The Hillary Institute’s 8th Annual Hillary Dinner (October 22nd 2015 at The George Hotel in Christchurch, Aotearoa New Zealand) was another great success, led in person by MIKE BRUNE with support from JEREMY LEGGETT (from London), Prof. PAUL MILLAR (University of Canterbury, NZ) and Kiwi Connect‘s YOSEPH AYELE.
Ed Talk #1 – Mike Brune – “Fighting Climate Change is something we GET to do, not just something we have to do“
Ed Talk #2 – Jeremy Leggett – “Winning the Carbon War”
We’re very grateful to the Friends of the Institute who joined us on the evening:
“… just wanted to say thanks for putting on a great show … very inspiring night great company and amazing speeches. What more can you ask for?”. TJ.
“… thank you again for the invite – really enjoyed myself last night and went away really inspired!”. BW.
““… it was like some crazy High School Reunion … and launching straight back into where we all left off. Such a great group of people. Such fantastic and inspiring speakers too. Thankyou so much for including me. Very, very much appreciated. Now I need to work out where I can fit into this beautiful puzzle”. RM.
“… thanks for a great evening – what an intellectually stimulating and challenging set of speakers you presented us with. I found it inspiring and came away with a sense of the positive that Mike and Jeremy were inculcating All best”. SW.
“Last night I had the privilege of attending the Hillary Institute of International Leadership annual dinner and it left me with a big, bubbling soup of feelings … excitement, inspiration, impatience, anxiety, determination, agitation, awe … there’s probably more. It’s a lot to contain. I feel like I’m on the cusp of being able to step into a more purposeful version of my life”. RJ.
For further information and a copy of our annual report visit the Hillary Institute’s website.
This text is an essay included in “Back to the Māori Future” in Inequality: A New Zealand Crisis, Max Rashbrooke (ed.), Wellington, Bridget Williams Books, June 2013.
Better by Design: back to the Māori future?
At the creation
It is interesting to speculate on the vision that the Māori leadership of the nineteenth century had in mind as they signed the Treaty of Waitangi, and what they may have envisaged a co-created Aotearoa New Zealand – and their role in that nation-building exercise – would look like.
A genuine blending of the Māori worldview, with its dynamic, community-grounded customs and values held in a frame of reciprocal responsibility to each other and the natural world, and the equally dynamic Western model, with its technologies and capital market economy and systems of management, would have been a heady mix indeed.
We do enjoy, fortunately, a unique Aotearoa New Zealand approach to life, one that shapes our view of both each other and the external world. But the merger – to date at least – has been a largely one-sided affair, with the indigenous instinct being overwhelmed by the globally dominant Western frame. It has taken a long time for Māori to tack their way back into the contemporary field, and the relatively impressive progress of late is still tentative and fragile.