Ensuring Queenstown residents can get a dose of intellectual
and physical challenge is behind the Catalyst Trust, a new
group in the resort.
The group organised last night's ''Queenstown 2040 - Where
will the snow be?'' discussion at the Queenstown Memorial
Centre, where four experts revealed the latest research on
climate change and practical implications for Wakatipu,
before a question and answer session.
Trust chairwoman Cath Gilmour said it was an interactive
formula the trust hoped to repeat to give ''greater depth''
to other Queenstown events.
Work on forming the trust began after last year's TedX
Queenstown and Wanaka's Aspiring Conversations.
''A group of us wanted more and deeper such events, to
inform, open and challenge minds and provoke discussion about
the big issues,'' Ms Gilmour said.
On Monday, Otago University Mozart Fellow and multimedia
musician-composer Jeremy Mayall will showcase his work, and
on July 14, the trust will hold a presentation by
Jakarta-based political and business analyst Douglas Ramage,
entitled ''Indonesia - The Politics, the People and Potential
Ms Gilmour said while the trust didn't ''even have an oily
rag to run on the smell of at this stage'' it was hoped
resources would grow so the trust could reach its long-term
goals, which included New Zealand's first ''Festival of
Ideas'' and encouraging the establishment of an Aspen
Institute-like entity in the resort.