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2020 Programme

29 January 2020
Dr Joseph Neal, Professor of Weed Science, North Carolina University, USA

His presentation will focus on Glyphosate (Roundup) Safety Update Status and Controversies in the USA.Dr Joe Neal has been here for a few months collaborating with Dr Graeme Bourdot, Weed Scientist at Ag. Research. His expertise includes weed management in nursery crops, landscape plantings and Christmas trees. Research and extension programmes focus on optimising weed control programmes for cost effective weed control and environmental stewardship and biological control of weeds.

26 February 2020
Associate Prof Amy Fletcher, University of Canterbury – American Politics

My major research area is science, technology and environmental policy. I focus on the integration of the computer science and biotechnological sectors and the impact of exponential technological change on public policies and society. My current specific interests include artificial intelligence/automation and employment, the impact of AI on the higher education sector, and disruptive biotechnologies in health and the environment. Research questions that I consider include: 1) what happens after new technologies ‘leave the lab’ and enter society; 2) what ethical and political challenges do new technologies pose; 3) how can scientific and technological innovation be fostered through smart regulation and community engagement; 4) what would it mean to “enhance” humans with advanced technologies and what might be the political and ethical implications? I also have an ongoing research interest in public engagement, science communication and methods for community engagement and scenario/foresight analysis.

25 March 2020
The AGM will be at 10am followed by the talk.
Dr. Rebecca Stack – Ophthalmologist – Clinical Director for the CDHB Eye Department and with Southern Eye Specialists

22 July 2020
Kathryn Jones of the Laura Fergusson Trust Canterbury.
The Trust is one of three providers nationally to offer a specialist brain injury residential rehabilitation service. Their mission statement is:- Our mission is to facilitate autonomy, inclusion, involvement and independence for people with impairments and their families/whanau. We have over 180 staff involved in providing rehabilitation and support service to our clients. The Laura Fergusson Trust plays a leading role in providing traumatic brain injury rehabilitation in the South Island and aims to provide patients with the skills they need to return to their lives as quickly as possible.

29 July 2020
Dr. Paul Scofield, Senior Curator Natural History, Canterbury Museum
Professor Paul Scofield has worked at the Canterbury Museum since 2001 and is now Senior Curator Natural History. He is also an adjunct Professor in the School of Geological Sciences at the University of Canterbury. He will speak to us about the “Squarwkzilla” exhibition at the Canterbury Museum. This exhibition features the monster birds and animals excavated from a site at St. Bathans, in which he was very involved. Many of our members will have seen this exhibition, which featured our tropical and previously unknown past

26 August 2020
Professor Steve Chambers will talk on Legionnaires Disease.
Professor Steve Chambers is the former Clinical Head of Infectious Diseases. His research interests relate to diagnostics in respiratory infections, the treatment of infectious diseases and intermediary metabolism with particular emphasis on the relationship between bacterial and human metabolism.


2019 Programme

27 February 2019
Prof Paul Dalziel – Wellbeing Economics

Paul has been Professor of Economics at Lincoln University since 2002. He works full-time in the university’s Agribusiness and Economics Research Unit (the AERU) where he is deputy director. His research has focused on economic and social policy, with a particular interest on regional economic development. Paul has published more than 100 refereed publications, including papers on sustainable development indicators. He was the Science Leader for a national trans-disciplinary research programme on education and employment linkages (, funded over five years (2007-12) by the Ministry of Business, Employment and Innovation. Paul is in charge of the Economic and Governance pillars of the NZSD framework.

27 March 2019
The AGM will be held at 10am
Dr John and Janice Milligan – City Harvest Food Rescue – Canterbury

Operated by Janice and Brother Dr John Milligan City Harvest (recipient of the 2017 Civic Award for Emerging Leaders: for service to the city and the people of Christchurch) was established to work with food retailers, supermarkets, wholesalers, restaurants, caterers, universities and other food providers to rescue un-sellable but perfectly good food. This food is then distributed throughout the Christchurch to various community and charitable outreach centres.

24 April 2019
Dr Andrew Butler – Thorndon Chambers Law Society- Wellington – The New Zealand Constitution

Public law expert Andrew Butler moved to the independent bar and joined Wellington’s Thorndon Chambers in September 2018.Dr Butler was a senior lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington from 1991 to 1999 when he joined the Crown Law Office as Crown Counsel. He left in 2005 to join Russell McVeagh, where he became a partner in 2007. He has appeared regularly in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court and has been chair of the New Zealand Law Foundation since 2013 and convenor of the New Zealand Law Society’s Human Rights and Privacy Committee.

Dr Butler is also General Editor of Equity and Trusts in New Zealand, 2nd edition (Thomson Reuters New Zealand Ltd) and co-author of New Zealand Bill of Rights Act: A Commentary, 2nd edition (LexisNexis NZ Ltd), co-author of A Constitution for Aotearoa New Zealand (Victoria University Press) and Toward Democratic Renewal (Victoria University Press).

22 May 2019
Kathryn Dalziel- Barrister – talking on Facebook Privacy Concerns

Kathryn Dalziel teaches part time at Canterbury University in Legal Ethics, Public Law and Employment Law. Her research interests are privacy law focused and include the privacy of personal data, freedom of information and the relationship between privacy and medicine.
Kathryn practiced from 1989 to 1996 specialising in Civil Litigation, Employment and Privacy law. Since 1996, she has been Seminar Leader for Office of the Privacy Commissioner for the South Island and is now in practice at Taylor Shaw.

