The Nature Education Network Committee reserve the right to add/change the programme or presenters at their discretion.

Throughout the conference videos and photos are taken. These will be made available on Facebook and our Website.  I consent to the event organisers using my name, image and likeness before, during or after the event for event promotional purposes in any marketing media, social media, official sponsor campaigns and for broadcasting or reporting purposes in any media. 

Cancellation Policy

Should you need to cancel your registration, you are welcome to reassign it to another person through the Event Plus ticketing platform. If you are unable to arrange a replacement, you may transfer your registration to the following year. 
At the time of registration you are offered XCover Genius (Booking Insurance) for 8% of the total cost of your registration. We strongly recommend you consider this option so you are covered for any unforeseen circumstances (e.g. poor health, injury, bereavement, or travel disruption etc). (* T&C’s are available on the website https://bookingprotect.com/about-us/faqs/).  If you have chosen not to take out XCover Genius, no refund will be offered.
Should The Nature Education Network Organising Committee have to cancel or postpone The Nature Education Conference for any reason we will transfer your full registration to the following year. 

Safety Management Plan 

Hazard Identification

Due to the environment that The Nature Education Conference is conducted within and activities during the course of the conference, we the organising Committee believe it is important that participants are made aware of all inherent hazards.

If you require further information regarding The Natural Education Health & Safety Plan, please inquire.

Important Notes:

  • Make contact with the conference organisers should you require First Aid assistance or any other support.
  • Please let us know if you have any of the following medical conditions: anaphylaxis, diabetes, asthma, heart condition, severe allergies or any other serious medical condition and fill in the Medical Register.
  • Notify the organisers for all incidents / accidents.


  • Uneven ground and rocks
  • Fallen debris from trees
  • Moving vehicles
  • Stock
  • Hygiene
  • Electric fences. Treat all fences as ON
  • Electricity cables
  • Becoming lost
  • Getting sunburnt
  • Insects – Bees / Wasps / Mosquitoes / Sand flies
  • Wild berries

Safety Management Strategies

Help us to create a safe learning environment, please follow these safety management strategies:

  • Please report all hazards to the Redwood Hut
  • First Aid kit is held at the Redwood Hut
  • Absolutely No Fires are to be lit
  • Do not feed or pat the horses or other stock
  • Beware of your footing, and if unconfident wear solid footwear
  • Manage all cooking at campsites by cooking outside tents and turning off gas when not in use
  • Turn off all water taps after use
  • Use the hygiene sprays supplied at the toilets
  • Ensure your vehicles are locked at all times
  • Stay to the lighted paths in the evening
  • Stay within the confines of the Natural Education event. Refer to the Redwood Valley Farm Map for out of bounds areas.
  • Cover up limbs after dusk or put on insect repellent.
  • Wear a hat when out in the sun
  • Please avoid eating any wild berries or fruits
  • Notify Organisers if you have any medical conditions
  • Quiet times between 10pm and 7am

Emergency Plan

  • Notify organisers of any loss of property or damage to equipment
  • Report all hazards to the Redwood Hut
  • First Aid kit is held at the Redwood Hut
  • Evacuation point in case of an out of control fire, earthquake or other major emergency is in front of the Robinson homestead on the way to the front gate

Thank you for supporting the Natural Education Network and a have a safe & enjoyable time!




The Nature Education Network Committee is committed to providing and maintaining a safe, healthy and enjoyable event for all the team (including contractors, volunteers, speakers) and all attendees.

We will take all reasonably practicable steps to maintain a safe and healthy environment by:

  • Providing safe planning, equipment and materials
  • Identifying, controlling and monitoring all risks and hazards
  • Monitoring the event processes to identify and control any new risks
  • Complying with all relevant H&S legislation, regulations and codes of practice.

The team will take responsibility for health and safety procedures however, all participants need to be aware of their responsibilities and comply with the event’s health and safety procedures.

The team and all participants will be responsible for themselves at all times, playing a vital and responsible role in maintaining a safe and healthy event through:

  • Being involved in the event health and safety processes, including emergency planning and management.
  • Following agreed procedures.
  • Safe and proper use of equipment.
  • Ensuring all accidents and incidents are reported and assessed immediately to prevent further/potential harm.
  • Ensuring the event equipment is organised to minimise the risk of trips or falls.


Training & Briefing

All event personnel including volunteers receive information inclusive of both event and safety information.

