Invited Speakers


Professor John Raeburn

MA (First Class Hons, University of Auckland), PhD (Queens University, Canada)

John is now retired, after 34 years as an academic at the University of Auckland and 10 years as an Adjunct Professor at AUT University. His work has been in psychology, community development, health promotion and public health, his core interests being empowering community development and wellbeing. He has authored over 80 academic papers plus a book on health promotion (with Canadian Irving Rootman). He contributed to the Ottawa and Bangkok Charters for Health Promotion, is a Patron of Raeburn House, has a QSO for Community Service, and was the 2015 Public Health Champion. He is currently involved in the Planetary Wellbeing Coalition.  

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Sir Mark Solomon

Ta Mark Solomon is committed to the betterment of his iwi, kotahitanga for Maori and the wider well-being of people and the environment. He is a strong advocate for the Maori economy and was instrumental in setting up the Iwi Chairs Forum (2005). He was the elected Kaiwhakahaere (Chair) of Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu from 1998 to December 2016 and represented his local Papatipu Runanga, Te Runanga o Kaikoura from 1995 to December 2016.

Of Ngai Tahu and Ngati Kuri descent, Ta Mark's contribution to his community has been diverse and significant, ranging from roles as a school board trustee, to a past board member of the Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa). Ta Mark attributes his wider whanau (family) for early guidance and it is this experience that has driven his passion for encouraging educational opportunities for young Maori. He is a patron of He Toki Ki Te Rika, a Christchurch-based Maori pre-trade training programme, and the related He Toki Ki Te Mahi, an apprenticeship initiative both born from the Christchurch earthquake rebuild. He believes young Maori should strive for formal training to maximize their talents and to be the best they can be.

In 2013 he was awarded Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Maori and Business. In April 2015 he received an Honorary Doctorate from Lincoln University as Doctor of Natural Resources, recognising his enduring interest and concern for our natural environment.

Ta Mark was recently appointed as Deputy Chair of the Canterbury District Health Board and is currently Acting Chair of the organisation. His other current directorships include: The National Science Challenge for Sustainable Seas and Deep South; Te Ohu Kaimoana; Te Tapuae o Rehua; Pure Advantage; and SEED NZ Charitable Trust He was an original member of the Minister for Maori Affairs Maori Economic Taskforce, established in 2009.

Ta Mark believes a true rangatira is a servant of the people, a fact underpinned by his core philosophy of 'strength with humility'. Whilst the commercial success of Ngai Tahu is acknowledged, Ta Mark is especially proud of the tribe's achievements in education and the development of the Iwi's savings scheme Whai Rawa. Ta Mark is a committed advocate for the sanctity of whanau and takes a strong stance against whanau violence. He is passionate about his people and is determined to facilitate both iwi and wider Maori success by unlocking the potential of the Maori economy for the good of all. 

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Michael Moore AM

Michael is the CEO of the Public Health Association of Australia and is the President of the World Federation of Public Health Associations. He is the chair of a number of health networks. Michael is a former Minister of Health and Community Care and was an Independent member of the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly for four terms from 1989 to 2001. He was Australia's first independent Minister when he was appointed as Minister of Health and Community Care. In 2017 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia.

Michael is a former teacher, small business owner and consultant who holds a post-graduate diploma in education, a master's degree in population health from the ANU, is a Visiting Professor at the University of Technology Sydney, and an adjunct professor with the University of Canberra where he is a PhD Scholar examining a framework for planning or evaluating health advocacy. He is widely published. He is also a political and social columnist who has served on a range of academic and community Boards.

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Adrian Te Patu 

For over three decades Adrian has worked for government departments, crown agencies, community organisations, Iwi, District Health Board's and other health providers. He has also been a member of various government reference groups and has had numerous board and governance roles. In more recent years Adrian has worked as a tutor, trainer and advisor in public health and particularly health promotion and indigenous health.
Adrian is a Maori Caucus member and Co-Vice President of the Public Health Association of New Zealand. 

He represents New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific region on the governing council of the World Federation of Public Health Associations where he is also the first indigenous member of the council. Adrian has also served on the board of the Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand and serve two terms as an elected member of the Christchurch City Council on the Lyttelton Mt Herbert Community Board.

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Warren Lindberg

Warren took up his current position as Chief Executive Officer for the Public Health Association (PHA) in September 2012, following five years as Group Manager Public Health Operations in the Ministry of Health's National Health Board.

