Tuesday Lectures

May 16 and 23
The Greeks and Democracy
Dr Matthew Trundle, lecturer in Classics, VUW.

June 13
Ursula Bethell, New Zealand poet
Peter Whiteford, Lecturer in English Literature, VUW.

June 20
From Observation to Fiction, N.Z. in some 19th century French fictional works
Christiane Mortelier, Retired Lecturer in French Language, VUW.

June 27
The Work of the Chief Censor
Bill Hastings, Chief Censor.

July 25
The International Whaling Commission and New Zealand
Sir Geoffrey Palmer.

August 1
The Road to Stonehenge
Richard Hall, Phoenix Trust.

August 8
Krystine Tomaszyk, author and member of U3A Ohariu will talk on her book Essence. The story of an amazing voyage from her home in Poland, to her arrival in New Zealand, in the 1950’s.

August 15
The Colonial Player: professional theatre in New Zealand in the 19th century
Adrienne Simpson.

August 22
The French Republican Heritage and recent events in France
Philip Knight, retired Professor of French, VUW.

August 29
Myanmar/Burma, the sick man of Asia
Peter Coates, N.Z. film producer.

September 5
Constable and New Zealand Art History
Jonathan Mane Wheoki, Director, Art and Collection Services, Te Papa.

September 12
How Dealer Galleries operate and trends in contemporary New Zealand art
Marcia Page, Director, Tinakori Gallery.

September 19
The establishment and development of the NZ Portrait Gallery, portraiture in general and overseas portrait galleries
Avenal McKinnon, Director, New Zealand Portrait Gallery.

October 10
Libraries, Festivals and Research Centres – the working life of a reader
Lydia Wevers, Associate Professor, VUW, Director, Stout Research Centre.

October 17
Harvey McQueen
, writer and political adviser on education, will speak on books and writing.

October 31
C.S. Lewis: his Life and Influences
Harry Ricketts and Kathryn Walls, Associate Professors, VUW.

November 7
The Teaching of Creative Writing
Professor Bill Manhire, Director, Institute of Modern Letters, VUW.

Friday Lectures

May 19
Document and handwriting examinations for the Police, Government Departments and various fields in the business sector
Sergeant David Boot, New Zealand Police.

May 26
A full life in Valuation
John Gibson, Chief Executive, Age Concern.

June 9
The scientific study of prehistoric time in relation to rocks and New Zealand’s oldest fossils
Dr Roger Cooper, GNS Gracefield.

June 16
The Undersea Phenomenon
Dr Cornel de Ronde, GNS Gracefield.

June 23
Engineering Solutions: Wellington Inner City Bypass
Jonnette Adams, Transit NZ and Keith Atkinson, Opus International.

June 30
Bird Song: themes and variations
Associate Professor Ben Bell, School of Biological Sciences, VUW, and Director, Centre for Biodiversity and Restoration Ecology.

July 21
A rational and informed approach to the problems of motor vehicles fuel cost increases, taking into account expected technological developments
John Leighton, Managing Director, Mitsubishi Motors N.Z.

July 28
From Bean Counting to Controlling an Epidemic: The Meningococcal Story
Dr Diana Martin, Environmental Science Research.

August 4
Work at the Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Unit at Keneperu Hospital
Dr Geoff Robinson, Drug and Alcohol Addiction.

August 11
Te Ara: the online Encyclopaedia of New Zealand
Jock Phillips, Ministry for Culture and Heritage.

August 18
Chatham Islands Explored
Dr Hamish Campbell.

August 25
Biomineralisation: what it is in the history of the earth and why it is an active area in current research
Dr Kathryn McGrath, Associate Professor, Chemical and Physical Sciences, VUW.

September 1
An overview of the work trained volunteers do to help people tackle serious financial problems
Peggy Upfold, Coordinator, Lower Hutt Budget Advisory Service.

September 8
The Utilization of Electric Vehicles to benefit the New Zealand economy
Andrew Clark, NZ Water Environment Research Foundation.

September 15
Talking about Nuclear Power: is it time?
Dr Rodger Sparks, recently retired from the Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences.

September 22
Annual General Meeting
Our speaker will be Mr Alan Royal of Senior Net. His topic will be: “Getting the Net Under Control.”

October 13
The history of New Zealand’s fauna and flora: revealing our past animals and plants from the fossil record – it’s more informative than you thought
Dr George Gibbs, Research Associate, VUW.

October 27
The history of New Zealand’s fauna and flora: the rise of the Southern Alps and its influence on our animals and plants
Dr George Gibbs, Research Associate, VUW.

November 3
The phenomenon of global warming on climate change, its significance and the scientific evidence on which it is based
Dr Vincent Gray, Climate Consultant and Physicist.

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Tuesday Lectures

March 13 & 20
Picasso – The Demoiselles at 100
Professor Tony Bellette.

March 27
James K. Baxter and Classical Myth
Professor John Davidson, School of Classics, VUW.

April 3
Early Music
Peter Walls, Chief Executive, NZ Symphony Orchestra.

May 1
Residency at the Bibliotheque nationale de France (BnF)
Ann Barrie and Tracy Powell

May 8, 15 & 22
The Canterbury Tales
Dr Ian Jamieson

May 29
The first Pilgrim’s Progress: Guillaume de Deguileville’s ‘Pilgrimage of Life’ (an illustrated account)
Associate Professor Kathryn Walls, VUW

June 5
Martin Boswell

June 19
Are New Zealanders Good Global Citizens?
Barry Coates, CEO, Oxfam New Zealand

June 26
Talking About Elections
Professor Margaret Clark and Dr Jon Johansson, Department of Political  Science, VUW.

July 24
The Language of Shakespeare
Professor Robert Easting, School of English, Film, Theatre & Media Studies, VUW

July 31
Gerald Manley Hopkins
Associate Professor Peter Whitford, School of English, Film, Theatre & Media Studies, VUW

August 7, 14, 21
Women in Ancient Greece
Dr Matthew Trundle, School of Art History, Classics and Religious Studies, VUW

August 29 – Wednesday
Early French Explorers, Missionaries and Settlers in NZ
Philip Knight, Emeritus Professor of French, VUW

September 4
Making Britons of them in British and Imperial Juvenile Literature 1905-1914.
Andrew Francis

September 11
The Writers of Maoriland: the Literature of Late Colonial New Zealand
Jane Stafford, Department of English, VUW

October 9
Cathy Downes, Director of Downstage will talk about the running of Downstage Theatre.

October 16
Rita According to Rita: the letters and self portraits of Rita Angus
Jill Trevelyan, Art Historian and curator

October 30
A Guru at my Table: Researching Cults in New Zealand
Dr Heather Kavan, Department of Communication and Journalism, Massey University.

November 6
The Cult of Rembrandt, Master Printmaker
David Maskill, School of Art History, Classics and Religious Studies, VUW.

November 13
New Zealand International Festival of the Arts 2008: The Festival Programme 2008
Lissa Twomey, Director

Friday Lectures

March 9
From Scrabble Champs to Antarctica Science: A Reporting Life

Kim Griggs

March 16

Professor Lloyd Geering

March 23
Earthquake Risk in Istanbul

Dr David Hopkins, Consulting Engineer

March 30
Critical Issues in International Women’s Health

Professor Anne Firth Murray

May 4
Legal issues for retirement age people

Wayne Chapman

May 11
The History of Private Hospitals in Wellington

Dr Ron Easthope, retired Cardiologist, Wellington Hospital

May 18
Prosperity through Productivity

Dr Andrew Cleland, CEO, Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand, (IPENZ)

May 25
Work of the Families Commission

Paul Currie

June 1
Making the Wellington Region Strategic Plan Work

Murray McCaw, Independent Chair, Wellington Region Strategy Forum

June 8
Emerging Digital Scenarios and Enabling Technologies

Jonathan Usher, Director, Consumer Media Technology, Microsoft Corporation

June 15
A Snapshot of the Life of a Rural Veterinarian

Alan Royal

June 22
The Alternative Education Project

Mark Wallis, Wellington City Mission’s Youth Division

June 29
Antarctica – Past and Future

Professor Peter Barrett, Director, Antarctic Research Centre and Professor of Geology, VUW

July 27
Work Patterns and Sleepiness among Junior Doctors

Professor Phillipa Gander

August 3
The Psychology of Eyewitness Evidence

Matthew Gerrie, School of Psychology, VUW

August 10
Theatre Design

Dr Raymond Boyce, MBE

August 17
Child Abuse in New Zealand; is it really that bad?

