Pasifika Festival is not going ahead

Source: Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development (ATEED)

Statement from Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development’s General Manager Destination, Steve Armitage: 

Given the need to prioritise police resourcing following the terrible events in Christchurch, we have today decided to cancel the Pasifika Festival for the coming weekend, 23 and 24 March.  

Initial discussions with New Zealand Police gave us hope that through the festival we would be able to bring Auckland’s communities together at this time of national mourning, however, given the unprecedented nature of what has happened we appreciate and respect that the New Zealand Police must prioritise resourcing to ensure the safety of all our communities across Tāmaki Makaurau.  

Pasifika Festival will return bigger and brighter than ever in 2020.
 

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Christchurch shootings – information for students and staff

Source: Massey University

Massey University has followed police advice to close Islamic prayer spaces at its campuses until further notice following the tragic shootings in Christchurch.

Anyone affected and requiring urgent support should do so through their local health or emergency services.

There is also a free national counselling service line to text or call on 1737 from mobile phones.

Massey staff are available to students in all halls at the three campuses to ensure they are supported.

Other students requiring Massey-specific support are welcome to contact its campus-based health and counselling services. Security at any campus can be contacted at any time on 0800 627 750.

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New Poetry NZ Yearbook moves in many ways

Source: Massey University

Poetry NZ Yearbook 2019’s featured poet Stephanie Christie, about to read her work at the launch in Devonport Library, with Dr Jack Ross.

Launched last week at the Devonport Library in Auckland to a packed room of over 200, issue number 53 of New Zealand’s longest-running poetry journal and the third to be published by Massey University Press includes new migrant voices, veteran poets and even a veterinary professor-turned-poet.

Dr Ross, a poet, editor and senior lecturer in the School of English and Media Studies at Massey’s Albany campus, says the task of sifting through over a thousand submissions to choose 130 for the book is formidable as well as a tremendous privilege. Always with an ear tuned for fresh and challenging new voices and views, he has mustered a bracing array of poetry from a diverse set of writers.

From modern probes into religion, romance, love, death and loss to the inner lives of a retail worker, a refugee, a doctor, a drunk – the eclectic mix offers poems in a multitude of forms, including prose pieces. As well as captivating lines by emerging poets there is new work by some of the country’s most respected names, such as New Zealand’s inaugural Poet Laureate Michele Leggott, along with Elizabeth Smither, Emma Neale and Bob Orr. There are dual-text poems too, in Chinese, German, Spanish and te reo Māori, as well as 20 poems and an interview with featured Hamilton poet Stephanie Christie.

A number of Massey graduates and staff who are also published authors made the grade, including Professor Bryan Walpert, Dr Johanna Emeney, Dr Matthew Harris, Bonnie Etherington, Sue Wootton and Jessica Pawley, who wrote one of three literary essays in the book.

Wildbase vet a prize-winning poet

Another Massey contributor is Brett Gartrell, a professor in Wildlife Health in the School of Veterinary Science and clinical director of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at the Manawatū campus. He gained second place and a $300 in prize money for his poem; ‘After the principal calls’

Beyond his day job saving injured native birds and animals and teaching others how to do the same, he has been taking courses through the School of English and Media Studies for the past decade, including on fiction writing, creative non-fiction, children’s writing, life writing and poetry. 

“I never thought of myself as a poet previously, but I was inspired by the teaching and poetry of Professor Bryan Walpert in particular,” says Professor Gartrell, who has just completed a portfolio of poetry and essay for his master’s of Creative Writing. “I’ve discovered poetry as something that both challenges and intrigues me.”

His foray into studying poetry has, he says, “given me a perspective on my teaching. I have been challenged and mostly delighted by the teaching excellence of my tutors and lecturers. I think all academics could benefit from this role reversal from time to time.”

What does he most like about writing poetry? “It’s the combination of creative flow and control. It’s the challenge of allowing a poem to find its own direction and surprising conjunctions which then needs to be followed by the control of distillation; of condensing and communicating the most complex of lyrical moments through the words and structure of the poem. 

