A one-day seminar to provide solutions for the environmental, social and economic transformation of Aotearoa – Saturday 25 July, 8.30am Pipitea Marae, Wellington
A defining moment in post-pandemic debate in New Zealand is planned for next Saturday, 25 July at Pipitea Marae in Wellington.
Representatives of a wide range of health, social justice and environmental organisations will speak at the seminar to propose an alternative approach to the “business as usual” proposals of mainstream politics.
We are delighted to have two marvellous New Zealanders, Justice Advocate Julia Whaipooti and 2020 New Zealander of the Year and President of Equity New Zealand Jennifer Ward-Lealand, to Co-chair this day which will be a defining moment in post-pandemic discussion in Aotearoa.
Keynote speakers who will set the kaupapa for the day are the Director of Action Station Laura O’Connell Rapira and Pasifika community activist and Auckland City Councillor Efeso Collins.
Wellington City Councillor Tamatha Paul and University of Auckland Law Professor Jane Kelsey will record and collate the presentations into a final report which will be available to the media and will be presented in person to each of the main political parties.
We are thrilled with the calibre and integrity of the organisations and presenters throughout the various panels. These groups and individuals are the change-agents New Zealand so desperately needs at this critical time.
The full agenda is pasted at the end of this media advisory.
The best opportunity for media to speak with the co-chairs and keynote speakers will be at the lunch break at 12 noon which will be set up as a media conference.
The event will be livestreamed in several places including thedailyblog.co.nz
Our main political parties, heavily influenced by corporate priorities, are keen for New Zealand to return to “business as usual” as soon as possible whereby a smaller group of wealthier people can continue to enjoy the benefits of economic development at the expense of the rest of the country.
It was clear well before Covid 19 that “business as usual” had failed most of us. Despite the existential threat of climate change, for example, New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions have continued to rise as policy decisions have favoured unsustainable economic growth over human welfare. Similar unacceptable failures are evident in biodiversity, fresh water, rivers and streams, poverty and inequality, health, education, housing, mental health, incarceration rates etc
If we go back to “business as usual” we will simply carry forward the myriad of social and economic problems from the pre-pandemic era, in particular the shocking levels of poverty and inequality which have disproportionately damaged Maori and Pasifika whanau and entire low-income communities.
We need a “new normal” in our economy which focuses on strengthening and empowering local communities to work towards a more sustainable future. That debate will be carried forward at the seminar.
Agenda updated to 17 July
- 30am Mihi Whakatau – speaker TBC
Co-chairs for the day:
Julia Whaipooti – Justice Advocate
Jennifer Ward-Lealand – 2020 New Zealander of the Year and President of Equity New Zealand
9am Keynote speakers (20 minutes each with time for questions)
Laura O’Connell Rapira – Director of Action Station
Efeso Collins – Pasifika community activist and Auckland City Councillor
10am Health Solutions (10 minutes each speaker)
Teresa Wall – former deputy director-general of health
Dr Jude Ball – Public Health Association
Phil Bagshaw – Christchurch Charity Hospital
Jane Stevens – mental health services advocate
Ian Powell – former Executive Director of Assn of Salaried Medical Specialists
11am Workers’ Solutions (10 minutes each speaker)
Syd Keepa – Maori Vice President of the CTU
Yvette Taylor – Campaign Team leader E tū Union
Mike Treen – Director of Unite Union
Anu Kaloti – Migrant Workers Association
12noon Lunch (A vegan lunch will be provided – a koha would be appreciated)
12.30pm Youth Solutions (10 minutes each organisation)
Oli Morphew and Tara Watkins – School strike for Climate
Tiana Jakicevich – Te Ara Whatu
1.30pm Environmental Solutions (8 minutes each organisation)
Amanda Larsson – Greenpeace
Dr Mike Joy – Better Futures Forum
Eleanor West – Generation Zero
Haimana Hirini and Cally O’Neill – Extinction Rebellion Te Whanganui a Tara
Kevin Hague – Forest & Bird
Aaron Packard – 350 Aotearoa
2.30pm Social Solutions (8 minutes each speaker)
Frank Hogan – Child Poverty Action Group
Kassie Hartendorp – Action Station
Liz Gordon – Quality Public Education Coalition
Dani Pickering – People Against Prisons Aotearoa
Brooke Fiafia – Auckland Action Against Poverty
Michael Sharp – State Housing Action Network
Anjum Rahman – Inclusive Aotearoa Collective Tāhono
4pm Afternoon tea
4.30pm Economic Solutions (10 minutes each speaker)
Tania Pouwhare – Social Intrapreneur at Auckland Council
Geoff Bertram – Economist with Victoria University
Susan St John – Economist with Child Poverty Action Group
5.30pm Summary of the day – Presentation of the solutions for the environmental, social and
economic transformation of Aotearoa
Tamatha Paul – Wellington City Councillor
Jane Kelsey – Law Professor University of Auckland
Media will be invited to attend all day but a specific media conference will be organised for keynote speakers and a presentation of the final summary will be made to the media.
All political parties will be specifically invited to attend the Seminar and we will also be presenting the final report to the policy committees of the main political parties (National, Labour, Greens, New Zealand First etc) following the seminar.
The seminar will be live streamed in several places – one of these is on the Daily Blog website at https://thedailyblog.co.nz/