Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Former Australian PM John Howard to speak to NZ Initiative


25 February 2013


Former Australian PM John Howard to speak to The New Zealand Initiative

Former Australian Prime Minister John Howard will be the keynote speaker at the The New Zealand Initiative’s annual retreat dinner in Auckland on 21 March. Mr Howard will speak about ‘Trans-Tasman Relations in the Pacific Century.’

“My talk will focus on some of the joint opportunities and challenges before Australia and New Zealand in a regional economy dominated by the continued development of China and many other Asian economies,” says Mr Howard.

Dr Oliver Hartwich, Executive Director of The New Zealand Initiative, says John Howard’s talk will be educational, inspiring, and enlightening.

“We are honoured to have one of the great statesmen of our time at our inaugural retreat dinner. I look forward to hearing Mr Howard’s vision for Australia-New Zealand relations against the background of Asia’s continuing economic growth story,” says Dr Hartwich.

John Howard was leader of the Liberal Party for 16 years and is the second-longest serving Australian Prime Minister. The Howard government paid off AU$96 billion in public debt, restored his country’s AAA credit rating and led Australia through the longest period of economic growth in its history.

The dinner is hosted by The New Zealand Initiative as part of its inaugural members’ retreat. It will be attended by members of the Initiative, which is a think tank supported by chief executives of major New Zealand businesses, and invited guests. Among the audience will be leading politicians and businesspeople as well as academics, media personalities and members of the diplomatic corps.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Police Authority: Use Of Taser Was Disproportionate And Unjustified

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that an officer’s second use of a Taser on a mentally unwell Hokitika man was disproportionate and unjustified. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Holidays, Hekia Parata And Badlands

Hekia Parata, adieu. Reportedly, she’s been ‘passionate’ about education. She has “bravely’ led the charge on the government’s education reforms. In the past week , many of the postscripts to Hekia Parata’s career as Education Minister have sounded like a schoolteacher desperately trying to find some reason why a D student can be marked up to C minus. More>>


Minister of Finance: Plan Shows $100 Billion Infrastructure Projects

Finance Minister Bill English has today launched the Government’s Ten Year Capital Intentions Plan (CIP) which shows a pipeline of $100.9 billion worth of infrastructure projects over the next decade. More>>


Werewolf: Safe Landings Gordon Campbell on the safety challenge to the Wellington runway extension.

The safety-related legal challenge revolves around the size of the 90 metre long Runway End Safety Area (RESA) being proposed for the runway extension. More>>


Environment Commissioner: We Need To Work Together On Climate Change And Farming

“The debate around agricultural emissions and the ETS has been polarised for too long,” said the Commissioner. “But the ETS is not the only way forward – there are other things that can be done.” More>>


NZ Super Fund: Seeking To Put A Market Price On Climate Change

Oct. 19 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand Superannuation Fund says it will devise a set of rules to assess investment winners and losers under climate change, a strategy that could rule out fossil fuels or producers such as current portfolio member Exxon ... More>>


Rejuvenation: Parata Will Not Contest 2017 Election

Education Minister and National List MP Hekia Parata has today announced that she will not be contesting the next election. She advised the Prime Minister of her decision earlier this year. More>>

Prisons Grow: Government Approves Plans For Increased Prison Capacity

Despite significant progress in reducing crime the number of prisoners has increased faster than projected. This is because the proportion of offenders charged with serious crimes has risen, meaning more people are being remanded in custody and serving more of their sentences in prison. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news