‘Hot Air’ Documentary Director Alister Barry to offer insights at screening

Alister Barry, director and producer of the award-winning ‘Hot Air’ documentary will be present at a screening on 10 November to discuss how lessons learned from twenty years of climate change politics can be used to create change here in New Zealand.

Alister Barry says finding the time and energy to express ourselves politically isn’t easy.

“When we do we want our efforts to be effective, to pull the most effective lever as efficiently as we can. We need to know who are the key decision makers, what they are sensitive to and what actions are a waste of time. Hot Air tells the story of what has been tried over the last twenty years and how effective it was. Most importantly it tells how parliament and political parties have reacted to pressure of one sort and another.

“Dealing with climate change must eventually happen at a national political level. Hot Air lays the ground work for what we need to do politically. We know the problem, now we need to act. After seeing the film, people say to me, ‘I had forgotten so much of this stuff, or didn’t know it at all. Now I have a much better idea about where we  should be going.”

WHEN: Tuesday November 10, 7pm-9pm

WHERE: C1

Thank you for supporting the ‘What if Wednesday’ lectures

We held our final ‘What if Wednesday’ lecture for 2015 last week. This series has been hugely successful and we could not have achieved this without the contribution of the innovative and thought-provoking staff involved.

The wider community have strongly supported this series and turned out in high numbers to hear from the world-leading academics we are fortunate to have at the University of Canterbury.

Engaging with the community and businesses through public lectures is a valuable opportunity to highlight the quality of our staff and the relevance our University has to the wider community. The chance to highlight topics and issues amongst a wider audience makes our commitment to the University of Canterbury’s high calibre teaching, learning and research all the more meaningful.

By answering questions like ‘What if nutrition could treat mental illness?’ and “What if we could make Christchurch the smartest city in the world?” our staff, students, alumni and the wider community can all explore how to make a difference in the real world.

Our public lecture series will re-launch in 2016 with a fresh focus. We’ll be in touch in the New Year with more information.

You can re-visit the What if Wednesday series on our YouTube channel.

Thank you again for your support and we look forward to working with you in 2016.

Ngā mihi nui,

Phil Barclay – Communications and Engagement Manager

Thinking about planning for your future?

Retirement should be a time to look forward to, a time when there will be more opportunity to learn different skills, devote more time to hobbies or self development, travel or just relax. One of the most important keys to a happy and comfortable retirement is preparation, which means understanding your options to deal with all the changes you will face in retirement.

Come along to our Planning for Retirement workshop! We encourage all ages and partners are welcome.

When: Wednesday 18 November


Here’s what past participants have had to say about it:

“Very good workshop. I would encourage everyone, especially people in their 20’s & 30’s to complete this workshop rather than finding out later in life one hasn’t “taken care of business”.

“It is likely that we will be making changes based on what we learned today. Thought-provoking, a really worthwhile day”.

“Good to have a seminar that brings all these things together. Great incentive to “do something”.


To register: The form is on the course page

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