29 May 2019
Megan Martin, Antarctica Communications Manager of Antarctica NZ

Megan leads a passionate team of communications professionals who are focused on celebrating and promoting Antarctic science and the logistical support that makes it all possible. Megan was a journalist for 20 years, 13 of that with TVNZ, before moving into corporate communications. She oversees Antarctica New Zealand’s Community Engagement Programme which takes media, educators, artists and writers to the Ice to help tell our Antarctic story. Megan has travelled and lived around the world, but Te Tiri o te Moana (Antarctica) holds a special place in her heart as the last great wilderness on earth.

26 June 2019
Carolyn Robertson, Turanga, Chief Librarian

Carolyn Robertson is the Libraries and Information Manager for Christchurch City Council, a position she has held since 2005. Carolyn leads the planning, development and delivery of public library services for Christchurch and sponsors several library building projects which form a key part of the Christchurch rebuild. The largest of these is the new Central Library, an important anchor project in the rebuild of the CBD, which is due to open in 2017. Carolyn is a fellow of LIANZA (the Library and Information Association of New Zealand) and served as president of the association in 2010/11. She has been a member of Public Libraries of New Zealand since its inception and is actively involved in several international library networks such as the Metropolitan Libraries Section of IFLA (the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Global Libraries Network INELI programme for emerging leaders.

24 July 2019
Associate Prof Amy Fletcher – University of Canterbury – American Politics

My major research area is science, technology and environmental policy. I focus on the integration of the computer science and biotechnological sectors and the impact of exponential technological change on public policies and society. My current specific interests include artificial intelligence/automation and employment, the impact of AI on the higher education sector, and disruptive biotechnologies in health and the environment. Research questions that I consider include: 1) what happens after new technologies ‘leave the lab’ and enter society; 2) what ethical and political challenges do new technologies pose; 3) how can scientific and technological innovation be fostered through smart regulation and community engagement; 4) what would it mean to “enhance” humans with advanced technologies and what might be the political and ethical implications? I also have an ongoing research interest in public engagement, science communication and methods for community engagement and scenario/foresight analysis.

31 July 2019
Surinder Tandon MNZM– Multicultural initiatives in Selwyn and Christchurch

Surinder Tandon was awarded the Member of the NZ Order of Merit for services to textile science and the community.
Formerly a lecturer in textile science at Wool Research at Lincoln University, Surinder is very involved in the Multicultural Council and Multicultural initiatives. Living in Lincoln, he is involved and knowledgeable about our local Muslim Community. Many of us know little about our Muslim Community and after the horrendous attacks on the two Christchurch Mosques, felt the need to be better informed

28 August 2019
Dr Susan Foster-Cohen, Director of Champion Centre

Dr. Susan Foster-Cohen has been Director of the Champion Centre since 2004. She combines this role with teaching a course in children’s language acquisition at the University of Canterbury and research in collaboration with the New Zealand Institute of Language, Brain and Behaviour. She also supervises graduate students in the Department of Communication Disorders and the Department of Linguistics. Her current research focuses on the language development of children with developmental disabilities in the context of their non-linguistic development. She welcomes national and international invitations to collaborate in research projects that can help advocate for children with disabilities.

25 September 2019
Chris Davey, Education Officer at The Wigram Airforce Museum will talk on Defence and Deception – the Wigram Story. This is a change to the original speaker.

This is the story of Wigram during its time as an Air Force Establishment. From an Air Station to an RNZAF Base. Defence and Deception takes you on the journey from the pilot training school at Carr’s Farm in 1916, through the deception plans used during World War 2, and then on to the final departure of a military presence in the area and what is now the Air Force Museum of New Zealand today.

Chris Davey is a qualified teacher who is responsible for the delivery of free education programmes to preschools, primary and secondary schools and some adult groups that book visits to the Air Force Museum. Chris gave the Natural History Group a talk about the Anne Frank Exhibition some time ago. Chris is employed by the Royal New Zealand Air Force.

23 October 2019
Prof Alex Tan University of Canterbury – China’s Influence in the Pacific

Alex Tan is Head of Department and Professor of Political Science and International Relations, University of Canterbury. He is also Honorary Professor of the NZ Defence Force Command and Staff College, Associate Director of the NZ Contemporary China Research Centre, Senior Fellow of the University of Nottingham China Policy Institute (UK), Fellow of the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies (Dallas, USA), and University Chair Professor of Political Science (adjunct) at National Chengchi University (Taiwan).Alex is editorial board member of several international political science journals such as Electoral Studies, Political Science, Journal of Asian Security and International Affairs. He has published extensively in the areas of political parties and elections, political economy, Asian politics and international affairs.

30 October 2019
Dr Fiona Timms –Orthopaedic Hand and Wrist Surgeon- These Thorns can Kill!!

Fiona was born and raised in Dunedin. She graduated from University of Otago Medical School in 1992 and began her formal surgical training in 1998. She became a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2001 before completing further sub specialist training in Toronto, Vancouver and Sydney. She worked as a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at the hand unit at Middlemore Hospital in Auckland and then North Shore Hospital 2003-2005. In 2005 Fiona moved to Christchurch to work at Christchurch Public Hospital until the birth of her first child in 2006.

