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Annual Sir John Graham Lecture 2015 | Woven Together

Speaker: Hon Sir Pita Sharples

Hon Sir Pita Sharples has lived with his feet in two worlds: a pioneering leader of Māori culture, and a respected academic, advisor, and politician within historically Western contexts. He brings this understanding of Aotearoa New Zealand to his vision of how we might connect our ways of living and offer each other the best of what we have.

On the 24th July at the 2015 Sir John Graham Lecture, held in the Grand Tearoom of the Heritage Auckland, Sir Pita brought his vision to this ongoing national conversation that requires equal amounts of courage and generosity.

Why Not? | Making sense of the case against assisted suicide

Speaker: Dr Rod McLeod, Dr Huhana Hickey, Sam Bloore

Why shouldn’t New Zealanders be able to legally access assisted suicide or euthanasia?

There are many compelling answers to that question, but very few have been heard publicly in the current media environment. The Care Alliance, in association with Maxim Institute looks to bring some balance to the discussion with two public panel information nights, held in Christchurch (MC’d by social commentator and mental health advocate Mike King) and Auckland in the first week of September.

With a panel of experts in fields like medicine/palliative care, disability rights, bioethics and cultural analysis, and ample time for audience questions, this event will clarify the case against assisted suicide, leaving you well equipped to answer the question “Why not?” for yourself.

Beyond Profit | how the economy can be good for our society

Speaker: Hon Bill English & Nathan McLellan

It can’t be all about the money.

If we gauge our national success solely on having a growing economy, we reduce our vision of what’s needed for New Zealanders to thrive. Growth matters for New Zealand’s economic future, but we need an expanded view of what’s important for our economy and our society.