Alternative Aotearoa LIVE STREAM




Co-chairs for the day:

Julia Whaipooti – Justice Advocate

Jennifer Te Atamira Ward-Lealand – 2020 New Zealander of the Year and President of Equity New Zealand


  1. 30am Mihi Whakatau – Eugene Ryder


9am Keynote speakers (20 minutes each with time for questions)

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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)

Tina Barnett – Former Chair Skycity Employees Association

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

Kalo Afeaki – Pacific Climate Warriors

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 and Marcus Newton-Howes – 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


6pm Finish


The seminar will be live streamed in several places – one of these is on the Daily Blog website at The video and transcribed presentations will be loaded as soon as possible after the seminar at


Details of Speakers


Laura O’Connell Rapira – Director of Action Station

Efeso Collins – Pasifika community activist and Auckland City Councillor


Health Panel

Teresa Wall – Former deputy director-general of health

Dr Jude Ball – Former chair of the Wellington Branch of the Public Health Association and a Research Fellow in the Public Health Department, University of Otago, Wellington

Phil Bagshaw – Phil Bagshaw, General Surgeon University of Otago Christchurch; Chair, Canterbury Charity Hospital Trust

Jane Stevens – After the preventable death of her son Nicky while in the care of the mental health system 5 years ago, Jane has become a passionate advocate for transformational change to our mental health system

Ian Powell – A health commentator and editor of the ‘Second Opinion’ blog from Otaihanga and former Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists for 30 years


Workers Panel

Tina Barnett – Former Chair Skycity Employees Association

Yvette Taylor – Transformational Campaign Team Leader at E tū, Aotearoa’s largest private sector union.  Her work has mostly focused on organising low pay workers in aged care, cleaning and security to be active in the Living Wage campaign and building the wider broad based community movement

Mike Treen – National Director of Unite Union. Mike has been a campaigner against war and for economic and social justice since he was a high school student

Anu Kaloti – Anu Kaloti, the President of Migrant Workers Association, actively fighting against exploitation of migrant workers and campaigning for better migrant rights since 2012


Youth Panel

Oli Morphew – Year 12 student at Wellington Girls College and an SS4C (School Strike for Climate) Wellington organiser

Tara Watkins – School strike for Climate

Kalo Afeaki – Pacific Climate Warriors

Tiana Jakicevich – Te Ara Whatu


Environmental panel

Amanda Larsson – Amanda Larsson is a Swedish-born, Tāmaki Makaurau-based Climate and Energy Campaigner, who has been leading Greenpeace New Zealand’s policy work on the Covid-19 recovery

Dr Mike Joy – Senior Researcher at Wellingtons Victoria University’s Institute for Governance and Policy Studies and a founder member the Better Futures Forum. He is a freshwater ecologist, environmental scientist and activist

Eleanor West – Member of Generation Zero, a youth-led climate action organisation that mobilises New Zealanders to engage with decision-making and campaign for intergenerational climate justice

Haimana Hirini – Extinction Rebellion Te Whanganui a Tara

Cally O’Neill – Participatory designer for sustainable architecture and social and environmental activism, with a focus on promoting participatory design in climate policy and political process transformation.

Kevin Hague – Kevin is the Chief Executive of Forest & Bird and a member of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission, and was previously a Member of Parliament, public servant and community activist

Aaron Packard – Aaron Packard is the chairperson of 350 Aotearoa, and has spent the last 10 years working on global campaigns and projects for, from blockading coal ports to supporting climate activists to organise safely under repressive regimes

Marcus Newton-Howes – Member of 350 Aotearoa for the past four years


Social Panel

Frank Hogan – “A somewhat aging criminal defence barrister practising for over 45 years mainly in South Auckland now “transitioning “into an advocate for our most vulnerable-namely the children beset by inequality”

Kassie Hartendorp – Community Organiser at Action Station

Liz Gordon – Quality Public Education Coalition

Dani Pickering – Community organiser for People Against Prisons Aotearoa and the #ArmsDownNZ campaign, and a PhD candidate at Victoria University of Wellington. Their research covers political activation and the growth of social movements.