Fiona now works as a consultant orthopaedic surgeon in private practice. She specialises in hand and wrist surgery.

27 November 2019
Amanda Miller – Investigative Journalist – out of town speaker. The topic will be Celia.

Amanda Miller is a journalist, copywriter, producer and author. Amanda Millar is one of New Zealand’s most experienced and awarded television journalists. Millar has reported on many high profile 60 Minutes and 20/20 stories, including stories on former police Assistant Commissioner Clint Rickards, ‘Parnell Panther’ Mark Stephens, and disgraced Christchurch GP Morgan Fahey. Amanda has written articles and blogs for a variety of news outlets and is a former television news producer, writing and producing the news for one of the largest and highest-rated television stations in the Midwest. Amanda’s writing stretches outside of journalism, having written advertising copy for national companies like Wellmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Pella Corporation and Pennzoil. Amanda holds her Master’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of Iowa.


2018 Programme

28 February 2018
Katrina Darry, NZ Nutritionist – NZ Rugby Union – All Blacks
Katrina Darry has had her own nutrition practice for 20 years, specializing in sports nutrition. She has a wide range of experience dealing with athletics from both team and individual sports. In 2008 she landed her “dream Job”, to work with New Zealand’s top rugby players, which led her to work with the All Blacks during the 2011 and 2015 Rugby World Cups. She has previously been lead nutrition provider to NZ Women’s Hockey, Silver Ferns Netball, Super Rugby teams and is well known on the school rowing circuit and among sports individuals throughout the country.

28 March 2018
The AGM will be held at 10am
Barry Maister, Member of the International Olympic Committee All-Purpose Event Centre
Barry Maister is the Multi-Purpose Arena Trust Chairperson and his team had laid out a whole series of possible options as part of a concept of how this facility could work for Christchurch. They are simply ideas at this stage and now with a new government it has been advised that there will have to be budget changes. This facility is to feature events year-round be it “sports related, food related, games, health and wellness, music, art and culture” the facility will need to consider a range of amenities. Barry Maister is also member of the International Olympic Committee Board.

2 May 2018
This is a week later than normal as 25 April is ANZAC Day.
Michelle Sharp – Kilmarnock Enterprises – An inspiring journey of how an NGO can be turned around into NZ’s leading Social Enterprise

Michelle joined Kilmarnock Enterprises in 2010 and was appointed CEO in 2013. Driven by business excellence and social change, Michelle embarked on the daunting challenge of transitioning Kilmarnock from a charity based model to one of NZ’s leading social enterprises. She turned the dire financial situation round by diversifying and establishing contracts and introducing new, previous unimaginable, revenue streams. She has inspired people with disabilities to command of their own futures and show the community that we all have strengths.

23 May 2018
Sandy McLean CDHB Funding and Planning – talking on The CDHB Mental Health and Addictions System – current status and future challenges
Sandy has worked in a variety of roles in the Canterbury Mental Health and Addictions System, including clinical and management positions. She completed a postgraduate diploma in Mental Health through the Christchurch School of Psychological Medicine and has been influential locally and nationally in the Addictions Sector. For the last nine years Sandy has worked in the CDHB Planning and Funding Team where she has enjoyed exposure to the wider health system while continuing to support a mental health and addiction system that meets community need.

27 June 2018
Anita Spencer, Senior Ranger Department of Conservation Predator Free 2050

Anita Spencer is based in the Mahaanui Distrist Office, DOC, supporting the work of our biodiversity and recreation teams. The region Anita covers for Predator Free 2050 includes Christchurch and Dunedin, the Otago and Banks Peninsula, and many rural communities. All these areas share a common passion for protecting our native plants and animals. This is a new position for Anita after 16 years as a Biodiversity Ranger carrying out threatened species work with highly endangered species such as canterbury mudfish, bittern, pygmy button daisy and spotted skinks.

25 July 2018
Rachel Sears, Education Manager, Court Theatre

Rachel Sears runs the Education Programme at The Court Theatre and oversees the work of The Court Theatre Youth Company. She enjoys the connection with the children, young people and the artists visiting the theatre and seeing what magic can happen when they all work together. Rachel has a degree in Drama and Theatre Studies from Hollaway University of London and a Masters in Applied Theatre from Manchester University. Rachel is originally from England and her previous experience includes work for Artis Education, Creative Junction, Watermans, The Oldham Coliseum. In her spare time she enjoys reaching the top of mountains and exploring as many corners of New Zealand as possible.

22 August 2018
Justin Brown, Canterbury University, Pioneering Research and Development of Structural Timber Buildings

I am from Trail, British Columbia, Canada. Working as a carpenter’s helper and building tree forts from waste lumber as a child planted a seed for building that came to fruition in my first year at the University of British Columbia (UBC). I completed my B.A.Sc in Civil Engineering, minor in Commerce in 2015.

In my final year at UBC, I was introduced to the timber design build firm StructureCraft. During my two years at StructureCraft, I solidified my passion for timber engineering and building. Of particular note, I worked as structural engineer to deliver T3, a seven storey mass timber building that was the largest modern timber building in the USA when completed. My final project at StructureCraft was as structural engineer for the new StructureCraft facility, which included a panelized 4000m2 industrial building and 1000m2 office space.
To further develop my skills and contribute to the timber seismic research community, I am currently studying towards my PhD in timber and earthquake engineering at the University of Canterbury. My thesis title is the Seismic Performance of Flanged Timber Core-Wall Systems and it involves investigating the performance of timber walls to be used in buildings more efficiently.

