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Annual Sir John Graham Lecture 2016 | Achieving Change

Speaker: Professor John Hattie

Every parent, teacher, principal, policy expert, and education leader wants an education system that sees every child trained, inspired, and properly equipped for future success. Yet, despite the best intentions from all involved, far too many students are falling behind, with little hope of catching up.

Professor John Hattie is an expert in education research with a sizeable portion of the evidence in this field to his name. On the 5th August at the 2016 Sir John Graham Lecture, held in the Grand Tearoom of the Heritage Auckland, he spoke from this vast experience, about how educators can be empowered to make a greater difference to our children’s learning.

A conversation with Mark Powell

Speaker: Mark Powell

In March 2016, Maxim Institute hosted an after work conversation with Mark Powell. From his experience working for the likes of Tesco and Wal-Mart, to his four years leading New Zealand's largest retail group, Mark’s perspective on business is broad and unique.

Just after he ended his time as CEO of The Warehouse Group, we took the opportunity to engage him on issues like sustainability, his actions as CEO, and his vision for the personal ethical foundations that are required for business and society to thrive together. This was a continuing discussion, building on Mark's interview feature "Walking The Tightrope" in Flint & Steel Volume 03.



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.