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Keynote Speakers

  • The Honourable Grant Robertson Minister of Finance and Associate Minister of Culture and Heritage in the New Zealand Government will speak to the theme from the point of his two portfolios.

  • Dr Shino Konishi, School of Humanities and School of Indigenous Studies, University of Western Australia, Restorying Australia’s National History: the Australian Dictionary of Biography and Indigenous Wellbeing.

  • Dr Krushi Watene, Royal Society Rutherford Discovery Fellow, Philosophy Programme, Massey University, Relationships and Responsibilities:

Western civilisation has been built on the primacy of property ownership, individual rights, and on the notion of the environment as a resource without limit. We know that these pillars fail us under the weight of our contemporary realities. The impacts are so far-reaching that people the world over are searching for stronger foundations to take us into the future. At the heart of the sustainable development agenda is a concern for future generations. Development is framed as that which ‘meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs’ and which works toward ‘building an inclusive, sustainable and resilient future for people and planet’. This paper concerns itself with the extent to which indigenous communities provide some useful ways of grounding these future-oriented and sustainable concerns. Drawing on Māori narratives, I outline a number of insights for our relationships with and our responsibilities to past and future generations. In so doing, this presentation begins to articulate an approach to intergenerational obligations embedded in the idea of Kaitiakitanga, and in a way that demonstrate some of the contributions of indigenous (and particularly Māori) concepts to one of the most pressing global challenges we face.

  • Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley, Sociology Programme, Massey University, Can Democracy Survive Without the Humanities?

  • Professor Meihana Durie, Head of Te Putahi a Toi/School of Maori Knowledge) Massey University, Kia Toi te Mana, Kia Tau te Mauri:  The Case for Spiritual and Physical Vitality.

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