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NEWS RELEASE: Rotary Club of Wellington

Friday, 18 October, 2012

Rotary Forum raises questions on Wellington’s future

How should Wellington look in 10 or 20 years’ time? Should our future be left only in the hands of planners and politicians? What say will citizens have in the shape and future of Wellington and the region?

These are just some of the questions to be covered at a comprehensive one-day forum to be held in Wellington this Thursday 25 October.

The 2012 Rotary Forum, titled ‘Wellington; What do we want? How do we get there?’ will bring together experts, thinkers, leaders and people who can make a difference in building the kind of Wellington in which people want to live and work.

Hosted by the Rotary Club of Wellington in partnership with Victoria University, Rotary spokesperson Mark Woodard said the forum is a rare opportunity to hear a programme of leading speakers kick-start discussions you can be part of about our city and region’s future.

“We want participants to leave the forum better informed, confident that their views have been imparted and heard, and motivated to contribute to Wellington’s future. Wellington is what we make it and people can be part of shaping it – all of which needs be sorted before we discuss the structure of local government,” Mr Woodard said.

Notable speakers include Sir Geoffrey Palmer, Rod Oram, Matiu Rei, Grant Robertson, former City Missioner Susan Blaikie, former head of Kiwibank Sam Knowles, environmentalist Wayne Alexander, and a panel of passionate young people, plus the Mayors of Wellington, Porirua, Upper Hutt and the Chair of the Greater Wellington Regional Council.

“Last year’s Rotary Forum topic was ‘organisational effectiveness in times of seismic risk’ – how Wellington organisations could learn from the Canterbury earthquakes. This year there’s just as much at stake in considering Wellington’s future, and this forum will provide an important input into our future”, says Mr Woodard. “We know the speakers will have very useful things to say and we expect many of the attendees will have some strong views as well.”

The one-day 2012 Rotary Forum is on Thursday, 25 October at Victoria University, Rutherford House, Pipitea Campus, Bunny Street. The full programme and registration is available at



Rotary Club of Wellington

Media contact: Mark Woodard

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Phone: 04 971 7882



Media are welcome to attend. To register your interest please contact Mark Woodard (above) or

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Rotary Forum raises questions on Wellington's future

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