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Thursday this week, 1 September

RIMU Inisghts: Flourishing whānau principles, indicators, and outcomes

 Flourishing whanau 1 Sept 2016


Water: the extraordinary story of our most ordinary substance

Date: 30 August 2016 6:00pm - 30 August 2016 8:00pm

Venue: Auckland Museum Events Centre, the Domain, Auckland

Speakers: Alok Jha

At Six: Royal Society of New Zealand

Water seems ordinary – it pours from our taps and falls from the sky. But you would be surprised at what a profoundly strange substance it is. It defies the normal rules of chemistry, it has shaped the Earth, its life and our civilisation. Without it, none of us would exist. The water in our rivers, lakes and oceans all came from outer space. How it arrived here and how those molecules of water were formed is a story scientists have only learned in recent years and which takes us back to the beginning of the universe.

Alok Jha will take you on a dual journey – first, an expedition to Antarctica, where the power and importance of water is made manifest in the great ice fields, icebergs and world-shaping weather systems of the Southern Ocean. And secondly, on a parallel scientific voyage that takes us from the origins of water in the Big Bang, through the beginnings of life on Earth, the shaping of human civilisations and then back out into space as water becomes the key marker in our search for life in the Solar System and beyond.

Alok Jha is the science correspondent for ITV News in the UK.

Auckland: the inclusive city

Date: 30 August 2016 6:00pm - 30 August 2016 8:00pm

Venue: University of Auckland, Owen G Glenn Building, 12 Grafton Road, Auckland

Speakers: Shamubeel Eaqub | Rangimarie Hunia | Associate Professor Susan St John | Alan Johnson

Until the mid-1980s New Zealand was considered one of the most egalitarian societies in the world. Over the past two decades this has changed dramatically. In 2015, the OECD highlighted inequality as one of the key risks facing the country. Nowhere is this inequality more visible than in Auckland. For many people the growing income gap is one of the most pressing issues facing the city today.

In the first event of the Ballot Box Series, speakers with varied perspectives and unrivaled expertise in their fields will look at the issue of inequality in Auckland. They will discuss the extent of the issue, how the social and economic impact of inequality threatens the city’s future prospects, and what can be done.

Flourishing whānau principles, indicators, and outcomes

Date: 1 September 2016 3:30pm - 1 September 2016 5:00pm

Venue: Auckland Council, rooms 4-6, level 14, 135 Albert Street, Auckland

Speakers: Dr Te Kani Kingi

RIMU Insights

Auckland Council's Research and Evaluation Unit and Community and Social Policy Department invite you to a presentation by Dr Te Kani Kingi. 

This presentation describes the factors which enable whānau to flourish. It identifies six key flourishing principles, the features of each, as well as their potential to advance the aspirations of whānau.

Following Dr Kingi's presentation Kataraina Maki, General Manager of Community Social Policy, Auckland Council will respond and facilitate further discussion.

Limited space for this event. Please RSVP:

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