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Prepared by Helen Algar, presented by Roger Blakeley

Karen Coutts
– Wow! A mihi in our 3 official languages

Marion Cowden – gave us a possible dream from Rotary in 1979 – eliminating polio. By 2018 the numbers have been reduced to 17 cases worldwide.

Jill Day – picked up the dreams from last year:

  • Wellington as a te reo city

  • Wellington as a child-friendly city

Georgina Beyer – not a dream, a recurring nightmare – State Highway 2 through the Wairarapa to future-proof Wellington against cataclysmic events.

Michelle Dickinson – Nanogirl – looking to the way our cells work, to heal our city

  • titanium paint in our tunnels

  • powering our city by walking, with nanofibres woven into our clothing

Susan Freeman-Greene – Wellington as a playpen for human ingenuity powered by STEAM – science, technology, engineering, arts, and maths

Eric Janssen – Eric dreamed a city where truth wins. Wellington is largely values-driven. We are happier than nearly all the cities in the world. But we still have gaps between the haves and the have-nots, and abuse of powers.

In the face of this, we need journalism we can trust.

Nick Kapica – told us about design thinking, looking at living through a different lens.

Some rules for designing cities:

  • be bold

  • get out

  • think wrong

  • make stuff

  • bet small

  • move fast

Nick Morrison – told us about microplastics in beer. Dreamed of plastic as a long-term love, not a one night stand. And … resources moving in a circular, regenerative system.

Ben Johnston – challenged us to walk on the vulnerable path – to reduce the relational distance between ourselves and the vulnerable and marginalised in Wellington.

Also talked about better resource use – food, in this case.

Melissa Clark-Reynolds – told us about the way a vision from last year’s Forum is being achieved.

Told us that the biggest risk to our children going to the corner store is traffic, not stranger danger.

Kim Workman – Parliament resolving issues by bipartisan public discussion of critical issues.

A city of  collaborative conflict resolution – children learn it in school.

Fraser Callaway – Design is a process to creatively solve problems and find a solution.

Together we can change the world by design.

Peter McKenzie – gave us “social cohesivity”. The need to create vertical connections in our communities.

Jaye Glam Morgan – Wellington as the Emerald City.

A city filled with creative arts.

Bring back fashion to the capital.

Grant Robertson

1. Picked up on STEAM and took it to STEAMED – by adding ‘’designed’’

2. Noticed that the Summary related to his framework for the 2019 Wellbeing Budget – human capital, social capital, environmental capital and physical/ financial capital

3. In 2017 he talked about ‘Wellington – a city that is the opposite of loneliness’

4. For 2018 his dream is:

  • A city where we care

  • Where our defining value is Manaakitānga - emphasising kindness above everything else

  • Kaitiakitanga over the resources in our city

5. The importance of third spaces in our community that are available to be and exist, to mix, to share, and enjoy,

  • e.g. community gardens

  • especially a place for people with mental illnesses to be warm, safe, with a sense of identity for a period of time during the day

6. Climate change – the need for a just transition


Dream 1: Wellington as a playpen for human ingenuity

  • powered by STEAM -science

                                                - technology

                                                - engineering

                                                - ARTS

                                                - maths

                                                  finding the power of bringing these together

  • a city powered by walking with nano-fibres embedded in our clothing

  • design as a strong element of the Wellington we want – all of us being involved in designing the city we want to live in

  • a city filled with creative arts and fashion

Dream 2: Commitment and connection to our city and its people

  • looking at life through a different lens

  • different perspectives on the way we look at the city, including children

  • achieving dreams through a coalition of the willing

  • a city of collaborative conflict resolution – using the skills that children already learn in school

  • building community cohesiveness through vertical connections in communities

  • a city where we walk the vulnerable path alongside the vulnerable and marginalised in Wellington

Dream 3: Commitment and connection to the natural world

  • plastic as a long-term lover, not a one night stand

  • resources being re-used in a circular, regenerative system

  • cleaning up our toxic tunnels with titanium paint

  • wild spaces to play

Dream 4: Dreams about transport

  • our transport links as the arteries and capillaries in the body of our city

  • short walls between cyclists and cars

  • drone personnel carriers –will they fix the transport issue over the next 10 years?

  • conscious design of railway crossings

  • ‘fix the bloody buses’

See all the speakers here.


Impossible Dreams for Wellington: city and the region.

‘Impossible Dreams’ follows the highly successful Rotary Forum 2017: Achieving the Impossible Dream for Wellington: the city and the region.




Presented by the Rotary Club of Wellington in partnership 
with Victoria University of Wellington - Centre for Lifelong Learning.


Rotary Forum 2018 - Chair's summary of speakers' presentations

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