Crux Local Democracy Project Launch

In a world first, Southern Lakes community news website Crux is joining forces with a global pioneer in digital democracy – Ethelo. The Local Democracy Project is designed to increase the power of the citizen. This is the first-time public interest journalism and a digital democracy platform have joined forces.  The founding principle of the […]

Achieving peak performance into the 2020s

We are living in interesting times. The demands and pressures on each of us are increasing as a result of ubiquitous connectivity and fast-paced information flows. At the same time, expectations of employers are changing as individuals look for more purpose and empowerment in their working lives. And all of this happens against the background […]

Peace-Keeper, Peace-Maker

Major General Dave Gawn served two years as Head of Mission to the UN Truce Supervision Organization; since 1948, the organisation has worked between Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.

Moving To A Low Carbon Economy

Yes, we are already feeling the effects of climate change. Yes, we need to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and shift to a low carbon economy. But what sort of economy is that?

Failing Public Health

New Zealand appears to be slipping towards third world status when it comes to public health. The contamination of drinking water in Havelock North in 2016, sewage flowing through the streets of Middlemarch in 2018, the escalating obesity epidemic, our ongoing destructive relationship with alcohol – who’s looking out for our public health?

Water Crisis

We’ve got a freshwater crisis on our hands. It appears we can’t have it all – clean water, high volume dairy farming, the 100% Pure brand that drives our tourism industry, along with equitable settlements of Treaty rights.

Kathryn Parsons & Jason Pellegrino: Innovation & disruption

Technology is constantly changing the world we live and work in. Our panellists discuss their own experiences of innovation and disruption. Kathryn Parsons is the co-founder and co-CEO of Decoded, a London-based tech startup which aims to increase digital literacy.  Decoded’s signature one-day course trains participants without any background in computers to “code in a day”. […]

Dr Karen Hitchcock: don’t ever grow old

Old people are often seen as a burden – threatening the future of younger generations by sucking up health resources, straining families and spending their kids’ inheritance. They are crumbling and leaking and bent over, gripping their walking sticks with big white knuckles, staring at the young askance as they slip into the last seat […]

Scarlett Hagen and Laura Williamson: On your bike

Scarlett Hagen claimed her first national title at 12, won the Junior World Champs at 17, became Elite Oceania Champion at 20, and retired from racing at 21, having broken 17 bones along the way.  What was next for Scarlett Hagen? – do post-graduate research in mountain biking!  She has researched the sub-culture of downhill […]