Taking time for thinking can sometimes mean taking the time to look at an issue from more than one angle. The Aspiring Conversations session ?Our Dark Materials ? navigating our way through the oil and mining debate?, featuring Sefton Darby and Jeanette Fitzsimons, does just this.

Sefton Darby has worked for governments, mining companies, NGOs, iwi, as well and international aid and development organisations; his book The Ground Between: Navigating the Oil and Mining Debate in New Zealand, published as part of the BWB Texts series, examines polarisation in the battles over oil and mining in New?Zealand, and questions the lack of movement on both sides.

Jeanette Fitzsimons is an advocate for serious action on climate change by government, businesses and communities. As well as serving as co-leader of the Green Party, she is also a local leader in Coromandel, fighting for protection of the land from mining interests.

The two will look at the history of the mining debate, and what the future might bring. As consumers we all continue to consume, but what are the limits to growth? Does the way we live have to change?

Don?t miss this fascinating discussion, one that is so relevant to our lives today.

Visit the Aspiring Conversations website for more information and session times, and to book tickets. You can also book tickets by telephone on 022 4 849 669.

Tickets still available

As well as ?Our Dark Materials?, tickets are still available for several other Aspiring Conversations sessions: Christos Tsiolkas, ?Rupturing the social faultlines?; ?Memories in Song?, with Nick Bollinger, Warren Maxwell, Reb Fountain and Anthonie Tonnon; Holly Walker & Brent Williams, ?Living with depression and anxiety?; and two performances of ?FREEZE!?.

We are not far away from announcing the speakers for our ?The Future of Work? session. Tickets are on sale for this session now.

A word from our sponsors




Our Dark Materials is sponsored by Allenby Farms Ltd.

Allenby Farms Ltd is delighted to be given the opportunity to sponsor the 2018 Aspiring Conversations. Allenby Farms Ltd is a locally based farming and property development company proudly supporting the Upper Clutha Community for the past 50 years. Wishing the 2018 Aspiring Conversations every success.

Auckland season for Festival of Colour premiere show



Wanaka playwright Annabel Wilson has teamed up with director Fiona Armstrong and production company Goya theatre to present her play ?No Science To Goodbye? and its prequel Todo Verano at Auckland?s Te Pou theatre this month.

?No Science To Goodbye?, which is set in Wanaka, premiered at the 2017 Festival of Colour. The mountain landscape of the Southern Lakes looms large in the work, in which music and poetry underscore a trio of unravelling lives: Elsie, a young expat who returns to Wanaka, her terminally-ill brother, Sam, and her former lover Frank who is now a glaciologist. The work will be presented in Auckland alongside a prequel, ?Todo Verano?, ?set seven years earlier on the Mediterranean island of Ibiza.