Dr Dawn Elder, Senior Lecturer University of Otago, Wellington School of Medicine

August 24
The changes to the structure of N.Z. Education since ‘Tomorrow’s Schools

Dougal Scott, Dean, Faculty of Education, VUW

August 31
The Role of Local Government. What Purpose? What Value?

Ian McKinnon, Wellington City Councillor

September 7
Russian History

Martin Boswell, Accreditation Manager, Faculty of Commerce and Administration, VUW will continue the talk on Russian History that he gave in June.

October 12
Volcanism in New Zealand, Past & Present

Dr. Ian Graham, Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences

October 26
Three Corporate Videos
Tom Williamson

November 9
Increasing Wealth via High Technology

Professor Paul Callaghan, Alan MacDiarmid Institute, VUW

November 22
Review of the Victoria University Centre for Bio-Diversity and Restoration Ecology
Associate Professor Ben Bell, VUW

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Friday March 28
High Country Muster’ – a video set in the Canterbury high country.
Tom Williamson

Tuesday April 1 & Tuesday April 8
“For I will give you the morning star”
: Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s, A Scots Quair, published under this collective title in 1946 but individually as Sunset Song(1932), Cloud Howe, (1933) and Grey Granite, (1934).
Dr Ian Jamieson, Department of English Literature, VUW (retired).

Friday April 4
Lessons of History: Dying for a Smoke
Dr Peter Martin, Medical Director of the QUIT programme.

Friday April 11
Churchill at Sea
Dr Wyn Beasley, a retired orthopaedic surgeon and now writer.

Tuesday April 15
The Heather and Fern Entwined: Scots in New Zealand
Dr Brad Patterson, Stout Institute, VUW

Tuesday May 6
The Rt. Hon Walter Nash, CH, MP (1882- 1968)
Bruce Brown, QSO, Senior Fellow Centre for Strategic Studies .

Friday May 9
The Economics of Diabetes – of doing nothing
Suzanne Sniveley

Tuesdays May 13, 20, 27
The History and Archaeology of Ancient Egypt
Matthew Trundle, Senior Lecturer, Victoria University of Wellington. ‘

Friday May 16
The History of Tuberculosis from the Past to the Present Day
Dr Peter Martin, physician in respiratory medicine from 1973-2004 at Wellington Hospital

Friday May 23
Climate Change and Conservation in New Zealand
Kevin Hackwell, Advocacy Manager, Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society

Friday May 30
Nuclear Future
Dr Rodger Sparks, GNS Science

Tuesday June 3
Who is the Family Court for – Men, Women or Children?
Anne Wilson, Barrister & Mediator

Friday June 6
The Great White Sharks at the Chathams
Dr Malcolm Francis, Principal Scientist Inshore and Pelagic Fisheries, NIWA

Tuesday June 10
How fast is (or was) a galliard?
Jennifer Shennan, Dance teacher and reviewer

Friday June 13
Buried Alive at Kicking Horse Pass: the Remarkable James Hector
Hamish Campbell, GNS Palaeontologist and Geological Adviser to Te Papa

Tuesday June 17
Ceramics on the tranny? Dance over the airwaves: The challenges of covering the arts on radio (without pictures)
Lyn Freeman, Radio NZ Presenter

Friday June 20
Aging – Tips, Tricks and Traps
Sally Keeling, Director of the Institute for Research into Ageing at Victoria University of Wellington

Friday 27 June
DNA Revolution in forensic science
Peter Wilson – Forensic scientist at the Institute of Environmental Science and Research Ltd (ESR) and National Client Manager of the Forensic Business Group.

Tuesday July 22
Early Wellington through the eyes of John Plimmer
Malcolm McGregorPresident of the Maritime Archaeological Association of NZ.

Friday July 25
The World Bank
Douglas Webbformer senior official of the World Bank working in Washington

Tuesday July 29
The Complete Conservationist: Pérrine Moncrieff of Nelson (1893-1979)
Dr Robin Hodge

Friday August 1
Wellington’s Public Transport
Wayne Hastie – Divisional Manager, Public Transport

Tuesday August 5
Colin McCahon, prophet in the Wilderness
Lloyd Geering

Friday August 8
Wellington Water Supply
Murray Kennedy – Divisional Manager, Water Supply, Parks and Forests

Tuesday August 12
Selling the Empire – Commercial advertising in New Zealand during the Great War
Andrew Francis – lecturer in Social and Cultural History, VUW

Friday August 15
NZ Archaeology in the Maori Period
Bruce McFadgen – archaeologist

Tuesday August 19
Writing a biography of a Holocaust survivor: Clare Galambos Winter
Sarah Gaitanos

Friday August 22
Nature, culture and citizenship in NZ between 1900 and 1960
Kirstie Ross – Curator of History at Te Papa

Tuesday August 26
Georges Braque, a painterly meditation at work
Christiane Mortelier

Friday August 29
Consulting Engineering- Serious Fun
David Hopkins

Tuesday September 2
Drama in Music
Michael Fulcher Musical Director of the Wellington Orpheus Choir and Director of Music at Wellington Cathedral of St Paul

Friday September 5
Facing the Music – Charles Baeyertz and The Triad
Joanna Woods

Tuesday September 9
Playing for Time – Philip Noel-Baker and the fate of sporting pacifism in the Twentieth Century
Charlotte McDonaldAssociate Professor of History at VUW

Friday September 12
Elephant Satellite Programme
John HollandHead of Postgraduate Studies in Natural Resource Management, Massey University

Tuesday September 16
Change and Fashion in Urban Design and Architecture
Gerald BluntChief Urban Designer, Wellington City Council

Friday September 19 – AGM
Deepwater discoveries in the Antarctic: the Tangaroa voyage to the Ross Sea in 2008
Malcolm Clark Principal Scientist, Deepwater Fisheries, NIWA

Tuesday October 14
Fashion and History in Modern Europe

Alexander MaxwellSchool of History, Political Sciences and International Relations at VUW

Friday October 17
Marijuana and the lung
Richard Beasley – Director of the Medical Research Institute of New Zealand

Tuesday October 21
Medieval Literature: Books of Hours
Peter Whiteford – Head of the School of English, Film and Media Studies, VUW

Friday October 24
New Zealand Tides
Mike Foster

Friday October 31
On Sledge and Horseback to Outcast Siberian Lepers – the extraordinary life of a Victorian nurse – with a Wellington connection
Ron Easthope- retired Wellington Hospital cardiologist

Tuesday November 4
Changes in New Zealand English
Paul Warren – Head of the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, VUW

Friday November 7
What is the role of Science today?
Jeffrey TallonProfessor of Physics at VUW and Distinguished Scientist at Industrial Research Ltd

Tuesday November 11
Parole in New Zealand today – the Value and the Problems
David Carruthers – Chairman of the New Zealand Parole Board

Friday November 14
Beaches and coastal plains on the Kapiti Coast and Oriental Bay
David Kennedy – Senior Lecturer in the School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences, VUW

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Tuesday 10 March
The Two Elections of 2008. A discussion on the two elections which absorbed us last November and their respective ramifications for us and the world.
Professor Nigel Roberts, Political Science Department, VUW.

