Stout Research Centre



Economic Opportunities for Wellington

Date: 7 May 2014

Time: 4.10 pm

Dr Russel Norman - MP and Green Party Co-leader

A strong economy depends on a strong environment. Wellington City’s compact urban form and high use of public transport, walking, and cycling makes it one of New Zealand’s greenest cities. Per person carbon emissions are a third of the national average. Add a dynamic arts and cultural economy and Wellington is rapidly becoming the place where talent wants to live. Wellington City Council has embraced this vision for a smart, green future and can be helped by sympathetic central government policies that protect the city’s compact urban form, invest further in light rail and safe, separated cycle lanes, and infrastructure to develop the city’s growing expertise in the ICT sector. A more collaborative approach to innovation and better connections to the rest of the world will enhance the resilience of the local economy, providing good jobs and a securing a prosperous future.


John Weaver

Date: 8 May 2014

Time: 4.10 pm

Venue: Stout Research Centre 12 Waiteata Road, Kelburn

Intimate realities and historical context in suicide studies: New Zealand, 1900-2000

Social historians, medical historians, and specialists in suicide studies face a common challenge. There is a shortage of authentic experiences. New Zealand’s coronial inquests offer ways to answer the challenge. The patterns evident across the century reveal gender differences, fluctuations in age groups at risk, and the impact of distinct historical events. Quantitative and qualitative information derived from 12,000 cases link material and social circumstances with personal deliberations. The result is a balance of broad historical patterns and intimacy.

John C. Weaver is Distinguished University Professor at McMaster University, Canada. He is the author of A Sadly Troubled History: The Meanings of Suicide in the Modern Age (2009) and The Great Land Rush and the Making of the Modern World, 1650–1900 (2003). John has recently published Sorrows of a Century, Interpreting Suicide in New Zealand, 1900–2000, co-published by Bridget Williams Books and McGill-Queens University Press.


Treaty Settlements - are they worth it? A case study of the Taranaki Whanui Settlement in Wellington

Date: 14 May 2014

Time: 4.10 pm

Venue: Room 203, 12 Waiteata Road, Kelburn Campus

Morrie Love - Chairman, Wellington Tenths Trust.

A brief history of the processes through the Waitangi Tribunal and Treaty Settlement negotiations, including litigation over neighbouring settlements, will set the scene. The various parts of the Settlement including Commercial redress, Cultural redress and other matters from rights of first refusal to the whole of government relationship will be covered. What has gone well and what has gone badly?

What are the lessons of negotiating settlements and then making them work? Will Taranaki whanui be better off post-settlement in the long term as a result of the settlement?



Sexism in the New Zealand Film Industry

Date: 21 May 2014

Time: 4.10 pm

Venue: 12 Waiteata Road, Kelburn

AProf Deborah Jones -
School of Management, Victoria University

Unmanageable Inequalities: Sexism in the New Zealand Film Industry

The example of the creative industries presents particular challenges to the field of gender and work. Scholars of gender and work typically discuss interventions against inequality in terms of legal and programmatic changes, but these bureaucracy-based interventions don’t seem to apply in the terrain of creative fields such as the film industry, where projects are ephemeral and the creative subject is framed as entrepreneurial and individualised. Here inequalities seem unmanageable. Within the film industry, as in other creative fields, there are contradictory claims about merit and inequality. There is a strong strain of exceptionalism, which stresses the unique differences of creative work, and at times a refusal to frame of what is done as ‘work’ at all. Pervading all these claims are conceptions of what it is to be a ‘creative’ person.

This presentation addresses the question: how does sexism work in the film industry? I will present a big picture of gender in the film industry, then focus on the New Zealand situation, based on an empirical study of life-histories of local film-workers.



Capturing Culture in Three Dimensions: The 3D Production Initiatives' Partnership with Te Papa Tongarewa

Date: 28 May 2014

Time: 4.10 pm

Venue: Seminar Room, 12 Waiteata Road, Kelburn Campus

Paul Wolffram & Miriam Ross 
Film Programme, Victoria University.

In 2013, Film Programme staff members, Miriam Ross and Paul Wolffram, were awarded a Learning and Teaching Development grant to explore stereoscopic filmmaking in learning environments. Working with Te Papa Tongarewa, their 3D Production Initiative (involving staff, student and alumni from across the University) filmed precious New Zealand and Pacific artefacts. The project also included the expertise of professionals working in the film industry. The 3D images that were produced raised questions about how objects can be made to look ‘real’ using stereoscopic imaging and how the resultant images affect our visual understanding of cultural artefacts. This paper presents the initial findings from the 3D Production Initiative research project.


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