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Southland Rural Business Network - Prof Paul Spoonley

Southland Rural Business Network - Prof Paul Spoonley

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  • Thu 27 Jul ’17, 6:45pm


Invercargill Workingmen's Club, 154 Esk St, Invercargill


All Ages

Connecting Southland to The World.

Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley will join us to discuss 'Rebooting the Region' on Thursday 27th July.

Come along for a complimentary drink and nibbles before Paul begins his presentation.

The shape and nature of New Zealand communities is changing, none more so than rural and regional communities. Professor Paul Spoonley heads a major research project that looks at these changes, including the fact that many regional areas are already seeing major changes to the age structure of the communities (more people aged over 65 than 0-15 years of age), a shortage of workers available locally (a growing reliance on immigrant workers) and questions about succession - who will own rural businesses and farms in future?

Professor Spoonley is one of New Zealand's leading academics and a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand. He joined the Massey staff in 1979 and was, until becoming Pro-Vice-Chancellor in October 2013, the College's Research Director and Auckland Regional Director.

He has led numerous externally funded research programmes, including the Ministry of Science and Innovation's $3.2 million Integration of Immigrants and the $800,000 Nga Tangata Oho Mairangi. He has written or edited 25 books and is a regular commentator in the news media. In 2010, he was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of California-Berkeley and in 2013, a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Max Planck Institute of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Goettingen.

He was awarded the Royal Society of New Zealand Science and Technology Medal in 2009 in recognition of his academic scholarship, leadership and public contribution to cultural understanding and in 2011, his contribution to Sociology was acknowledged with the Sociological Association of Aotearoa New Zealand's scholarship for exceptional service to New Zealand sociology. In 2013, he was given the title of Distinguished Professor, Massey University's highest academic title.

For more information about the Rural Business Network, visit our website.

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