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1st Session of Wgtn. Third Season 7x7 Starts Today

First Session of Third Season 7x& Starts Today

From Jan Bieringa and Brian Sweeney, producers, 7x7

The first session of the third season of 7x7 starts tomorrow, 22 July at the Ilott Theatre, Wellington Town Hall. Tickets for the 7x7 season are close to selling-out so book now to secure your ticket for the single session of your choice, or a season pass to attend all five.

How much? $7 for single night or buy a season pass to attend all five, just $35 + bkg fee

Tickets: Available through Ticketek - or call 0800 842-538

Time: 6.00pm-ish start. Doors open 5.30pm, cash bar before/after. Event runs @90 mins

Door sales/cancellations may be available on the night from the Michael Fowler Centre box office, subject to availability. If you have a ticket, please make sure it is used.

We are pleased to announce the full speaker lineup for the first session on 22 July: "Seven Foundations "where we are today and where we could be in 2028."

1. To introduce the 2008 series: Brian Sweeney, who with Jan Bieringa created 7x7 in Wellington in 2000. He is Director of SweeneyVesty, a Wellington international communications consultancy he founded in 1987 with Jane Vesty. He produces with Kevin Roberts about New Zealand's global life. A photographer, his exhibition Paradise Road was recently shown in NYC.

2. To host the 2008 series: Rod Oram, an international financial journalist with over 30 years experience. He is an economics and business correspondent for the Sunday Star Times, Radio New Zealand and other media; public speaker, moderator, forecaster, adjunct professor and contributor to several regional economic development projects. He is also author of Re-Inventing Paradise about building our sustainable economy.

3. Dr David Skilling is the founding Chief Executive of the New Zealand Institute, an independent think-tank that has been established to contribute new and creative thinking to the public debate on issues that matter for New Zealand's future. The Institute has published significant and provocative papers on New Zealand's export economy, savings, broadband, and our national strategy.

4. Dr Brian Easton is an independent scholar, consultant and teacher in economics, social statistics, public policy and New Zealand Studies. His writings include the economics column for The Listener, journals, newspapers and academic literature. includes papers on the history of ideas, methodology and philosophy; growth and innovation; governance; globalisation.

5. Michael Field is a New Zealand journalist and published author, renowned for his expertise on Pacific affairs. He has worked throughout the world, including in the US Congress as part of a Harkness Fellowship program with Harvard University. Currently working for Fairfax New Zealand, Michael is especially known for his coverage of the Fijian 2000 and 2006 coups.

6. Professor Jacqueline Rowarth holds the Foundation Chair of Pastoral Agriculture at Massey University, where she is also the Director of Massey Agriculture. Her research over the past 25 years has focused on efficient use of fertilizer (product yield and quality with minimum environmental impact). She has been made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Agricultural Science.

7. Dr Morgan Williams has degrees in biology and ecology, drawing on research in Antarctica and the tropical Pacific, and 20 years experience with the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. His interests lie in how people think about and relate to the natural world, and the political and economic influences on the management of our natural capital. He was Commissioner for the Environment for nine years.

Speakers for the remaining four sessions on 4, 12, 18, & 26 August will be announced shortly. Go to for more information.


Enter your business card on arrival to go into the draw to win one night's accommodation at Wellington's elegant Museum Hotel. Winner will be announced at the end of the first session.


7x7 is presented by SweeneyVesty and Blair Wakefield Projects. Our great thanks to major sponsors the Wellington City Council and supporters - the Wellington Convention Centre, Multi-Media and The Museum Hotel. For media and general enquiries please contact Isobel Kerr-Newell Ph: (04) 4999-111 or

The main event will be preceded by walk-in video featuring the best of TED.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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