Friday 13 March
Dr Huhana Smith, Senior Curator Matuaranga Maori at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, and practising artist.

Tuesday 17 March
Selling Science.
Dr Di McCarthy ONZM, CEO Royal Society of New Zealand.

Friday 20 March
Professor Tim Stern, Professor of Geophysics Victoria University of Wellington.
The Alpine Fault and Wellington.

Tuesday 24 March
Freedom of Speech.
Cate Brett, until recently editor of the Sunday Star Times, and now working for the Law Commission.

Friday 27 March
Forensic Dentistry ‘Twilight Zone’.
Judy Hinchcliffe, Forensic Pathologist.

Tuesday 31 March
Claude Monet.
Christiane Mortelier

Friday 3 April
Atoms, Dinosaurs and DNA :  the passions and obsessions of New Zealand scientists.
Rebecca Priestley

Tuesday 7 April
Kippenberger and the Gift of Leadership.
Denis McLean, a former Defence Secretary and Ambassador to the USA.

Friday 1 May
Mapping the New Zealand Ocean Floor. How and why we map it in detail.
Helen Bostock, marine geologist, NIWA

Tuesday 5 May
Ripping Yarns and Grimm Stuff.
Lynne Jackett, the National Library Children’s Collection Research Librarian.

Friday 8 May
Behind the Explosion at Karori Sanctuary.
Raewyn Empson,  Conservation Manager at Karori Sanctuary.

Tuesday 12 May
A Balancing Act.
Annie Ruth, Director of Toi Whakaari New Zealand Drama School.

Friday 15 May
The Objectives and Functions of the New Zealand Transport Agency.
Mark Owen, Operations Manager Central, New Zealand Transport Agency.

Tuesday 19 May
Ballets Russes.
Jonathan Mane-Wheoki, Director of Art and Collection Services at Te Papa National Museum of New Zealand.

Friday 22 May
The Role of the Broadcasting Standards Authority.
Dominic Sheehan, CEO of the Broadcasting Standards Authority

Tuesday 26 May
Antarctica and Poetry.
Bill Manhire, Director of the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University of Wellington.

Friday  5 June
God, Gaia and Us
Lloyd Geering,  Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies, VUW.

Tuesday 9 June
Shakespeare’s ‘The Rape of Lucrece’.
Dr Geoffrey Miles, Senior Lecturer in English at the School of English, Film and Theatre, Victoria University of Wellington.

Tuesday 16 June
Ray Henwood

Friday 19 June
Through the Eyes of a Miner; The Photography of Josef Divis.
Dr Simon Nathan, a geologist and writer.

Tuesday 23 June
Keeping up with the News and the News we Forget.
Peter Kitchin, journalist.

Friday 26 June
The Worry Cure.
Fiona Mathieson, a clinical psychologist and lecturer in psychology at Otago University in Wellington.

Tuesday July 21
The Role of the Clerk of the House
David McGee CNZM, QC

Friday July 24
Claude Monet
Christiane Mortelier

Tuesday July 28
New Zealand’s Engineering Heritage
Dr Rob Aspden

Friday July 31
The Role of the Charities Commission
Trevor Garret

Tuesday August 4
Walking with Ghosts: Creating a Jewish Museum in the Old Nazi Capital
Ken Gorby

Friday August 7
A Perspective on the Treaty of Waitangi and the Crown
Dr Matthew Palmer

Tuesday August 11
The Developing Profession of Music Therapy in New Zealand
Daphne Rickson

Friday August 14
Our Galaxy? Whose Universe?
Denis Sullivan

Tuesday August 18
Jeremy Pope

Friday August 21
Wellington Sculpture Trust
Neil Plimmer

Tuesday, August 25
Angela Lassig, Senior Curator in History at Te Papa

Friday August 28
Today’s World
Terence O’Brien, former NZ diplomat

Tuesday September 1
Living the Dream
Rosanne Livingstone, former textiles collection manager, Te Papa

Friday September 4
The Work of the Ambulance Service
Alan O’Beirne, CEO of the Wellington Free Ambulance Service

Tuesday September 8
Roman Wall Painting
Dr Judy Deuling, lecturer in ancient arts and archaeology at VUW

Tuesday September 15
Latin American Cities: Similarities and Uniqueness
Daniele Abreu e Lima, lecturer at the School of Architecture, VUW

Friday September 18 AGM
The Outward Bound School
Trevor Taylor, CEO of the Outward Bound School

Tuesday September 22
Prostitution in Paris
Rodger Ridley-Smith, retired GP

Tuesday October 13
WW1 Poets
Harry Ricketts, Associate Professor of English at VUW

Friday October 16
Dr Jacquie Harper

Tuesday October 20
Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides.
Professor John Davidson, Head of School, Classics Department, VUW.

Tuesday October 27
Rediscovery of the past: the re-appreciation of the pre-Revolutionary French art in the 19 century.
David Maskill, Programme Director and a senior lecturer in art history at VUW

Friday October 30
The Global Financial Crisis
Brian Easton

Tuesday November 3
The Large Hadron Collider
Dr Rodger Sparks

Friday November 6
The International Festival of the Arts, 2010
Sue Patterson, Executive Director of the International Arts Festival

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Tuesday March 23
Six months writing in Menton, France
Jenny Pattrick

Friday March 26
How to grow cannabis and (not) get away with murder
Glenys Knight

Tuesday March 30
Contemporary New Zealand Theatre

David O’Donnell

Friday April 23
A Brief History of Botanical Art
Sue Wickison

Tuesday April 27
New Directions for our National Library

Penny Carnaby

Friday April 30
The Four Horsemen of the New Enlightenment Ride Out

Geoff Chambers

Tuesday May 4
Ulysses: the banned book and the film

Bill Hastings

Friday May 7
The Tenths Trust

Sir Ngatata Love

Tuesday May 11
Rediscovering a City:  historic archaeology in central Wellington

Dr Rick McGovern-Wilson

Friday May 14
The Paradox of Aid: Non
Governmental Organisations’ responses to people trafficking
Chris Frazer

Tuesday May 18
The Grand Tour of Italy from 17-19th century

Catherine Trundle

Friday May 21
Antarctica Ice Sheets in a Warmer World

Professor Tim Naish

Tuesday May 25

Dame Fiona Kidman

Friday May 28
Update of ‘Ghosts of Gondwana’

Dr George Gibbs

Tuesday June 1
Revitalising a City – the challenges of economics and heritage

Robert McLean, Snr. & Alison Dangerfield

Friday June 11
Dangerous Goddesses – or why you should never
upset the Pharaoh’s divine mother
Sarah Vidler

Tuesday June 15
Privacy: personal, social and political

Marie Shroff

Friday June 18
The origins of New Zealand: the fossil evidence

Dr Hamish Campbell

Tuesday June 22
When Trams were Trumps in Wellington

Graham Stewart

Friday June 25
Denouncing Darwin

Wyn Beasley

Friday July 23
Cooking the Planet: The Economics and Politics of Climate Change
Professor Jonathan Boston

Tuesday July 27
An Absence of Occidentals: Thoughts on Asian Cities in the 21st Century
Dr Malcolm McKinnon

Friday July 30
Out of Sight out of Mind?
Helen Kettles

Tuesday August 3
Religions in
New Zealand: Dialogue, Diversity, Directions
Professor Paul Morris

Friday August 6
Albatrosses on my Doorstep
Chris Robertson

Tuesday August 10
Investigations of Electronic Crime
Maarten Kleintjes

Friday August 13
Golden Wool – Nanoscience Adds Value to NZ Wool
Professor Jim Johnston

