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Jun 29

Social cohesion, trust, and the impact of disinformation

June 29 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

$55.00 – $80.00

29th June 2023


Join us for a symposium with Kate Hannah followed by networking drinks where you can catch up with your comms colleagues, make new friends, share stories, seek advice and support.

Information ecologies in Aotearoa New Zealand have adapted and changed significantly since 2020, with critical social, cultural, and political implications for social cohesion, trust, and wellbeing. This session will briefly examine the key tipping points which led to these adaptations and changes, place this in the context of international trends, and present a grounded and situated reflection on the critical challenge posed by New Zealand’s Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Jacinda Arden, on March 2 2022, the day the 23-day occupation of Parliament grounds by anti-vaccine/anti-mandate protestors ended in a violent clash with police: “One day it will be our job to try and understand how a group of people could succumb to such wild and dangerous mis- and disinformation. And while many of us who have seen that disinformation and dismissed it as conspiracy theory, a small portion of our society have not only believed it, they have acted upon in in an extreme and violent way that cannot stand. We have a difficult journey in front of us to address the underlying cause of what we have seen here today.”

Symposium from 4pm to 5.30pm upstairs Social Lounge

Networking drinks 5.30pm to 8pm downstairs Beast & Butterflies Bar

Your presenter is..

Kate Hannah is the Director and founder of The Disinformation Project Aotearoa, a research group which has studied misinformation and disinformation in Aotearoa New Zealand since February 2020.

Hannah is a cultural historian of science and technology who focuses on information disorders, evidence-based decision-making, and the impacts of racism, misogyny, and the far right on socio-political discourse.

She is experienced with research translation for decision-makers, communication, public engagement and consultation, and community co-development of research and research outcomes. Part of the Te Pūnaha Matatini team that won the 2021 Prime Minister’s Science Prize for their work in supporting Aotearoa New Zealand’s Covid response, Hannah is a US State Department 2022 International Visitor Leadership Program alum, participating in a programme focused on Disinformation in the Pacific.

She a PhD candidate at the School of Science and Society at Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington.


June 29
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
$55.00 – $80.00


Social Lounge M Social
196/200 Quay Street
Auckland, 1010 New Zealand
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