17/04/2019 - 6:00pm

National health outbreaks such as the 2016 Havelock North campylobacteriosis outbreak and the recent measles outbreak highlight weaknesses in our country’s health infrastructure.

17/05/2019 - 1:00pm

Although the New Zealand Wars (1845-1872) have profoundly shaped our country they have been little acknowledged, taught and understood.

Historian Vincent O’Malley presents an introduction to the causes, course and consequences of these defining conflicts fought between groups of Māori and the Crown in his book The New Zealand Wars: Ngā Pakanga O Aotearoa. He delivers the 2019 Michael King Lecture.

FRI, 17 MAY 2019
1:00pm – 2:00pm
ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre

18/05/2019 - 11:30am

Writers Maris O’Rourke and Kim Workman have both dedicated a significant part of their lives to public service. From a rural Māori–Pākehā upbringing, via police service during the Springbok tour and then prison management, Workman now advocates for justice reform; O’Rourke was this country’s first Secretary of Education, and Director of Education for the World Bank.

19/05/2019 - 12:30pm

From driverless cars to digital assistants, it seems the world of work is on the cusp of a technological revolution that is generating hopes and fears alike. But are the robots really knocking at the door? And what does all this mean for Aotearoa?

19/05/2019 - 4:00pm

In 1975 Marilyn Waring was elected to the New Zealand Parliament as the MP for Raglan. Aged just 23 and only the fifteenth woman to enter Parliament, she served through the turbulent years of Muldoon’s government, including as chair of the Public Expenditure Committee, before crossing the floor to support nuclear-free legislation which ultimately led to the fall of the National government.

13/05/2019 - 7:00pm

The Auckland Writers Festival offers hundreds of events with local and international writers and thinkers. Many feature BWB authors and contributors, including:

06/04/2019 - 1:00pm

In this Aspiring Conversations session at the 2019 Southern Lakes Festival of Colour, Major General Dave Gawn will speak about the day-to-day realities of peace-keeping in one of the most complex and enduring areas of conflict. He served two years as Head of Mission to the UN Truce Supervision Organization; since 1948, the organisation has worked between Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. Anna Gawn was able to accompany her husband to cities where few outsiders go; her photographs show how ordinary people try to just keep on living as usual.

05/04/2019 - 12:00pm

New Zealand appears to be slipping towards third world status when it comes to public health. The contamination of drinking water in Havelock North in 2016, sewage flowing through the streets of Middlemarch in 2018, the escalating obesity epidemic, our ongoing destructive relationship with alcohol – who’s looking out for our public health?

02/04/2019 - 12:00pm

We’ve got a freshwater crisis on our hands. It appears we can’t have it all – clean water, high volume dairy farming, the 100% Pure brand that drives our tourism industry, along with equitable settlements of Treaty rights.