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Working Paper 2016/02 New Zealand King Salmon: A financial perspective

Working Paper 2016/02 New Zealand King Salmon: A financial perspective

This paper provides an analysis of the current and prospective profitability, liquidity and financial stability of New Zealand King Salmon Investments Limited (NZKS) in light of the company’s request to use water space in the Marlborough Sounds for salmon farming. It also explores how the New Zealand government might best assess other companies wishing to...
Treasury University Challenge 2014

Treasury University Challenge 2014

The Treasury University Challenge 2014 has been launched. It is a very exciting opportunity for New Zealand university students to get a glimpse into some of the things that the Treasury does. The task requires students to engage with one of three topical public policy issues, including access to tertiary education, the regulation of rental housing and...

New Zealand Climate Change Research Institute presentation tonight

This evening the New Zealand Climate Change Research Institute will host a presentation at Victoria University on climate change and the opportunities for New Zealand’s economy: ‘Preparing for White  Swans: Climate Change and opportunities for the economy’. The concept of the ‘black swan’, popularized during the global financial crisis, refers to events that are highly...

Report on the State of New Zealand’s Future

While Wendy was in Boston she presented this report at the World Futures Conference. [slideshare id=4769187&doc=sustainablefutureinstitute14july2010finalforweb-100716005146-phpapp01&type=d] To download this report or see more presentations please visit the presentations page on our website.

Wendy at the World Futures Conference

Wendy is off to the States for the 2010 World Futures Conference in Boston where she will be presenting on our Project 2058 progress and getting in touch with some of the foremost futures thinkers in the world. Today she got a look at the 2010 State of the Future Report. We will be updating...
Book Review: Futuretainment: Yesterday the world changed now it’s your turn

Book Review: Futuretainment: Yesterday the world changed now it’s your turn

By Mike Walsh “Massed produced media must give way for media produced by the masses.” page 34. In his insightful new book, digital futurist Mike Walsh observes that until recently media content originated from professionals, was marketed by experts and distributed through authorised channels. Contemporary consumers, however, are empowered to watch, listen and read what...
Book Review: Long-Range Futures Research: An Application of Complexity Science

Book Review: Long-Range Futures Research: An Application of Complexity Science

By Robert H. Samet Long-Range Futures Research: An Application of Complexity Science is an ambitious book which provides a guide to civil, societal, technological and environmental changes. Divided into three parts, the book first explains a systems approach to understanding the world now and into the future. The second part of the book applies the...
Book Review: Throwim Way Leg

Book Review: Throwim Way Leg

By Tim Flannery What an intriguing and enlightening adventure that Tim Flannery takes you on in ‘Throwim Way Leg’. While Tim’s personal experiences covered in the book are during the 1980s and 1990s in New Guinea, the pace of change he saw during that period is similar to what other countries have experienced over much...
Book Review: The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better

Book Review: The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better

By Richard Wilkinson & Kate Pickett This is a book with a big idea, big enough to change political thinking, and bigger than its authors’ had first intended. In her Valedictory speech Jeanette Fitzsimons referred to The Spirit Level as an ‘important book’ and recommended it to anyone who wanted to better understand the core...

Book Review: The Top 50 Sustainability Books

The Top 50 Sustainability Books After a hiatus on our book reviews we are back! Before we kick off the column properly for 2010 we would like to draw attention to Cambridge University’s new publication ‘The Top 50 Sustainability Books‘. We have this little gem on order for our library, but until it arrives you...
Book Review: 2009 State of the Future

Book Review: 2009 State of the Future

Jerome C. Glenn, Theodore J. Gordon & Elizabeth Florescu “The good news is that the global financial crisis and climate change planning may be helping humanity to move from its often selfish, self-centred adolescence to a more globally responsible adulthood.” We are living in a unique time in human history as technology, communication, and trade...

World Futures Conference 2009

Another fantastic conference, and many lessons learnt. I will be writing more specific entries about the conference soon, but until then, slides from my presentation at the Professional Members’ Forum on Monday are available here. I was also able to film a number of interviews with other speakers at the conference, as I did last...