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No Barriers - Small Island, Big Ideas, Exploring Pandemics

No Barriers - Small Island, Big Ideas, Exploring Pandemics

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  • Sat 12 Sep ’15, 2:30pm – 5:00pm


Great Barrier Island Sports & Social Club, Whangaparapara Rd, Great Barrier Island


All Ages

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  • General Admission: $0.00

A flu pandemic sweeps the world, killing all in its wake. As more and more people die, countries lose control and society breaks down. New Zealand closes its borders but it’s too late. The flu is here. It spreads rapidly – businesses and schools close; doctors and police die in large numbers; power systems fail and the internet goes down. The Government has one option only. It isolates the small flu-free population on Great Barrier Island. New Zealand goes silent and the 900 people on Great Barrier are on their own.
It's not as far-fetched as you might think! A panel of experts will discuss just how possible this scenario is. Virologist Assoc Prof Lance Jennings; John Titmus, Civil Defence; Sociologist Prof David Johnston; Science Fiction writer Karen Healey, and moderator Dr Siouxsie Wiles will tell us the truth about viruses, what happens when societies face disaster and the "what ifs" when a pandemic strikes.

This event is organised by Awana Rural Women a branch of Rural Women NZ

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