“As Jasper Fforde writes in First Among Sequels; “Whereas story is processed in the mind in a straightforward manner, poetry bypasses rational thought and goes straight to the limbic system and lights it up like a brushfire. It’s the crack cocaine of the literary world.”

Poetry editor to ghost writer

“I feel the most proud of this volume,” says Dr Ross, of the fifth consecutive edition of the Poetry New Zealand he has edited, not including as a guest editor some years ago. 

He says in the book’s introduction, What makes a poem good?,that being moved emotionally has increasingly become his sense of a successful poem, which may be about something funny, or painful or revealing. “It’s not that I sit here boo-hooing as I read through all the submissions for each issue – but every now and then something in one of them sits up and looks alive, persuades me that something is being worked out here that might be relevant to others simply because it seems so relevant to me.”

Mostly, he hopes the book will help to make poetry more visible, more accessible and maybe ignite new interest among a wider, more culturally diverse audience. This edition is his last as editor for the time being – he is handing the editorial reins for the next issue over to Dr Johanna Emeney, a published poet and creative writing lecturer at Massey. He is hoping to be able to devote more time to working on his own writing, with a project in the pipeline to explore his longheld fascination about ghost stories and the psychology behind them.

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Trans-Tasman champion Sir Rob McLeod wins key NZ CFO award

Source: MakeLemonade.nz

Auckland – Champion of trans-Tasman gender equity and indigenous engagement Sir Rob McLeod last night won the 2019 Outstanding Contribution to Finance & Business award at the annual New Zealand CFO Awards in Auckland.

Sir Rob, of Ngati Porou whakapapa, received the prestigious judges award for an outstanding career built on tax expertise, leadership as chief executive of accounting firm EY Australasia and an almost unparalleled role in finance, governance and Maori and Australian indigineous initiatives across both New Zealand and Australia.

Growing up in Manutuke, just south of Gisborne, Sir Rob claims not to have been a diligent student.  But, when a maths teacher challenged him to teach himself a segment of the syllabus, he spent the weekend before the exam swotting it up and topped the class.

After graduating with a degree in commerce and law, he decided a career in taxation would be the best match, joining Gilfillan Morris & Co. He was made partner in that firm at 27 years of age.

Sir Rob practiced as a tax specialist for more than 30 years. He held a number of senior leadership roles in New Zealand, Australian and Māori business organisations, including chairing the New Zealand Business Round Table for eight years and chairing the 2001 government tax review.

He served as chief executive and managing partner of Ernst & Young New Zealand, before being appointed to the same role for EY Australasia, for approximately five years.

During this time, he pushed an active agenda for gender equity and championed indigenous initiatives, including EY filing its first reconciliation action plan in Australia. He was also instrumental in actively transitioning EY’s domestic focus on Australia and New Zealand to one of Asia Pacific integration.

Sir Rob also served on the Business Council of Australia’s taskforces on Indigenous Engagement and Economic Policy and Competitiveness.

Being entrenched in commerce, with his Ngāti Porou background, he found his way to championing Maori interests, small business and entrepreneurship and a key driver of Māori economic development. He served on the 2004 Hui Taumata Taskforce to increase Māori participation, leadership and governance in the workforce.

As Ngāti Porou engaged with the government, Sir Rob took the role of lead negotiator from 2008 to 2010 and a member of the Māori Economic Development Taskforce.  He was also a member of the establishment team for Maori development agency Te Puni Kokiri.

Sir Rob’s other governance roles include serving on an Independent Ministerial Advisory Panel for the Defence Review, the National Infrastructure Advisory Board and the Ministerial Taskforce on Tertiary Education and he has been a Commissioner of the Treaty of Waitangi Fisheries Commission, and chaired Aotearoa Fisheries Limited.

When it comes to directorships, Sir Rob has also had significant impact on business through directorships of Tainui Group Holdings, Telecom NZ, ANZ, Sky City, Gulliver Travel and Sealord.  Directorships currently held include deputy chairman of Sanford, chairman of Quayside Holdings and the E Tipu E Rea Trust and a director of the Port of Tauranga.

