National Conference 2014

Keynote address 1, Nicola Atwool, University of Otago

“A New Way of Working Together for Vulnerable Children and Families or Moving the Deckchairs on the Titanic?”

A number of significant changes are being implemented with the aim of improving the delivery of services to vulnerable children and families.  The White Paper, the Children’s Action Plan, the Vulnerable Children Bill and the review of Child Youth and Family all have implications for service delivery.  A brief overview of these changes will provide the context for a critical evaluation of the key factors likely to determine whether or not we develop more effective ways or working with vulnerable children and families.

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Keynote address 2, David Hanna, Wesley Community Action

"How organisations either destroy or nurture innovation in families"

Many organisations are thrust into relationships with families experiencing stress and are expected to help. Sometimes despite our good intentions we can be restricting positive outcomes. What needs to be happening within our organisations to support families to arrive at resilient and innovative solutions?

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Keynote address 3, Arihia Bennett, Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu

"He waka eke noa"

The recent creation of Whanau Ora Commissioning Agencies has added another powerful tool to our kete for social transformation. Ngai Tahu, in partnership with all Iwi of Te Waipounamu, is now an investor in social services and social change initiatives that we believe are the most powerful contributors to the society we aspire to live within.

This presentation will provide an overview of the South Island Whanau Ora Commissioning Agency, with a particular focus on the investment philosophy and outcomes for vulnerable tamariki.


Keynote address 4, Mike O’Brien, University of Auckland

"Life ahead for the social services; Where are we and where are we going"

This address will review social services directions in Aotearoa, drawing on international experiences and recent developments and identify some of the challenges for providers and practitioners.

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Sally Davenport – Productivity Commission

Sally explains what Productivity Commission does and their recent enquiry


Te Raewyn Bhana and George Ngatai - Tiriti O Waitangi

At this workshop George and Raewyn will talk about working with mana whenua, tangata whenua and community agencies. The workshop will cover the 3 P's (Partnership, Protection and Participation) and much more


Children Focussed Agencies Panel Discussion

Topic “What are the challenges for the Social Services sector to build children and whanau well-being?”


Justine Cornwell - Office of the Children's Commissioner's Monitoring Framework.