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Power for the people topic

23 June 2006

Power for the people topic should generate a charged debate

There will be no shortage of heat or light at the Transpower Future Energy Debate, a free, open to the public event at the New Zealand International Science Festival, 1–9 July 2006, held in Dunedin.

The debate will discuss issues such as what will power our country in the next 100 years, and what should we be doing now to make it happen?

The Transpower Future Energy Debate starts at 3.30pm on 8 July 2006 at the St David Street Lecture Theatre, University of Otago, Dunedin.

Recent electricity woes and a changing global climate provide the backdrop to the debate.

Panel Chair Veronika Meduna, science journalist for National Radio's "Our Changing World", will lead a panel of speakers including Professor Gerry Carrington of the University of Otago, Aurora local electricity spokesperson John Walsh, Transpower General Manager System Operations Kieran Devine, and Minister of Energy the Hon. David Parker.

New Zealand International Science Festival Director Karen Hartshorn says the event should fuel some interesting debate, and she encourages all those interested in the security and sustainability of our future power supply to come along.

Just announced, and new for the festival via digital video conference facility, Robert Noun of the United States National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will deliver a presentation from his base in the United States and be able to answer questions in real time to an assembled audience at 9.30am on Saturday 8 July.

His talk will cover renewable energy, technologies and practices and is to be held at the same venue as the debate, the St David Street Lecture Theatre, University of Otago.

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is a leader in the United States Department of Energy's efforts to secure an energy future that is environmentally and economically sustainable.

The 2006 New Zealand International Science Festival (1-9 July 2006) brings some of the world's leading scientists to Dunedin, presenting lectures, experiments, workshops, theatre, cinema and our very own science blog.

Keynotes for the 2006 festival are Dr Jill Tarter of the SETI Institute (Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence, California, USA) and Chair of Public Understanding of Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire (UK) Professor Richard Wiseman.

Take part in Professor Richard Wiseman's SBS "Born Lucky" mass experiment now by going online to or pick up a hard copy from any branch of SBS nationwide.

Professor Richard Wiseman is being brought to New Zealand by the British Council.

Ticket sales and the festival programme are now available from the festival office or go online to for more details.


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