29 August 2018
Eric Monasterio Forensic Psychiatrist, CPTPP and what this means for the average New Zealander

Erik Monasterio is Forensic Psychiatrist and a member of a large group of Health Professionals who have strong concerns about the likely so called CPTPP on New Zealander’s Health and Health Services. Erik will update us on the impacts that the signing of this CPTPP document will have long term for New Zealand. CPTPP puts multinational’s profits before health, says Health Professionals too few people realise that the CPTPP undermines NZ’s ability to pass laws to protect our safety and health says Associate Prof Papaarongi Read, University of Auckland.

26 September 2018
Prof David Fisher ofLincoln University, Sustainable Tourism: Real or Imagined?

David Fisher is a Senior Lecturer in Tourism in the Faculty of Environment, Society and Design at Lincoln University, and the coordinator for the Bachelor of Tourism Management. After working for 15 years in the tourism sector in the UK he came to NZ to undertake a PhD at Lincoln University in heritage tourism in Fiji.
Apart from teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses in tourism he undertakes research in tourism theory. Currently he is working on perceptions of time in tourism.

Note that is is different to the talk originally scheduled.

24 October 2018
Dr Adrian Balasingam Head of Department of Radiology CDHB

Dr Adrian Balasingam is a consultant Radiologist based in the CDHB Dept of Radiology. He is a partner/chairman of Pacific Radiology, Christchurch and a senior lecturer with the University of Otago.
Adrian is a fellowship trained Abdominal Radiologist with extensive experience in MRI CT including CT Colonography and PET CT. He was a founding member of the NZ National Bowel Cancer working group as well as a range of other national and international radiology committees.

31 October 2018
Geoffrey Rice – retired Prof of History Canterbury University – The Centenary of Black November the 1918 Influenza Pandemic

Geoffrey Rice is a retired Prof of History at the University of Canterbury, and he served as Head of the School of History from 2006 -2011 before retiring in 2012. Geoffrey wrote “Black November” the 1918 Influenza Pandemic, with the first edition being published 20 years ago. This book was an impressive work that combined exhaustive archival research case analysis and a wealth of oral evidence to make an absorbing study of New Zealand’s 1918 ordeal by influenza. Its only deficiency was the absence of any photographic material which was rectified with the second edition and these photographs enhanced Geoffrey Rice’s narrative.

28 November 2018
Dr Jan Wright, ex Commissioner of the Environment – Some thoughts on New Zealand’s Environment Challenges

Dr Jan Wright was New Zealand’s 3rd parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment and was reappointed after her first 5 year term totalling a decade of being in the position, then retired in her second term in 2017. During her tenure as Commissioner Dr Jan Wright has taken a methodical approach to the issues otherwise surrounded by emotion. Jan quietly released report after report of sensible well researched thoughtful and erudite science. Jan was bold and formidable and as a huge presence often criticised the previous government for their many policies towards the environment.


2017 Programme

22 February 2017
Dr Victoria Metcalf, Office of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor – Soulful Science – community based science at work
Dr Victoria Metcalf works in the Office of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor as the National Coordinator of Participatory Science. This is a new and exciting initiative. In my role we have a focus on creating opportunities for young people to be involved with science and technology, via participatory science projects. The more we know about existing youth initiatives, the more we can do together. A large part of my role is connecting people to each other. The diversity of participatory science projects range from revealing what types of tools were used to carve the Motinui epa, to tracking moth biodiversity across Otago, to investigating the use of plastic waste as a sustainable building material. What does participatory science involve? How are these diverse and interesting projects making a difference to people and communities?

22 March 2017
Jenny Harper, Director Christchurch Art Gallery
Jenny Harper was appointed as Director of the Christchurch Art Gallery in 2006. Jenny led the gallery through the 5 year closure following the 2011 Christchurch Earthquakes with the new gallery not opening until December 2015. It’s hard to fathom just how much has happened since, both in and around our inner-city art gallery. In particular, I look back on our five years of closure with a mixture of wonder and disbelief. I’m incredibly proud of what this Gallery has achieved over the “earthquake years” –but even more excited about or future. Jenny Harper was made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit ion 2011 for her services to the arts.
29 March 2017
Rhea Deacon, Waste Division of Cultivate Christchurch Ltd – “Urban Farming”
Rhea will talk about the Waste Division of Cultivate, the unique aspect of Cultivate and the CBD Organic Waste Collection Service and how if feeds the urban farms system.
Cultivate Christchurch, a network of urban farms for at risk youth, came about when its founders, Fiona Stewart and Bailey Peryman, were having coffee together and realised that both had the same dream. Cultivate Christchurch has various sites around Christchurch and the farms are run along a permaculture and biodynamic lines by as team of many whom are students or graduates of Lincoln University’s Biological Husbandry Unit. A central aim is to provide a place where young people who need extra support to be employed and learn about gardening.
Note that Rhea is speaking in place of Bailey Perryman who was originally scheduled to speak.

