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Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington's podcast gives you the chance to catch up with our academics and guest speakers who lead thinking on the big questions facing society. Capital thinking. Globally minded.

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Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington's podcast gives you the chance to catch up with our academics and guest speakers who lead thinking on the big questions facing society. Capital thinking. Globally minded.

    Stacey Shortall and Professor Yvette Tinsley

    Stacey Shortall and Professor Yvette Tinsley

    “If at times you can’t do it for yourself, think about those you can help and do it for them,” says Stacey Shortall, reflecting on her life of helping others through her legal work.

    Hailing from a farming family in the mighty Manawatu, Stacey Shortall is an accomplished lawyer who makes a positive impact everywhere she goes.

    She speaks to Professor of Law, Dr Yvette Tinsley, as part of the University's distinguished alumni podcast series.

    • 28 min
    Sir Maarten Wevers in conversation with Dr Bryce Edwards

    Sir Maarten Wevers in conversation with Dr Bryce Edwards

    When Distinguished alumnus Sir Maarten Wevers KNZM completed his Bachelor of Science in pure and applied mathematics at Te Herenga Waka―Victoria University of Wellington, he did not anticipate he would one day become principal adviser to Prime Ministers of New Zealand.

    The distinguished alumnus, who was knighted in 2012 for his contribution to public service, spent 22 years at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade―including stints as High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea and Ambassador to Japan―and says being open to new opportunities is vital.

    Sir Maarten speaks to Dr Bryce Edwards from the University’s School of Government as part of our distinguished alumni podcast series.

    • 35 min
    Distinguished alumna Lisa McLaren and Professor James Renwick

    Distinguished alumna Lisa McLaren and Professor James Renwick

    A farm girl from the Wairarapa, distinguished alumna Lisa McLaren remembers conversations around the dinner table with family friends where climate change was dismissed as a “greenie conspiracy”.

    The climate change activist, who completed a Master in Environmental Studies with a climate change education focus at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington, says attitudes have changed. Most people now acknowledge climate change is an issue and she is “quietly hopeful” for the future.

    Lisa talks with Professor James Renwick from Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington's School of Geography, Geology, and Earth Sciences about the value of university study to help critical thinking skills, how to take care of oneself while worrying about your future, and more, in this fascinating podcast.

    • 31 min
    Distinguished alumni series: Chief Judge Heemi Taumaunu with Professor Rawinia Higgins

    Distinguished alumni series: Chief Judge Heemi Taumaunu with Professor Rawinia Higgins

    Aged sixteen, Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington distinguished alumnus, now Chief Judge of the District Court, Heemi Taumaunu (Ngāti Porou—Ngāti Konohi, Ngāi Tahu) joined the Army. When he was 21, his father came to see him at the army camp, and told him he should think about going to law school.

    Professor Rawinia Higgins (Ngāi Tūhoe), Tumu Ahurei—Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Māori) and Toihau—Chair of Te Taura whiri i te reo Māori—Māori Language Commission, speaks to Judge Taumaunu about his experiences studying at Te Herenga Waka, and how he has sought to make the courts fairer for all through implementation of Ngā Kōti Rangatahi o Aotearoa, the Rangatahi courts.

    • 29 min
    Distinguished alumni series: Rachel Taulelei with Dr Ben Walker

    Distinguished alumni series: Rachel Taulelei with Dr Ben Walker

    Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington distinguished alumna Rachel Taulelei (Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga, Ngāti Rārua, Ngāti Koata) explains how her law degree gave her the resilience to become one of Aotearoa’s top business leaders.

    The Māori business leader and former New Zealand Trade Commissioner is founder of sustainable food company Yellow Brick Road Ltd, and until last year was CEO of award-winning Māori food and beverage company Kono. She speaks to Management lecturer Ben Walker (Ngāri Ruakawa) about Māori business, sustainability, her love of food and family, and her goals for her new start-up, brand and business strategy firm Oho.

    This is one of six podcasts recorded with Te Herenga Waka’s 2021 Distinguished Alumni recipients.

    Find out more about Rachel: https://www.wgtn.ac.nz/engage/alumni/our-alumni/distinguished-alumni-awards/rachel-taulelei

    • 36 min
    Distinguished Alumni series: Chris Parkin with Professor Jennifer Windsor

    Distinguished Alumni series: Chris Parkin with Professor Jennifer Windsor

    An interest in science and a taste of business during a year in Sydney saw Te Herenga Waka―Victoria University of Wellington distinguished alumnus Chris Parkin CNZM become one of the first students at the University to complete degrees in both Science and Commerce.

    The former hotelier and well-known art collector and philanthropist speaks to Kaiwhakakapi Tumu Whakarae—Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Jennifer Windsor about science, property development, art, and politics as part of the University's distinguished alumni podcast series. (NB: when this recording was made Professor Windsor was in her permanent role as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the faculties of Humanities and Social Sciences and Education).

    This is one in a series of six podcasts recorded with Te Herenga Waka's 2021 Distinguished Alumni Awards recipients.

    Find out more about Chris: https://www.wgtn.ac.nz/engage/alumni/our-alumni/distinguished-alumni-awards/chris-parkin

    • 40 min

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