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Unprecedented world events call for a better understanding of the country we live in. Come and hear the leading minds in humanities and social sciences at Massey University discuss critical contemporary issues.
The devastating 2011 Christchurch earthquake cost an estimated 40 billion dollars. The 2016 Kaikoura earthquake wreaked carnage along important transport routes with the rebuild projected to reach billions of dollars. Our capital city is perched upon one of the most active geological zones
Our changing physical environment is significantly affecting our economy, politics and society. The potential loss of loved ones, property and livelihood is becoming the new reality for many, while others watch through a media lens. How does the country come together, and how do we cope with natural disaster and sustain a united and socially compassionate response?
Global, local and internal mobility are creating several types of migration. Asian peoples seek new space and contexts, while refugees from troubled parts of the world flee danger. Some governments try to stem the flow of refugees, but welcome economic migrants. However, even economic migration is controversial when locals feel the pressure on scarce communal resources, and blame migrants for rising house prices. With internal migration, cities grow and rural areas decline.
This lecture will get behind the rhetoric to help you understand the real issues of migration and the Government response.
New Zealand holds a general election in 2017, while recent political events have challenged orthodox ideas and realigned power balances in countries around the globe.
How can we make sense of this changing environment?
What could be the consequences for New Zealand politics today?
The “Kiwi dream” of owning a home is increasingly unrealistic for many people. In our divided society, some own multiple properties while others are shut out of home ownership. New Zealand is experiencing housing insecurity, family transience, rampant property speculation, escalating rents, and sub-standard and overcrowded accommodation.
This lecture addresses how we might meet that most basic human need – housing security and sustainability.
Thursday 5 October 2017
New Zealand and the USA have recently fostered closer defence relations. This talk explores Asia-Pacific’s changing security landscape, and the roles New Zealand might play in the region as tensions rise over North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme, and China’s territorial claims over parts of the South China Sea, alongside potential changes in US foreign policy under the Trump Administration.
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Last updated on Wednesday 01 February 2017
Time: 6pm to approx. 7.30pm
Date: Thursday 2 February, 6 April, 1 June, 3 August and 5 October 2017
Location: The Round Room, Atrium Building, State Highway 17, Gate 1, Massey University Auckland campus.
Nibbles, juice, tea and coffee provided.
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