Kermadec Islands: new marine discoveries

Date: 27 June 2017, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Venue: Sir Neil Waters Lecture Theatre, Massey University, Albany, Auckland
Speakers: Dr Libby Liggins (Massey University) and Dr.Tom Trnski (Auckland Museum)

Small, remote islands such as New Zealand’s Kermadec Islands have long been revered as natural laboratories­. Here we can examine the processes that generate and maintain biodiversity.

Typically, the biodiversity of the marine environments surrounding islands is less-studied. However, our recent expeditions to these Islands have exponentially increased our knowledge of the marine biodiversity. This highlights the scientific and conservation importance of this region.

Dr Liggins and Dr Trnski have dived and explored the Kermadec islands and will share some, until now, secrets of the intriguing marine biodiversity from this special place.

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RIMU Insights: Te Mura o te Ahi - The Heat of the Battle: How science and the social converge in the struggle for the environment

Date: 30 June 2017, 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Venue: Elliot Rooms, Crown Plaza Hotel, 128 Albert St, Auckand
Speakers: Dr April Bennett

Science is a dominant form of knowledge in planning processes.  As such, Māori must use science strategically to understand the issues and to pursue the outcomes we want for the environment and our people.  However, there are limits to the extent to which science can help Māori achieve these outcomes.  Recognising these limits, Māori must build our own knowledge of ourselves and the lands and waters to which we connect, and use it in planning processes to advance our aspirations.  It is in this knowledge that our strength lies.

This argument is based on a case study involving the AFFCO Meat Processing Plant in Feilding, Manawatū.  AFFCO applied for a suite of consents to continue to discharge treated meatworks effluent until 2050 into the Oroua River, the ancestral river of Ngāti Kauwhata.  The presenter was engaged by Ngāti Kauwhata to prepare a Cultural Impact Assessment of the discharge.  Pierre Bourdieu’s concepts of field, capital, game and strategy are used to analyse the consent process.  The analysis makes visible the nuances of the contest between AFFCO and Ngāti Kauwhata, and the emphasis on Māori knowledge as a deliberate strategy to protect the Oroua River and its people.


Dr April Bennett (Tūwharetoa, Waikato, Tūhoe, Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga)

Lecturer, Māori Resource and Environmental Planning at Massey University Te Papaiōea

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The future of our oceans

Date: 5 July 2017, 5:00am - 7:00pm
Venue: Viaduct Events Centre, Waiheke Rooms, Wynyard Quarter, Auckland
Speakers: Various

The future of our oceans - Continuing Sir Peter Blake's environmental legacy

Regionalism and the dominance of Auckland

Date: 12 July 2017, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Venue: Rydges Hotel Auckland, Kingston Rooms 1 and 2. 59 Federal Street, Auckland
Speakers: Various

University of Otago

Winter Symposium Series, with Joe Bennett

The working title for this year’s symposium is Why Should You Care?


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Auckland University Winter Lectures 2017. Nation Transformed: the place of migration in 21st century Aotearoa-New Zealand

Date: 2017-08-02, 1:00pm - 2017-09-06, 2:00pm
Venue: Auckland University, Conference Centre lecture theatre, room 423-342, Symonds Street entrance level, 22 Symonds Street , Auckland
Speakers: Various, see below

Winter Lectures 2017 - The University of Auckland, 1-2pm

Worlding Aotearoa-New Zealand: migration and the making of national futures
2 August 2017
Dr Francis Collins and Associate Professor Ward Friesen
School of Environment, University of Auckland


The ‘desirable’ migrant and the race politics of immigration
9 August 2017
Dr Rachel Simon-Kumar
School of Population Health, University of Auckland


Never the twain shall meet? Bridging the Indigenous-Immigration research divide
16 August 2017
Professor Tahu Kukutai
National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis, University of Waikato


Pacific migration to Aotearoa-New Zealand: “more than meets the eye”
23 August 2017
Associate Professor Yvonne Te Ruki Rangi o Tangaroa Underhill-Sem
School of Social Sciences, University of Auckland


Chinese in the cultural mosaic: New Zealand thirty years on
30 August 2017
Emeritus Professor Manying Ip
School of Asian Studies, University of Auckland


Emigration and the rise of diaspora institutions
6 September 2017
Associate Professor Alan Gamlen
Hugo Centre for Population and Migration Research, University of Adelaide, Australia

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