The foundation will hold events themed on our discussion papers as well as in areas of interest to Helen Clark in her international advocacy work. These will include seminars, guest speakers and discussion panels. Our events are aimed to anyone interested in the issues covered – students, policymakers, NGOs and businesses should all feel welcome. We are interested to hear from partners who may wish to cohost or otherwise participate in these events.

Upcoming Events

China after COVID-19: A conversation with Anna Fifield facilitated by Helen Clark
Thursday 4 June, 12PM

From all angles, China is critical to the global response to Covid-19, from the emergence of the virus there, to its government’s domestic response, to the future of the global economy and international relations. As China’s reaction to the pandemic emerges as a key topic in international politics, join Washington Post Beijing bureau chief Anna Fifield in conversation with former Prime Minister and UNDP Administrator Helen Clark about China’s unique position in global affairs at this pivotal moment as well as the role of journalism in the post-pandemic future.

This is a members-only webinar – please register to become a member to get details on how to attend the webinar.

Past Events

COVID-19 Webinars

Friday 8 May, 11am
Alone together: Holly Walker on loneliness in Aotearoa New Zealand
Holly Walker, our Deputy Director, has been busy researching loneliness in Aotearoa New Zealand, and what we can do about it. We held a webinar with Holly where she shared insights from her research, her time in politics, and answered questions from members. Holly was in conversation with Marianne Elliot, co-director of The Workshop, co-founder of ActionStation, researcher, writer, and former international human rights lawyer.

Wednesday 13 May, 11.30am
Helen Clark on the global response to COVID-19
Helen discussed the global response to COVID-19 and the implications of the pandemic for our future, in conversation with Holly Walker.

Seminar Recording

Somewhere to Live – Exploring solutions to the housing affordability crisis in Aotearoa New Zealand

We proudly launched our new report on the housing affordability crisis, authored by Dr. Jenny McArthur (University College London). She presented a seminar in Auckland on 14 February 2020 at AUT about her research paper. The paper discusses the root causes of our housing affordability crisis, and proposes a package of solutions to disrupt the speculative investment cycle, safely lower housing prices, and boost alternative housing provision to meet diverse needs.

Engaged Communities: How community-led development can increase civic participation

Business and Economic Research Limited (BERL) and the Helen Clark Foundation are excited to announce our partnership with the launch of a new report on the role of local government in enabling engaged communities. We held a seminar in Wellington on 9 December 2019, where there was great discussion and networking between local government and stakeholders.

Informed and engaged communities are central to a healthy democratic society, and local government has a critical role to play. Community engagement should be about building relationships, encouraging civic participation and community involvement. It should be about interactions and connections, getting everyone involved, and acknowledging and acting on local expertise. Effective community engagement should be about the process as much as it is about the results.

The Helen Clark Foundation Wellington Launch Event

The foundation held a launch reception on 5 September at Wharewaka in Wellington from 5-7 pm. Photos are available here!

A Conversation on Cannabis Law Reform

A seminar was held on 4 September at AUT – the seminar was booked out within 7 hours of registerations opening! The event featured a conversation between Chlöe Swarbrick and Helen Clark, facilitated by THCF Executive Director Kathy Errington.

Cannabis use is a reality in New Zealand. Despite almost 55 years of prohibition, it is New Zealand’s most widely used illicit drug.  Evidence shows that up to 80% of New Zealanders will use cannabis at least once before they turn 21. New Zealand could, like a growing number of other jurisdictions, face the reality of widespread use and legalise it and place appropriate regulation around use and supply. Next year, New Zealand will have the chance to make a historic decision on that.

Seminar livestream recording:

We also co-hosted a Parliamentary Symposium and the Unify Rally alongside the New Zealand Drug Foundation, with Rt Hon Helen Clark speaking at both events.

Seminar Recording

Getting to Carbon Zero – How can the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Help?

A seminar was held on 8 May at AUT – over a hundred people attended (with registrations reaching capacity within five days)! The event featured a panel discussion, with Rt Hon Helen Clark, Dr. David Hall, and Dr. Jo Spratt, facilitated by Executive Director Kathy Errington.

In 2015, United Nations (UN) Member States adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals — a universal call to action to eradicate poverty, promote global prosperity, foster peace, and protect the environment by 2030. But do they work? How can they be used to get us to Carbon Zero?

Media Coverage:
Te Waha Nui

The Role of Green Hydrogen in Getting to Carbon Zero

A seminar was held on 3 April at AUT, which was full and attracted attendees from industry, council, government, and private individuals. The research paper that the seminar was based on is available online here.

Media Coverage:
The Spinoff, Science Media Centre

The Helen Clark Foundation Official Launch Event

The foundation held a launch reception on 21 March at AUT from 5-7 pm. Photos are available here!

Speeches (Text):
Patron: Helen Clark
Executive Director: Kathy Errington

Media Coverage:
TVNZ Breakfast, The AM Show, The Project, Twitter

Kathy Errington, Executive Director

Helen Clark, Patron