The Liberal Agenda – “What an Alternative & Progressive Trade Strategy Should Look Like” agenda

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Event will be live streamed on The Daily Blog

Friday 19 October


Mihi Whaktau, Ngāti Whātua o Orakei

Setting The Context, Robert Reid, President First Union

9:15 – 10:15

Scene setters: rethinking the trade and investment agenda in turbulent times …

Facilitator: Robert Reid

1) Global Turbulence

Professor Jane Kelsey, University Of Auckland

2) One Alternative Agenda

 Dr Jim Stanford, Director, Centre For Future Work, Australia

10:15 – 11:15

The macro-picture

Facilitator: Laila Harré

1) Geopolitics and NZ’s relationships

Terence O’Brien, Senior Fellow, Centre for Strategic Studies, Victoria University of Wellington

2)What International Labour Is Saying

Sam Huggard, Secretary, NZCTU

3) A Gender-Informed Trade Strategy

Dr Claire Slatter, Development Alternatives for Women in a New Era (DAWN)

Coffee Break

11:30 – 1:00

An International Economy

Facilitator: Barry Coates

1) A Productive Export Economy

Rod Oram, New Zealand Business Journalist

2) A Particapatory Digitized Economy

Bernard Hickey, Newsroom Pro Managing Editor based in the Parliamentary Press Gallery

3) Maori Economy

Renata Blair, Director of Ngāti Whatua Orakei Trust

Financial Stability And Tax

Dr Bill Rosenberg, Economist & Policy Director, New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

Coffee Break

1:45 – 2:45


Facilitator: Michael Whaites, PSI

1) Sustainable Jobs

Tania Pouwhare, Ngai Tuhoe, Social Intrapreneur, The Southern Initiative, Auckland Council

2) Living Wage

Annie Newman, National Director of Campaigning, E Tu

3) Workers Rights

Laila Harre, Programme Manager, UnionAid

4) Migrant Workers

Dennis Maga, Secretary, FIRST Union

2:45 – 3:45

Tiriti-Based Relationships

Facilitator: Jane Kelsey

1) Tino Rangatiratanga

Professor Margaret Mutu, Ngāti Kahu, Te Rarawa, Ngāti Whātua, Department of Maori Studies, University of Auckland

2) Tikanga And Values

Ani Mikaere, Ngāti Raukawa, Te Wananga o Raukawa

3) Tiriti and agreements

Associate Professor Amokura Kawharu, Ngati Whatua, Ngapuhi, Faculty of Law, University of Auckland

4) Processes And Decisions

Annette Sykes, Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Makino, Partner, Annette Sykes & Co

Coffee Break

4:00 – 5:00

Sustainable Worlds

Facilitator: Barry Coates

1) Climate Change

Dr Geoff Bertram, Senior Associate Institute for Governance and Policy Studies
Victoria University of Wellington

2) Environment/Trade Intersection

Simon Terry, Executive Director, Sustainability Council of New Zealand

3) Finite Resources

Russel Norman, Executive Director, Greenpeace NZ

4) Wai 262 And Kaitiakitanga

Aroha Mead, Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Porou, Independent Maori Researcher

5:00 – 5:30

Screening of a 30 minute interview – Bryan Bruce talks with Nobel Laureate Prof Joseph Stiglitz

Saturday 20 October

9:00 – 9:15

Recap On Day One – Key Themes

Laila Harré

9:15 – 10:15


Facilitator: Marylin Head, NZNO

1) Public Health Service

Michael Whaites, Public Services International

2) Medicines And Treatments

Leena Menghany, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders

3) Climate Change

Dr George Laking, Te Whakatōhea, Oncologist, Ora Taiao

4) An Agenda For Putting Health First

Louise Delany, Department of Public Health, University of Otago

Coffee Break

10:30 – 11:30


Facilitator: Sandra Grey

1) Information Commons/Social Media/Data

Associate-Professor Alex Sims, Department Of Commercial Law, University Of Auckland

2) Matauranga

Carrie Stoddart Smith, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Whātua, Pākehā, Indigenous political

3) Education

Melanie Webber, Junior Vice-President, Post-Primary Teachers Association

4) Culuture And Media


11:30 – 12:30

Rights And Protections

Facilitator: Jane Kelsey

1) Human Rights

Sanya Reid Smith, Third World Network

2) Consumers

Richard Aston, Chairperson, Consumer New Zealand

3) Privacy

Andrew Chen, PhD Candidate, Graduate Teaching Assistant, Faculty of Engineering, University of Auckland

