Seminar Series

Welcome to our second seminar series - bringing you insights from leading ethical fund managers, financial advisers, and international experts in sustainability and finance.

Making Money a Force for Good: Seminar and Podcast Series

Bringing you insights every two weeks from leading ethical fund managers, financial advisers, and international experts in sustainability and finance.

Following our successful seminar series in 2020, this series will cover:

  • Climate Finance - How can you use your money help the climate? In the run-up to Climate Summit COP 26, climate and finance experts will discuss climate risk, climate solutions and net zero targets.
  • Community Housing - With New Zealand in a housing crisis, we discuss the role that finance can play in the provision of social housing, community housing and co-housing.
  • Animal Welfare - How can ethical investing can address concerns over animal cruelty, animal testing and factory farming?
  • Weapons - Most New Zealand investment funds now exclude weapons like nuclear arms and cluster bombs. Should financing them be prohibited? What about all military and civilian weapons?
  • Gender Investing -  Women are strongly supportive of ethical investment. What does women-oriented investing look like?
  • Modern Slavery - What is the role of ethical investing in addressing supply chain violations?
  • Investing with a te ao Māori worldview - Long term thinking and stewardship are not new to Māori leaders. However, there are challenges in bringing together ethical investing with Māori tikanga. This seminar will discuss lessons and good practice from leading practitioners.
  • Ethical and Impact Investing - Woven through the seminar series will be three educational seminars discussing ethical and impact investment basics for new investors and those still learning about ethical investment.

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Series 2: Financing for a low emissions future

Financing for a low emissions future with Hon. James Shaw and Richard Curtis
Wednesday 20th of October at 7.30 pm

What role does finance have in order to reach the climate goals to prevent an environmental catastrophe? How can our money help us achieve zero emissions by 2050?

In the run-up to Climate Summit (COP 26), Barry Coates founder and CEO of Mindful Money welcomes climate and finance experts to talk about finance's role in climate change. In this seminar we hear from: Hon. James Shaw: Hon. James Shaw: Co-leader of the Green Party and Minister for Climate Change. Richard Curtis: Make My Money Matter campaign founder, activist, and filmmaker.


How to Use Your Investments to Help the Climate with Ronan McCabe, Niamh O'Flynn and Dean Anderson
Wednesday 27th of October at 7.30 pm

Your KiwiSaver and investment funds can play a role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This is one of the most powerful ways you can reduce your carbon footprint. 

In this seminar we will talk about how your fund be part of the global fossil fuel divestment movement; put pressure on companies to reduce emissions; and invest in climate solutions such as EVs and clean energy. Join our great panel in a short sharp seminar for climate action. 

Join us to talk about the framework and join a panel discussion with:
  • Ronan McCabe, Chief Investment Officer, Mercer
  • Niamh O'Flynn, Programme Director at Greenpeace NZ
  • Dean Anderson, CEO Kernel Wealth

What role can private finance play in the race to net zero emissions? Who is leading the way and what is the state of play?

Thursday 4th of November at 3pm

Join us for an informative session facilitated by Her Excellency Laura Clarke the British High Commissioner for a live update from COP26 and a panel discussion with leading New Zealand investors on the path to Net Zero Emissions.

Speakers include:

  • Adrian Orr, Governor, Reserve Bank of New Zealand
  • Matt Whineray, CEO New Zealand Super Fund
  • Barry Coates, CEO, Mindful Money
  • David Woods, Deputy Chair, NZ Green Investment Finance
  • Bridget Coates, Chair, Toitu Tahua: Centre for Sustainable Finance
  • Karen Silk, General Manager, Experience Hub, Westpac New Zealan
  • John Berry, CEO,Pathfinder
  • Tom Arup, Director of Strategic Programmes, Investor Group for Climate Change

Limiting global temperature increases to 1.5°C from pre-industrial levels requires a whole economy transition – every company, bank, insurer and investor will have to adjust their business models, develop credible plans for the transition and implement them. In this session you’ll learn more about the role of private finance in meeting our collective goals for an equitable and low emissions economy.


Rod Oram Live from COP26: Will the Glasgow Agreement mobilise finance for climate action?

Wednesday 10th of November at 8pm

Time is running out. Instead of the steep reductions in greenhouse gas emissions we need, the level of emissions keeps rising.

The Climate Summit COP26 is a crucial opportunity to put the Paris Agreement into action and prevent climate chaos.

In the final few days of the summit, business journalist Rod Oram will report on the progress of negotiations, the prospects for real progress and the future implications for finance.


Leveraging mainstream funds for social housing

New Zealand’s largest cities have some of the least affordable housing in the world. Over the past 20 years, home ownership rates have fallen across all age bands, but especially younger people. This seminar will look at the role of KiwiSaver funds and investment funds as a potential source of funding to build social housing. 

The panel are all involved in exciting developments that are set to ramp up private finance and the provision of social housing.
  • Hope Simonsen, National Housing manager at Emerge Aotearoa, which provides long term social housing and tenancy and property management services for transitional housing for whānau and individuals from Whangarei to Invercargill.
  • James Palmer, Chief Executive and founder of Community Finance and Positive Capital. James was previously Chief Executive of Christian Savings, Aotearoa’s only charity that is also a licensed non-bank deposit taker, managing almost $250m.
  • Sam Goldwater, co-Founder and Executive Director of Generate KiwiSaver. Sam has over 20 years of financial markets experience, including fixed income sales and trading for the National Bank of New Zealand Treasury, co-manager of bonds at First NZ Capital, and experience in London.    
  • Shamubeel Eaqub is an economist, author, media commentator and a thought-leading public speaker. He has over a decade of experience as an economist in international banks and consultancies, and is on the boards of charities and commercial firms. He writes books on issues that matter to New Zealand and gives voice to the unheard.

Investing for positive impact: New directions for Impact Investment in New Zealand

The growth of impact investment internationally and in New Zealand has been remarkable. There is a wide range of different types of approaches and funds.

This seminar will examine two examples of new impact funds being developed for New Zealand investors.

The panelists include:

  • Natalie Whitaker, CEO of Toha Foundry, Impact Investment Marketplace, focusing on agricultural regeneration
  • Jackson Rowland, Director Ākina Invest and Director of the Impact Enterporise Fund
  • Simon Pannett Director, Senior Credit Analyst at Harbour Asset Management

Facilitated by Barry Coates, CEO of Mindful Money.


Impact Investment: How we can scale up in Aotearoa

It’s an attractive proposition – create positive outcomes for the climate, society and the environment, and also earn a financial return. 

The problem is that there, so far, are few opportunities for investors in Aotearoa. 

Impact investment is still in its infancy here although it is growing rapidly internationally. Our panel will discuss ways to scale up and grow the impact sector while maintaining the integrity of the term ‘impact investing’. 

We will look at the need for impact funds to support exciting start-ups and SMEs; the market opportunities; the need for a supportive policy environment; and the role of the public in creating demand for investment opportunities.

We have a great panel to discuss these issues, facilitated by Barry Coates, CEO of Mindful Money

  • Roy Thompson: co-founder and managing director of New Ground Capital
  • Jo Kelly: CEO of Toitū Tahua, the Centre for Sustainable Finance
  • Rachel Brown: CEO of Sustainable Business Network



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