Tax is Love

Is tax theft or is it love? A nanny-state or democratic government in action? Many of us want to pay as little as possible yet our panel argues that taxes are vital to our society – pooling our resources to give us schools and hospitals and all the myriad services and infrastructure that make this […]

Moods, microbes and the gut

SOLD OUT Research has established that the bacteria in your gut have a direct influence on your brain ? on moods and behaviour ? and on resistance to disease. In fact the sheer range, quantity and distribution of our bacterial partners qualify them as another organ whose functions are only now beginning to be revealed. […]

A still small voice – what does poetry do for us?

Poetry has kept going for at least 3,000 years ? what is its appeal? And what poem would you take to a desert island? Or into your apartment in a locked-down city in Europe as the police patrol the streets? Three poets discuss what poetry does in today?s whirling world ?what it means to them […]

Childhood is a different country

So often we return to our childhood and teenage experiences and find our lives shaped by those years. Both Albert Wendt and Victor Rodger have mined those experiences for their work, both have felt the loss of a parent, both have grappled with success and with depression, both have a rich and powerful collection of […]

To be or not to be

Suicide is a difficult topic for discussion and the NZ media have for a long-time followed strict guidelines in keeping reporting to a minimum. That is starting to change as we seek to deal with this country?s high suicide rate. Suicide ripples through families and friendships and our speakers bring their own expertise and experience […]

Advance Australia fair?

We?ve seen their attitude to boat people and how they?ve set up detention centres in places like Christmas Island. We?ve also witnessed the behaviour of some of their sports teams. Their 1901 constitution includes provision for NZ to join up with the states of Australia, but we went our own way. After a century of […]

Dust to Dusky

SOLD OUT Come and enjoy Tami Neilson, Bella Kalolo, Anna Coddington and Colleen Davis as they pay tribute to the iconic Dusty Springfield, and put their spin on one of the unique voices in the history of pop music. Hitch a ride on Dusty’s trail, from her folk beginnings through the Memphis years to the […]

Who are we?

Strike out what doesn?t apply: M?ori / P?keh? / Irish ?. Our identity as New Zealanders swirls and shifts and two writers have been exploring some of our very different roots. When the All Blacks were welcomed on to Patricia Grace?s home marae at Plimmerton to learn first-hand about their haka, she saw a strong […]

Creativity and innovation drive prosperity

SOLD OUT. As technological developments accelerate, organisations can?t stand still. Innovation becomes increasingly vital for their success. Sir Ray Avery and Kate Smaje explore how creativity and innovation work within organisations and for New Zealand as a nation. Sir Ray is a former street kid turned scientist ? the low-cost medical devices invented in his […]

The New Zealand project

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 […]