Those who know him often refer to his rigorous intellect and certainly he is a man who likes to think in frameworks.  He has used this approach to championing diversity within corporates, CFO awards event organiser Steve Scott says.

“He is quoted as saying his success in life derives from the opportunities provided by two strong-willed and nurturing families.  The one family he married into and the other one he was born into. This has been enhanced by the role models he has met along life’s pathway,” Scott says.

“Sir Rob has previously been recognised, being named Knight companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to business and Māori.”

Other awards included Nicki Florence as Emerging Finance Leader of the Year, facilities management firm OSC took home the Financial Innovation Project of the Year, whilst Xero was awarded Finance Team of the Year. The other big prize of the night went to Scott Scoullar, CFO of Summerset who was crowned CFO of the Year.

The CFO Awards are an annual gala function recognising the best and brightest of New Zealand’s finance community and is hosted by stuff and Conferenz.

For further information contact Make Lemonade NZ editor-in-chief Kip Brook on 0275 030188

Photo: Sir Rob McLeod

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NZ may become a global blockchain leader

Source: MakeLemonade.nz

Auckland – Kiwis could be future leaders in the billion-dollar global blockchain market across government and industry, BlockchainNZ executive director Mark Pascall says.

Blockchain is at its heart a decentralised distributed ledger – which is a way of replicating and sharing data between networked computers – which records the transaction of data, communication, tokens and money.

Pascall says it is one of the key new tech infrastructures that will disrupt traditional social institutions, such as banks, through the decentralising of data.

Over the next two weeks BlockchainNZ is hosting events in Wellington and Auckland to help Kiwis understand more about what is happening with blockchain. Techweek in May will also be featuring a number of blockchain events.

“Digital identity is at the core of every interaction online. It affects not only individuals, but businesses, government, and machines too. Blockchain is a game-changer,” Pascall says.

“It’s no secret that our current identity model with all its siloes and vulnerabilities is not sustainable. It’s a major pain point for both businesses and consumers.

“There is a growing global consensus that a self-sovereign identity model is the best solution. We are heading towards a blockchain model where users have more control, and there is more transparency and privacy around data shared on the internet.

“We are privileged to live in a country that has a democratically elected, trusted government that then we allow them to control our identity management systems.

“But the world is changing. Globalisation and internet commerce mean that more and more people need a global identity, not just one that is recognised in their country of origin.

“We’re all now transacting in a global market place even if we’re physically based in one country. We are seeing a handful of companies now effectively taking over the systems for managing our identity. These companies are not elected by us and they are there to make money for their shareholders.

“As these centralised databases grow so does the target for hackers. The stakes are getting bigger and bigger. How long will it be before people’s DNA code is on the dark web and accessible by every insurance company?

“Ten years ago, the Satoshi Nakamoto (the inventor of bitcoin) started the decentralisation revolution. He created an architecture that gave a way to create software systems that were tamper proof and had no central control.

“If these technologies are going to serve society then we need to solve the problem of giving one vote to one human, we need the social layer not just the technological layer.

“And to solve that problem we need to go back to the fundamentals of what human identity means in a technological age.”

New Zealand will be among the global leaders and early adopters under government stewardship, industry leadership, market agility and appetite for public and private collaboration.

For further information contact Make Lemonade NZ editor-in-chief Kip Brook on 0275030188

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Auckland’s high five for rugby league fans

Source: Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development (ATEED)

Rugby league will storm a rival code’s spiritual home this November with a triple treat of international matches at Eden Park when the All Blacks are away seeking more Rugby World Cup glory. 

A trio of tests on 2 November between the Kiwis and Great Britain Lions, the Australian Kangaroos and Tonga, and proud Pacific nations Fiji and Samoa take place on the same day as rugby’s world cup final. 

