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Oxfam New Zealand

Oxfam is an international development NGO with a goal of Working together to end poverty and injustice and a vision of a world without poverty where people are valued and treated equally, on a planet that has the natural resources to sustain them. Although their main focus is international they also apply their advocacy to issues in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Contact: Paula Feehan

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Nationwide Post-Budget Event Series Invite

Whangarei * Auckland * Wellington * Dunedin
POST BUDGET EVENT Wednesday 31 May
* Nelson *
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.

AUCKLAND – Mt Albert War Memorial Hall – 7.15am
RSVP here, find out more EVENT info or download the poster here
Guest Speakers
Steve Poletti: Senior Lecturer in Economics at the University of Auckland. He holds a PhD in Mathematical Physics (Newcastle upon Tyne, 1991) and Economics. Steve’s work includes teaching and research in Australia and New Zealand and he has published widely on Economics as well as Physics.
Assoc Prof Damon Salesa:Toeolesulusulu Damon Salesa is a prize-winning scholar who specialises in the study of colonialism, empire, government and race.  He is currently Associate Professor of Pacific Studies at the Centre for Pacific Studies, University of Auckland, where he is also head of Pacific Studies, Director of the New Zealand institute for Pacific Research and Co-Head of Te Wananga o Waipapa.
Hon Assoc Prof Susan St John: Susan is a founding member of CPAG and CPAG spokesperson on economics & incomes. She is an Honorary Associate Professor inthe Economics Department, University of Auckland and the director of the Retirement Policy and Research Centre. Susan has contributed to a wide range of CPAG publications and the Human Rights Appeal Case. 
Venue: Mt Albert War Memorial Hall, 773 New North Rd, Mount Albert
Time:  7.15am-8.45am
***breakfast served from 7.15am, speakers from 7.30am ****
Tickets : $20 waged, $10 unwaged

WELLINGTON – The Boat Shed –  7.15am
RSVP here, find out more EVENT info or download the poster here
Guest Speakers
Alan Johnson: CPAG’s Housing expert. Alan currently works as a social policy analyst for The Salvation Army’s Social Policy & Parliamentary Unit.  He is author of Off the Track which is The Salvation Army’s 2017 State of Nation report. In his spare time he is a community activist in South Auckland where he is active as an administrator in local sports clubs and as a school trust.
Laura O’Connell Rapira: Laura O’Connell Rapira is the Director of Campaigns at ActionStation – a community organisation representing over 100,000 members that combines digital tools and people power to drive a fairer, more just and sustainable Aotearoa. She is also the Co-founder of RockEnrol – a volunteer-run organisation dedicated to building and activating political power for young people through
grassroots community organising and popular culture.
Other speaker TBC
Venue: The Boat Shed, Taranaki Street Wharf
Time: 7:15am- 8:45am
*** Breakfast served at 7.15am, speakers from 7.30am **
Tickets: $30 – high income, $20 medium income, $10 low income
Tickets sell out fast, so please register by 24 May. 

WHANGAREI – Manaia Health PHO – 12.30pm
RSVP here, find out more EVENT info or download the poster here
Guest Speakers
Associate Professor Mike O’Brien: CPAG’s social security spokesperson. Mike is an Associate Professor at the School of Counselling, Human Services and Social Work at the University of Auckland and earlier been the Head of the School of Social and Cultural Studies at Massey University.
Dr Cynthia (Cindy) Kiro: Cindy is of Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Hine and Ngāti Kahu descent. She is a Professor in the Faculty of Education and Social Work and Director of the Tai Tokerau campus for the University of Auckland.  She is also Director for the Atlantic Fellowship for Social Equity on behalf of the University.  These roles promote educational excellence to increase student engagement and success in tertiary education for indigenous and minority populations. Cindy has worked extensively in roles that improve life outcomes for children and young people who experience social marginalisation or exclusion: focusing upon equity and diversity as a constructive contributor to society. She was New Zealand’s 4th Children’s Commissioner and has four sons and two grandsons.
Time: 12.30pm – 2.30pm
Location: Ratu Room, Manaia Health PHO, 28-30 Rust Ave
Entry: koha to cover the cost of lunch
** lunch served at 12.30 ***

More info here or download the listening event poster here
This year, Ōtautahi Christchurch will host a post-budget podcast.  As speakers present at other post-budget events throughout the country, speakers in Christchurch will be recording their insights with ‘Speak up Korerotia‘ to be shared throughout our community, and up and down the country.
The podcast will be available to download on the night of the 26th.  Listeners will be able to hear the perspectives from:
Helen Leahy of Te Putahitanga o Te Waipounamu, the Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency for the South Island

