Events

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

Keep an eye out on this space for upcoming events as they are announced!

We will be hosting a seminar in Wellington in December aimed at those with an interest in local government and communities – stay tuned for more details!

Past Events

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: https://youtu.be/ia0X4_fVafY

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