Stel­lar line-up con­verses

Pro­gramme of­fers plenty

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS -

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.

Photo: RIZ RITTRATO

Hot topic: Ital­ian po­lit­i­cal econ­o­mist, Loretta Naoleoni will present her lat­est re­search on ISISh/ Is­lamic State at As­pir­ing Con­ver­sa­tions in Oc­to­ber.

Photo: STEPHENWARD

VIP: Cel­e­brated singer-song­writer, Tim Finn will be per­form­ingWhite Cloud at As­pir­ing Con­ver­sa­tions in Oc­to­ber.

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