All we want for Christmas is an end to poverty

On Monday evening 20 or so people from church and community came together to talk in the post-election environment about: What would it take to end poverty in Aotearoa New Zealand; What policies are needed; Is there the political will to make it happen? We heard simulating and to-the-point presentations from our three panelists: Jill … Continued

Cannabis Conversation

Around twenty people participated in a thoughtful and challenging discussion after church on the up-coming referendum on the Cannabis Legalisation & Control Bill. We had the advantage of some excellent, evidence-based input from top quality speakers on webinar: Chloe Swarbrick, Green MP Prof Joseph Bowden, Otago University & Advisor to Prime Minister’s Office Dr Debra … Continued

A city reborn?

Who is Christchurch? What is the identity of our new city?  Reborn in the CBD’s flash, fresh metal-and-glass newness, whatever it is, it’s not the same as it used to be.  “Before the earthquakes, Christchurch certainly had a strong sense of identity – its uniting mission, a reason for existing.” So John McCrone begins an interesting … Continued

Politics of Compassion

Kevin Clements (Chair & Foundation Director of the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, Otago University) packed Knox Hall on Friday night (10 August 2018) with a public lecture powerfully analysing the “Politics of Compassion in an Age of Ruthless Power”. Not only covering the Trump-effect in the US and the neo-Nazis in Europe, Clements … Continued

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