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.
Future events will be listed here as they come up!
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.
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.
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: https://youtu.be/ia0X4_fVafY
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?
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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.