Reminder: Nationwide Post Budget Events 2018

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Nationwide Post Budget Event Series

Auckland * Wellington* Christchurch

POST BUDGET EVENT Wednesday 23 May
Nelson * Whangarei

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 18th 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 – 18 MAY – Mt Eden War Memorial Hall – 11.45am

RSVP here , find out more info here and download event poster here.

Guest Speakers

Dr Stephen Poletti
Dr Stephen Poletti is a 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.

Dr Rhys Jones
Dr Rhys Jones (Ngāti Kahungunu) is a Public Health Medicine Specialist and senior lecturer in Māori Health at the University of Auckland. A father of three boys, Rhys’ research interests include ethnic health inequities, the role of health professional education in advancing indigenous health, and environmental influences on Māori health.

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.


Venue: Mt Eden War Memorial Hall
Time: 11.45pm-1.15pm
***Please arrive from 11.30am for lunch, speakers to start at 12pm ***
Tickets: $20 waged, $10 unwaged

WELLINGTON – 18 MAY – The Boat Shed – 7:15am

CPAG and the Wellington Public Health Association are pleased to be working together to
hold this event in 2018.

RSVP HERE, find out more EVENT info and download event poster here.

Guest Speakers

Len Cook (CBE)
Currently New Zealand’s Families Commissioner, Len Cook was formerly New Zealand’s Government Statistician from 1992 to 2000, and the UK’s National Statistician from 2000 to 2005. He was a member of the Royal Commission on Social Policy in 1987-88. He is chair of the board of Superu, and a member of the Remuneration Authority. Len’s prime interests include public administration, population change and public policy, official statistics and the place of science in policy. He regularly works with official statisticians in the Pacific. He was appointed Families Commissioner in July 2015.

Honorary Associate Professor Susan St John
Susan is a founding member of CPAG and is currently a spokesperson for CPAG on economics and incomes, as well as a researcher. She is an Honorary Associate Professor in the 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 including the Human Rights Appeal Case.

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

There are limited places and tickets sell out fast, so please register by 17 May and prepayment is preferred to confirm you place.

CHRISTCHURCH – 18 MAY – Villa Maria Girls College – 7.15am

CPAG is pleased to be working with Villa Maria girls College for this year’s post budget breakfast event.

RSVP HERE, find out more here

Guest Speakers
Jane Higgins
Jane is on the Proprietor’s Board of Villa Maria College. She has a background in academia and works in community-based research and evaluation with government agencies and community development organisations. Her research speciality is youth in transition. She is also the author of two young adult novels.

Paul Dalziel – Children and the Budget
Paul is Professor of Economics at Lincoln University and Deputy Director of its Agribusiness and Economics Research Unit at Lincoln University. Paul has more than 25 years experience in researching themes on New Zealand economic and social policy. He has published nine books on New Zealand economic policy and received awards for his excellence in university teaching and research.

Lucy D’Aeth – Children and Mental Wellbeing Promotion
Lucy works as a public health specialist for the Canterbury District Health Board. She has worked in community development and health promotion for over 30 years, mostly in Christchurch but also in London, East Kent and Geneva. Since the Canterbury earthquakes 2010-11, much of Lucy’s work has focused on community recovery and she is part of the leadership of the All Right? wellbeing promotion campaign.

Christina McKerchar – Children and Healthy Food Environments

Christina McKerchar is of Ngāti Kahungunu, Tuhoe and Ngāti Porou descent. She is a lecturer in Māori Health at the University of Otago and a nutritionist. Christina is completing a PhD about food availability for Māori children and whether the right to healthy food realised for Māori children in their lived environments. The first part of her thesis analyses data from the ‘KidsCam’ study to explore the lived environments of 11 year old children in Wellington.


Doors open from 7.15,

speakers start at 7.30am


Villa Maria Girls College, 21 Peer St, Upper Riccarton
Entry: $5

WHANGAREI – 23 MAY – Manaia Health PHO – 1pm

RSVP HERE, find out more here

Guest Speakers

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 in the 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.

Addressing the Budget’s impact on Taitokerau in regards to education – is Huhana Lyndon of Te Matarau Education Trust; Youth – is Rebecca Hooker of the RAID Movement; Housing and Justice – are Debbie and Ngahau Davis of He Iwi Kotahi Tatou and Te Mana o Ngapuhi Kowhao Rau.


Time: 1pm -3pm with afternnon tea to follow

Location: Manaia Health PHO, 28-30 Rust Ave
Entry: Gold coin koha

NELSON & TASMAN – 23 MAY – Stoke Primary School – 9.30am

RSVP to cpag2016nn with your attendance.There is limited capacity & parking for this event so RSVP’s are open now until 19th May.

Download the poster here or visit the Facebook event page

Guest Speakers

Associate Professor Mike O’Brien: School of Counselling, Human Services and Social Work (University of Auckland), Social Security Spokesperson for Child Poverty Action Group

Lisa Lawrence: Kaiwhakahaere/Manager Motueka Family Service Centre

Katie O’Donnell: Manager Nelson Women’s and Children’s Refuge Services/Nga Wahine Tamariki Punanga o Whakatu


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

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