Brain Food Integrity Forums

Bring your lunch and feed your mind

Three events in Wellington 12 September, 3 October and 10 October

TINZ is facilitating three midday learning and discussion forums central to our mission of promoting integrity and transparency as antidotes to corruption.

Each Brain Food forum will have two speakers offering information or perspectives, followed by an opportunity for people to discuss the issuesin the context of ethics and evidence.

Modern Gangsters in New Zealand

12 September 2019, 12:30pm-1:30pm

Who is doing the crime? Are they doing the time? Insights into the modern underworld, and fraudsters - what are they doing, who are they targeting and what actions are being taken to reduce their impact on people, businesses and communities.

Presenters:  Paul O’Neil, General Counsel, Serious Fraud Office New Zealand, and Detective Superintendent Greg Williams, National Manager Operations Organised Crime, NZ Police

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Where in the World are We?

3 October 2019, 12:30pm-1:30pm

The centre of economic geography is re-aligning to Asia.  New Zealand is close to the action, and close to risks.  How can we maintain our reputation and values of integrity, fairness and pragmatism whilst making the most of our opportunities? 

Presenters:  Vangelis Vitalis, Deputy Secretary Trade and Economic, MFAT, and Colin Keating, former Permanent Representative of NZ to the United Nations, Senior Research Fellow Columbia University, former Executive Director of Security Council Report.

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Hate Speech or free Speech

10 October 2019, 12:30pm-1:30pm

Most people who think about this topic sit on and off fences, wanting to enable freedom of expression, but not wanting the result to be discriminatory or dangerous.  This is an opportunity to think more deeply than clickbait.  Hear different points of view and offer your view in respectful discussion. 

Presenters:  Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Massey University, and Liam Hehir, Partner, Fitzherbert Rowe Lawyers, and regular blogger on this and other social topics.

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Registration is required for each event, there will be no registration at the door. There is a modest charge per forum ($40) which goes directly towards supporting the work of Transparency International New Zealand.

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Attendance fee:

  • $40 per forum
  • Members $30 per forum

CPD Certificates Available


  • Victoria University of Wellington
  • Lecture Theatre OGB LT3 (ground floor)
  • Old Government Building
  • Pipitea Campus
  • 55 Lambton Quay

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