The Eden Park matches are part of a thrilling year for league fans, with Mt Smart Stadium to likely to become a temporary Tongan kingdom in June with a long-awaited re-match between the Kiwis and Mate Ma’a Tonga. 

The Tonga v Kiwis men’s test is part of a historic double header on 22 June also involving the Kiwi Ferns against a Pacific opponent. 

The five-match international smorgasbord was announced today at Eden Park by the Rugby League International Federation, New Zealand Rugby League, and England Rugby Football League – and brought to Auckland with the help of investment by Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) on behalf of Auckland Council, and as part of the region’s annual major events portfolio, along with support from central government. 

Mayor Phil Goff says Auckland is the perfect city for a league showdown of epic proportions.

“Rugby League has a passionate following in Auckland, and it’s great to see some of the world’s best teams coming to our shores in 2019. It follows a fantastic summer of sport, with the ASB Classic, FIH Hockey Pro League and world-class international cricket showcasing Auckland to the world.”

Stuart Turner, Head of Major Events at ATEED, says the huge year of league tests are expected to deliver more than $1.2 million in new GDP and more than 18,000 visitor nights, as well as being broadcast to millions worldwide. 

“Tonga’s fans are famed for their passion, and for turning stadiums into a sea of red and song. Kiwi and Kangaroo fans now have a chance to show their true colours in what will be earth-shaking league encounters,” says Stuart Turner. 

The Kiwis v Tonga, Kangaroos v Tonga, and Fiji v Samoa matches form part of the new six-nation Oceania Cup, while the Great Britain Lions test is part of that team’s two test series in New Zealand – the famed combined British side’s first tour here for 13 years. 

Stuart Turner says the matches in June and November will bring visitors to the region in traditionally quieter times of the year for the visitor economy, which is a key ATEED priority under the Destination AKL 2025 strategy released last year. 

“We are working closely with Auckland’s tourism industry on concepts which will focus future visitor growth in periods outside of the traditional peak summer season, and the multi-match weekends are great news for accommodation providers looking to fill rooms at quiet times.” 

Last October, two international rugby league tests in Auckland across consecutive weekends – Tonga v Kangaroos, and Kiwis v Kangaroos – combined to deliver $1.16m in regional GDP and more than 15,000 new visitor nights. 

ATEED will be involved in detailed planning for the two busy sporting weekends with event delivery partners, Duco Events, and agencies including Auckland Transport, Auckland Airport, venue staff and New Zealand Police. 

Photo: George Burgess GBRLLions, Roger Tuivasa-sheck (Kiwis) and Leivaha Pulu (Mate Ma’a Tonga) at Eden Park 

ENDS

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Tech firms’ continued R&D growth driving economic growth

Source: MakeLemonade.nz

Auckland – New data from Statistics NZ highlights the continued growth of R&D (research and development) by tech firms, with computer services and scientific and tech services making up 35 percent of all R&D investment.

Computer services companies alone invested $586 million in R&D in 2018, an increase of $150 million, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says.

“The scale of R&D investment by tech firms should be recognised and celebrated as many of these firms develop solutions that are enablers for other sectors,” he says.

The tech sector is made up of more than 20,000 firms, most of them small businesses, yet they contribute around $16 billion to GDP and close to $7 billion in exports, making them the country’s third largest export sector.

“The growth of the tech sector is contributing to regional growth and employment, with over 100,000 Kiwis now employed by tech firms. However, the biggest impact from a growing tech sector is the positive impact of its growth on the economy as a whole.

“Research has shown that for every new tech job created a further four other jobs are created around it.”

It is also cause for celebration to see investment in ICT not limited to the tech sector with Statistics NZ data showing that across sector R&D investment in information and communication services reached $431 million, a 40 percent growth, which now accounts for 11 percent of all R&D invested in New Zealand, Muller says.

“As New Zealand businesses invest in technology their productivity and profitability improves. Increased use of internet services by small businesses in New Zealand could be worth $34 billion in economic growth according to a 2016 study.