26 April 2017
Shamubeel Eaqub, Economist- “Economics and You”

Shamubeel Eaqub is an economist, he was most recently principal economist at NZIER, and economist with Goldman Sach, JBWere and ANZ Bank. He has wide interests but focuses on public policy and politics in housing and regional inequality. Shamubeel Eaqub has long been and advocate of choosing to rent rather than buy high priced housing. He also played a large part in getting regional development back on the public agenda after a period of neglect and his expertise on housing in New Zealand is universally recognised. Shamubeel was educated at Lincoln University.

24 May 2017
Michael Bayley, Showbiz Canterbury

In 2015 Showbiz Canterbury appointed Michael Bayly as General Manager to oversee the future direction of the company, commencing with the 2016 season of shows: Mamma Mia, Hairspray and Evita at the Isaac Theatre Royal. According to Diane Brodie, President of Showbiz Canterbury, Michael has an extensive experience in both the business sector and the performing arts, including musical theatre and opera.

31 May 2017
Gretchen La Roche, Chief Executive of CSO Canterbury

The CSO was formed in 1958 under the vision and direction of Prof John Ritchie. Gretchen La Roche returned to NZ in 1996 after attending the Royal Academy of Music in London and giving many recitals in the UK and working freelance with a number of London Orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Concert orchestra, and Royal Philharmonic. Gretchen played in the Auckland Philharmonia before becoming Principle Clarinet player with the Christchurch Symphony for 9 years, and was also a Lecturer at the University of Canterbury. She now leads the CSO Management Team. Gretchen has just returned from a research trip as a Winston Churchill Fellow to the UK focusing on the contribution of different orchestras are making to their respective communities.

28 June 2017
Dr Phil Rolston, Curator, The Foundation for Arable Research (FAR) – “China’s Food Security Policy: The Impacts on New Zealand and global food security”

The Foundation for Arable Research (FAR) is an applied research information transfer organisation responsible primarily to New Zealand arable growers. Dr Phil Rolston is a Senior Research Advisor for FAR. From Christchurch to China, Ag Research Forage Improvement Scientist Phil Rolston is known for his tireless work to improve agriculture development. Phil has gained significant achievement in technology transfer to the New Zealand herbage seed industry and rural agriculture in China. In addition he works as a contract Lecturer at Lincoln University in Seed Technology and continues research and development in the herbage seed industry with a focus on endophyte-seed issues.

26 July 2017
Katrina Darry, NZ Nutritionist NZ Rugby Union – All Blacks

Katrina Darry has had her own nutrition practice for 20 years, specializing in sports nutrition. She has a wide range of experience dealing with athletics from both team and individual sports. In 2008 she landed her “dream Job”, to work with New Zealand’s top rugby players, which led her to work with the All Blacks during the 2011 and 2015 Rugby World Cups. She has previously been lead nutrition provider to NZ Women’s Hockey, Silver Ferns Netball, Super Rugby teams and is well known on the school rowing circuit and among sports individuals throughout the country.

23 August 2017
Associate Prof Catherine Stedman, Associate Prof of Medicine Gastroenterologist and Clinical Pharmacologist – talking on Liver Disease

Catherine is currently actively involved in many specialist societies, including New Zealand Society of Gastroenterology and the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease. She regularly contributes papers and speaks at conferences, has been a Clinical advisor to bpacNZ, and is a member of the New Zealand Medical Council Advisory Panel. She is involved in many clinical trials of new pharmaceuticals and is passionate about providing excellence in all aspects of patient care.

30 August 2017
Dr Adrian Balasingam, Head of Department of Radiology CDHB

Dr Adrian Balasingam is a consultant Radiologist based in the CDHB Dept of Radiology. He is a partner/chairman of Pacific Radiology, Christchurch and a senior lecturer with the University of Otago.
Adrian is a fellowship trained Abdominal Radiologist with extensive experience in MRI CT including CT Colonography and PET CT. He was a founding member of the NZ National Bowel Cancer working group as well as a range of other national and international radiology committees.

27 September 2017
Ash-Leigh Campbell, Ngai Tahu Sustainability Coordinator for Ngai Tahu Farming

Ash-Leigh Campbell is one of the bright lights of Maori agri-business and was named a finalist in the 2016 Ahuwhenua Young Maori Dairy Farmer Awards, the first women to make the finals of the dairy category. Ash-Leigh says her university studies at Lincoln her a chance to discuss ad debate hot-topic issues facing the New Zealand Dairy industry. Ngai Tahu Farming is involved in sustainability research and development with Lincoln University and it is great to be part of this process.

25 October 2017
Dr Mike Joy, Senior Lecturer on Ecology/Zoology Institute of Agriculture Environment – Massey University

Mike Joy researches and teaches freshwater ecology, especially freshwater fish ecology, and distribution, ecological modelling bio assessment and native fish ecology to farmer’s attitudes to sustainability. As an academic Mike was a late starter at 33 and as a mature student he did well contrary to assessments of his secondary teachers who rated him “most likely to fail”. Mike is outspoken about the state of our rivers and he says the blame is not with the farmers but dairy companies and industry cheerleaders.

22 November 2017
Raf Manji, Councillor for Waimari – Christchurch City Council, A Future Funding Model for our Employment – “Separating Income from Work” (To be confirmed)

Raf Manji worked London’s financial markets for a decade. His is today Deputy Chair of CCC Strategy and Finance Committee, Deputy Chair of the Audit and Risk Management/ Insurance sub-committee. He is essentially Mayor Lianne Dalziels’ right hand man.
Raf Manji will talk about the future of the world employment with the more use of robots/automation what could be a solution?