Tuesday August 17
By Fire Rocks and Ice – Hazards of Nineteenth Century Ship Travel to New Zealand

Ken Scadden

Friday August 20
Graduate Students’ Research Projects:
Gesine Pufal (VUW): The influence of a rain operated opening mechanism on dispersal strategies in New Zealand alpine Veronica
Bindi Thomas (Massey): The use of satellite tracking technology to track wildlife. A case study approach

Tuesday August 24
‘A Tortuous and Ungodly Jumble.’, How can we Make the Law Easier to Read and Understand?
Professor John Burrows QC

Friday August 27
Reserves and Walkways Development via Policy

David Halliday

Tuesday August 31
The Disputes Tribunal: the Work it Does and Where it Fits into the Legal Process
Judge Peter Spiller

Friday September 3
Who are the Russian Mennonites?
Dr James Urry

Tuesday September 7
The Greenwoods at home and abroad
Tony Mackle

Friday September 10
Kiwis in the Hindu Kush
Major Jon Martin

Tuesday September 14
Living in Ancient
Greece  Part 1
Dr Matthew Trundle

Friday September 17  AGM
What has Happened to the Tree of Life?
Dr Bob Brockie

Tuesday September 21
Living in Ancient
Greece  Part 2
Dr Matthew Trundle

Friday October 15
South Africa – A Personal Perspective

Michael Hodgen

Tuesday October 19
“Hey! Stop that! What on Earth D’you Think You’re Playing at?”
Antonia Forest, the Danger of Fantasy and Other Matters
Associate Professor Harry Ricketts

Friday October 22
Food Allergy – is Skin – Deep so Superficial After All?
Dr Elizabeth Forbes

Friday October 29
Catching Crooks and Fighting Felons
Trevor Morley

Tuesday November 2
Youth, Alcohol and Drugs
Murray Trenberth

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Tuesday March 15
Telling our own stories on stage and screen and from behind the camera
Miranda Harcourt

Friday March 18
Our relationship with our natural capital
Dr Morgan Williams

Tuesday March 22
Is There a Better Way? Rethinking Crime and Punishment

Kim Workman

Friday March 25
To Russia with love … and danger
Chris King

Tuesday March 29
Charles de Gaulle as a writer
Christiane Mortelier

Friday April 1
Time to eat the dog? The real guide to sustainable living
Professors Robert and Brenda Vale

Tuesday April 5
Roman Society Part 1 – The structure of Roman society, particularly looking at the poor
Professor Arthur Pomeroy

Friday April 8
North Pole South Pole – a search for the cause of magnetism
Dr Gillian Turner

Tuesday April 12
Roman Society Part 2: Staying Alive – Food and Security
Professor Arthur Pomeroy

Friday May 6
Some climate change questions: has 2010 been a turning point?
Professor Martin Manning

Tuesday May 10
James K Baxter on Mythology
Dr Geoff Miles

Friday May 13
The establishment of Scott Base, Antarctic 1956-7
Randal Heke

Tuesday May 17
The Governors of New Zealand – their public and private lives
Gavin McLean

Friday May 20
The 2010 Canterbury Earthquake and what it means for New Zealand
Dr John Beavan

Tuesday May 24
Who Were Our Pakeha Ancestors? – Immigrants from Britain and Ireland from 1800 to 1945
Jock Phillips

Friday May 27
Generating resilience – civil defence and emergency management in New Zealand
John Hamilton

Tuesday May 31
The duty of care of the State, and the Confidential Listening and Assistance service, a truth and reconciliation model for New Zealand.
Judge Carolyn Henwood

Friday June 10
Marine and Coastal Area Bill
Hon Chris Finlayson

Tuesday June 14
The Wreck of the General Grant
Ken Scadden

Friday June 17
Museums – past and future
Mike Houlihan

Tuesday June 21
New Zealand Cartoons of the 1950s and 1960s
Pauline Hannah

Friday June 24
A Diplomat’s Story
George Cunningham

Friday July 1
New Zealand’s mineral bounty
Ian Graham

Tuesday July 5
Is the NZ Supreme Court a worthy successor to the Privy Council? – This and other perspectives from a criminal defence lawyer
Greg King

Friday July 8
The Centre for Biodiversity and Restoration Ecology
Associate Professor Ben Bell

Tuesday July 12
The Next Generation
Colin James

Friday August 5
Transplantation and the law
Dr Peter Hatfield

Tuesday August 9
Life in Ancient Sparta (1)
Dr Matthew Trundle

Friday August 12
Strawberry Birthmark – A Quest to Find a Better Treatment
Professor Swee Tan

Tuesday August 16
Life in Ancient Sparta (2)
Dr Matthew Trundle

Friday August 19
Glenys Moir

Tuesday August 23
Magic at the court of Queen Elizabeth 1
Dr Glyn Parry

Friday August 26
Exotic Origins
– Four of our members: Anke Atkins, Alfie Des Tombe, Inna Grbich and Krystine Tomaszyk will talk about their early years growing up in a different culture.

Tuesday August 30
John Mulgan and Report on Experience
Dr Peter Whiteford

Friday September 2 (Annual General Meeting)
The latest advances in the treatment of disease and a global perspective of the needs of human health
Professor Graham Le Gros

Tuesday September 6
“Larks’ Tongues in Mead.”
Duncan Galletly

Friday September 9
Water – the new carbon?
Murray Gibb

Tuesday September 13
Italy in crime fiction
Barbara Pezzotti

Friday September 16
The Evolution of the Universe
John Field

Tuesday September 20
Kiwirail; Wellington Station Entry Project- Increasing Capacity
Peter Twomey, Engineer – Project Director, Beca and Keith Robertson Engineer – Project Manager

Friday 23 September
How to achieve optimal compliance with fisheries legislation
Dean Baigent

Tuesday September 27
Building Design for the 21st Century
Matthew Lander

Friday September 30
Speak up! is anonymous
Lou Gardiner

Tuesday October 4
First views of Wellington, 1840-1900
Marian Minson

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Tuesday March 20
How globalization drives New Zealand’s transformation: trading goods, ideas and labour
Dr. Kirdan Lees

Friday March 23
Antarctic marine benthos
David Bowden

Tuesday March 27
The Global Financial System – Reflections on the current crisis
Dennis Rose

Friday March 30
Genetics and the Origin of Polynesians
Dr. Geoff Chambers

Tuesday April 3
Revisiting what the French call “Le Grand Siècle” – Part 1
Christiane Mortelier

Tuesday April 24
Revisiting what the French call “Le Grand Siècle” – Part 2

Christiane Mortelier

Friday April 27
What We Owe to Ancient Iraq
Professor Lloyd Geering

Tuesday May 1
The Hellenistic Age 323-30 BC – Part 1

Matthew Trundle

Friday May 4
Fukushima & Nuclear Power

Murray Bartle

Tuesday May 8
The Hellenistic Age 323-30 BC – Part 2

Matthew Trundle

Friday May 11
The Measurement of Poverty

Bob Stephens

Tuesday May 15
The Hellenistic Age 323-30 BC – Part 3

Matthew Trundle

Friday May 18
New Zealand’s 100% pure delusion; the inconvenient reality

Dr. Mike Joy

Tuesday May 22
Religion of Islam

Negar Partow

Friday May 25
Bring light and cleanliness to the masses – a brief history of lighting and hot water in New Zealand
Nigel Isaacs

Tuesday May 29
The Arab Spring
Alex Maxwell

Friday June 1
Department of Conservation – Works

Tom Williamson

Tuesday June 5
The Bible and Literature

David Norton

Friday June 8
Changes to Sleep with Ageing, Dementia and Caregiving

Rose Gibson

Tuesday June 12
Standing Firm on Heritage: Building Resilience in the Face of Change

Shonagh Kenderdine

Friday June 15
Telling Stories in Spaces

James McLean

Tuesday June 19
Pasifika Education at Victoria University

Winnie Laban

Friday June 22
Introduction to Sufism and Rumi

Dr. Art Beuhler

Tuesday 17 July
A Wellington Woman in China 1930-1945: Observations from Agnes Moncrieff when an International secretary with the YWCA of China.

