Hopkins Lectures

Local Government New Zealand president Lawrence Yule delivers the 2016 Hopkins Lecture.

The Hopkins Lecture encourages discussion of engineering within the profession and public understanding of engineering issues. The inaugural lecture was held in 1978 with Professor HJ Hopkins himself as speaker. It covers broad and social engineering issues rather than being purely technical. 

Videos of past lectures can be found on the University's YouTube channel.

  Past Hopkins Lectures

 

2016

Lawrence Yule

President of Local Government New Zealand
Mayor, Hastings District Council

'Defining the Brief for Investment in Community Assets' (youtube)

2015

Graham Mitchell

CEO, Crown Fibre Holdings, NZ

'UFB - A Transformational Digital Infrastructure Platform' (youtube) 

2014

Dr Kevin Thompson

President of IPENZ

'Accountability of Professional Engineers to Communities they Serve'

2013

Nicholas Davidson

QC

'Pike River. An Accumulation of Observable Risk which Demands our Understanding' (youtube)

2012

The Right Honourable Helen Clark

ONZ, UNDP Administrator

'Building Resilience. The Importance of Prioritising Disaster Risk Reduction, A United Nations Development Programme Perspective' (youtube)

2011

Roger Sutton

Chief Executive of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority

'Getting the Power Back on to Canterbury'

2010

Paul Jowitt

President, Institute of Civil Engineers

'Now is the Time' 

2009

David Salisbury

CEO and Managing Director of NZ Oil and Gas

'Using Technology to Unlock Oil and Gas Resources' 

2008

Geoff Henderson

Director and Chief Executive Officer of Windflow Technology

'Wind Power - One of many ways to a carbon-neutral economy' 

2007

Professor Henry Petrovski

Professor of Civil Engineering and History, Duke University

'Success and Failure in Design'

2006

Don Elder

CEO, Solid Energy

'The economy and energy: are both sustainable?'

2005

Gavin Cormack

Executive Chairman of Beca Group Ltd

'Engineering Innovation and the Creation of Lasting Value'

2004

The Honourable Pete Hodgson

Minister of Energy, Minister of Transport, Minister of Research, Science and Technology, Minister for Crown Research Institutes, Convenor of the Ministerial Group on Climate Change

'Energy Planning in New Zealand'

2003

Professor Tom O'Rourke

Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, USA

'Lessons Learned from the World Trade Centre Disaster: Critical Engineering Systems'

2002

Dr David Hopkins

Consulting Civil Structural and Earthquake Engineer, Wellington

'Consulting Engineering, Serious Fun'

2001

Sir Gil Simpson

Founder and Chief Executive Officer Aoraki Corporation Limited

'Emagine' 

2000

Professor Bob Park

Emeritus Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Canterbury

'Improving the Resistance of Structures to Earthquakes' (5.4MB)

1998

Roger Estall

Chairman, New Zealand Fire Service Commission

'Engineering Improvement in Fire Risk Management'

1997

The Honourable Dr Nick Smith

Minister of Conservation

'The Greening of the Engineering Profession'

1996

Tom Schnackenberg

Auckland

'Teamwork and Technology in the America's Cup'

1995

Her Excellency the Governor-General Dame Catherine Tizard

'Engineering and Its Customers'

1994

The Right Honourable Professor Sir Geoffrey Palmer

Wellington

'International Law and the Global Environmental Challenge'

1993

Sir Miles Warren

Architect, Christchurch

'Engineers and Architects - Love Hate Relationship'

1992

Sir Edmund Hillary

Auckland

'Building Primitive but Effective Structures in Remote Areas'

1991

Dr Roger Blakeley

Secretary for the Environment, Wellington

'Environmental Challenges in the 1990's' 

1990

Dr Peter Troughton

Managing Director, Telecom Corporation of New Zealand Ltd, Wellington

'The Future of Telecom in New Zealand'

1989

Sir Robert Jones

Chairman, Robt. Jones Investments Ltd, Wellington

'The Case for Nuclear Power'

1988

R P Carter

Director, Beca Carter Hollings and Ferner Ltd, Auckland

'Consulting Engineering Here and Abroad'

1987

Dr A R Flint

Flint and Neill Partnership, London, England

'Structural Reliability and the Engineer'

1986

R G Norman

Retired Commissioner of Works, Wellington

'Politics and Passions : Adventures in Engineering'

1985

Sir Michael Fowler

Architect and former Mayor of Wellington

'Cities at Risk'

1984

K Piddington

Commissioner for Environment, Wellington

'The Ethic of Environmental Engineering'

1983

J Ingram

Managing Director, New Zealand Steel Ltd, Auckland

'New Zealand Steel Ltd - Opportunities and Obstacles'

1982

I B Reynolds

Director, Kingston Reynolds Thom and Allardice Ltd, Auckland

'Cast in Concrete - The Substance of New Zealand Buildings'

1981

S M J Smith

Project Engineer, Ministry of Works and Development, Twizel

'Big Can Be Beautiful: Hydro Electric Construction in the Waitaki'

1980

Professor P W Taylor

Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Auckland

'Engineers - Leaders or Followers?' 

1979

W M Duncan

Secretary of Energy, Wellington

'Energy and Engineering'

1978

Professor H J Hopkins

Emeritus Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Canterbury

'A Land of Bridges - A Story of New Zealand'