About the Forum

Launch of Rotary’s New Area of Focus – The Environment in the Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands region (ANZPI)

The ANZPI regional chapter of ESRAG – the Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group invite you to be part of the launch of the Environment as Rotary’s new and 7th Area of Focus.

This event will be conducted on Zoom on Friday June 4th (World Environment Day eve)

Start time: 6pm AEST, 4pm AWST, 5:30 pm ACST, 8pm NZST, 8am UTC

During this 75 minute event we will cross to interviews in:

  • NSW with renowned Climate Scientists Prof. Lesley Hughes
  • Victoria with RI Past President Ian Riseley and PDG Juliet Riseley
  • New Zealand with Dr. Roger Blakeley

There will also be showcased videos of environmental projects from around the region and a Zoom speed networking event to meet like minded people in your district/region.

So come be part of the celebrations !


Opening and Welcome to Country


The urgent need for environmental action

Rotary’s opportunities to play a meaningful role

New Zealand Environmental Innovation

Projects in our region: Video Showcase

Speed Networking Breakout Session (by location)

Breakout session feeedback reports


N.S.W.: DGE Jeremy Wright – MC

Vic: Dr. Jessie Harman Director, Rotary International 2021-2023.

N.S.W.: Professor Lesley Hughes interviewed by Dr. Thelma Raman

Victoria: Ian and Juliet Riseley interviewed by Dr. Pat Armstrong

New Zealand: Dr. Roger Blakeley interviewed by Rob Anderson

Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands

Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands


Dr. Pat Armstrong (ANZPI Chair) interviewed by Jeremy Wright


We are currently seeking projects to feature at this event from each of the countries and states in the region.

Please help us to help showcase what your district and region is doing with existing environmental projects.

Contact us at esraganzpi@gmail.com or phone Rob Anderson on +61 422 423250

About the Speakers

Professor Lesley Hughes

Professor Lesley Hughes is a Distinguished Professor of Biology and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Integrity & Development) at Macquarie University. Her research has mainly focused on the impacts of climate change on species and ecosystems.

She is a former federal Climate Commissioner and was the former Lead Author in the IPCC’s 4th and 5th Assessment Report. She is a founding councillor with the Climate Council of Australia, a director for WWF Australia, and a member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists.

Ian and Juliet Riseley

Ian was Past President of Rotary International 2017/18.

Ian’s honours include the AusAID Peacebuilder Award from the Australian government in recognition of his work in East Timor, the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to the Australian community, the Distinguished Service Award and the Regional Service Award for a Polio-Free World from the Rotary Foundation.
A Rotarian since 1978, Ian has served as treasurer, director, Foundation trustee, and member and chair of numerous RI and Foundation committees.

Juliet is a past district governor of D9810 and Charter President of RC Hampton.

The Riseley’s are Major Donors and Bequest Society members of the Rotary Foundation. They live on seven hectares at Moorooduc, where they practice their personal philosophy of sustainable and organic living. They have two children and four grandchildren.

Dr. Roger Blakeley

Roger is a councillor at the Greater Wellington Regional Council. He has a doctorate in earthquake engineering from Canterbury University. 

He was Secretary for the Environment for New Zealand from 1986 to 1995. During that time, he launched the New Zealand Climate Change Programme in 1990. He was a New Zealand representative to the First Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 1) in Berlin in 1995. He was the Chair of the Paris-based OECD Environment Committee from 1992 to 1995.

As Chief Planning Officer of Auckland Council from 2010 to 2015 he was responsible for developing ‘The Auckland Plan’, a blueprint setting out the long-term vision and framework for development of the Auckland ‘SuperCity’ over the next 30 years.

Supported by the organising committee:

  • Dr. Pat Armstrong: Chair of ESRAG ANZPI and RC Doncaster, Victoria, D9810
  • Jeremy Wright: DGE D9675 and RC Sydney Cove, New South Wales, D9675
  • Dr. Thelma Raman: RC Sydney, New South Wales, D9675
  • Rob Anderson: RC Canterbury, Victoria, D9800
  • Malcolm Chiverton: PDG D9810, RC of Box Hill, Victoria, D9810
  • Karen Loblay AM: RC Sydney, New South Wales, D9675