Preliminary Programme 2014



Thursday 27 February 2014

Venue: Royal Akarana Yacht Club, 8 Tamaki Drive, Okahu Bay, Auckland

Free car parking available at the Yacht Club, with access off Tamaki Drive, Okahu Bay

9:00-9.30 am onwards
9:00-9.30 am
Registration Open
Collaborative Creating and Making

“The Experimental Bakery”

Welcome and Opening Remarks

MC Qiane Matata-Sipu


10.00 – 10.20am

Food and refreshments

10.20 – 11.00 am
Networking Break

[Kinaki with Chef Charles Royal]

Panel Discussion and Open Forum

“How the World has Changed”

Panel discussion:

Ross Stevens, design futurist, Victoria University of Wellington School of Design, design-led futures

Jill Caldwell, director, Windshift social trends, Dunedin

Jodi Newcombe, environmental economist, founder of Carbon Arts, Melbourne

Sarah Amazinnia, strategic arts adviser, Urban Regeneration, Christchurch City Council


Open discussion, observations and challenges – among participants.

11.00 – 11.40 am
Guest Speaker and Discussion

“Social Change – inventing opportunities for the 21st Century global citizen”

Qiujing Wong, co-Founder and Chief Executive of BORDERLESS social change agency

At the very heart of every human being is a deep desire to be purposeful, useful and appreciated. Social Change offers us all the unique opportunity to take responsibility for the things that really matter. In this presentation, Q offers unique insights into this new market category and the wealth of opportunity now available to us to take meaningful action now.

Questions and discussion

11.40 – 11.55 am
11.55 – 1.00 pm
Networking Break
Guest Speakers and Discussion

“Flourishing Aotearoa – a society where all people flourish”

Judi Clements, CEO, Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand

Resilience and improved social relationships will allow us to respond effectively to the global challenges before us.


“The Role of Leadership Communication to Inspire Innovation and
Culture Change”

Lorri Lennon, founder, the Centre for Leadership Communication, Australia

Organisational challenges for growing an innovation culture, how people’s brains work, how information becomes meaningful in the context of people’s ‘maps of reality’, and implications for leadership, culture, change and communication in the workplace.

Open discussion facilitated by Lorri Lennon.

1.00 – 2.00 pm
Lunch and Networking

Indigenous infusion with Chef Charles Royal

2.00 – 3.00 pm
Guest Speakers and Discussion

“Collaboration and Creativity – from the Ground Up”

Kiri Jarden, Metropolitan Arts Advisor, Christchurch City Council

The Christchurch experience


“Arts and Creative Enterprise – The Creative Industries Fund”

Sarah Amazinnia, Strategic Arts Adviser, Urban Regeneration, Christchurch City Council


“Community Arts”

Jill Walker, artist and storyteller, The Travelling Tuataras, Rotorua – ‘inspiring the creative spark’


Open forum on the arts and creative industries.

3.00 – 3.30 pm
Networking Break and Sea Air

Food and refreshments

Kinaki with Chef Charles Royal

3.30 – 4.00 pm
4.00 – 4.25 pm
to be advised
Guest Speaker and Discussion

“Radically Expanded Horizons”

Thomas Stazyk, change maker and writer

Thomas will describe his life change from corporate executive to community service and writer.  The focus will be on change in perspective, learning what brings out the best in people and seeing what happens when people realise they are making a difference.

Questions and discussion

4.25 – 5.00 pm
Guest Speakers and Discussion

“Sistema Aotearoa: an orchestra for social change”

Dr Joe Harrop, Programme Director, Sistema Aotearoa, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra

Ros Giffney, Programme Facilitator, Sistema Aotearoa, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra

Sistema Aotearoa, part of the global El Sistema movement, uses the symphony orchestra as a means of social development. In Otara, South Auckland, over 200 children are learning important life skills and positive behaviours, which then impact throughout the community. Sistema Aotearoa is a partnership programme between the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and the Ministry for Culture & Heritage.

Questions and Discussion

5.00 – 7.00 pm
Twilight Gathering and Networking

Twilight evening with Chef Charles Royal

Indigenous fine food and refreshments



5:20 – 5:50 pm
Guest Speaker

“Documenting Life – Storytelling Photography”

Qiane Matata-Sipu (BCS), Qiane Media & Photography

Qiane Matata-Sipu (writer/photographer) speaks about the importance of storytelling through documentary photography and shares the stories of Ihumatao Pa, the longest continual settlement of Maori in Auckland and, the subject of her recent solo exhibition Ihumatao – Taku Tangata, Taku Whenua. She discusses the importance of documenting the stories of this historically significant area that has long suffered the effects of urban encroachment, not only causing damage to the environment but now, also, threatening pa life as we currently know it. As a Pa Kid herself, she talks about how this body of work came to be and what effect it has had on not only how the outside world sees this small Maori village, but also, how the pa, particularly the kids, have come to see themselves.