Accident & Injury Reporting

All accidents and injuries must be reported and notified to a committee member. The Event Coordinator will undertake any statutory reporting requirements to Worksafe NZ or Police.

Electrical Installations

All electrical equipment (e.g. for sound, lighting etc) will meet the required safety standards i.e. be ‘in test’ at the time of installation for the event.

Traffic Management

The traffic management plan is as follows: the parking at Redwood Valley Farm is available for the event, allowing normal traffic flow, with safe parking and emergency service access for the event.

Emergency Planning

The address and GPS coordinates of the event will be displayed at the Redwood Hut, the Camping Area and the Shower Block.

A first aid kit is available at the information desk. The closest Defib is at Trinity Lands Longview Orchard 443D State Highway 33, Paengaroa 3189 (021 222 3132 not answered 24/7)

Emergency and safety planning are key components of event:

  • The Nature Education Network will ensure all volunteers and workers are provided with an emergency briefing prior to commencing work at the event.
  • All accidents and incidents will be dealt with professionally and promptly, utilising appropriately trained personnel.
  • In the event of serious illness or injury, those nearby will: a) Ensure safety of self and others in the immediate vicinity, check for risks/hazards and secure the area. b) Dial 111 to request medical services and report the situation to the Event Coordinator immediately. c) If capable, assist with basic First Aid until Medical support arrives.



  • Call emergency services (dial 111) and ask for Fire.
  • The organisers will arrange for someone to meet the fire engine and direct fire fighters to the fire.


  • Raise the alarm
  • Evacuate people from the area
  • Ensure all those who need assistance are supported in their exit


  • Do not endanger yourself.
  • Make sure you access the nearest safe exit route

*Our assembly point is located outside the Robinson Homestead on the way to the front gate. 

Medical emergency:

  • Identified trained first aiders may assist whilst awaiting the arrival of St John personnel.
  • First Aid Kit is held in the Redwood Hut
  • The organisers will arrange for someone to meet the ambulance and direct officers to injured / unwell person
  • Keep a clear space around the person needing assistance.

Site/Location: The Wild Woods, Campground and Carpark most significant risks

Hazards/Risks Identified Potential Harm Risk Controls Residual Risk
Stinging insects e.g. bees and wasps Anaphalactic shock High

– Prior to and during the event, identify stinging insect nests in the ground and surrounding vegetation and have them safely removed if possible.

– Identify any nests that cannot be removed.

– All those with known allergies advised to bring their personal remedies e.g. epi-pen, antihistamine tablets etc

Weather extremes Hypothermia, heat exhaustion, sunburn High

– Review weather forecast.

– Wear appropriate clothing and bedding, bring extra

– Ensure adequate safe drinking water is available (if in doubt, request water test data to ensure potable).

– Advise sunscreen or light clothing to cover arms etc, and hat.

– Provide sunscreen for delegates

Poor hygiene Infection e.g. skin or gastro-intestinal system High

– Ensure toilet facilities are suitable for multiple users.

– Ensure adequate hand washing facilities.

– Adequate supply and use of safe hand cleaning agents at toilets and food areas (participants bring personal supply if desired).

Electrical equipment Shock, fatality High

– All electrical equipment on site is tested by a competent person, and in date.

– Treat all fences as electric and ON.

– Hire company to test equipment

Challenging behaviour Physical/emotional harm High

– Clear introductory information is provided regarding the use of alcohol and timeframes and reasonable areas for minimal noise.

– Two committee members to approach and request modification of unwanted behaviour.

– If modification of behaviour is not achieved the person/s will be asked to leave the site.

– In extreme cases the police may be called.

Hot water urn (gas-fired) Burns High

– Placed on a stable surface.

– Signage to alert to boiling water and gas flame

– Under cover in a marquee – open walls

– Children accessing the hot water must be accompanied and assisted by an adult

Workshop activities Burns, strains and sprains, lacerations Moderate

– Ensure the tutor provides clear safety guidance

– Scope pathways used for walks immediately prior to event

– Suitable clothing for event e.g. no loose clothing around fire, appropriate footwear for the terrain

Uneven ground and rocks, fallen debris from trees Sprains, strains and injuries Moderate

– Ensure delegates are aware that the conference is situated in an environment with uneven ground.

– If unsteady on feet wear solid footwear.

– Check trees after high winds for hung/falling branches