On Friday 3 November, former Prime Minister Helen Clark will launch Reconnecting Aotearoa – a new collection of essays on loneliness and social connection in New Zealand, published by Bridget Williams Books.

Building on the Helen Clark Foundation’s two reports Alone Together (June 2020) and Still Alone Together (April 2021), both supported by WSP in New Zealand, Reconnecting Aotearoa advocates for transformative change within Aotearoa’s unique social, cultural and political landscape, to foster a more connected and resilient society in the aftermath of the pandemic.

Reconnecting Aotearoa is a timely collection combining first-person narratives, journalism and research to emphasise the importance of nurturing and fortifying emotional, social and societal connections in contemporary Aotearoa. Taken together, the essays deliver a stirring “political call to action to push back on the myriad forces that separate us from each other”.

Edited by former Helen Clark Foundation Director Kathy Errington and Deputy Director Holly Walker, the collection recognises the isolating nature of the Covid-19 pandemic and the vital role societal connections continue to play for overall wellbeing.

Using poignant personal accounts and compelling evidence, contributors Luke Fitzmaurice, Gaayathri Nair, Max Rashbrooke, Carrie Stoddart-Smith, Susan Strongman, Kiki van Newtown and Athena Zhu explore the profound impact of strong connections and the consequences of loneliness and disconnection.

Published by Bridget Williams Books, Reconnecting Aotearoa is released as part of the BWB Texts series. This series is made possible by funding support from the BWB Publishing Trust, Ockham Residential and Creative NZ.

For more about the book see here. For more information about the research the book was based on, see The Foundation’s publications Alone Together (June 2020) and Still Alone Together (April 2021). More about the Helen Clark Foundation | Mahi a Rongo can be found at https://helenclark.foundation/

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