7.30 pm


Friday 28 February

Venue: The Mind Lab, 69 Carlton Gore Road, Newmarket, Auckland

9.50 am
Registration Open in the café

Coffee General café @ The Mind Lab, 69 Carlton Gore Road, Newmarket

Free car parking available at back of the building, with access from Park Road, Newmarket

10.00 am – 11.00 am
Open Lab – Time to Play, New Ways of Learning

“The Mind Lab”

Explore the science and technology labs, meet the teachers, and be inspired.


11:00-11:05 am

MC Qiane Matata-Sipu


 Welcome and Introductions

11:05-12:00 pm
Guest Speaker and Discussion

“3D Printing, Biological Printing, and the Impact of the Maker Movement”

“Where these emerging technologies will take us in the next 20 years”

Ross Stevens, design futurist, Victoria University of Wellington School of Design

Innovations and implications across all facets of industry, business and life.



Discussion and open forum

12:00 – 12:10 pm
12:10 – 12:35 pm
Break and Networking
Guest Speaker and Discussion

“Technology, Students and Personality”

Christian Silver, Deputy Head, Kristin School, and founder of Decode movement

Christian’s presentation will first cover how schools have been embracing the future of technology and what could be done better. He will also touch on the importance of giving technology and software personality, and how important it is that people can harness the power of technology.

12:35 pm – 12.45 pm
Guest Speaker and Discussion

“Learning by Doing”

Frances Valintine, Chief Executive and passionate educator, The Mind Lab, and Chris Clay, Chief Academic and Science boffin, The Mind Lab

Creating tomorrow’s Thinkers, Doers, Inventors & Disruptors

Open discussion, Q&A


12:45 pm – 1:15 pm
Guest Speaker and Discussion

“Reinventing Reading & Reimagining Writing”

Paul Cameron, CEO and co-founder, Booktrack

Never have Books been so accessible yet reading as a preferred form of entertainment is in decline due to competition from TV, film, and video games. Paul will tell the story of how Booktrack is bringing a new reading and writing experience to life through a medium that has a profound effect on our emotion and memory: sound.

Discussion can continue with Paul into the lunch.

1:15 – 2:00 pm
Brainfood and Networking

Coffee General café @ The Mind Lab is open. Meet and hang out.


Brunch and lunch around with colleagues at one of several local cafes in the Newmarket neighbourhood.

Wise Cicada – café, vegan, vegetarian, organic 23 Crowhurst Street, Newmarket, Auckland.

Little & Friday, 12 Melrose Street, Newmarket, Auckland. 

Jones The Grocer, 143 Carlton Gore Road, Newmarket, Auckland.

Tim Melville, Tim Melville Gallery, 11 McColl Street, Newmarket – open at this time, with Joe Sheehan sculpture exhibition.

2:00 – 2:30 pm
Guest Speaker and Discussion

“Selfishly Striving To Be a Wholesome & Substantive Designer”

Jamie McLellan, designer, Jamie McLellan Limited

Jamie will speak about his work as a designer, the changes he has witnessed during his 14 years in industry and how these changes allow him to act more patriotically than ever on these small islands at the bottom of the Pacific; connecting with clever risk takers, working within smaller design-led eco-systems, and along the way finding meaning within the context of cultural homogenisation.

2:40 – 3:10 pm
Guest Speaker and Discussion

“Architecture van Brandenburg”

Fred van Brandenburg, founder, Architecture van Brandenburg


Discussion and open forum

3:10 – 3:30 pm
3:30 – 4:15 pm
Break and Networking
Guest Speaker and Discussion

“Designing interfaces between Nature, the Public and Policy:
What role for the arts?”

Jodi Newcombe, founder, Carbon Arts, Australia

How do we make visible the often invisible environmental flows through a city? How can artists working in public space work to break down institutional and legislative barriers to progress on environmental sustainability? This presentation critically examines case studies in public art that are transcending disciplinary boundaries and bringing a new legibility to sustainable urban infrastructure.

Open discussion, Q&A

4:15 – 4:30 pm
4:30 – 4:50 pm
Break and Networking
Guest Speaker and Discussion

“Science Communication for Stakeholder Engagement”

Mike Shaw, Senior Communications Advisor, Plant & Food Research

Augmented Reality

Annual Report 2013 – AR application

Open discussion, Q&A

4:50 – 5:00 pm
5:00-6:00 pm
Guest Speaker and Discussion

“An AMA with GlowGirl!”

Dr Siouxsie Wiles, microbiologist, University of Auckland

Award-winning scientist Dr Siouxsie Wiles describes herself as a microbiologist and bioluminescence enthusiast but she is probably best known as “the one with pink hair”. Siouxsie will enthuse about glowing creatures and deadly superbugs and explain why stereotyping scientists matters. Questions welcomed!

Science Communication: Science & Nature are amazing!

Open discussion, Q&A

6.00 – 6:05 pm
6.05- 6:35 pm
6:10 pm
Panel Discussion
Social Time



Invivo Co-Founders Tim Lightbourne and Rob Cameron, winemaker

Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot, Spritzers…


“Experimental Arts”

Gerbrand van Melle, designer

“Sound Bites” – from audio to emerging design work, forming physical adornment


“Experimental Acoustic”

Michael Sperring

Closing time to be advised



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