Unleashing potentials: Transition to a sustainable Marine Economy (Blue Economy) What we could do- In New Zealand context.

26 September 2021

Earlier this year our Wellington Branch ran an event about a transition to a sustainable Marine Economy read about the key details of the event and watch a video of the event here.


Thursday, 10th of June 2021 5.30 -7.00 p.m. 

Wellington: Lecture theatre 2, Rutherford House, Victoria University of Wellington 

Auckland: Peace Experimental School, 18, Pilkington Road, Panmure


Purpose of the event

“To highlight and recognise the designation of 2021-2030 decade as;

The United Nations Decade for Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, and  The United Nations Decade for Ecosystems Regeneration and Restoration” 


Educate and develop an awareness on;

"Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development- SDG 14, Sustainable Economic Development- SDG 8 and Responsible Consumption and Production- SDG 12”

In connection with 




Objectives of the event 

  • Develop an interest of stakeholders at all levels to learn, share ideas, seek opportunities, build partnerships and provide a momentum to work together and think towards turning to sustainable marine economy (Blue Economy)  
  • Develop a discussion on how the targets mentioned in SDG 14 are addressed in the principles of Blue Economy model and how underline the linkages to the targets mentioned in other SDGs. 
  • Develop a discussion on understanding of opportunities in transitioning towards Blue Economy and to how to conquer the challenges. 
  • Provide an overview of Ecosystem services related to marine ecology and how it is vital in the economy as natural capital and advance the awareness on decoupling of ecological degradation from economic development. 
  • Provide understanding on how indigenous knowledge could couple towards successful in sustainable marine economic development.
  • To have better understanding of how Blue economy principles support sustainable economic development and how they become a part of the human’s cultural and spiritual dimensions. 
  • Improve relationships for UNA NZ in all levels of the community and gather them to work towards achieving SDGs and Sustainable Development



Discussion forum with: 

  1. Securing the life and livelihoods-mitigation of impacts on Ecological systems and Biodiversity – Dr.Carolyn Lundquist, Principal Scientist, NIWA, Auckland University 


  1. Blue Economy: Moving beyond business as usual ensuring incorporation of marine health and wellbeing into economic development models – Dr. Nick Lewis, Economic Geographer, Associte Professor, University of Auckland 

(https://unidirectory.auckland.ac.nz/profile/n-lewis )  

  1. Foster Innovations (scientific, social and cultural) to overcome challenges and harmonise sustainable marine economic development and coupling of Indigenous knowledge for better outcome  

Fraser Stobie, Blue Economy, Environment and Marine Specialist representing Dr. Nigel Bradly, CEO, Envirostrat


  1. A success story- Bule Economy principles in Industrial sector  

Tane Bradley, General Manager, Agrisea NZ Seaweed Ltd


Moderator: Dr.Nicole Miller, UNA NZ Member and the Chair of Friends of Taputeranga Marine Reserve Charitable Trust, Senior Strategist of Ministry of Social Development.  


Event concept and design: Wajirani Adhihetty, President, Wellington Branch and Special Officer Sustainable Economy and Innovations, UNA NZ 

Event team: Yatin Preveen-Communication and Engagement, Sophie Crawford-Event promotion

Special thanks to Steven Arnold and Natalie Harbott of Auckland Branch

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