Paul Dalziel, the Deputy Director of the Agribusiness and Economics Research Unit at Lincoln University
We’ll let you know when the podcast is available to download on the CPAG website.  We hope you’ll have a listen and share with a friend.
Any volunteers interested in organising their own ‘listening event’ to share the recording, please contact [email protected]
If you’re not familiar with podcasts or just want to listen with others, a ‘listening event‘ has been organised for 30-March12:15pm – 1:15pm at Community and Public Health ((310 Manchester Street). The ‘listening event’ will take place as a part of the Healthy Christchurch lunchtime seminar series, more details on how to RSVP here.
Thanks to Sally Carlton and PlainsFM for working the CPAG in Christchurch to make this event possible.

DUNEDIN – Presbyterian Support Otago – 12pm
Guest Speaker & Panel
Associate Professor Karen Nairn: Karen wrote the book Children of
Rogernomics (with Jane Higgins and Judith Sligo) to connect the stories of young people with the wider social and economic story of NZ during the last three decades. Karen’s research interests continue to focus on the effects of deepening economic and social inequalities for children and young people growing up in Aotearoa.
Graeme Pringle: Counsellor, Mirror Counselling Services
Pip Laufiso: Senior Education Adviser, Ministry of Education
Jo Mckenzie:  Otago Youth Wellness Trust
Desiree Williams: CEO Malcam Trust
Venue:  The conference room, level 3 at Presbyterian Support Otago, 407 Moray Pl
Time: 12pm -1pm
Entry: Koha on door
**** tea, coffee and snacks provided ****

NELSON & TASMAN – 31 May- 9.30am – Stoke Primary School
RSVP to [email protected]  with your attendance.There is limited capacity for this event so RSVP’s are open now until 24th May.
Download the poster here
Guest Speakers
Alan Johnson: CPAG’s Housing expert. Alan currently works as a social policy analyst for The Salvation Army’s Social Policy & Parliamentary Unit.  He is author of Off the Track which is The Salvation Army’s 2017 State of Nation report.
Kindra Douglas:Director Victory Community Centre
Rosalie Grant: Manager Nelson Budget Service
Venue: Stoke Primary School Hall, 601 Main Road, Stoke, Nelson
Time: 9.30am-11.30am
Entry: koha on door

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

The CPAG Team

 [email protected] / 09 302 5260

The People’s Mental Health Review

Action Station’s report on The People’s Mental Health Review, based on 500 personal stories of mental health experiences reveals a mental health system in crisis, with long wait times, a lack of suitable treatment options and an under-resourced and stressed workforce. They call for urgent funding increases for mental health services, an independent inquiry into mental health in New Zealand, and restoration of the Mental Health Commission.

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Help All Humans Flourish

Registration are open for the 2017 St Andrews Trust for the Study of Religion and Society (SATRS) / Public Good Conference, at St Andrews on the Terrace, Wellington, New Zealand

Friday 5 May: 7.00–8.30pm (tea and coffee from 6.30pm)

Saturday 6 May: 9.30am– 3.30pm (Registration from 9.00)


Join a creative mob sharing their wisdom and thinking strategically about the future and how we can work towards NZ being a country where all people can flourish.  The weekend is a mix of speakers, workshops and experiences of our relationship with well-being.

Programme :

Friday evening May 5th

Rev. Dr Susan Jones

Susan is the Minister at St Andrews and will introduce the evening and reprise the lectures in the Human Flourishing series.

As well as being the Minister and member of the SATRS trust Susan has been an important voice in LGBTQI rights in New Zealand and in the Presbyterian Church. She is also a supporter of the NZ Living Wage campaign. St Andrews has recently become a living wage church.

Dr Heidi Thomson:  The vital role of Humanities Education

Heidi is Associate Professor, School of English, Film, Theatre and Media Studies at Victoria University where her research areas are the British Romantic Literature and Cultural Contexts; Wordsworth; Coleridge; Keats; Poetry and Poetics. She is also a passionate advocate of the role of the humanities in education an area under threat with the current focus on the STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Dr Carwyn Jones:  Discusses his new book New Treaty, New Traditions

Carwyn is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Law and his research Areas are the Treaty of Waitangi, Treaty settlements, Waitangi Tribunal, Maori and constitutional issues, rights of indigenous people at international law, indigenous governance, indigenous legal traditions, Māori Studies.

