Last updated: June 9, 2022

RCE Waikato

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Rce details
New Zealand
Date of RCE acknowledgement:
December, 2013
Description of RCE and Geographic Region:
Goals and Objectives:


RCE Waikato will strengthen and deepen collaboration for education and sustainable development, including climate change education, and partnering with Mãori, weave together existing enterprises and catalyse new initiatives for enhancing sustainability in the central region of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Goals and objectives:

RCE Waikato will facilitate collaborative engagement for interdisciplinary and integrated practices in education as a hallmark of sustainable societies. Communities of practice for ‘living well with the earth’ will include ethics and values for the social, economic, environmental and cultural dimensions of  teaching and learning. 

Organisation Hosting RCE Secretariat:

Response Trust 

Key Partners:

Name of organisation: Climate Change Education Network
Role: Steering Group
Contact name: Andrea Milligan
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Name of organisation: School of Education, Waikato University
Role: Climate Ed. Researcher
Contact name: Elisapesi Havea
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Name of organisation: Global Citizenship Education network
Role: Lead Practitioner
Contact name: Libby Giles
Contact email:

Current Activities:
  • Climate Change Learning
  • Law and Governance for Living Well with the Earth
  • Values in Education for Living Well with the Earth. This includes work with indigenous collaborators

RCE members Elisapesi Havea and Betsan Martin, April 2018. Photo credit: RCE Waikato

Upcoming Activities:
  • Collaboration with 4 NGOs for community engagement and research on climate change learning in formal and informal education. The feature is to design an integrated programme for climate learning in schools from preschool to secondary and vocational training, and to run ‘pilots’ as 2 case studies of community engagement and NGO contributions to formal climate change learning. This includes working with Māori, and with Pacific indigenous partners
  • As part of this collaboration design and run one or two professional development climate change learning workshops
  • Pursue further research on public trust and legal personhood as frameworks to support public good interests for ecosystem services and sustainable societies
  • In 2017 – Two Interdisciplinary stakeholder workshops on climate change education
  • March 2018 – Symposium on climate change education over 100 participants and organisational representatives
  • July 2018 – Collaboration with indigenous and international experts on law and governance for living well with the earth. Publication of ‘ResponsAbility. Law and Governance for Living Well with the Earth’ – an edited collection with leading Pacific international contributors

Hon. James Shaw, Minister for Climate Change speaking at Climate Change Education Symposium, April 2018. Photo credit: RCE Waikato


Pacific Philosophy Conference, Fiji, June 2018. Dr Konai Thaman RCE Pacific contact (2nd from left at rear) and Masiofo Tamasese; Tui Atua Tamasese and Sir Taihakurei Durie (right rear respectively) - contributors to ‘ResponsAbility: Law and Governance for Living Well with the Earth’. Photo credit: RCE Waikato

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Contact Details
Main RCE Contact:
Betsan Martin
Secondary RCE Contact:
Libby Giles
RCE Youth Coordinator(s):
General RCE email:
RCE mailing address for correspondence:

PO Box 12-297, Thorndon, Wellington