Barbara Francis

Friday 20 July
Real Life meets theory: the hermaphrodite and the sexologist

Mani Mitchell and Dame Margaret Sparrow

Tuesday 24 July
Diplomatic Ladies: New Zealand’s unsung Envoys

Joanna Woods

Friday 27 July
The development of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner Aircraft

Bob Ellison

Tuesday 31 July
A playwright’s career

Dave Armstrong

Friday 3 August
To get to the other side

Bob Norman

Tuesday 7 August
Pickwick Club of Wellington

Lydia Wevers

Friday 10 August
Don Merton: the man who saved the Black Robin

Alison Ballance

Tuesday 14 August
Global economy

John McDermott

Friday 17 August
Lost in translation

Vicky Watson & Naomi Scow

Tuesday 21 August
Gallipoli – a health hazard

Roger Ridley-Smith

Friday 24 August
The origins of Todd Energy, where it is today and where it is heading

John Palmer

Tuesday 28 August
Maori in Australia: a history of risk and opportunity

Paul Hamer

Friday 31 August
New Zealand at the click of a mouse: Te Ara: Encyclopedia of New Zealand

Jock Phillips

Tuesday 4 September
French Influences on the English Country House

David Maskill

Friday 7 September
Fraud, deception and drugs

Dallas Mildenhall

Tuesday 11 September
New Zealand’s Oil & Gas Heritage

David Robinson

Friday 14 September
To Quit or not to Quit

Peter Martin

Tuesday 18 September
Prime Ministers of New Zealand

Michael Bassett

Friday 21 September
AGM then ‘Green’ Concrete

Ken MacKenzie:

Tuesday 25 September
Kauri – The History

Tom Williamson

Tuesday 16 October
Charles Dickens – the literary reporter

Nikki Hessell

Friday 19 October
From vine to wine: Linking grape chemistry to wine flavour and aroma

Rob Keyzers

Tuesday 23 October
Joan of Arc in New Age Spirituality

Heather Kavan

Friday 26 October
A surgeon in Vietnam

Michael Shackleton

Tuesday 30 October
Making Festivals Matter in the 21st Century

Shelagh Magadza

Friday 2 November
Researching, Writing and Publishing Local & National History

Judy Siers

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Tuesday 12 March
Captain Cook’s Polynesian navigator
Joan Druett

Friday 15 March
New Zealand and the war in Vietnam
Ian McGibbon, Malcolm McKinnon and Keith Locke, Gerald McGhie, (moderator)

Tuesday 19 March
From global to local: Women, development and human rights
Dr Gill Greer

Friday 22 March
Surveying and mapping in Antarctica: The past and the present
Graeme Blick

Tuesday 26 March
What a conglomeration! He kohikohinga miharo!
Paul Diamond

Friday 5 April
Earthquakes and civilisation
Bruce McFadgen

Tuesday 9 April
Mission possible
Denise Carnihan

Friday 12 April
Stem cell transplantation
John Carter

Tuesday 16 April
World Heritage sites: What it takes to become one
Les Molloy

Friday 19 April
Getting roped into science
Julian Thomson

Tuesday 7 May
Happy families: So you think your kids get on well
Greg Kelly

Friday 10 May
Don’t Put Your Foot in it! – Common foot conditions & how to deal with them
Trevor Tillotson – Registered Podiatrist/Podiatric Surgeon
Spit, slaver, slobber and drool – saliva and health
Dr Rose Mary Jones

Tuesday 14 May
The changing face of James Hector
Simon Nathan

Friday 17 May
The Environmental Protection Authority
Kerry Prendergast

Tuesday 21 May
The New Zealand Howard League for Penal Reform
Mike Williams

Friday 24 May
Thirty years of Morning Report
Geoff Robinson

Tuesday 28 May
Finding a lost masterpiece
Elizabeth Kay

Friday 7 June
On edge: The awesome forces continue
Hamish Campbell

Tuesday 11 June
2012 report from the Office of the Children’s Commissioner on child poverty
Bob Stephens

Friday 14 June
Local Body elections
Sir Geoffrey Palmer

Tuesday 18 June
Jules Verne, his life and works
Christiane Mortelier

Friday 21 June
Australia and New Zealand: Two countries, one system?
John Larkindale

Friday 28 June
How best to redistribute income and wealth in New Zealand via the tax and welfare system
Susan Guthrie

Tuesday 2 July
How Jerusalem became the Holy City
Sir Lloyd Geering

Friday 5 July
The New Zealand food assurance and control system
Mike Clear

Tuesday 9 July
Restorative justice
Judge Sir David Carruthers

Friday 2 August
So They Can: Educational projects in Kenya
Cassandra Treadwell

Tuesday 6 August
Let’s save our newspapers
Richard Long

Friday 9 August
Lessons from the Canterbury earthquake
Adam Thornton

Tuesday 13 August
Travels to Central and South America and China
Nathan Guy

Friday 16 August
Everybody and everything wants to be unique
Peter Stevens

Friday 23 August
Weather and forecasting
Erick Brenstrum

Tuesday 27 August
Justice for the vulnerable
Sonja Cooper

Friday 30 August
David Hall

Tuesday 3 September
Creative ageing
Nicola Pauling

Friday 6 September
Mongolia Unplugged – the tale of an aspiring diplomat and part time camel herder
Peter Allport

Tuesday 10 September
Bolton Street Cemetery: An amazing heritage in central Wellington
Kate Fortune and Priscilla Williams

Friday 13 September
Ecological corridors in the Wellington region
Russell Bell

Tuesday 17 September
How the Asia New Zealand Foundation is equipping New Zealanders for the Asian century
John McKinnon

Friday 20 September
Dr Jenny Visser

Tuesday 24 September
SF: A personal view
Phil Mann

Friday 27 September
End-of-life choice
Hon Maryan Street, Dr Brian Ensor, Yvonne Shaw, Dr Alistair Macdonald (moderator)

Tuesday 15 October
Grandma and the aunties
Jessie Munro

Friday 18 October
A novel method to protect the heart during surgery
Jenni Williams
What makes a superbug so super: A day in the life of hospital bacteria
Laura Green

Tuesday 22 October
Early New Zealand collectors and their 15th-century books
Ruth Lightbourne

Friday 25 October
How stable is the West Antarctic Ice Sheet in a warming world?
Nancy Bertler

Tuesday 29 October
New Zealand’s China experience
Chris Elder

Friday 1 November
NZ Festival of the Arts 2014 programme
Shelagh Magazda

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Tuesday 18 March
A Wellington acto
Ray Henwood

Friday 21 March
Keyhole surgery: The journey from candle to robot

Dr Dynes McConnell

Tuesday 25 March
The Kermadec Islands: Vignettes from their history

Steven Gentry

Friday 28 March
An insider’s view of the World Bank

Helen Sutch

Tuesday 1 April
A year on an island adrift in time

Gwen Levick

Friday 4 April
High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) Pole 3 Project: The inter-island link

Andrew Gard

Tuesday 8 April
What goes on at our Interest Group meetings?

Friday 11 April
River dog

Grant Muir

Tuesday 15 April
What do unions do?

