An explanation of the Social Security Summit's purpose as well as the proposed schedule for the day.

Date: Friday 2 September 2016
Venue: The University of Auckland Business School, OGGB5, Level 0, Owen G Glenn Building, 12 Grafton Rd, Auckland

This summit builds on our 2015 summit, “Welfare fit for families in a changing world”. Where the 2015 summit discussed health, housing, disability, and debt, the 2016 summit will delve into the varrying approaches on how to identify vulnerable children in New Zealand.

The Government is rewriting the social security legislation. The Social Security Legislation Rewrite Bill is not as benign as its proponents claim. In NZCCSS’s analysis, “The underlying focus of the Bill and current approach to social security is one built on driving people towards paid employment and a highly targeted and punitive approach to incentives, sanctions and income support.”

Some presenters at the 2016 summit will share their own experiences of the Government’s social investment approach, while others will suggest alternative investment approaches that would genuinely put children at the centre.

Time Topic Presenter
9.30am Registration - tea and coffee available in the foyer

Chair: Janfrie Wakim

10am Mihi Whakatau Hirini Kaa
10.05am Welcome, Housekeeping, and why no specific focus today on health, housing or education Alan Johnson
Broadly on developments, philosophy and likely outcomes of government's investment approach Shamubeel Eaqub
10.35am Overview of or commentary on the investment approach to funding welfare as it affects tamariki Maori Prue Kapua
10.55am Overview and commentary on the investment approach to funding welfare as it affects Pasifika children Fa'anānā Efeso Collins
11.15am Break

Chair: Dr Claire Dale

11.20am Overview of recent (4-5 yrs) changes to social welfare Gerry Cotterell
11.40am GUiNZ findings (growing up in NZ) Susan Morton
PANEL: Two social services providers Peter Sykes, Fiu Anae Uesile Wesley Tala’imanu
12.30pm Open discussion - Speakers answer audience questions
1pm Lunch

Chair: George Makapatama

1.45pm International perspectives and research on punitive welfare and structural violence Darrin Hodgetts and Ottilie Stolte
2.05pm Alternatives to investment approach to funding welfare & services as being adopted in New Zealand. What is good and what is not and what a genuine investment approach might look like Bill Rosenberg
2.30pm Break

Chair: Hirini Kaa 

Looking forward in social services Mike O’Brien
3.15pm Countering targeting by using principles of basic income Susan St John
3.45pm Open discussion - Speakers answer audience questions
4.15pm Wrap-up and overview of day Mike O’Brien
4.30pm Refreshments - networking opportunity