The Liberal Agenda – Nationwide Post Budget Event Series 

Nationwide Post Budget Event Series 
Auckland – Wellington – Christchurch – Dunedin
POST BUDGET EVENT Wednesday 5 June
Each year Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) provides child-focused analysis and commentary of the budget.  The aim is to provide an accessible and affordable avenue for the community to come together and hear about how the budget affects children and young people, especially our most vulnerable who live in poverty.

  *** Live Stream video details ***
Live streaming of Auckland event will be available from 12pm on Friday 31 May.
Visit our CPAG FB page for a link on the day or make sure you’re on the Daily Blog home page where it will be live streamed to.

AUCKLAND – 31 MAY – Mt Eden War Memorial Hall – 11.30am
RSVP here , find out more info here and download event poster here.
Guest Speakers
Alan Johnson
Alan was the social policy analyst for The Salvation Army’s Social Policy & Parliamentary Unit for over 12 years up until April 2019. He has an academic background in town planning and economics and has been involved in Auckland local government for over 20 years both as a politician and bureaucrat. He is also CPAG’s spokesperson for housing.
Professor Peter O’Connor
Peter is an internationally recognised expert in applied theatre and drama education. His research focuses on applied theatre in marginalised and vulnerable communities. It has led to developing cutting-edge models of interdisciplinary praxis that explore the nexus of critical and creative pedagogies, aesthetics and social justice.
Dr Sarah-Jane Paine
Sarah-Jane is a Senior Lecturer at Te Kupenga Hauora Māori and Co-Director of the Tamaiora Research Group. She holds science degrees from the University of Otago and a PhD in Public Health from Massey University. Her area of research expertise is in the quantitative investigation of ethnic inequities in health and the determinants of health across the life-course.
With special guest MC – Dr Hinemoa Elder 
Event Details
Venue: Mt Eden War Memorial Hall
Time:  11.30am-1.15pm*
Tickets: $10 low income, $20 middle income, $30 high income
RSVP: Please register here
**Please arrive from 11am for informal networking, brunch will be served at 11.30am, speakers to start at 12pm ***

WELLINGTON – 31 MAY – The Boat Shed –  7:15am
CPAG and the Wellington Public Health Association are pleased to be working together again to hold this event in 2019.
RSVP HERE, find out more EVENT info 
Guest Speakers
Government Representative to discuss the 2019 budget and answer questions (TBC)
Dr Ganesh Nana 
Ganesh is an Executive Director and Chief Economist at BERL.
Lee Tuki 
Lee is President of the Public Health Association of New Zealand, Kāhui Hauora. Tumatanui.
MC – Dr Nikki Turner
Nikki is CPAG’s Health Spokesperson.
Event Details
Venue: The Boat Shed, Taranaki Street Wharf
Time: 7.15am – 8.45am*
Tickets: $30 – high income, $20 medium income, $10 low income
RSVP: Door sales restricted – register early to ensure your place
* Doors open 7am and a light breakfast will be available, speakers will commence at 7.20am. *

CHRISTCHURCH – 31 MAY – 7.15am 
Guest Speakers
Associate Prof Mike O’Brien 
Mike is an Associate Professor at the School of Counselling, Human Services and Social Work at the University of Auckland and has previously been CPAG’s Convenor. He has written extensively on poverty and social security issues. Mike chaired the Alternative Welfare Working Group in 2011. He has also held board positions at Te Waipuna Puawai and the Auckland City Mission in addition to being a member of the Impacts of Poverty and Exclusion Policy Group for the New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services. He is CPAG’s spokesperson on welfare and social security issues.
Other speakers TBA


TDB Recommends
Time: 7.15am – 8.30am
Venue: TBA
RSVP: Registration details coming soon!


Dunedin – 31 MAY – Dunedin Community House – 12.30pm
CPAG is pleased to be working alongside Choose Kids to hold this year’s event.
Guest speaker to present an analysis of the budget – TBA
A speaker panel will include local service providers & students who will discuss the budget’s outcomes for their communities
Venue: Alexander McMillan Room, Dunedin Community House
Time: 12.30pm – 1.30pm *
RSVP: Registration details coming soon!
 * BYO lunch event *

NELSON-TASMAN – 5 JUNE – Stoke Primary School – 9.30am 
RSVP to  with your attendance.There is limited capacity and parking for this event so RSVP’s are open now until 30th May.
Guest Speakers
Prof Innes Asher
Innes is a Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Auckland, a paediatrician at Starship Children’s Hospital in Auckland and CPAG’s health spokesperson. She chairs the Global Asthma Network. In recognition of her work. Innes was appointed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to their inaugural Expert Panel on Non-communicable diseases (NCDs), in 2017. Innes was appointed to the Government’s Welfare Expert Advisory Group in 2018.
Max Rashbrooke
Max is a well-known author, academic and journalist, working in Wellington. Max writes about politics, economics and social issues. He is the author of Government for the Public Good (2018) and Wealth and New Zealand (2015) and the editor of Inequality: A New Zealand Crisis (2013).
Venue: Stoke Primary School Hall, 601 Main Road, Stoke, Nelson
Time: 9.30am-11.30am
Entry: $5 unwaged, $10 waged


  1. Having just watched Carmel Sepuloni on The Nation, I’m sick to my stomach

    She wants beneficiaries to wait till next year for “phase 2”, whatever the fukh that is

    Beneficiaries will have to wait till next year for an announcement on benefits , which will then be implemented in 2021

    Well fuck you Labour

    Martyn, i’m up for a new progressive party Bring it on!!

  2. in 18 months child poverty has increased yet we throw money at more and more enquiries that go nowhere like the tax working party and so many broken promises.36 million to win the West Coast vote 3bilion to win over Northland 2 billionth win student vote (no stellmemt for teachers )

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