“Hopefully the transition from growth grants to the R&D tax credit system will not slow this growth in R&D. There are still a couple of definitional issues to resolve to ensure software firms can continue to have access to R&D incentives and that high growth pre-profit firms are also given incentive to invest. However, it is expected that overall R&D investment by tech firms will continue to grow,” Muller says.

New Zealand has a growing number of successful software firms like Xero, Pushpay, FarmIQ and Soul Machines who continue to spend significant amounts on R&D as their products need constant development.

The R&D incentive will help get New Zealand tech and innovation to the world and support the growth of the fastest growing industry in the country, he says.

For further information contact Make Lemonade editor-in-chief Kip Brook on 0275 030188

Photo: NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller

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Auckland launches world’s first instant live chat function for WeChat mini programme

Source: Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development (ATEED)

The Chinese speaking community based in Auckland are being invited to become ambassadors on Auckland’s new WeChat city experience guide, which will see them sharing their local knowledge on one of the world’s largest mobile apps. 

WeChat is a Chinese multi-purpose messaging, social media and mobile payment app developed by tech giant Tencent and has more than one billion active users each month. 

Given the scale of WeChat, Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) has been looking at different ways over the past two years to leverage its mass reach to target Chinese visitors. 

Working with Auckland’s tourism operators and accommodation providers, ATEED has developed an Auckland city experience guide, through WeChat’s ‘mini programme’, providing general visitor information to Chinese tourists. 

ATEED General Manager, Destination Steve Armitage says while there are other destinations with city experience guides on WeChat, Auckland is the first destination within the network to use locals as advocates to relay visitor information in a real time, live chat environment.

“China is New Zealand’s second largest visitor market, and for Auckland, Chinese visitors are the highest spenders in the visitor economy, contributing more than $960 million in tourism spend annually. Auckland is also home to more than 113,000 people who identify as Chinese,” he says.

“With Auckland’s new WeChat mini programme we are providing a platform for Auckland’s Chinese community to share their local knowledge, favourite experiences and love for their city with other local Chinese, and their friends and family in China.”

As well as the live chat function, ATEED has also developed a platform for user generated Auckland content to be featured on the city guide featuring real images from locals and visitors of their experiences around the region. 

Steve Armitage says: “We’ve seen how popular platforms like TripAdvisor and Facebook are with people seeking out word-of-mouth recommendations on experiences, food, and places to visit, but they do not have the functionality for real time chat.

“With our Auckland WeChat platform people will be able to ask a question and get an immediate response from a local or see images of real people enjoying different experiences in Auckland, as opposed to marketing campaign material. This approach enhances their propensity for staying longer, wanting to try and do more when they are here.

“A key focus falling out of the Destination AKL 2025 strategy is the need for Auckland to be more data led in our marketing efforts and this WeChat solution provides a cost-effective way of marketing to a mass market but by harnessing the power of a local influencer base.”

The first phase of establishing the app is signing up the local Chinese community as advocates, and more than 300 people signed up during the Auckland Lantern Festival at the weekend. Once a local pool of advocates is established and up and running, the app will be launched to the mass Chinese market.

NOTES TO EDITOR
Auckland WeChat Mini Programme App
•    There is a rating system in place to ensure the quality of engagement and information shared, especially from the local community. The rating system is entirely user-driven.
•    There are comprehensive legal and risk management plans in place to ensure this App is H&S complied, fun but safe to use with advocates registration including a clear terms of use and privacy policy.
•    People can opt out of being an ambassador at any time. 
•    Those signing up at Lantern Festival will have the chance to win some tourism experience prizes. 
 

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Pam Ford recognised for outstanding contribution to Auckland and New Zealand’s economic development

Source: Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development (ATEED)

Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development’s (ATEED), Pam Ford, has received the Commendation for Distinguished Service Award at Economic Development New Zealand’s (EDNZ) first board meeting of 2019, held today. 

The recognition follows ATEED’s 2018 economic development accolades, both in New Zealand and overseas, for creating impactful campaigns which led to career pathways for young people, provided businesses with essential data-driven economic intelligence, assisted companies with export growth and generated business attraction and investment for Auckland. 

