Who's Going to be Speaking

We are proud of the excellence of the diverse and interesting guest speakers who address our monthly meetings.   Not only do they provide opportunity for learning and discussion on a wide range of topics, but they keep us up to date with what is happening in our ever-changing city and world.

Here are details of the upcoming speakers:


Monday, 14 June

Angela Kearney
My Work with Unicef

Angela has dedicated more than 15 years of her career in humanitarian and developmental issues for women and children.

She is a specialist on Africa and Asia, holding lead roles in emergency and advanced programme management in Afghanistan and Sudan serving the vulnerable populations within the United Nations family as well as through international non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

Angela is a Registered General & Obstetric Nurse & Midwife, with an Advanced Diploma in Nursing (Maternal & Child Health).


Monday, 12 July

Dr Rosie Ibbotson
Captured birds: Art, ornithology, and extinction" 

Rosie Ibbotson is Senior Lecturer in Art History and Theory at the University of Canterbury.

Her research centers on the Anglophone long nineteenth century, and concerns the entanglements of visual culture and environmental violence.

Rosie is currently writing a book titled Picturing the imperial Anthropocene: Visual representation and environmental change in long nineteenth-century Aotearoa New Zealand, and she has also published on the intersections of museology, visual and material culture, and de-extinction.


Monday, 9 August

Maxine Gay
"Breaking Intergenerational Crime"

Maxine Gay is the General Manager of Pillars Ka Pou Whakahou. Pillars supports the children and families of people in prison to help them create a positive future.  There are more than 20,000 children in New Zealand living with the knowledge that they have a Mum or Dad (or both) locked away in prison. Research tells us that these children are 9.5 x more likely to commit crimes and go to prison than children without a parent in prison. Pillars provides wrap around social work support and mentoring to break the cycle of intergenerational crime so that these kids can stride into the future with confidence.