It’s time to join the conversation! General Sales for the 2018 Aspiring Conversations start this Friday, February 23 at 8.30am.

Priority sales have now closed, and we have availability for all sessions, including the Friday evening session featuring Jacinda Ardern and Mary Robinson.

We expect some of our sessions to sell out quickly, so get in early!



There are three ways to book:

Online: Visit and click on the ‘Buy Tickets’ button.

In person: Come and see our friendly box office staff at Lake Wanaka Centre. The box office will be open on Friday February 23 and Saturday February 24 from 8.30am to 2pm.

By telephone: Call 022 4 TIX NOW (022 4 849 669).

The session featuring Jacinda Ardern and Mary Robinson is in high demand, and we will be recording it for podcast and/or broadcast, so everyone will get a chance to listen to the discussion between these two world leaders.


Anthonie Tonnon in Wanaka



Anthonie Tonnon at TUKI. Photo: Elliot Steven.

Look who we found at the TUKI music festival. Anthonie Tonnon, who will be one of the featured musicians at our Memories in Song session on Saturday April 7, was in Wanaka recently to perform at the TUKI music festival. TUKI director Lynne Christie called Tonnon a “true Kiwi talent”, saying “everyone in the forest was transfixed with Tonnon’s mix of musical storytelling and quirky dance moves”.

Memories in Song will see Tonnon in discussion with RNZ music journalist Nick Bollinger, as well as fellow musicians Reb Fountain and Warren Maxwell. They

Thank you to our SILVER sponsors Mt Difficulty Wines and Lake Wanaka Tourism for sponsoring Memories in Song.

Long lunch fundraiser

The 2018 Aspiring Conversations are looking to be our busiest yet, so we have made the decision to postpone our Long Lunch Fundraiser until a later date. Watch this space for deliciousness to come!