De­bate on econ­omy

Central Leader - - News -

Unitec stu­dents’ views are ex­pected to broaden de­bate at a se­ries of panel dis­cus­sions on the New Zealand econ­omy.

The idea be­hind Fo­rum for the Fu­ture is to help stim­u­late con­ver­sa­tion about New Zealand’s op­por­tu­ni­ties and chal­lenges in the global econ­omy.

A range of iden­ti­fied top­ics will be tack­led in a se­ries of three 90minute panel-style dis­cus­sions bring­ing to­gether sec­tor leaders, aca­demics, stu­dents and the pub­lic.

They will take place on Oc­to­ber 8, 15 and 22 from 6.30pm to 8pm at Unitec’s Mt Al­bert cam­pus.

The first ses­sion will ex­am­ine how the gov­ern­ment’s goal to have New Zealand’s econo- my catch up with Aus­tralia’s by 2025 can be achieved.

Guest speak­ers will be New Zealand In­sti­tute di­rec­tor Rick Boven and David Cay­gill, a mem­ber of the 2025 Task Force and chair­man of the Elec­tric­ity Com­mis­sion.

The Oc­to­ber 15 ses­sion will look at the dairy sec­tor with guest speak­ers Tim Mackle, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Dairy New Zealand and John Penno, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Syn­lait.

The fi­nal ses­sion will look at the tourism sec­tor and will in­clude Graeme Os­borne, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Tourism Auck­land and Ed Sims, gen­eral man­ager of Air New Zealand’s in­ter­na­tional op­er­a­tions.

Con­tact Unitec on 815-4321.

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