Aspiring Conversations


Event Details


Friday October 10th to Sunday October 12th

Remember Aspiring Conversations is on this weekend – Friday, October 10 to Sunday, October 12 – key thinkers talking about subjects that are current, controversial and just downright interesting.

This extension of the biennial Southern Lakes Festival of Colour is offering two sessions in Queenstown as well as the full programme of events in Wanaka.

The opening panel debate is on the current topic of ‘Water – how do we balance the competing demands?’  Panelists economist Rod Oram, lawyer and treaty expert Moana Jackson and former president of Federated Famers Bruce Wills will be chaired by Wallace Chapman of Radio NZ with the opportunity for questions from the floor. Friday 10th October at 6pm at The Rees Hotel Queenstown, tickets $15

And economist Loretta Napoleoni speaks at The Rees Hotel on Saturday at 10am. She is an expert on the financing of terrorism, the Russian banking system and has a book ‘Maonomics – Why the Chinese Communists Make Better Capitalists than we do’.  She is also about to publish an e book on the funding of ISIS.

Over in Wanaka there are a whole range of other speakers – historian Damien Fenton talks about our war against the Ottoman Turks in the World War One as our first taste of Jihad, a panel discussion on Inequality and a solo performance by Kiwi music legend Tim Finn. As well as literary talks by Kirsty Gunn, CK Stead and his daughter Charlotte Grimshaw, Dame Fiona Kidman and current poet laureate Vincent O’Sullivan.

All speaker sessions just $15.

For more information and to book tickets – www.aspiringconversations.co.nz or phone 022 4 TIX NOW (022 4 849 669) or in person at The Rees Hotel, Frankton Road

Cath Gilmour

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