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Commissioner Dr Jan Wright and her team deliver a number of speeches to interest groups and the public each year. A selection of these is presented here. If you cannot find a speech you are looking for, please email us.

Australian Agricultural & Resource Economics Society (AARES) After Dinner Speech
Mar 2015
The Environment – What Matters Most?
Salmon Lecture to the Resource Management Law Association, 17 July 2014
Jul 2014
Reflections on Conservation Forest and Bird Sanderson Memorial Dinner
Sanderson Memorial Dinner held in Wellington on June 28 2014
Jun 2014
Reporting on the state of our environment - Environmental Defence Society Conference
Aug 2013
Getting a better deal for conservation - speech to Forest and Bird Conference 2012
A large part of New Zealand is in the conservation estate - about a third - and there is a clear intent for it to be used to play a much greater role in the economy.
Jun 2012
Public Law Toolbox Launch - The role of the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment
May 2012
Speech to Otago University Symposium Public Conservation Lands 2040
Prosperity or Posterity? The Future of Conservation Land - A speech on commercial use of the conservation estate.
Nov 2011
Speech to the 15th International Conference on Diffuse Pollution & Eutrophication
Dr Wright talks about the history of water quality problems in New Zealand and the big issues now and in the future.
Sep 2011
Conservation for prosperity and posterity? Commercial use of the DOC estate
On saturday Jan delivered a speech to the Federated Mountain Clubs AGM in which she discussed the commercialisation of the DOC estate.
Jun 2011
Speech to 2011 Coal Symposium
May 2011
"Value of good science speech" to WasteMINZ conference
Oct 2010
State of the Environment reporting presentation to Local Government and Environment Committee
May 2010
Smart Meters speech to Grey Power
Dr Wright's speech to the 2010 Grey Power AGM on the benefits of Smart Meters
Apr 2010
Letter to the International Energy Agency
Prior to a meeting with the International Energy Agency in early December, the Commisisoner sent this letter summarising the issues she wanted to discuss.
Dec 2009
Smart Meters Presentation to Commerce Committee
This is the Commissioner's speech to the Commerce Select Committee responding to submissions on her report "Smart electricity meters: How households and the environment can benefit"
Dec 2009
Commonwealth Parliamentary Association
This is the Commissioner's presentation on Climate Change to the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. Attending were MPs from New Zealand, Australia, and the Pacific.
Nov 2009
ANZ School of Government conference
This is Dr Wright's climate change presentation to the Australia and New Zealand School of Government conference in Wellington on 30 October 2009.
Oct 2009
Change in the High Country: Environmental stewardship and tenure review
On the release of her report 'Change in the high country: Environmental stewardship and tenure review', the Commissioner presented her findings and recommendations to a group of interested parties at Lincoln University
Apr 2009
Blueprints for Sustainable Infrastructure Conference
The Commissioner addresses the topic: "Chipping Away at Sustainability", to open this conference hosted by the New Zealand Society for Sustainability Engineering and Science.
Dec 2008
Lincoln Biofuels Forum
The Commissioner addresses the topic: "Biofuels - Some big questions", at the NZ Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences
Aug 2008
State of the Environment Conference
The Commissioner addresses the topic: "Prioritising Environmental Challenges: What Matters Most?" as the first in a series of presentations on this topic. This transcript is from her address at Lincoln University.
Aug 2008