Focus issues: Child Poverty, Climate Change,
Refugees and Asylum Seekers, Youth Justice
Sponsored by the Edmund Rice Network*
17 & 18 July 2014, St Peter’s College
23 Mountain Road, Grafton, Auckland
A networking and training event for those involved or seeking to be involved with advocacy.
As an attendee, you will have the chance to learn from some of New Zealand’s leading advocacy organisations and create valuable links with others that are committed to bringing about positive change.
Keynote Speakers include:
Sue Bradford has spent her entire life advocating for those caught in cycles of poverty both from inside and outside the walls of government. Currently a fulltime lecturer at Unitec’s School of Social Practice, Waitakere campus and in the final stages of a PhD in public policy at AUT, Sue is also theco-chair of Auckland Action Against Poverty. Best known for her 10 year stint as a Green MP (1999 – 2009) Sue has also been active in unemployed and beneficiary organisations since 1983.
During her 10 years in parliament, her key portfolio areas were welfare, employment, housing, ACC, industrial relations, mental health, childrens’ issues, community economic development, gambling, community and voluntary sector. The most significant achievements during this period were securing support for the passage of three private member’s bills in one term of Parliament: amending s59 of the Crimes Act so that there is no longer a defence of ‘reasonable force’ for physical assault on children; ensuring that most 16 and 17 year olds receive adult rather than youth minimum wages; and extending the time some mothers in prison can keep their babies with them.
Phil Glendenning has been the Director of the Edmund Rice Centre in Sydney since its inception in 1996 and is currently the President of the Refugee Council of Australia.
With a background in education, law, political science, and overseas aid and development, today he is primarily involved in human rights advocacy and education, peace and reconciliation work, raising awareness of the impact of climate change on marginalised peoples.
His work for the rights of Indigenous people saw him co-found Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation (ANTaR) in 1997, and for ten years he was National President.
He has served on the Boards of the Australian Council for Social Service (ACOSS), various committees of the Australian Council for Overseas Aid, and the Centre for an Ethical Society.
In his work for the rights of Asylum Seekers and Refugees, Phil led the Edmund Rice Centre’s research team for the Deported to Danger series which monitored the safety of rejected asylum seekers in 22 countries, and resulted in an internationally screened documentary, “A Well Founded Fear”, in 2008. He was a consultant on the 2012 TV series “Go Back to Where You Came From”.
In conjunction with the Pacific Calling Partnership, he has been part of delegations to Pacific Island nations, particularly Kiribati, monitoring the impact of climate change on the population and joining them in international forums to advocate for change.
He is widely sought after for media comment and consultancy in Australia and overseas.
In 2007, Phil was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Australian Catholic University and was also recognised by the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) with the Sir Ron Wilson Award for Human Rights.
Chris Nolan Recently retuned from training at the United Nations in Geneva with Edmund Rice (ER) International and will be sharing with us the power and possibilties of advocacy with the United Nations.
Recently admitted to the bar, Chris is a fully qualified lawyer and his experience includes:
– Coordinator and contribution of submissions to the United Nations for the NZ Universal Periodic Review in January 2014, on the treatment of Maori in our criminal justice system and its connection to child poverty.
– Advocacy through the Community Law Centre in the area of criminal justice, particularly around justice reform for the most marginalised in NZ society; those affected by poverty and ethnic devaluation.
- On behalf of the Edmund Rice Justice Trust Aotearoa (ERJA) Chris manages and leads as a restorative conference facilitator in the Te Kaupapa Whakaora project in collaboration with NZ Victim Support and Pathway Trust ( prisoner re-integration), providing high end, intensive, post sentence, in prison restorative conferencing to offenders and victims mostly of murder, sexual assault and death by drunk driving.
- Monthly prison service in Christchurch Men’s Prison with The Howard League for Penal Reform providing legal advice and information and advocates regarding systemic issues.
- Is establishing the ERJA Hinau Tree Project ( seeds of new life) in the youth wing of the Christchurch Men’s Prison in collaboration with Corrections, the University of Canterbury Maori Law students who are volunteering in this project, NZ Police and Nga Maata Waka.
Day 1, July 17th
8am – 9 am – Arrival and conference check in
9 am – 10 am – Powhiri and Introductions, break with Kai (Morning tea)
10 am – 11:30 – Keynote Presentation – Sue Bradford followed by a panel of local advocacy experts
11:30 – 12:30 – Group workshop – a series of discussions and working in small groups
12:30 – 1 pm – Lunch
1 pm – 3 pm – The story of Child Poverty Action Group and related workshop – Amplifying the message
3 pm – 5:30 pm – Break and networking opportunity (Afternoon Tea)
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm – Dinner and Keynote speaker – Phil Glendenning
Day 2, July 18th
9:30 am – 10 am – Introduction to Day 2 plus morning tea
10 am – 12 pm – Choice of Facilitated Workshops and Discussion Groups
12 pm – 1 pm – Lunch
1 pm – 3 pm - Choice of Facilitated Workshops and Discussion Groups
3 pm – 4 pm – Afternoon tea, Feedback and Conclusion
*Please note workshop and presentation times are approximate
You will have the opportunity to select workshops for day two at the end of day one.
To maximise the benefit of bringing together such a dynamic group of people, (as advocates always are!) we are allowing for organic programme development and are excited about the contributions that our conference attendees can make.You can follow this development via this event page and on Facebook
Along with our already selected mentors and keynote speakers, we are inviting other reputable organisations to register and offer their special skill sets and resources.
As individual attendees, we are asking you to indicate your own special interest areas and will seek to provide connections, discussion opportunities or even workshops if there are sufficient numbers interested in a particular type of learning.
*This conference is organised by the Edmund Rice Centre New Zealand and supported by the Edmund Rice Justice Trust Aotearoa (NZ), Edmund Rice Centre for Awareness, Advocacy, Action (Sydney) and Edmund Rice International (United Nations Geneva)