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Wellington is a vibrant city and we are proud to live in here. The Wellington Forum is a tangible reflection of this.

Since 2011 the Wellington Forum (previously Rotary Forum) has provided an annual focal-point for people to come together to hear a diverse range of inspiring speakers and an exciting opportunity for Wellingtonians to influence discussion on a range of topics.

From the very beginning, the topics have been highly relevant to Wellingtonians, but it has evolved in recent years to showcase topics about Wellington’s future – questions about what tomorrow should bring and ideas that inspire action.

Audiences are a cross-section of Wellington society; multi-generational, from all walks of life and inclusive of young people, Māori, Pasifika, Pākehā and new immigrants. The common denominator is a passion for discovery and a commitment to tangible change.

A new feature of the Wellington Forum is ‘Communities of Interest’ where forum participants identify with particular areas of interest that they want to influence. In addition, forum websites in topic areas, are allowing participants to contribute their views online. For example, topic areas can include the environmental transformation of Wellington, the future of work, Wellington as New Zealand’s technology hub, Wellington’s post-settlement iwi economy, the creation of a more child-friendly city or the development of our status as a cultural capital. 

Forums over the years

2018: Wellington: Impossible Dreams

2017: Achieving The Impossible Dream

2016: The privacy Security dilemma

2014: Survive & Thrive in NGO Land

2013: The Constitution Question

2012: Wellington: What do we want? How do we get there?

2011: Lessons from the Christchurch earthquakes

The Wellington Forum is organised by the Rotary Club of Wellington in partnership with other organisations, currently Victoria University of Wellington - Centre for Lifelong Learning.




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