Category Archives: Economics

Legislating to Increase State Powers of Surveillance & the GCSB

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Reason, Science, and Legislating to Increase State Powers of Surveillance

Rodney Harrison QC speaks about the legal and ethical issues surrounding government surveillance and public privacy, particularly surrounding recent events with Kim Dotcom and the GCSB.

Monday, August 12th, Case Room 1, OGGB, 6:00pm to 8:00pm.




Open Culture – Why it matters and why you should care

Open Culture: Why It Matters and Why You Should Care,

Monday, August 5th.    Case Room 1, OGGB,        6pm to 8pm.

Peter Harrison, president of the New Zealand Open Source Society, will discuss the resurgence of open culture: open source software, creative commons, and open research.



Peter O’Connor on Charter Schools


On Tuesday 19th of March we had Peter Connor who came to talk about what has been said about education and charter schools as a solution to a problem that has been created and talk about better solutions.
We tried to inviting one of the following to represent the pro charter school side of this issue: John Banks, Act leader and main driving force for charter schools; Catherine Issac, former ACT president; and  Stuart Middleton from MIT:

Speaker Profile:
Associate Professor O’Connor is an internationally recognised expert in applied theatre. His research has focused primarily on using applied theatre as a public education medium to address major social issues including public health, gender equity in schools and the development of inclusive, empathetic and critical school cultures. Recent applied theatre research includes national programmes on preventing family violence and child abuse and parenting programmes in Youth Justice Facilities. His work in Christchurch following the February earthquake has lead to UNESCO funded research and programme development. In 2011 he was named a New Zealander of the Year by North and South Magazine for this work. He is currently engaged in the ongoing debates about charter schools and the nature of quality public education. Peter was previously the National Education Manager for the Race Relations Office and the National Project manager for the Like Minds campaign with the Mental Health Foundation. His 2003 PhD on his work in forensic psychiatric units won the 2006 AATE Distinguished Dissertation Award in Washington DC.

David Attenborough, Population and Resources

On the Tuesday 9th October we didn’t have a guest speaker planned, so we watched a David Attenborough documentary and then discussed issues of population growth and the earth’s resources.


Steve Keen; Debunking Economics

In this lecture Steve Keen, a professor in economics and finance at the University of Western Sydney, will provide an overview of conventional economic theory, briefly cover its short-comings in dealing with the current financial situation, and outline his analysis as described in his book Debunking Economics. He will bring his discussion of the global economy right up to the present, and take a look at issues in New Zealand, including the housing market, debt levels and asset ownership, that affect our nation’s economic well-being.

There will be plenty of time for Q&A after his talk.

This is a free, public event co-hosted by the Reason and Science Society (RSS), Make A Difference with Economics (MADE) and the UoA Economics Group. Professor Keen is visiting NZ at the invitation of talksNZ:

This lecture will be held in OGGB4, Owen G. Glenn building, University of Auckland city campus on Friday, 7 September.