Brooke Fiafia Pao – Daughter of the Pacific, Mama, and AAAP volunteer and media spokesperson

Michael Sharp – A lawyer who has been involved in a number of cases challenging government housing policy, helped to found a housing advocacy service based in Tauranga and is a spokesperson for the State Housing Action Network

Anjum Rahman – Project Lead of the Inclusive Aotearoa Collective Tāhono, a project developing a Strategy for Belonging and Inclusion for Aotearoa and seeking to implement it by bringing diverse communities together to work on shared goals


Economics Panel

Tania Pouwhare – Tania (Ngāi Tūhoe) is a social intrapreneur at Auckland Council’s social innovation team where she leads the strategic thinking on livelihoods, wealth and economic power in the context of south and west Auckland

Social Intrapreneur at Auckland Council

Geoff Bertram – Geoff Bertram is an economist at the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies at Victoria University of Wellington

Susan St John – Economist with Child Poverty Action Group, Director of the Retirement Policy and Research Centre


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  1. This morning has been riveting and deeply moving.
    It’s really at least a week’s worth of speakers packed into one day.

    • Are you there too @Kheala? I’ve had to pop out from time to time having just had some surgery, but bloody brilliant. Standouts Efeso Collins; Mike Treen and Anu Kaloti so far. (Nanna nap then a return).

      The feeling I get, not just from those at the Marae but in the surroundings is that people do not want BAU.

      • No I’m live-streaming, but can hardly move from the screen.
        (Had heaps to do too, so I thought, but … this overrides all and everything!)

  2. ‘Alternative Aotearoa’ aye?
    I see.
    But before we can have an alternative AO we must surely first have alternative AO/NZ’er’s.
    Our country is the sum of its parts and its parts are a bit fucked.
    Look around? What a dismal little dump, really. No. Really. Lets not pretend. AO/NZ’s entirely unimaginative. I mean, look at Rolleston for example? It used to be touted as the ‘Town of the Future’ until someone wisely chiseled the phrase off the head stone-esque thing at the gates into the compound. And like all good cancers, the Town of the Future’s metastasising cells have spread to all regions of AO/NZ. To the surrounding neighbourhoods, to Rangiora, Leeston, to Ashburton, Timaru, Oamaru, Queenstown! OMG Queenstown? Of a quiet evening one can hear the haemorrhoids rustling. Oceans of grey roofs and the ubiquitous stone fence with the rustic fucking gates leading into a stone clad faux rustic house where one of one of the many caveats to occupation is you can’t hang out your fucking washing. I doubt very much that one could dry off one’s dildo and arse plug on the sill of the designer triple glazed window placed to capitalise on the views either.
    ” That hill across the lake is Cecil Peak dahling. Wonnerful init? ( The gin’s seeking your brain stem.)
    N’ now? One long year later, it’s just an annoying fucking thing that gets in the way of a little more winter sun and then there’s that mortgage payment. That $5 k fortnightly mortgage payment!
    Lets start with our largest city, Auckland?
    It’s not much more than a church to money. Its pint sized attempts at high rise buildings give way to bleak streets only populated by P addict street walkers and homeless people after the shops close and lets face it, it’s allll about the shopping.
    Hamilton is the same thing.
    The best thing about Wellington is the tip shop and while the little frilly houses of Wellington’s suburbs are charming enough they’re also ‘worth’ millions so if one tries to live in one of them as a ‘home’, they’re really simply living in debt tombs and the only way the inhabitants will dodge the mortgage payments is when they die. And even then that might not work because how do we know God’s not got an email address?
    You’re dead. Whew! Finally. You got your harp, you got your cloud, you’re surrounded by the angel’s of your dead pets and a fucking email comes in threatening foreclosure from some bankster! Back you go… to get that hallowed job…
    Nelson? In the middle of nowhere and you’d be surrounded by old fat rich white curtain twitcher people.
    Christchurch. Poor old CH CH.
    Ch Ch had everything going for it. Mountains to the West, oceans to the East, a fantastic climate, the wonderful, funky little alternative Port town of Lyttelton, within a beautiful range of hills built by volcanos and fringed with bays and beaches and the post 1980’s nouveau riche neoliberals fucked it. Then, of course there was the small matter of more than 18,000 earthquakes but that wasn’t what fucked Ch Ch, the earthquakes simply made Ch Ch feel interesting again.
    What fucked Ch Ch was a general and mind dulling complacency quickly capitalised on by rich, cunning scunthorpes. We Ch Ch people rolled over on to our backs, happy to enjoy all that Ch Ch was and while we were dozing in the sun, the rats ran in and ate the Tuatara.
    If one were to reasonably expect an ‘alternative’ AO/NZ? We, us AO/NZ’ers must first become ‘alternative’ and while the rats are eating the Tuatara without resistance that’s not happening.
    I think it’s time we Tuatara ate the rats.
    Before Alternative AO/NZ ? Mandatory voting. After Alternative AO/NZ? Mandatory voting.
    Oh! Oh! Speaking of rats… Future Man.
    Either Netflix or Lightbox which is now Neon. Can’t remember where or which.
    We don’t need a new political party. We already have too many of the useless fucking things, and they’re expensive. What we urgently require is for us to be forced, initially, to engage in our priceless democracy so the first thing we must [get] is mandatory voting. Then? We can make an already established bureaucracy work for us, not the other way around as we’re currently ‘enjoying’ although I must reluctantly admit, Labour seems to have remembered to take its med’s while national just keeps sucking on the glass barbi.

