Nationwide Post Budget Event Series Invite

* Whangarei * Auckland * Wellington * Dunedin *
* Christchurch *
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

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 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.
Venue: Mt Albert War Memorial Hall, 773 New North Rd, Mount Albert
Time: 7.15am-8.45am
Tickets: $20 waged, $10 unwaged

***breakfast served from 7.15am, speakers from 7.30am****


WELLINGTON - The Boat Shed - 7.15am

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
Tickets: $30 - high income, $20 medium income, $10 low income

*** Breakfast served at 7.15am, speakers from 7.30am **


WHANGAREI - Manaia Health PHO - 12.30pm

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 fourth Children's Commissioner and has four sons and two grandsons.
Venue: Ratu Room, Manaia Health PHO, 28-30 Rust Ave
Time: 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Entry: koha to cover the cost of lunch
** lunch served at 12.30 ***


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
If you're not familiar with podcasts or just want to listen with others, a 'listening event' has been organised for 30-March, 12:15pm - 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

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 / 09 302 5260