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Thu 22 Apr 2010, 5:45pm–6:45pm

Where: Downstage Theatre, 12 Cambridge Tce, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $15.00
  • Unwaged, concession, student: $10.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Downstage

How does traditional Maori tikanga align with geo-engineering and attempts to re-balance the earth and oceans? Is anyone ultimately responsible for our ocean’s weather patterns and the earth’s wider climate?

Guest speakers:
Bishop Muru Walters - Bishop Muru Walters has been a Maori All Black, a leading Maori artist and art teacher, trained by Gordon Tovey in the 1950s. He is now the Anglican Maori Bishop for the Lower North Island.

Dr Philip Boyd, Oceanographer, NIWA - Philip Boyd is a phytoplankton ecologist with NIWA and has been based at the NIWA/University of Otago collaborative centre of chemical and physical oceanography in the Department of Chemistry. For the past 8 years Boyd has been collaborating with climate change modellers to investigate how altered ocean conditions will impact phytoplankton processes. His research into what controls ocean productivity has led him to cast a critical eye over schemes to geo-engineer the oceans.

Chair: Hamish Campbell - Hamish Campbell is a Wellington-based geologist and senior scientist with GNS Science and science communicator at Te Papa. He was educated at Otago, Auckland and Cambridge universities and began his professional career as a palaeontologist with the New Zealand Geological Survey (DSIR) in 1978, with particular interest in Mesozoic fossils of New Zealand and New Caledonia. Since 1998, he has been part-time resident geologist at the National Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, and is the co-author of ‘In Search of Ancient New Zealand’.

Dialogues with Tomorrow:
What is the role of imagination in envisaging a sustainable society?

Dialogues with Tomorrow places artists in conversation with scientists, business people and thinkers on themes related to climate change. In each session, an artist or cultural commentator presents ideas and work inspired by environmental issues. A response is provided an expert in the field, followed by discussion that brings together the knowledge, ideas and reactions of the speakers.

Restaurants to book near Dialogues with Tomorrow: Oceans, Agency and Atua