Pam assumed the role of the General Manager Economic Development at New Zealand’s largest regional economic development agency, Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) in May 2018.  

Prior to that role, she held a variety of positions, working closely with ATEED’s key partners Auckland Council, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, New Zealand Trade & Enterprise (NZTE), Immigration New Zealand (INZ), and Tripartite Economic Alliance partners Los Angeles and Guangzhou.  

The Distinguished Service Award is EDNZ’s premier individual award and recognises the contribution made to the image and practise of economic development, research that has advanced the course, and national or international recognition of the economic development profession within New Zealand. 

EDNZ Chair, Dr David Wilson, said: “Pam has made a significant contribution to NZ Inc through her work, both in New Zealand and abroad, and the dedication she has shown to the profession over her illustrious career is inspiring.”  

Pam has worked for many years championing New Zealand’s economic growth both domestically and in several offshore markets through her work with the Ministry of Economic Development, NZTE, and Auckland Council.  

She is a strong advocate of developing economic development initiatives which include sustainability and environmental impact awareness.   She is a great supporter of the arts as well as sport, and champions New Zealand’s cultural diversity as one of our best features as a nation. 

In thanking EDNZ for its recognition, Pam Ford described the acknowledgement as testament to the great team at ATEED who are working hard to action the agency’s new inclusive economic growth agenda. 

“We are focused on creating inclusive prosperity and generating quality jobs for all Aucklanders by working alongside our many partners with high levels of collaboration, innovation and a people-centric approach,” she said.  

ATEED Chief Executive Nick Hill praised Pam for her insightful approach to economic development and her breadth of experience and passion for selling what Auckland and New Zealand have to offer. 

“Pam is an excellent operator who has built high levels of confidence and strong relationships with business leaders and politicians,” he said. 

Award Wins: 

International Economic Development Council 2018 Awards 

BuildAKL campaign (gold award): A highly successful youth recruitment campaign which used social media to attract young Aucklanders (16-24 years) into the booming construction and infrastructure sector. BuildAKL attracted 4500 young people into employment, education or training. Fifteen hundred young Aucklanders were employed in the sector and a further 3000 enrolled in industry training courses, or made career subject choices. 

The Auckland Growth Monitor & Auckland Index (bronze award): Together these tools form a platform for data and insights on Auckland’s economy and increase the city’s profile and standing as a business destination.  The Auckland Growth Monitor is a downloadable report produced annually. The index can be viewed at www.aucklandnz.com/auckland-index 

Tripartite Economic Alliance, Guangzhou (bronze award):  The Tripartite Business Programme for the summit in Guangzhou in November 2017, developed by ATEED and Auckland Council, aimed to achieve trade results in the Chinese and American markets. Nearly 100 delegates from 70 businesses took part in Auckland’s delegation to the summit, and a post-summit survey showed six business leads per delegate we made, resulting in delegate companies expecting an average revenue growth of $4.37 million and an increase of five staff in their business with China in the next three years. 

Kumeu Film Studios (bronze award): Kumeu Film Studio is a successful public-private partnership between ATEED, NZ Film Commission, Warner Bros./Gravity Pictures, and the Kumeu landowner. Together they established a world-class screen production complex and put Auckland on the global stage as an outstanding location for filming, including the box office-topping The Meg

DIGMYIDEA Māori Innovation Challenge (bronze award) This competition designed to attract more Māori into the technology sector, create jobs and improve economic wellbeing, called on entrants nationwide to submit a digital business idea that has the potential to go global. 

Economic Development New Zealand 2018 Awards: 

The Tripartite Business Programme won the ‘Best Practise Integrated Strategic Planning’ Award and was also selected from all finalists to win the ‘2018 MBIE Premier Award’. 

The DIGMYIDEA Māori Innovation Challenge won the ‘Best Practise Award for Innovation’. 

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Making sense of an uncertain world: lecture series

Source: Massey University


Humanities and social sciences scholars share their expertise and insights on a diverse local and global topics in the Our Changing World lecture series.