Helen Kelly

Tuesday 6 May
New Zealand in political time: The 2014 general election and beyond

Dr Jon Johansson

Friday 9 May
Modern weather forecasting

Dr Mike Revell

Tuesday 13 May
Sewing freedom: Philip Josephs and early New Zealand anarchism
Jared Davidson

Friday 16 May
New Zealand fossils
James Crampton

Tuesday 20 May
‘Water, water, everywhere, Nor any drop to drink’: Vision and violence in Coleridge’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Heidi Thomson

Friday 23 May
The New Zealand coast watchers in the Pacific in WW II

Dale Williamson

Tuesday 27 May
The role of the Banking Ombudsman scheme

Deborah Battell

Tuesday 3 June
Remembering war: New Zealand’s changing international situation

Terence O’Brien

Friday 6 June
Sustainable utilisation of fisheries resources in New Zealand

Dr Kevin Sullivan

Tuesday 10 June
Transport, climate and health: Wellington at the crossroads

Russell Tregonning

Friday  13 June
Wellington’s roads of national significance

Rod James

Tuesday 17 June
Colours of India

Valerie Carson

Friday 20 June
A New Zealand environmental issue

Dr Jan Wright

Tuesday 24 June   Midwinter lunch
Exhibiting colonial culture

Dr Rebecca Rice

Friday 27 June
Linking eco-restoration, reproductive behaviour and climate modelling to predict tuatara offspring sex ratios

Anna L Carter

Tuesday 1 July
An Insider View into the World of Translation

Liz Seymour

Friday 4 July
Environmental sustainability in New Zealand depends on people, cows and water. What can you do?

Dr Mike Joy

Tuesday 22 July
Mahy magic in New Zealand’s School Journal

Vivien van Rij

Friday 25 July
Wellington’s zoo

Baukje Lenting

Tuesday 29 July
What is it that diplomats do for New Zealand when posted overseas?
Gerald McGhie, Derek Leask, Suzanne Blumhardt, Denise Almao

Friday 1 August
Recent ‘shakes’ in Wellington and the future

Russ van Dissen

Tuesday 5 August
Montecassino, the abbey and WWII: A story of fall and resurrection

Barbara Pezzotti

Friday 8 August

Geoff Robinson

Tuesday 12 August
New Zealand politics in the 1950s: Was it such a boring decade?

Elizabeth McLeay

Friday August 15
Our living city

Myfanwy Emeney

Tuesday 19 August
From Worcestershire to Wellington: A musical voyage

Mark Dorrell

Friday 22 August
The Karori Lunatic Asylum

Dr. Roger Ridley-Smith

Tuesday 26 August
From Brooke to Borges, Brecht to Billy Bragg: Kipling’s legacy

Harry Ricketts

Friday 29 August
3D printing

Ross Stevens

Tuesday 2 September
Talk at work: Addressing challenges for new immigrants

Janet Holmes

Friday 5 September
To mine or not to mine, that is the question

Ian Graham

Tuesday 9 September
SPCA and its future

Iain Torrance

Friday 12 September
Clostridium botulism: Old enemy, new threat?

Steve Flint

Tuesday 16 September
Sewing freedom: Philip Josephs and early New Zealand anarchism

Jared Davidson

Friday 19 September  AGM
My life in science

Mike Berridge

Tuesday 23 September
Reporting the full picture

Michael Johnston

Friday 26 September
Medical ethics: Good people doing the right thing cost effectively for a diverse population

Ben Gray

Tuesday 14 October
“A hitch-hiker’s guide to trade agreements”

Stephen Jacobi

Friday 17 October
The Art of Genetic Science.

Dr Kate Neas

Tuesday 21 October
New Zealand Portrait gallery

Avenal McKinnon

Friday 24 October
Maritime Law

Judge Tom Broadmore

Tuesday 28 October
Panel discussion: What agendas are driving tertiary education policy and what are the effects on staff, students and NZ communities?
Dr Sandra Grey, Dr Todd Bridgman, James Houkamau, Rory McCourt, Dr Charles Sedgwick

Friday 31 October
The Origins of New Zealand

Dr Hamish Campbell

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Tuesday 3 March
New Zealand Art on the World Stage

Dr Rebecca Rice

Friday 6 March
Rainwater Collection
Stan Abbott

Friday 13 March
Managing and Minimising Your Power Bill
Bruce Medcalf

Friday 20 March
The Science of Geodesy: Measuring a Dynamic World
Dr Graeme Blick

Tuesday 24 March
New Zealand Schools: A Changing Landscape?
Dr Cathy Wylie

Friday 27 March
Radiation Technologies. Science, the Public and Controversy
Dr Peter Roberts

Tuesday 31 March
New Zealand Trade Policy: CER Today
Charles Finny

Tuesday 21 April
Stealing Beauty – The Fate of Great Art in Wartime
Judge Arthur Tompkins

Friday 24 April
Crohn’s & Colitis (Inflammatory Bowel Disease or IBD): a New Zealand Story
Brian Poole

Tuesday 28 April
Organised Crime: It’s What We Do
John Goddard

Friday 1 May
Accelerating Today for a Better Tomorrow
Dr William Rolleston

Tuesday 5 May
The NZ Legal System Today – Changes, Themes and the Future
Christine Grice

Friday 8 May
The NZ – Germany Bilateral Relationship: A Proven Recipe for Success in a Changing World
Dr David Lowe

Tuesday 12 May
Patients’ Rights and Citizens’ Rights: Reflections from a Former Health and Disability Commissioner and Current Parliamentary Ombudsman
Professor Ron Paterson

Friday 15 May
Place Names in New Zealand
Wendy Shaw

Tuesday 19 May
Transparency International & the Broader Implications of its Work for NZ
Suzanne Snively

Friday 22 May
The Surveying of New Zealand
Tony Bevin

Tuesday 26 May
The Independent Bookseller’s Response to the Electronic Age
Lincoln Gould

Tuesday 2 June
A 12th-century manuscript in the Alexander Turnbull Library
Ruth Lightbourne

Friday 5 June – Note: Change of topic & speaker
What Lies Beneath? – Wellington’s Archaeology
Mary O’Keeffe

Tuesday 9 June
Investigative Journalism: “How it is Done and Why it is Needed”?
Nicky Hagar

Friday 12 June
The Corporation Yard: A Forgotten Microcosm of Wellington’s Urban Working-Class
Gábor Tóth

Tuesday 16 June
3D Printed World
Ross Stevens

Friday 19 June
Surviving Pol Pot
Dr Max Stevenson

Friday 26 June
Fruit and Vegetables for Human Health
Professor Julian Heyes

Tuesday 30 June
Niue Island Involvement in World War I
Margaret Pointer

Friday 3 July
Food and Food Manufacture in the Future
Professor Richard Archer

Tuesday July 21
“I’ve just got no idea what you’re talking about – just absolutely no idea:” music students talk about transition to tertiary study
Lynne Wenden

Friday July 24
Modern Wooden Building
Alistair Cattenach

Tuesday July 28
Outlook for NZ Growth Amidst High Uncertainty

Tony Alexander, Chief Economist, Bank of NZ

Friday July 31
Euthanasia, a Debate – or a discussion on how to live with people we disagree with
Dr Ben Gray

Tuesday 4 August
Trade Aid: improving the life of the world’s most disadvantaged
Ken Nelson

Friday 7 August
Tsunamis in New Zealand – their past impact and implications for the future.
Dr Bruce McFadgen

Tuesday 11 August
The Opportunities and Challenges of Asia – three views based on the personal experiences of three New Zealand Ambassadors.

