06/03/2018 - 12:00pm

Economist Shamubeel Eaqub will be in Hastings district to talk about Housing and Inequality on Tuesday 6 March, 12 noon at the Havelock North Function Centre.

Shamubeel Eaqub is an experienced economist who makes economics understandable. In his book Generation Rent, co-authored with partner Selena, he took on the economic, political and cultural forces pushing up house prices and leaving an entire generation with no choice other than to rent for the rest of their lives. In this talk he will look at how the housing market has become even more unpalatable and unrealistic for many.

09/03/2018 - 5:45pm

How does New Zealand’s increasingly diverse population engage on and offshore with “Asia”?

In Old Asian, New Asian, writer Emma Ng discusses biculturalism as a relationship between tangata whenua (local people) and tauiwi (foreigners). She and novelists Brannavan Gnanalingam (Sodden Downstream) and Rajorshi Chakraborti (The Man Who Would Not See) talk about their identity as New Zealanders, and their (respectively) Chinese, Sri Lankan and Indian roots.

10/03/2018 - 4:15pm

This country’s most significant and traumatic conflict, crucial in shaping the nation, was the 1863–64 war between Māori and British troops in the Waikato. In his ground-breaking, monumental work The Great War for New Zealand: Waikato 1800–2000, historian Vincent O’Malley explores Māori and Pākehā relationships from first contact to settlement and government apology. He discusses his research with “artivist” Moana Maniapoto, musician and writer for e-Tangata.

11/03/2018 - 2:45pm

How can our big cities - beset by issues of housing affordability and availability, traffic congestion, overcrowding, and disaster preparedness - best work for their residents?

Ben Schrader won the WH Oliver award for best NZ history for The Big Smoke: New Zealand Cities 1840–1920. Philippa Howden Chapman, Professor of Public Health at the University of Otago and director of the New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities, authored Home Truths: Confronting New Zealand’s Housing Crisis.

They dissect city problems and proffer solutions.

15/02/2018 - 5:30pm

5.30pm. National Library of New Zealand, corner of Aitkin and Molesworth Street, Thorndon, Wellington

Speakers: Dame Claudia Orange and Morgan Godfery; Chair: Carwyn Jones

All welcome, no rsvp needed for the talk. RSVP required for a guided tour of He Tohu before the event.

17/02/2018 - 5:00pm

Vincent O’Malley is a professional historian and partner in the Wellington research consultancy HistoryWorks. He has published widely on New Zealand history, including the critically-acclaimed The Great War for New Zealand: Waikato 1800-2000 (Bridget Williams Books), which was named New Zealand Herald book of the year for 2016.


Saturday 17 Feb, 5:00 pm


Chinoiserie Garden (CG)


$15 General Admission
$13 Concession (Student, 65+) 
$14 Early Bird (before 22 Dec)

15/02/2018 - 5:15pm

You are warmly invited to join us to celebrate the launch of Social Investment: A New Zealand Policy Experiment, edited by Jonathan Boston and Derek Gill.

Social Investment brings together leading academics, commentators and policy analysts from the public and private sectors. As governments in New Zealand and abroad continue to explore how best to tackle major social problems, this book is essential for people seeking to understand social policy in the twenty-first century.