China’s influence, Auckland’s superdiversity, philosophical issues in health and science research, the transformative power of theatre, music, literature – just a few of the sizzling topics in this year’s Our Changing World public lectures by Massey University humanities and social science scholars.

Exploring, analysing and understanding complex and compelling issues is where philosophers, sociologists, historians, linguists and other arts scholars shine. The series, now in its third consecutive year at the Auckland campus and expanding to Wellington this year, offers a diverse range of fascinating topics of interest to the wider public, offering fresh perspectives and food for thought.

Hosted by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the series kicks off on March 6 with Dr David Belgrave – a lecturer in citizenship and politics – discussing New Zealand’s policy towards China. His talk, Watching China’s Rise: Past, Present and Future Options for New Zealand, will provide historical context to the New Zealand-China relationship and look at policy challenges for the future in what has become a hot button already issue this year.

Next up, French language and literature specialist Dr France Grenaudier-Klijn will explore how the Holocaust of World War II continues to haunt French society and culture in her talk: Ghosts of the Holocaust in contemporary French fiction.

Philosopher Dr John Matthewson will share insights on populations in science research and applications. He will explore how science applications and funding gets targeted to particular groups, moving from philosophical analysis through scientific methodology to ultimately consider practical outcomes. 

The first lecture, in Auckland, looks at past and current contexts for New Zealand’s relationship with China.


Protest origins and sports’ allure

Historian Dr Amanda McVitty takes the audience back to medieval Europe to consider the earliest voices of protest in politics. She will discuss how and why the voices of the people emerged “as a formidable and unpredictable force in medieval politics,” and explore the strategies ordinary men and women used to protest injustice, defy corrupt leaders, and demand change. 

Back to the future and closer to home, historian and author Dr Geoff Watson considers the world of sport in New Zealand and why it is so important to many in our nation, in his talk:Continuity or Change? Sport in New Zealand Society c. 1840-2019.

The Auckland series concludes in November with renowned demographer Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley, Pro Vice-Chancellor of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, discussing the latest trends in Auckland’s fast-growing population in his tall: “Superdiverse Auckland: A New City Emerges.”

Professor Spoonley launches the Wellington series on March 19 discussing hate speech in the age of the internet. Following lectures include Professor Richard Shaw on the Fourth Industrial revolution and work of the future; Dr Germana Nicklin on New Zealand’s borders from European and Māori perspectives; Dr Anna Powles on the implications for the Pacific ‘reset’; Associate Professor Christine Kenney on indigenous approaches to disaster management; and Dr John Fitzgerald on policy and strategy for suicide risk and prevention. Associate Professor Elspeth Tilley will share her research insights and experiences from pioneering work in performance arts and activism, while Associate Professor Leonel Alvarado will talk on the impact and influence of Latino music around the world.

College of Humanities and Social Sciences’ Regional Director in Auckland and lecture series convenor, Dr Damien Rogers.


Fresh insights on complex issues of our time

Convenor Dr Damien Rogers, a politics lecturer in the School of People, Environment and Planning, says; “These days, the world around us seems more complex than ever before. For some, humanity is on a precipice, tearing itself apart in some regions of the world as a global ecological crisis appears ever closer on our shared horizon. For others, we live in an era of unparalleled opportunity and unsurpassed prosperity. How are we to make sense of it all?” 

 “We offer these lectures free to the public to better connect with our local communities and to fulfil, in part, our cherished role as critic and conscience of society. We hope the series will inform, and perhaps even transform, the way in which people think about a broad range of fascinating topics.”   

Auckland:

TIME: Doors open at 6pm. Lecture 6.30-7.30pm.

VENUE: Round Room, Atrium Building, Albany campus, Massey University

FREE PARKING

Wellington: 

TIME: 6pm to 7pm, third Tuesday of the month.

VENUE: National Library of New Zealand, Programme Rooms, Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Thorndon.

For more information or to register: www.massey.ac.nz/ourchangingworld 

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