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, 12 April

Professor Paul Spoonley
New Zealand in a COVID World : A Very Different Demographic Future

In the decade from 2010 to 2020, New Zealand experienced major demographic changes : declining fertility, rapid ageing of the population, very different regional demographic profiles and dynamics, including population stagnation in a growing number of regions, and the largest net gains from immigration ever. COVID 19 has changed some of these factors and confirmed others. New Zealand, by 2030, will be a very different country. What will it look like?

Professor Paul Spoonley is one of New Zealand’s leading academics and a Fellow of the Royal Society of NZ.  In recognition of his scholarship, leadership and public contribution to cultural understanding he was awarded the Royal Society of NZ Science and technology medal in 2011. He has lead numerous externally funded research programmes, edited 25 books and a regular commentator in the news media. In 2013, he was given the title of Distinguished Professor, Massey University’s highest academic title.


Monday, 10 May 

Philip Aldridge
Where to Next for The Arts Centre

Philip Aldridge  read history at Bristol University before taking a classical theatre training as an actor at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.  He worked in UK theatres before a career in television drama and comedies.

In the 90s, he moved into corporate finance  establishing a boutique early-stage finance house specialising in technology and healthcare.  He sold his partnership and moved to Hawkes Bay in 2002.

Philip became Chief Executive of The Court Theatre in 2005 and oversaw the rebirth of the company in Addington following the earthquakes, the first public institution in the city to begin again in new premises. 

Philip was chairman of BNZ in Canterbury from 2012-2017 and was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2012.  Currently he is Director of The Arts Centre.


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).