Climate Risk, Sustainability and Innovation

As climatic events make headlines around the world, businesses are increasingly shifting investments to address the climate challenge and building longer-term sustainable business models, driven by attractive investment opportunities and preferences from shareholders and stakeholders. Our speakers will explore the challenges posed by climate change and the how the likes of innovation and clean technologies can […]

New Kids on the Block

Marilyn Waring and Chlöe Swarbrick are the two youngest MPs in the last 100 years – women who’ve joined the political battles of the day with intelligence and a powerful sense of their own integrity. They discuss their experiences and what has changed in the time between their terms in Parliament – between the boomer […]

Loving Where We Live

We know that where we live has a huge impact on how we feel about ourselves. But does it work for everyone? How can we measure this? Also what happens when our sense of place is fractured by something like an earthquake? Philip Morrison has researched the geography of wellbeing, how it can be measured […]

Streetside Soapbox

Step right up! Join us for a lineup of quickfire soapbox talks out on the pavement. Come and listen on Saturday lunchtime outside Kai Whakapai – five-minute bursts from an inspiring selection of speakers talking about the big issues.

Mapping the Ancestral Landscapes of Te Waipounamu

“So we go back to the land, the whenua, and we put the names in place because that’s where the history is.” Trevor Howse Lakes Wanaka and Hawea are part of an ancestral landscape of immense cultural significance to Ngai Tahu; stories of people and events, place names, trails, and mahinga kai (food gathering places) […]

Singing the Blues

The blues began deep in the American South with legends like Lead Belly, Bessie Smith, Muddy Waters and B.B. King, and provided the foundations for a generation of rock acts, from Janis Joplin to the Rolling Stones. Echoes of the blues continue into the 21st century. Our four musicians all draw from the deep well […]

A Careful Revolution

“We have not come here to beg world leaders to care. We have come here to let you know that change is coming whether you like it or not.” Greta Thunberg at COP24 – the UN Climate Change Conference in 2018 The climate crisis is upon us. Our main political parties have all committed to […]

Death Becomes Us

We talk easily about birth, but we struggle to come to deal openly with death even though it’s inevitable. Our experience of the deaths of friends and relatives all feed into our own thoughts and feelings about the end of life, but answers can be elusive. Will we go gently into that good night, or […]

Fake News

What’s fake and what is true? Leaders like Trump like to call out any critical journalism as “fake news”, but the bigger issue is the way fake stories spread, often through social media, and so often feed into popular myths. Meanwhile, the New Zealand and global media are in upheaval and journalistic standards under fire. […]

Musician Muslim Kiwi

Jon Toogood has long been the frontman for the Kiwi band Shihad. When the rock musician met the diplomat’s daughter in Melbourne, he wasn’t quite prepared for the journey that followed. He converted to Islam, had a traditional Sudanese wedding and now they bring up their kids as Muslims. Toogood has a powerful social conscience, […]