    • Shame you couldn’t have come @ Countryboy. It might have given you a bolster – and not in a hopey changey changey sort of way.
      You were definitely there in spirit though with the same sort of concerns you have being expressed
      “What we urgently require is for us to be forced, initially, to engage in our priceless democracy….” which is what most people there were trying to do. (It’s actually under threat if we keep doing what we’ve been doing)

    • They have mandatory voting in Australia .I was there last year at the election time. Wall to wall adverts in the paper paid for by a business man call Hancock A man who despite not paying his staff had $50 million to spend on adverts against labour. In the end he did not win one seat but he killed Labour and Morrison won who then allowed the mine venture owned by Hancock to go ahead. Be careful what you wish for.

  3. My goodness I agree with you on one thing – and I am at pipitea marae listening to some stunning speakers.

    I want compulsory voting BUT we must have a no confidence option, otherwise people are going to be having to vote for shit mostly.

  4. I was glued to the screen for 8 hours, so encouraged by the strong presentations, and the overall message. Both Maori and Pasifika young women were awesome. While it is important to look ahead we have to accept the challenge of how we get change while stuck in the democratic model we have. At least we have got MMP but we could make it work better than we do if only people would get past their entrenched loyalties to the Labour Party. Making plans to work outside the voting system is great but not an alternative to voting when we hear of those 1990s Acts which have to be repealed now. I believe the players in some ministries like MBI and MPI are the block, they have continuity even though the government changes. Thank uou John amd Bronewen and all thoose who contributed to the day. tis is a wonderful resource which I will be promoting when it comes on line.

  5. If it were possible to run this annually at around the time of Matariki, that would be so fantastic. It would be great over a full weekend, too. Maybe with local musos in the lunch breaks? It’s a Matariki celebration of minds and hearts, of insight and inspiration. And when it’s held regularly, it is like a heart beating again.

    • low crowd numbers and low duration can be put squarely down to corona. No gathering over a hundy, correct?

      • I’m not sure that we need bigger live crowds so much anyway. We can all ‘be there’ online. (Don’cha reckon?)

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