2016 Programme

24 February 2016
Dr James Mills, 51-year Study of Red-billed Gulls
Jim Mills was formerly Assistant Director of Endangered Species Research in the New Zealand Wildlife Service. He has followed individual Red-billed gulls throughout their lifetime, incorporating the records of seven generations. This is one of the longest running studies in the world and during the talk Jim will highlight some of the important findings of his research on the Red-billed gull at Kaikoura. In addition, Jim will include results from a collaboration with scientists around the world which is investigating the impact of over-fishing on sea bird populations. John Yarrall has been associated with the project since 1980, providing management of the large data-base.
23 March 2016
Ivan Donaldson, Pegasus Bay Winery
Ivan Donaldson is a former Professor of Neurology at the University of Otago School of Medicine, Christchurch. His eminent career in Neurology has been paralleled by a life devoted to winemaking and the business he and his wife Chris created out of their passion for wine, is now a successful family company, Pegasus Bay Wines, in which three of the Donaldson’s four sons are actively involved. Pegasus Bay Winery has been named one of NZ’s top 5 producers by Robert Parker and the vineyard restaurant has been awarded NZ best by Cuisine Magazine in 2011 for the last 4 consecutive years.
30 March 2016
Dr Charles Murfield, Sustainable agriculture
Dr Charles Merfield works for a Charitable Trust, The Biological Husbandry Unit Organics Trust. This trust is dedicated to providing education, training and research in organics, ecological permanent and related agricultures and horticultures. It is run by a board of trustees with representatives from around the NZ organic movement, organic farmers, growers, and from Lincoln University. Dr Charles Merfield has Masters of Applied Science and Biological Control in Agro-ecosystems and a PhD in Organic Carrot Seed Production from Lincoln University. His research has covered a wide range of topics including weed management, tillage soil nutrient management and pest and disease management.
27 April 2016 – AGM
Peter Majendie, Sidedoor Arts Trust

Peter Majendi is responsible for the 185 white chairs he prepared that sit on the old site of the Oxford Terrace Baptist Church site that commemorate the victims of the Christchurch Earthquake.

Peter is also a stand-up Comedian who has performed for several years in the International Comedy Festival. He is also a Faith and Art Speaker (Preacher), an Installation and Conceptual Artist creating large-scale multi media art installations. The Sidedoor Arts Trust is a trust that was formed as a separate entity to support creative communication within our present culture through various artistic media.

25 May 2016
Rachael McNutt, Canterbury/West Coast Air Rescue Trust

Rachael McNutt is the Manager in charge of all administration issues of the Canterbury/West Coast Air Rescue Trust. The Trust exists with the primary function of raising and administering the money required to fund a viable world class air rescue service. The Trust functions within a valued partnership that has existed between two key providers that physically operate the rescue service: Garden City Helicopters and St John Ambulance who provide the paramedics. The current funding environment means that 40% of Air Rescue operational costs are met by ACC and Hospital payments and the remaining 60% comes from an even split between business sponsorship and the community.

22 June 2016
Peter Vangioni, Curator, Christchurch Art Gallery

Peter Vangioni is a curator at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu. He has curated exhibitions on the art of Ralph Hotere, Petrus van der Velden and the Banks Peninsula landscape. More recently, late last year, he has developed several exhibitions for the re-opening of the Christchurch Art Gallery  including McCahon/Van der Velden, In The Vast Emptiness: Canterbury Landscape Painting from the 20th century and The Golden Age: 20th century British and New Zealand Wood-Engraving.

29 June 2016
Nick Ledgard, Canterbury’s Braided Rivers – saving a unique ecocsystem
(This is a change to our previously-published programme.)

Nick Ledgard has been closely associated with ornithology since his school days. After 40 years in forest research, he retired to his home at Loburn, just north of Rangiora. Since then, he has spent much of his spare time trying to improve the breeding success of indigenous birds which breed on the local Ashley-Rakahuri river. He is currently Chair of the Ashley-Rakahuri Rivercare Group, and also Chair of BRaid inc (braided river aid), an umbrella group with the mission of assisting others in halting the decline in bird populations on all braided rivers.         

27 July 2016
Prof Richard Gearry, The Body’s Plumbing

Prof Richard Gearry is a senior Lecturer in the Dept of Medicine, University of Otago; and a Consultant Gastroenterologist at Christchurch Hospital. His research focuses on luminal Gastroenterology, including genetics of inflammatory bowel disease (crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis) and the pharmacogenetics of thiopurine drugs. Prof Richard Gearry collaborates widely with groups within the University of Otago, New Zealand and internationally. As a consultant Richard specialises in the diagnosis of diseases and disorders of the digestive system. These may affect the oesophagus, stomach, small and large intestine (colon), rectum, liver, gallbladder and pancreas.

24 August 2016
Dayle Hadlee, Cricket

Dayle Hadlee is one of five (5) sons of Waiter Hadlee, the high profile Canterbury cricket family. Dayle played 26 test matches and 11 one-day internationals from 1969 -1978. He spent 10 seasons in charge of the NZ Cricket Academy at Lincoln from 1995 before it was decentralised. In 2008 Dayle Hadlee’s cricket coaching skills were recognised on the world stage with his appointment as head coach at the International Cricket Council’s Global Academy in Dubai. In 2013 Dayle Hadlee joined the Wizards coaching staff as specialist pace bowling coach. Dayle is an internationally recognised coach with a huge amount of experience and knowledge of current pace bowling requirements and techniques.

