Stellar line-up converses
Programme offers plenty
Listen up – the conversation is about to begin.
A new annual festival of ideas, Aspiring Conversations, was launched at the Lake Wanaka Centre last night, to take place from October 10-12, in both Wanaka and Queenstown.
New Zealand’s singersongwriting legend Tim Finn will be part of it, in his first appearance at Wanaka for a while.
He will be performing White Cloud which he co-wrote with playwright Ken Duncum, about finding identity, told with a combination of observation, recollection, story and song.
Finn describes his pending visit as ‘‘a great opportunity to perform White Cloud in a place where landscape and sky combine to create drama and intensity, strong memories and connection – all themes of the show’’.
Guest speakers include a member of President Barack Obama’s Global Development Council James Manyika, who is also director of the event’s sponsor, the McKinsey Global Institute.
He will be debating the impacts of information technology with Parag Khanna, amember of the Council on Foreign Relations and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
Public ticket sales begin next Wednesday, September 3.
Italian journalist and political economist, Loretta Napoleoni (speaking in Wanaka and Queenstown) examines the
1080 drop proceeds
The Department of Conservation has gone ahead with a 1080 aerial drop, labelled ‘‘Battle for our Birds’’, in the Dart, Routeburn and Caples valleys. DOC has planned a 20,000-hectare drop in the area to combat a pest plague and save dwindling native bird species. power of Chinese capitalism, the enigmas of Russian banking and the laundering of funds for terrorism.
Winner of the 2013 NZ Post Book of Year for The Big Music, Kirsty Gunn, makes two appearances, one with present poet laureate and fellow Katherine Mansfield expert, Vincent O’Sullivan.
Other literary heavyweights appearing include former laureate Ian Wedde discussing the art of memoir writing with Dame Fiona Kidman, while father and daughter, CK Stead and Charlotte Grimshaw host a session on the ideas that drive their own writing and the pleasures and perils of ‘‘keeping it in the family’’.
The operation, which has two phases, started with sowing of biodegradable, nontoxic "prefeed" pellets.
The pellets were similar to the poisonous pellets, expected to be dropped next week. DOC Queenstown conservation services manager John Roberts said rat numbers doubled in the Dart Valley from May to July and when a similar thing happened in
There will be panel debates on balancing the competing demands on water and 2011, the rat numbers then jumped to alarmingly high levels later in spring. ‘‘We didn’t do 1080 treatment then, and we lost large numbers of native birds such as mohua/ yellowhead.’’ The last time 1080 was used in the area was 2009. The drop was one of 22 confirmed pest control operations throughout New Zealand by DOC. inequality – the growing gap between rich and poor.
The final session of Aspiring Conversations 2014 sees Damien Fenton, author of New Zealand and the First World War, asking why this country’s first engagement in the Great War was at Gallipoli and why it has come to mean so much for New Zealanders, Australians and Turks alike.
This will be the first time the event has been run separately from the main Southern Lakes Festival of Colour.
But in addition to the standalone sessions this October, Aspiring Conversations will also form part of the programme for the next Festival of Colour, April 21-26, 2015.
Hot topic: Italian political economist, Loretta Naoleoni will present her latest research on ISISh/ Islamic State at Aspiring Conversations in October.
VIP: Celebrated singer-songwriter, Tim Finn will be performingWhite Cloud at Aspiring Conversations in October.