REVIEW: Professor Jane Kelsey’s Farewell Speech

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Last week, one of New Zealand’s most important public intellectuals, Professor Jane Kelsey, gave her farewell speech at the University of Auckland.

REVIEW: Professor Jane Kelsey’s Farewell Speech

Last week, one of New Zealand’s most important public intellectuals, Professor Jane Kelsey, gave her farewell speech at the University of Auckland.

Attempting to assess the impact of his career on New Zealand politics is difficult to achieve in a single column.

The sheer level of significant revolutionary struggles she led and defended shaped the very fabric of New Zealand’s civil rights.

His campaigns against neoliberal globalization and the power of transnational corporations over our economic sovereignty, his fight for government recognition of the treaty, his fights against the World Trade Organization, the International Monetary Fund and free market dogma, and his many books criticizing unregulated capitalism mark her as one of our great public scholars whose peers include Dr. Moana Jackson, Dr. Ranganui Walker and Bruce Jesson.

Its role has been to advocate for the rights of those who are invisible to existing power structures and to provide space for their lived experience. Its importance to progressive politics makes it a global cultural treasure that should be put in place as often as possible, for the insight and scrutiny it brings to hegemonic power structures in our democracy is simply unparalleled.

It may be the end of her academic career, but Professor Jane Kelsey’s importance to ongoing debates means she still has a much longer journey ahead.

Kia KahaJane.

Martyn Bradbury

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