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New Zealand was founded on a spirit of adventure and ambition. Max Harris argues that we need that same drive for this country to forge ahead in difficult global times.
This session highlights trends affecting New Zealand politics – celebrity culture, demographic change, the rise of the Internet – and springboards off these to suggest a principled approach to policy and politics, on issues such as prisons, climate change refugees, and an independent foreign policy.
Max Harris is a Rhodes Scholar who became a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford in 2014. Previously, he helped set up criminal justice group JustSpeak and Law For Change. His book The New Zealand Project will be published this year.
His progressive views about the welfare state and social democracy will be tested against the editor of Kiwiblog ? David Farrar. David previously worked in Parliament and served two National Party Prime Ministers. He directs Curia Market Research.
Max says: “It’s important we get clear on the values that can bring us together in a lonely age. And we need to build a culture that values ideas and experimentation.”

Added to this panel on March 16th is Hon Bill English, the Deputy Prime Minister. Bill English was MP for Clutha-Southland for 24 years until he became a list MP in 2014. He is also Minister of Finance and the Minister Responsible for Housing New Zealand Corporation.