CPAG Summit 2017: Beyond Social Investment

Proceedings Summit 2017: Beyond Social Investment (Oct 2017)

On 8 September, CPAG held a summit examining and critiquing the Government's view of welfare provision, and discussed what a social welfare system that genuinely put "the well-being of children at the centre” would look like. The summit, which ran from 9.30am - 4pm, explored what changes to policies and budgets would make the difference required for all children to thrive.

The annual event was held in partnership by Child Poverty Action Group, The Retirement Policy and Research Centre (RPRC) and the Centre for Applied Research in Economics (CARE) at the University of Auckland Business School.

Speakers at the Summit included:

  • Professor Peter Whiteford - Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University, Canberra
  • Dr Simon Chapple - Director of the Institute of Governance and Policy Studies in Victoria University’s School of Government 
  • Peter Alsop - Director of the Insights and Investment Group at the Ministry of Social Development
  • David Kenkel - Lecturer in Social Practice at Unitec
  • Dr Jess Berentson-Shaw - Head of Research at the Morgan Foundation Public Policy Think Tank 
  • Honorary Associate Professor Susan St John (QSO) - Economics Department, University of Auckland and director of the Retirement Policy and Research Centre
  • Dr Bill Rosenberg - Economist and Director of Policy, Council of Trade Unions since 2009 
  • Alan Johnson - Social policy analyst for The Salvation Army's Social Policy and Parliamentary Unit
  • Len Cook - Families Commissioner
  • Associate Professor Mike O’Brien - School of Counselling, Human Services and Social Work at the University of Auckland
  • Chairpersons - Janfrie Wakim, Gerry Cotterell, George Makapatama

Watch the Summit Video from 9.30am - 12.30pm below. This includes speakers Peter Whiteford, Simon Chapple, Peter Alsop, David Kenkel and Jess Berentson-Shaw. 

Find more information on the summit here.