.
A great night was had by all and we would like to thank everyone that attended this inaugural event.
Special thanks to our sponsors Firth, ACO Ltd, Cardno and Peter Fell Ltd
Special thanks also to Dr Jeffrey Wakefield on a fantastic presentation.
Also thanks to the NZILA, NZIA, NZPI, UDF, NZIS, and the IPENZ Rivers Group for their support and commitment to making this event possible.
We hope to see you here next year.
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Talk Environment is a Not for Profit event that is sponsored by the following professional groups;
New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects (NZILA)
New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA)
New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI)
New Zealand Institute of Surveyors (NZIS)
Urban Design Forum (UDF)
Institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand Rivers Group (IPENZ Rivers Group)
Peter Fell, Aco, Firth and Cardno have also provided Sponsorship of the event.
Please note that any proceeds from this event will be donated to The Seton Nossiter Park Working Group who work with Wellington City Council, Schools and Community groups to protect and restore Seton Nossiter Park.