Although he began his working life as a teacher in south Auckland, Warren has now worked in the public health sector for 30 years. He is best known as the first Executive Director of the NZ AIDS Foundation, but he has also worked on a wide range of public health issues, including the Like Minds Like Mine media campaign to counter stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness, and the Auckland Regional Migrant and Refugee Settlement Strategy. He was also a Human Rights Commissioner from 2001 to 2007.

Warren has a Master of Philosophy degree in management and labour relations from Auckland University. In 1999 he was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to welfare. 

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Professor Arthur Grimes

Arthur is Senior Fellow at Motu Economic and Public Policy Research and (from July 2017) Chair of Wellbeing and Public Policy at Victoria University of Wellington. He was Reserve Bank of New Zealand Chairman from 2003 to 2013, having previously been the Bank's Chief Economist. Arthur has a PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics, with undergraduate Social Science degrees from University of Waikato. In 2005, Arthur was awarded the NZIER Economics Award recognising excellence in economics relating to New Zealand. His research focuses on the economics of wellbeing, housing and urban issues.

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Greg Hamilton

Greg is involved in the provision of information and system improvement in the Canterbury Health System. He leads Canterbury District Health Board's analytical teams and the implementation of Canterbury's integrated outcomes framework.  

His background is in population health having completed a PhD at Curtin University in Perth, Australia. After holding research director roles at the Western Australian Centre for Health Promotion Research, he has worked in public health and planning positions since returning to New Zealand.

He has published a number of peer reviewed articles and book chapters. 

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Caroline Shone

Caroline is the Chief Executive of Community Energy Action Charitable Trust (CEA), an organisation that aims to create healthy living and working environments for all New Zealanders. She is a strong advocate for improving people's health and wellbeing, and was directly involved in the success of the Canterbury Healthy Homes programme. Caroline is also a passionate animal lover, with a strong focus on protecting and conserving our natural environment.

Caroline has a background in leadership, business development and operational management across a variety of sectors within New Zealand, Europe and the USA. Caroline has science and business degrees gained in the UK.

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Sacha McMeeking

Sacha brings a serial entrepreneur's approach to working with and for Iwi Maori. From instigating United Nations proceedings to architecting a Maori  social enterprise fund and leading commercial negotiations, she is known for solution-building that meets Iwi Maori  aspirations. As the General Manager of Strategy and Influence with Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu, Sacha was responsible for government relations, public policy, strategic planning, stakeholder engagement and inter-Iwi collaboration which included commercial opportunities. In 2010, Sacha was awarded the Fulbright Harkness Fellowship for emerging and established leaders, which she used to develop kaupapa Maori  asset management and tribal development tools (available at

Until mid 2015, Sacha was the director of a boutique consultancy working with Iwi Maori  in strategy development, kaupapa Maori  asset management and innovation. In this capacity, she was a member of the establishment team for Te Putahitanga. Sacha was appointed head of Aotahi, the School of Maori  and Indigenous Studies at the University of Canterbury in mid-2015. 

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Amber Clarke


Amber is the current Team Leader, Hauora for Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu. She locates herself as a descendent of the hapu of Ngai Tuahuriri and acknowledges the long line of Kai Tahu who mentored her generation in service of their communities. She believes that we have the capacity to transform generations of Maori lives through collective relationships, to actualize sophisticated and skilled responses to some complex and entrenched outcomes, and, that we cannot underestimate our capacity in this undertaking.

For the past two decades Amber has translated between worlds, as an inter-cultural navigator for various institutions and groups, both Maori and mainstream in the areas of hauora and education. She has had the privilege of holding representative positions for her runaka and Iwi, and has worked directly with whanau whanui as a practitioner, researcher and educator. She was the recipient of the 2011 Tu Rangatira mo te Ora award on behalf of Te Ropu Wahine Maori Toko i te Ora and Te Puawaitanga ki Otautahi Trust for their community response to the Christchurch Earthquake.

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Professor Meihana Durie

Meihana currently heads Te Putahi-a-Toi (School of Maori Art, Knowledge & Education) at Massey University. He was previously based at Te Wananga o Raukawa in Otaki, being closely involved with the establishment of Nga Purapura, an iwi-driven high performance centre for sport, exercise and Maori health education.

Meihana is a past recipient of the Sir Peter Snell Doctoral Scholarship in Exercise Science and Public Health and the New Zealand Health Research Council Hohua Tutengaehe Postdoctoral Fellowship award. His work explores the application of Matauranga Maori (Maori bodies of knowledge) in response to contemporary Maori realities with an emphasis on pathways that elevate transformative and transcendental outcomes. Meihana contributes to a range of initiatives in Maori education, health, research as well as the field of Maori visual arts as a filmmaker.