Friday 14 August
India – A Superpower-in-waiting?
Srikanta Chatterjee, Emeritus Professor, School of Economics and Finance, Massey University

Tuesday 18 August
Sobieniowski, Wyspians
ki and Kraków: Katherine Mansfield and Poland
Dr Gerri Kimber

Friday 21 August.
Landcorp Farming Limited, the Growth Years

Christopher Kelly

Tuesday 25 August
Thornbirds to Luminaries:  historical fiction and why it’s hot
Dr Lydia Wevers

Friday 28 August
The Role of the Hikurangi Plateau in the Canterbury and Cook Strait Earthquakes
Dr Martin Reyners, Principal Scientist at GNS Science, Lower Hutt

Tuesday 1 September
Capturing Courtesans, Cardinals and Caliphs: the Renaissance portrait reconsidered
Phyllis Mossman

Friday 4 September
Natural Disasters: a function of global environmental change
Dr Michael Crozier

Tuesday 8 September
Gold Card Years: delights, challenges, and opportunities.
Anne Horrill

Friday 11 September
Glaciers and Ice Sheets in a Warming World.
Assoc. Prof. Andrew Mackintosh, Deputy Director, Antarctic Research Centre

Tuesday 15 September
Matiu Somes – the Jewel in our Harbour
Gerald Rawson

Friday 18 September AGM
The Sistine Chapel
Dr Christopher Longhurst

Tuesday 22 September
The Young Eye
Kate De Goldi

Friday 25 September
Recent Advances in Medical Imaging in New Zealand with Nuclear Medicine Techniques

Dr Trevor Fitzjohn

Tuesday 13 October
PHARMAC’s Value to Health in New Zealand
Dr John Wyeth, Medical Director, PHARMAC

Friday 16 October
Te Araroa – NZ’s Long Pathway From Cape Reinga to Bluff

Bill Wakelin

Tuesday 20 October
Jane Austen: Body and Mind
Heidi Thomson

Friday 23 October
The Real Oil: exploring for New Zealand’s elusive (or illusory?) petroleum resources

Dr Peter King

Tuesday 27 October
Cartoon number 2000
Dr Bob Brockie

Friday 30 October
Modern Harbour Management
Mike Pryce


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March 1
riters’ Week
Kathryn Carmody

March 4
Cancer, Therapy Resistance and the Surprising Role of Mitochondria.
Dr Melanie McConnell

March 8
oes New Zealand Need a New Written Constitution?
Sir Geoffrey Palmer

 March 11
Cancer Immunotherapy – The Science
Professor Gavin Painter

March 15
The Making of the Film Festival
Lindsay Shelton

March 18
ork of the Land and Water Forum
Alastair Bisley

March 22
Private Lives of Empire: Edinburgh, Rothschild and New Plymouth
Charlotte Macdonald

March 29
Sustainable Development Goals
David Payton

April 1
The Cartoonist in NZ
Martin Doyle

April 8
Polish Children Immigration to Paihiatua
Adam Mantreys

April 12
Rae Julian

April 15
ll You Ever Wanted to Know About TTPA
Stephen Jacobi

May 3
Climate Change: A New Deal? Making Sense of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change
Adrian Macey

May 6
ellington: from Conception to Capital to Empire City
Gabor Toth

May 10
Should Wellington emulate Oslo’s goal of fossil free public transport by 2020?
Paul Bruce

May 13
orensics of Catastrophe: Volcanic Eruptions
Colin Wilson

May 17
St Peter’s Basilica, Rome – a ‘Communis Patria’
Christopher Longhurst

May 20
The Commercialisation of University Technology
Geoff Todd

May 24
ew Zealand Opera in the 21st Century
Stuart Maunder

May 31
Cabinet, Ministers and Cabinet Office: Is Yes Minister a documentary?
Marie Shroff

June 3
Chinese Immigration in Wellington
Lynette Shum

June 7
Inequality: Where We’ve Been, and Where We’re Going
Max Rashbrooke

June 10
reaky Scientists Who Have Come My Way
Bob Brockie

 June 14
50 Countries in 50 Years
David Barber

June 17
400 Years of Shakespeare
Dawn Sanders

June 24
WI Exhibition at Te Papa
Sir Richard Taylor

June 28
ever work with kids and animals
Karen Fifield

July 1
The Place of the Battle of the Somme in WW1
Chris Pugsley

July 5
ew Zealand’s Marine Estate From the Perspective of a Seafloor Geomorphologist
Joshu Mountjoy

July 8
The United Nations – Can it Survive, Can it be Fixed?
Colin Keating

 July 26
Human rights and human wrongs in New Zealand
Judy McGregor

July 29
Exploring Northeast Zealandia
Hamish Campbell

August 2
iabetes and obesity
Jeremy Krebs

August 5
International Court of Justice
Sir Kenneth Keith

August 9
The future of privacy: the internet of things and other challenges
John Edwards

August 12
Economics of Wellbeing
Dr Arthur Grimes

August 16
The notorious Captain Hayes
Joan Druett

August 19
ork of a Coroner
Peter Ryan

August 23
hat Rudyard Kipling can do for you
Harry Ricketts

August 26
rom Mull to Mongolia – Wanderings of a materials scientist
Ken McKenzie

August 30
Community music: what is it and who is it for?
Julian Raphael

September 2
Creating new Futures with the Children of the Mist
Hugh Tennent

September 6
Being a Public Servant in Wellington and Whitehall
Len Cook

September 9
Emissions Trading Systems and Pathways to a Low Emissions Future
Dr Suzi Kerr

September 13
nionAID – cycling solo in Myanmar
Mike Naylor

September 16
Botanic intrigues – from g-forces and radicals to Agincourt
Reg Harris

September 20
Renaissance art and science
Phyllis Mossman

September 23
Photography at Te Papa
Athol McCready

October 11
hat’s all this about poverty and inequality in New Zealand?
Bryce Wilkinson

October 14
evils on Horses
Terry Kinloch

October 21
South Island Alpine Deep Fault Drilling Project
John Townend

October 25
Thomas Gray’s Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard
Heidi Thomson

October 28
Mountains, Mausoleums and Murder along the Silk Road
Dr Les Molloy

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Tuesday 7 March
All New Zealanders are equal, but some are more equal than others
Professor Lisa Marriott

Friday 10 March
Portholes to the past
Sir Lloyd Geering

Tuesday 14 March
PMs wise and wonderful, PMs great and small
Professor Nigel Roberts

Friday 17 March
The life and work of Suzanne Aubert
Sister Josephine

Tuesday 21 March
The role of police in modern society
Greg O’Connor

Friday 24 March
Old St Pauls. Bringing stories out of the woodwork
Elizabeth Cox

Tuesday 28 March
My life in film
Gaylene Preston

Friday 31 March
Travelling in Iran repairing rugs, and viewing the demise of the carpet trade
Anna Williams

 Tuesday 4 April
The kidney: medical history
Dr Peter Hatfield

Friday 7 April
Researching the everyday life of NZ Women who self-identify as “fat.”
Julie Howe

Tuesday 11 April
Psychiatry, blindness and me
Dr Toni Marks

Tuesday 2 May
Making and managing orchestral music in Aotearoa
Christopher Blake

Friday 5 May
NZ Radar, raiders and speed cops
Cam Smart

Tuesday 9 May
The role of business in achieving gender equality
Dr Jackie Blue

Friday 12 May
Applied Mathematics: Problem solved
Dr Mark McGuinness

 Tuesday 16 May
Turning knowledge into value
Bill Macnaught

Friday 19 May
Maori relationship building at Treasury
Atawhai Tibble

Tuesday 23 May
Preparing Wellington for the shocks and stresses of the 21st century
Mike Mendonca

Friday 26 May
60 years of NZ science endeavour in Antarctica: What we learned and why it is important
Nancy Bertler

Tuesday 30 May
The state of play in our media
Colin Peacock

 Friday 2 June
VUW: A true-blue green university
AProf Marian van den Belt

 Tuesday 6 June
Victoria University: past, present and future
Sir Neville Jordan

Friday 9 June
Co-creating with a computer
Ross Stevens

Tuesday 13 June
Translation as socio-political commentary: Heaney and history
Dr Marco Sonzogni