Dr. Danielle Shanahan:  On ‘Living with Nature’

Danielle’s is Manager Conservation, Research, Learning and Experience at Wellington’s Zealandia wildlife sanctuary. She discovered in the 2012 research of  more than 1500 Brisbane residents that the mere act of being in a park actually improves health and regular time spent in nature can help prevent depression and high blood pressure.

Saturday May 6th:

Experience a creative participatory day experiencing ways of thinking about flourishing through storytelling, workshops, speakers and time for deliberation.

Julian Raphael:

Julian is a highly experienced community musician, music educator, composer and performer who works alongside children and grown-ups with a philosophy and teaching style that is influenced and informed by music-making of the world’s cultures. He is director of Community Music Junction, and a student and teacher of music from the Shona culture of Zimbabwe and is one of the very few New Zealand facilitators of African marimba and mbira. Julian leads the Wellington Community Choir and the Hutt Valley Community Choir and MaleVocale as well as a number of daytime ‘Sing for your Life’ groups.

Julian will speak and teach about the power  of song in human flourishing in a session with singing, music and words.

Rev Dr Jim Cunningham

Jim is a retired Presbyterian Minister, counsellor and story teller.  He was interim Minister at St Andrews to 2015.

Jim will co-facilitate the Saturday workshop and will tell stories to weave the event together and together with Graham has developed the plan for the seminar.

Graham Millar

Graham is a Trustee of the St Andrew’s Trust for the Study of Religion and Society and is co-convenor of the Human Flourishing conference.

John Pennington:  Public Engagement Projects

John Pennington is a partner at Public Engagement Projects and in a previous role was part of the ream that ensured the short-lived Bio-ethics Council was the winner of the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) awarded their Core Values Award in 2008. He has recently completed a project with Scoop Media to identify initiatives that might have broad acceptability across multiple communities.

Christina Leef:  Māori Entrepreneurship and the Flourishing Fellowship

Christina is an alumna of the Flourishing Fellowship and works in her professional life at Māori Womens Development Inc in support of Māori Entrepreneurship.  She has also experience with developing cultural reconnection and the work that she does alongside young rangatahi Māori in the Far North of New Zealand.

Paul Bruce, Our Climate Declaration

Paul is a retired meteorologist, environmentalist and was until recently a Wellington Regional Councillor.  He will introduce and launch Our Climate Declaration in Wellington.

The declaration is a Declaration of our commitment to a different kind of future, based on respect, democracy and fairness and which takes care of people and of Nature.

Max Harris, The New Zealand Project (video link)

Max is a new young voice in New Zealand politics and his research at Oxford over several years has recently resulted in the publication of the New Zealand Project, an upbeat and idealistic prescription based on 30 in-depth interviews for a New Zealand that sees politics based in the values of love, care, community and creativity and their potentially richer Māori analogues of aroha, whanaungatanga, manaakitanga and auahatanga.

For more info and to register visit

 or text: 0221261839

To register for the conference

Friday: Koha entry.

Saturday: suggested registration fee is $30 waged / $20 unwaged / $10 under 25 or student. (Lunch included). If the suggested fee is too expensive we would rather see you at the seminar that not so please pay what you can.

Register  cash or cheque at the St Andrew’s Office, or by direct debit to SATRS KiwiBank Account  389012 0627557-00 (with your name as a reference) or online bookings are at


Living Economies Expo

31 March – 2 April at Lyttelton Recreation Centre

The Living Economies Expo is an event recognising the interconnection of all major global issues around the driving force of our dysfunctional debt-based money system. The event will showcase examples of people doing things differently, creating healthy solutions, demonstrating what is possible, what gives hope and direction to our communities and country. Through the momentum of this event we hope to seed systemic change.

Click here for more details.


NZ Fabian Society

The Fabian Society is an independent membership-based policy forum that aims to provide a forum for education and debate on progressive policy priorities by providing quality events, publications and research.  Initially, we will focus on the fundamental requirement that New Zealand shapes a sustainable economic future for itself. We provide a forum for critiquing the prevailing economic orthodoxy and the advocacy of viable alternatives and reforms.
Contact Mike Smith /   

2016 Child Poverty Monitor Results

The 2016 Child Poverty Monitor results reveal no significant improvement for the lives of children in New Zealand experiencing the effects of poverty.

There are currently 28% of New Zealand’s children living in families where income is less than 60% of the median contemporary income after housing costs (AHC), and 155,000 children experiencing some form of material deprivation, while 8% of children suffer extreme material deprivation.

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