31 August 2016
Hamish Riach, CEO Canterbury Rugby Union/Crusaders

Hamish Riach is the CEO of one of the most successful Rugby Football Unions in New Zealand, the Canterbury Rugby Football Union/Crusaders.
Hamish says that one of the key factors that separates Canterbury Rugby from the rest of the country is the nature of its support base and depth of passion our fans display. The legend of the “one-eyed” Cantabrian has been well earned over many years and no other province in New Zealand can consistently draw on such fierce provincial patriotism as can Canterbury.

28 September 2016
Dr Graham Fenwick, NIWA, New Perspectives for Managing Canterbury Groundwaters for the Future
Graham replaces Dr Daniel Collins, Niwa who was originally planned to talk.

Graham is an ecologist and crustacean systematist with 30 years research and consulting experience on the biodiversity of shallow coastal and groundwater ecosystems. He has a PhD and Dip. BA from the University of Canterbury, and joined the Operations Management Team in 2006.

26 October 2016
Prof Ian Shaw Director of biochemistry/Prof of Toxicology, Is It Safe To Live

Prof Ian Shaw’s Field of Study is Mechanisms of Toxicity particularly the impact of environmental contaminants on humans. Prof Shaw is highly regarded as an international expert on food safety and a passionate communicator of science. He has had over 20 years experience in academia, industry and government both in the UK and New Zealand, which includes chairing the UK Pesticide Residues Committee and working as the National Food Safety Programme Manager at the Institute of Environment Science and Research (ESR) based in Christchurch.

23 November 2016
Prof Philip Bagshaw, Associate Prof of Surgery at Christchurch Hospital

Prof Philip Bagshaw was named North and South Magazine’s New Zealander of the year in 2009.
He is the driving force behind Canterbury’s Charity Hospital which opened in August 2005. New Zealanders cut from hospital waiting lists and unable to afford insurance or private health care are treated at the hospital by volunteer medical staff. As well as Charity Hospital work, Prof Bagshaw works on medical research teaching at Otago University Christchurch School of Medicine and does surgery at the Christchurch Hospital.