4) Corporations

Dr Geoff Bertram, Senior Associate Institute for Governance and Policy Studies Victoria University of Wellington

Lunch Break

1:15 – 2:15

Development Responsibilities

Facilitator: Claire Slatter

1) A Pro-development Trade Model

Barry Coates, Initiator, Mindful Money

2) SDGs

Jo Spratt, Advocacy and Campaigns Director, Oxfam

3) The Pacific Islands

Professor Vijay Naidu, School of Government, Development and International Affairs, The University of the South Pacific

4) Migration

Associate Professor Yvonne Underhill-Sem, Development Studies, Faculty of Arts, The University of Auckland

2:15 – 3:30

Reinvigorating The Local

Facilitator: Stephen Parry, FIRST Union

1) Small Business

Jesse Chalmers, co-owner Chalmers Organics and TONZU

2) Public Services

Glenn Barclay, National Secretary, Public Service Association of NZ,

3) Local Government

Tony Holman, QSO, former ARA officer, Chair Watercare Services, Councillor &
Community Board member

4) Empowering Rangatahi


5) Empowering Local Communities

Gen de Spa, Coordinator, Wellbeing Economics educator and initiator

Coffee Break

3:30 – 5:00

Concluding Panel And General Discussion: Where To From Here?

Floor and Twitter discussion

Contributors on the ten panels include :

  • journalists Rod Oram and Bernard Hickey,
  • former diplomat Terence O’Brien,
  • Renata Blair from Ngati Whatua and Jesse Chalmers from TONZU from Maori and small businesses,
  • Tania Pouwhare of Auckland Council’s Southern Initiative,
  • Maori women leaders Margaret Mutu, Annette Sykes, Ani Mikaere and Aroha Mead on te Tiriti and tikanga
  • Richard Aston the chair of Consumer NZ ,
  • health experts from Médecins Sans Frontières and Doctors for Healthy Trade,
  • gender and living wage
  • the Director of Greenpeace NZ Russel Norman and Simon Terry the Executive Director of Sustainability Council of NZ,  
  • NZ Council of Trade Union’s Sam Huggard and Bill Rosenberg and other unions including New Zealand Nurses Organisation, Public Services International, Post-Primacy Teachers Association, E Tu and FIRST union,
  • development, Pacific, migration and human rights specialists from Aotearoa and internationally,
  • prominent academics from Auckland and Otago Universities and the University of South Pacific, 
  • community advocates and organisers from across the country,
  • and many more.


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  1. Castro says:

    It should most definitely look like a tearing up of the Free Slave Agreement with the largest ethno-nationalist dictatorship on the planet, that’s for sure….

  2. countryboy says:

    Or how about we re open trade with those who were our traditional trading partners like the UK, the U$A, Europe etc?
    And ask ? How come holyoak and muldoon and CER with au$tralia and now we’re fucked?
    We are, however, chocked in cheap Chinese pap and crap while I see our woollen products with outrageous prices on them. As for MEAT! Yes! I wrote meat. As an unholy a thing as saying ‘Girl Nipple’ in public. Meat to eat is pretty good isn’t it? It is. It’s a terrible shame that some wee beastie has to gasp its last for us before we’re to be able to eat it, because otherwise, we might be met with vigorous resistance, bellowing and showers of shit.
    So how come we worry?
    People still need to eat right? How come we got frozen out and our trading mates all fucked off into an euro economy ? Was that so as to not repeat the ol’ going hungry thing in EU? A ghastly hang over memory of when people ate each other during a wee spat with Der Grrmans in Leningrad? While our politicians and their mates tinkered with our primary industry to create wealth for themselves while we look on going ” Ahhhhhh…… duuuh !? I dunno ? Duuuuuuuuuuh ….. Wha’ ? I ? I ? I dunno …….. Uumm….? what? Huh ? Duh? ”
    I know… ! Rugby ! Yaaaaaaaaaay an’ stuff, aye? ”
    Step aside from the wordy-wordy thing and see a clearer picture of unbridled swindlings and a starving world just around the corner and we have million dollar shanties in a small town way down here in Butt-Fuck nowhere where we’re led to believe by foreign banksters that our shit doesn’t stink which means we should just keep galloping on the treadmill they rent to us to labour on for them.
    If @ Castro really wants to make a difference he/she would be out in the streets rousing righteous rabbles rapidly.

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