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Rotary Forum 2013

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How the Crown, MMP and the Treaty could change our lives.

Rotary Forum 2013 was held on
Tuesday 12 November at Rydges Hotel, Wellington.

 

What kind of democracy will we have in 10 or 40 year’s time? What will New Zealand citizenship look like? Where does the Treaty of Waitangi fit with all this?

The long term nature of our society and the very rules by which our country has been governed are being questioned with an eye towards determining which arrangements will work best for New Zealand. Everything from how we vote, create laws, settle disputes, even the flag we salute may be affected.

Now in its third successful year, this highly informative forum asked some of the biggest questions to face New Zealanders for generations.

 

See the full programme and speakers in the right column >>

 

Presented by the Rotary Club of Wellington in partnership with the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies, Victoria University of Wellington.

Date: Tuesday 12 November, 2013
Times: 12.30 to 7.00 pm
Where: The Grand Space, Rydges Hotel, 75 Featherston Street Wellington.

This forum was designed to inform debate through a combination of informative addresses by experts in the field and presentations by thought leaders from a wide spectrum of perspectives on what can be challenging issues. There were opportunities for discussion and views to be contributed.

 

 
 

 
FORUM PROGRAMME
TUESDAY, 12 NOVEMBER 2013

 

Chair for the Forum: Dr Jonathan Boston

Director, Institute for Governance and Policy Studies, Victoria University. 

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12:00 Registration

12:30

Karakia

 

12:40

Welcome and introduction

Tony Hassed: President: Rotary Club of Wellington

 

12:50

The Constitution Question - keynote address and questions

Hon Bill English: Deputy Prime Minister

 

1:20

Purpose and format of the forum

Dr Jonathan Boston (Chair): Director, Institute for Governance and Policy Studies, Victoria University

 

1:25

The New Zealand Constitution and the Place of the Treaty of Waitangi

Dr Matthew Palmer: Public policy and constitutional law expert

 

1.40

The Place of the Treaty of Waitangi in the Constitution

Sir Wira Gardener: Senior public servant and writer

 

1:55

Democracy and Tribalism

Dr Elizabeth Rata: Associate Professor,  School of Critical Studies in Education, University of Auckland  

 

2:10

A Dream of Aotearoa New Zealand: Human Rights at the heart of our Constitution

David Rutherford: Human Rights Commissioner  

 

2:25

Coffee break

 

2:40

Our Changing Demographics

Geoff Bascand: Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank, former Government Statistician

 

2:50

What does the constitution have to do with local government?

Dr Mike Reid: Principal Policy Advisor, Local Government New Zealand  

 

3:00

Pacific perspectives

Carinnya Feaunati

 

3:10

Open microphone

 

3:25

A business perspective on the Constitution

Nigel Gould: Professional Director

 

3:35

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

Dr Muriel Newman: New Zealand Centre for Political Research

 

3:45

Informed Social Justice in a Democratic Society

Susan Blaikie: Former City Missioner

 

3:55

Table discussions

 

4:15

Coffee break

 

4:35

Sovereignty Matters

Whaimutu Dewes: Maori business leader

 

4:45

Does New Zealand have to adjust its constitution to Asia?

 

4:55

A New Politics for a New Generation

Hon Grant Robertson: MP for Wellington Central

 

5:05

Open microphone

 

5:20

The Constitutional Advisory Panel and its role
– some observations from an insider

Hon John Luxton: Member of the Constitution Advisory Panel

 

5:30

Open forum, chaired by Jonathan Boston

 

6:30

Closing keynote - the Constitution and the future

Phil O'Reilly: Chief Executive of BusinessNZ

 

6:50-7pm

Conference close

Dr Jonathan Boston: (Chair): Director, Institute for Governance and Policy Studies, Victoria University

 

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