2015 Programme

25 Feb 2015
Dr Victoria Metcalf, Climate Change
Victoria Metcalf has a PhD in Biochemistry and is interested in Antarctic fish along with climate change. Her job over the years has taken her on many visits to the Antarctic where she investigates how fish survive in such extreme cold and their use as bellwethers for climate change. Dr Victoria Metcalf has been awarded a SCAR Fellowship Scientific Committee Award on Antarctic Research where she was charged with initiating the development and coordination of high quality international research in the Antarctic region, plus she was awarded a Zonta Science Award, and has National recognition as a Female Ambassador for Science.
25 Mar 2015
Taz Mukorombindo, CEO Canterbury Business Association,
Helping migrants achieve their dreams
Taz arrived in New Zealand 2002 from Zimbabwe and despite having a degree in Commerce and working for 2 years at a large South African Gas firm, his first job was at Mitre 10. Taz decided to do a Masters in Business Administration after a period of time having difficulties himself getting a job that reflected his qualifications and experience. Then he decided to set up a charity, the Canterbury Business Organisation for migrant jobseekers to connect migrants in with public and private services that can help them realise their dreams by setting up many with self employment. The main role of the CBA is to connect these migrants with public and private services that can help them realise their dreams.
22 Apr 2015
Hon Amy Adams, MP Selwyn
The Honourable Amy Adams has lived in the Selwyn electorate for 20 years and was a partner in Mortlock McCormick Law firm before she was chosen as a National Candidate for Selwyn in 2008. Married to Don they run a 250 hectare sheep and crop farm in Aylesbury, Mid Canterbury. They have 2 children who are the sixth generation of the family to live in the area. Amy in the past held the roles of Minister of Environment, Communications and Information Technology, Minister of Internal Affairs and Associate Minister for Canterbury Earthquake recovery. Amy now is the Minister of Justice, Minister for Courts, Minister of Broadcasting and Minister for Communications.
29 Apr 2015
Prof Steve Wratten, Lincoln University, Ecology and sustainability
Steve Wratten runs a six-year research programme on biodiversity ecosystems services and sustainable agriculture. His research group comprises 4 post-doctoral scientists and 8 PhD students. He is also an award-winning teacher of undergraduate students. Many of the post-doctoral and PhD research projects in the group concern the ecological basis of biological control, especially conservation, biological control of insect pests and diseases.
27 May 2015
Dr Sarah Metcalf, Clinical Director of Infectious Diseases Christchurch Hospital,
Antibiotic resistance
Sarah completed her Medical degree through the University of Otago in 1995 and went on to complete her Specialist Training in both Infectious Diseases and General Medicine at Christchurch Hospital before gaining further experience in the United Kingdom.
Her interests within Infectious Diseases remain broad and include antimicrobial resistance, antimicrobial stewardship and healthcare associated infections.
24 Jun 2015
Russell Pyne, Ngāi Tahu General Manager Development
“I have an enduring satisfaction and great sense of achievement from my work here at Ngāi Tahu Property”
Before joining Ngāi Tahu Property in 1995, Russell set up his own business specialising in valuation and consultancy work in the residential sector, while promoting and managing commercial and industrial development projects for a private company.Russell is a registered valuer and a member of the Property Institute of New Zealand.“The opportunity to be involved in such a wide variety of projects from residential land development to multi-storey office buildings has meant my time here has been extremely rewarding. That together with the increasing number of young and enthusiastic staff joining the company have proved the catalysts to the enduring satisfaction and the sense of achievement I attain from my work here at Ngāi Tahu Property.”
22 Jul 2015
Neil Cox, GM Isaac Theatre Royal, Isaac Theatre restoration
Neil Cox, the General Manager of the Isaac Theatre Royal oversaw the $40 million makeover of this heritage building. There has been a total makeover from the proscenium arch to the front facade. Cox says a marble stair case from the 1928 rebuild remains but the rest is all new. History will judge the rebuilding of The Isaac theatre Royal as one of the Christchurch’s great engineering achievements.
29 Jul 2015
Andre Lovatt, Chief Executive of the Arts Centre, Restoration of the Arts Centre and their vision for the future
After Andre Lovatt completed his civil engineering training his career has been focused on leading the design and delivery of major building projects having spent the last 10 years as director of design with the giant Arup Company in Singapore. He returned home to take up CEO role of the Arts Centre to oversee the restoration and rebuild and to do the best job possible. Like most Cantabrians the Arts Centre holds a special place in Andre’s heart. Andre has a keen interest in heritage buildings and conservation and is a member of the NZ Historic Places Trust.
26 Aug 2015
Dr Ian Harvey, Fungi in the Home
Dr Ian Harvey is a research Associate at Lincoln University and assists post graduates with identification and control of plant diseases. Ian set up Plant Wise Services Ltd in 1997 to provide independent plant health advice and consultancy, utilising 30 years of experience in government service. He sold plant Wise in 2014 and diagnostic services for clients were transferred to Plant Diagnostic Ltd. Ian discovered the cause of rye grass staggers in sheep. Without Ian’s research we would not have the rye grass cultivars that are resistant to insect change. Ian describes himself as a “diagnostic plant pathologist”, and his skill is diagnosing plant diseases. Ian not only handles plant problems but identifies Fungi and this can be in the home or other areas. He then formulates programmes for their elimination.
23 Sep 2015
Dr Graeme Bourdôt, Biological control of weeds
Dr Graeme Bourdôt is principal scientist at the Crown Research Institute, AgResearch, and is based at Lincoln. His PhD thesis, “Seasonality of growth and development in yarrow (Achillea millefolium)”, launched Graeme’s career as a weed scientist. He leads a national team of scientists and technicians in addressing some of the “big” issues in weed management facing New Zealand’s pastoral and pastoral support sectors including herbicide resistance evolution, biological control, biosecurity, sleeper weeds and weed control economics.  Graeme has authored more than 200 papers in peer-reviewed science journals and conference proceedings. In addition to his research activities, he co-supervises post-graduate students, is a Subject Editor for the European Weed Research Society journal, Weed Research, and is Vice President of the International Bioherbicide Group.
30 Sep 2015
Shellie McMurtrie, Water Quality
As Co-director and Principal Scientist of EOS Ecology, Shelley is responsible for strategic direction, managing the science team, maintaining quality, and undertaking research and commercial work to identify robust and practical solutions to the problems facing freshwater and estuary systems in New Zealand.
Recognised for her expertise in the impacts of urbanisation on aquatic fauna and the rehabilitation of aquatic systems, Shelley was the Ecology Technical Lead for the Te Papa Otākaro/Avon River Precinct (ARP) – a key Anchor Project aimed at revitalising Christchurch following the earthquakes – and was therefore responsible for one of the largest urban waterway revitalisation programmes in New Zealand.
Committed not only to taking science into the world’s wild places but also to communicating science to the wider public, Shelley coordinated the 2010/11 Campbell Island Bicentennial Expedition (CIBE). She is a member of community groups and Chairperson of a charitable trust, and regularly donates her time and her company’s resources to help the general public on ecology matters.
28 Oct 2015 (This is a change from the previously published programme)
Jenny and Martin Setchell, Cameras, Concerts, Computers and Carbuncles – Behind the Scenes with a Touring Concert Organist
Jenny Setchell also has played the organ in churches of various denominations for over 40 years. Jenny’s principle career has been working as a journalist for most of her working career and in 2005 Jenny left one of NZ’s main metropolitan daily newspapers to pursue her freelance activities including website design, photography and writing.
Jenny is the author of “Organ-isms: Anecdotes from the World of King Instruments”.
25 Nov 2015 (This is a change from the previously published programme)
Christmas breakup
Dr Sue Bagshaw, Youth Mental Health
Dr Sue Bagshaw is Senior Medical Officer and head of the Clinic of The 298 Youth Health Centre, Barbardoes Street, Christchurch. The centre provides free sexual health, mental health and GP services for young people up to the age of 25. Sue Bagshaw is the Chairperson of the Korowai Youth Well-Being Trust that runs the above 298 Youth Health Service. The Youth Health Centre replaces the 198 Youth Centre which closed in April 2010 because of lack of funding.
Dr Sue Bagshaw is Director of Collaborative for Research and Training in Youth Health and Development, together with many affiliations to other health/review boards including being a Trustee of the Canterbury Charity Hospital. Sue’s clinical interests are Youth Mental Health, Addictions, and Sexual Health.