POSTPONED - 'Critic and Conscience of Society' by Professor Alexander Gillespie

Date Monday 6 September 2021
Time 6pm - 7pm
Where The University of Waikato, Tauranga, Durham St, Tauranga
Presenter Professor Alexander Gillespie
Contact Joanna Kearney
Contact email
Admission Cost This is a free event but registrations are essential. Register here

POSTPONED - Due to the Governments announcement to stay in Alert Level 4 we have made the decision to postpone this event. A new date will be announced when possible.


Professor Alexander Gillespie of the University of Waikato’s Te Piringa Faculty of Law recently received a 2021 Critic and Conscience of Society Award.

The award is given to academics who fulfil the role of a university as critic and conscience of society by providing the public with independent, expert commentary on issues affecting us and future generations.

Professor Gillespie has become a sought-after law and policy commentator on issues ranging from cannabis law reform and foreign policy to gun control and terrorism, as well as providing substantial public comment on New Zealand’s Covid-19 response.

He is well-known across New Zealand’s major media landscape and many of the topics he engages with are issues of social concern, which stimulate national debate. Join Professor Gillespie for a public lecture in which he will discuss four of the pressing international and domestic issues he currently provides public comment on:

  • New Zealand’s relationship with China
  • Preparing for the next pandemic
  • Moving forward on firearms and hate speech after the Christchurch terror attack
  • Post-referendum drug reform

The Tauranga Public Lecture Series is a free community event and open to the public to attend. Please register your attendance by clicking on the 'register' button and bring your e-ticket with you on the evening.