12/04/2017 - 12:30pm
Drawing on material from his book, The New Zealand Project, Max Harris makes the case for a universal basic income (UBI) pilot in New Zealand.  He examines the arguments for and against a UBI, using a values-based framework; explains why piloting a UBI is justified and valuable; and recounts the lessons we can take from Finland's experience so far with developing its UBI pilot.
06/04/2017 - 12:30pm

Thursday 6 April 12.30 – 2.00 – A panel of speakers address the question ‘what needs to happen to create a flourishing NZ?’ Held at St Andrews on the Terrace in Wellington.

11/04/2017 - 5:30pm

Join us to celebrate the launch of Max Harris's The New Zealand Project on 11 April, 5.30 for 6.00pm. The launch will feature Max in conversation with Māmari Stephens, followed by nibbles and drink to celebrate.

All welcome, no RSVP required. The launch will be held at the Royal Society of New Zealand in Wellington (11 Turnbull Street, Thorndon).

The book will be on sale at the launch, and also online and in book stores from the week of 10 April.

21/05/2017 - 10:30am

The Waikato War, argues historian Vincent O’Malley, is the defining conflict of this country: a bloodbath that resulted in more deaths per capita than the First World War, exposed two competing visions of NZ, destroyed the thriving economy of the region and set aside the Treaty for 100 years.

16/05/2017 - 7:00pm

See BWB's shortlisted authors Ben Schrader and Barbara Brookes at the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards!

An auspicious all-welcome gathering to honour the best New Zealand fiction, non-fiction, illustrated non-fiction, and poetry published in 2016. All 16 finalists, and the four Best First Book Award winners, read from their work before the grand winners are announced in this lively celebration of our literary mother lode. MC-ed by author and comedian Michele A’Court.

Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize:

20/05/2017 - 3:00pm

Our national identity is often ascribed to our rural past. But, in truth, have cities shaped our present more than we care to admit, given that since 1911 more of us have lived in cities than in the country? Historian Ben Schrader, author of 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Award shortlisted Big Smoke, and journalist Gordon McLauchlan, author of Great Tales from Rural New Zealand and The Farming of New Zealand amongst other titles, fine-tune town and country mythologies with Jim Mora.

19/05/2017 - 4:00pm

New Zealander Max Harris is on the ascendant: a Rhodes Scholar who, while studying public policy and law at Oxford University earned an All Souls Fellowship and returns home for the Festival to advocate a new politics. In his recently published book The New Zealand Project, he argues that academics and intellectuals have failed to deepen the political discourse, that politics is dominated by pragmatism, and that technocratic policies have replaced value-based ones.

20/05/2017 - 12:00pm

Journalist and former EEO Commissioner Judy McGregor, co-author with Margaret Wilson and Sylvia Bell of Human Rights in New Zealand, holds that there are significant faultlines emerging in our human rights landscape.

20 minutes at the podium; 10 minutes of audience challenge.

Free Event - no ticket required.

12:00pm – 12:30pm

Limelight Room, Aotea Centre
50 Mayoral Drive, Auckland CBD


Please note: This event is part of the Auckland Writers' Festival and is not managed by BWB.

20/05/2017 - 4:30pm

What is it like to work in the medical profession where so much is often at stake? How do medics walk the tightrope between hypothesis and diagnosis and honour patient trust? And what place does creative writing play in managing the weight of expectation and responsibility?

19/05/2017 - 6:30pm

Walk on High is an intimate meandering journey, featuring a sampler of Festival talent on a word trail along High Street in the CBD. From 6.30pm to 8pm choose from four fifteen-minute events, repeated four times across the ninety minutes, individually crafted and each as delectable as the next. Formats take in games, Insta-essays, music, spoken word and theatre.