Friday 16 June
Stone rubble masonry buildings – can they survive earthquake effects?
Win Clark

 Tuesday 20 June – Mid-winter lunch
‘While I don’t agree with everything you write…’
Dave Armstrong

Friday 23 June
The past and future of virtual reality
Prof Neil Dodgson

Tuesday 27 June
The complexity of youth offending – the more we know the harder it gets
Judge John Walker

Friday 30 June
Economic developments in China and Asia: What NZ needs to know and look out for
Prof Siah Hwee Ang

Tuesday 4 July
Living together: Aotearoa/New Zealand’s new religious diversity
Professor Paul Morris

Friday 7 July
Bringing New Zealand’s industrial heritage back to life.
Tom Williamson

Tuesday 25 July
The office of the Ombudsman – democratic watchdog
Judge Peter Boshier

Friday 28 July
New Initiatives in crime prevention
John Goddard

Tuesday 1 August
Our elusive constitution
Professor Claudia Geiringer

Friday 4 August
Digital media design and wearable technology
Prof Anne Niemetz

Tuesday 8 August
Brexit and New Zealand: is history any guide to the future?
Professor Jim McAloon

Friday 11 August
Golden keys for your grandchildren – unlocking New Zealand’s future
Dr Rosalind McIntosh

Tuesday 15 August
The headquarters of the verb: A vision for the Wellington region
Derek Fry

Friday 18 August
What’s wrong with my house
Nigel Isaacs

Tuesday 22 August
Why consumer protection matters
Sue Chetwin

Friday 25 August
Upping the ante on antibiotics
Dr Rob Keyzers

Tuesday 29 August
My life in film
Gaylene Preston

Friday 1 September
Digital futures and learning
Prof Steven Warburton

Tuesday 5 September
Prospects for democracy in Asia-Pacific monarchies
Christine Bogle

Friday 8 September
Kevin Norton

Tuesday 12 September
Frances Hodgkins, people painter
Dr Pamela Nunn

Friday 15 September – AGM
Development of thermal insulation for NZ houses
Nigel Isaacs

Tuesday 19 September
A Suffrage Day reflection on New Zealand’s struggle for gender equality before and since 1893, when women won the right to vote
Sue Kedgley

Friday 22 September
Antarctica, the Southern Ocean and a cold day in Wellington.
Prof Lionel Carter

Tuesday 26 September
The Great War for New Zealand: Waikato, 1800-2000
Dr Vincent O’Malley

Friday 29 September
NZ China relations in the Trump Era
Dr Jason Young

Tuesday 17 October
Writers and cricket
Professor Harry Ricketts

Friday 20 October
Urban development in NZ
Dr Arthur Grimes

Tuesday 24 October
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, two hundred years on
Dr Heidi Thomson

Friday 27 October
The history of the breast in art and medicine
Dr Burton King

Tuesday 31 October
Who owns the sea and the seabed? Prospects for peaceful use or conflict
Bill Mansfield

Friday 3 November
Tackling poverty in New Zealand: reflections from the 2016 regional workshops
Wendy McGuinness

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Tuesday 20 February
Wellington – Most Liveable City
Mayor Justin Lester

Friday 23 February
Work and Prayer in the Medieval Monasteries
Dr Roger Ridley-Smith

Tuesday 27 February
Being a Music Critic
John Button

Friday 2 March
Digging up the Romans
Doug Miller

Tuesday 6 March
Stonehenge Aotearoa
Richard Hall

Tuesday 3 April
Food and Health
Jason Shon Bennett

Friday 6 April
Education and Entrepreneurship, the way forward in Afghanistan
Tariq Habibyar

Tuesday 10 April
U3A Interest Groups
Margaret and Ian Garrett

Friday 13 April
The future of work and the future of tertiary education
Stuart Brock

Tuesday 17 April
1915 The Gallipoli Campaign revisited with New Zealand women
Jane Tolerton

Friday 20 April
Current New Zealand Pandemic Planning
Dr Ryan McLean

Tuesday 24 April
Larissa Paris

Friday 27 April
Climate Change – Recent conference updates
Adrian Macey

Tuesday 1 May
Why did Wellington suffer nearly double the death rate of
Christchurch in the 1918 influenza pandemic?
Dr Geoffrey Rice

Friday 4 May
Artificial Intelligence and the impact on NZ
Ross Young

Tuesday 8 May
A Musical Life
Gareth Farr

Friday 11 May
Where the romance of the high seas meets hard reality
Joanna Mossop

Tuesday 15 May
The Banking Ombudsman Schemes – Complaints Traps and Scams
Kate Kenworthy and Tim Hope

Friday 18 May
Jury decision making
Yvette Tinsley

Tuesday 22 May
Susan Keall

 Friday 25 May
What’s more important – physical health or mental health?
Bernadine Reid

Tuesday 12 June
The challenge of governing for the long-term in a short-term world
Jonathan Boston

Friday 15 June
Biodiversity in Borneo
Ghazally Ismail

Tuesday 19 June
Midwinter Luncheon –  Lord Reith and his Ideals
Sharon Crosbie

Friday 22 June
Foreign Aid: What is it and does it work?
Doug Webb

Tuesday 26 June
Visualising History
Bob Kerr

Friday 29 June
A Journey of discovery in Chemistry culminating in a cancer drug on the market
Richard Furneaux

Tuesday 3 July
The Power of the Story
Joy Cowley

 Friday 6 July
Crime and victimization: modernising the courts
Andrew Bridgman

Tuesday 10 July
Where men can do what men do?
Archie Kerr

Friday 13 July
Medical conditions and harnessing the power of plants
Reg Harris

Tuesday 17 July
Zealandia: how social enterprise can transform a city
Denise Church

Friday 20 July
Base Isolation – a safe ride in earthquakes
Cam Smart

Tuesday 24 July
Can Art Change the World? : How New Arts Build Community and Bring Generations Together
Jo Randerson

Friday 17 August
Christopher Cockerell, of Hovercraft fame
Anthony Fletcher

Tuesday 21 August
The Early History of Anti-Nuclear New Zealand
Dr Matthew O’Meagher

Friday 24 August
Relations with China
Prof Robert Ayson

 Tuesday 28 August
Government in the Pacific Islands
Dr Graham Hassall

Friday 31 August
Productivity: What it is and why it matters
Murray Sherwin

 Tuesday 4 September
Electric cars
Dr David Bibby

Friday 7 September
Scotland before it was Scotland
Maureen Johnson

Tuesday 11 September
What does it really mean to be homeless in Aotearoa NZ today?
Rev Tric Malcolm

Friday 14 September
Discoveries in Superconductivity:  Taking New Materials to Advanced Technologies
Bob Buckley

Tuesday 18 September
Educational Psychology understanding problems differently
Amanda Moore – U3A Wellingtoncity 2018 Award winner

Friday 21 September
The new magical theatre of the museum world
Ken Gorbey

Tuesday 25 September
The Story of ActionStation: Combining the Power of the Cloud with the Power of the Crowd for a fair and flourishing future.
Laura O’Connell Rapira

Friday 28 September
Designing a fair tax system for New Zealand-what works, and what doesn’t?
John Shewan

 Tuesday 16 October
The Value of a University Education
Chris Whelan

Friday 19 October
Seven Sawmills
Tom Williamson

 Tuesday 23 October
What would the option of net zero carbon emissions by 2050 mean for the Wellington Region
Dr Roger Blakeley

Friday 26 October
Blasted by Seeds – Surviving prostate cancer and treatment and writing about it.
Tom McGrath

Tuesday 30 October
John Keats, Poet-Physician
Dr Heidi Thomson

Friday 2 November
The Infant Micro-biome – what it is, and why it is important.
Thorsten Stanley


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