New Zealand

On 2-16 April I traveled half way around the world to New Zealand where the International Environment Forum was holding its annual conference, including the co-sponsorship of a sub-plenary session of the IUHPE 23rd World Conference on Health Promotion in Rotorua. See the report on the IEF web site. In Auckland I stayed on the North Shore with old friends Nizar and Margaret Mohamed, since Nizar and I are teaching a course together for the Baha'i Institute of Higher Education. The day after my arrival, our first IEF event was a seminar at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) organized by IEF member Marjo Lips-Wiersma, Professor of Ethics and Sustainability Leadership. This was followed by the 23rd Annual General Assembly of IEF, with most participants remotely on Zoom. On 7-11 April I was in Rotorua for the World Conference on Health Promotion, organized and co-chaired by Sione Tu'itahi, where I gave a paper in addition to participating in the sub-plenary panel. On my return to Auckland, I was interviewed on Radio New Zealand about the decline of coral reefs, and spoke at two meetings in the Browns Bay Baha'i Hall in North Auckland and the Baha'i Centre in Auckland, before catching the long flight back to Switzerland.

Auckland skyline . Sione and Tuhoe Tu'itahe and Arthur Dahl
Auckland skyline from North Shore; Baha'is Sione and Tuhoe Tu'itahi and Arthur Dahl

IUHPE 23rd World Conference on Health Promotion

Maori greeting . Maori greeting . spiritual panel
Traditional Maori greeting before the opening; panel on community, spirituality and health promotion

Conference opening . Conference opening . Conference opening
Conference opening with Maori dance and music

Conference opening . Sione Tu'itahi . audience
Conference opening; Sione Tu'itahi at opening; part of audience

After the Health Promotion Conference, I spoke on 12 April at the Browns Bay Baha'i Hall on "Global Governance, Climate Change and Solutions". On 14 April, we had an afternoon programme at the Auckland Baha'i Centre on "One World, One People, One Health". After Sione Tu'itahi spoke, I made a presentation on "Guidance for Socially- and Environmentally-coherent Action" based on recent messages from the Universal House of Justice.

Arthur Dahl, Brown Bay Baha'i Hall . Arthur Dahl at Baha'i Centre . Arthur Dahl at Baha'i Centre
Speaking at Browns Bay Baha'i Hall; speaking at Auckland Baha'i Centre

Rotorua is a centre of thermal activity with hot springs, sulphurous gases and steaming geysers around Lake Rotorua

Lake Rotorua . Lake Rotorua . Lake Rotorua
Lake Rotorua

Lake Rotorua . hot vents
Lake Rotorua; hot vents from volcanic activity next to the conference centre

Rotorua Museum . Rotorua Museum . Government Gardens
Rotorua Museum in Government Gardens

Energy Centre . Maori welcome . Maori welcome
Energy Centre in Government Gardens where IUHPE Conference was held; Maori welcome for our evening visit to hot springs

Hot springs . Hot springs . Hot springs
Night visit to hot springs

One morning my Baha'i friend and IEF member Sylvia Aston took me with her daughter and grandson to visit a grove of redwoods, planted to see how well they would adapt to New Zealand. A walkway is suspended on cables among the tree trunks.

Redwood walkway . Redwood walkway . Redwood walkway
I took some time off to visit the walkway in a Redwood Grove with friends

Redwood walkway . Kobe on Redwood walkway . Redwood walkway
Suspended walkway in the redwoods; Sylvia's grandson

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