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Alison Dewes

BVSc, MSc.Cert IV adult education (Melb), SNM, ASNM (Massey) 

A fourth generation dairy farmer and second generation veterinarian, Alison is a firm believer that our future food production systems have to profitable and resilient while protecting and replenishing ecological health. Her Masters of Science (2015) focused on how Upper Waikato dairy farms can be profitable while achieving the lowest possible environmental impact.

She previously worked for Nestle Australia in Business Development & Quality Assurance, Commonwealth Bank in lending, and managed Intelact Australia. She has skills in animal health and nutrition, agricultural business performance, adult education, policy and ecosystem health. She was elected to the NZ Veterinary Board in 2015 and is on the National Environmental Reference Group for Landcorp. She was a finalist for the NZI sustainability champion in 2014, received a commendation for community impact for her work with farmers, and was a finalist in the 2015 Women of Influence Awards in Public Policy. 

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David Perenara-O'Connell

David is a Programme Manager at Environment Canterbury. In this role he oversees the Ngai Tahu Relationship programme – one of the Council's strategic priorities. In fulfilling this role, David maintains active relationships with the 10 Papatipu Runanga of the Canterbury region, Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu, Ngai Tahu individuals and taurahere stakeholder groups and as well as various government and non-government organisations.

Prior to this role, David worked for his iwi for 20 years including working for his Papatipu Runanga at Te Taumutu on the shores of Te Waihora (Lake Ellesmere) and for Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu overseeing the management of the kaupapa taiao (environment) team. From 2007 to 2013, David was General Manager Tribal Interests overseeing the tribal development programmes of Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu. He is currently in his second term as the Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu Representative for Te Taumutu Runanga.  

David is passionate about tribal and community development and realizing our whanau, hapu and iwi. 

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Lan Pham

Lan was the highest polling candidate elected to Environment Canterbury Regional Council in 2016 when she campaigned on prioritising the health of our people and planet. Her background is in Freshwater Ecology (MSc) where it was NZ's quirky native fish which first got her engaged in environmental issues. She founded and is Director of Working Waters Trust, a not for profit which works alongside communities across Canterbury, Otago and Southland to restore the habitats of NZ's most endangered freshwater fish and raise their profile in the public eye. Lan is passionate about placing climate change at the centre of decision making and building resilience into our management of resources.

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Dr. Alistair Humphrey

Alistair is a Public Health Physician and Family Doctor in Christchurch, New Zealand. He is the Medical Officer of Health for Canterbury. Dr. Humphrey is also a member of the New Zealand Medical Assistance Team which has been deployed to assist with a number of emergencies around the Pacific Region.  

Dr. Humphrey has worked with the World Health Organisation and other United Nations groups, including the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, the Towards a Safer World (TASW) group, the One Health/Global Risk Forum and the Asia-Europe Foundation Public Health network. Dr. Humphrey holds a senior lectureship post at the University of Otago Medical School.

He has been made a fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, Australian College of Rural Medicine and a member of the UK Faculty of Public Health.  

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Lucy D'Aeth

Lucy works as a public health specialist for the Canterbury District Health Board. She has worked in community development and health promotion for over 30 years, mostly in Christchurch but also in London, East Kent and Geneva. Since the Canterbury earthquakes 2011-12, much of Lucy's work has focused on community recovery and she is part of the leadership of the All Right? wellbeing promotion campaign. She is proud to be the Chair of the Otautahi Creative Spaces Trust, which supports people to uncover and exercise their creative and artistic skills.

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Tony Milne

Tony is the Executive Officer for the Campaign for Australian Aid (formerly Make Poverty History). From Christchurch, NZ, Tony is now based in Melbourne. Tony was previously the National Manager of Public Health for the Problem Gambling Foundation of New Zealand and spent five years working for MPs and Ministers in New Zealand. Follow on twitter at @tonyrmilne

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Josiah Tualamali'i

Josiah is a 22 year old New Zealand born Samoan who grew up in Otautahi and Otepoti. At 14 he was the Prime Minister in the Pacific Youth Leadership And Transformation Parliamentary Simulation (2010). Out of this event the PYLAT Council was formed - a charity run by 9 Pacific youth to assist Pacific young people to participate in democracy. 

At 18 he became the Chair of the PYLAT Council (2013), growing PYLAT to be a source of support for Pacific youth post earthquake in Christchurch and strengthening Pacific participation in decision making nationally. Josiah sits on a number of boards to support Pasifika youth engagement and youth participation including the board of Le Va. In 2016 he was winner of a Christchurch Civic Award and also the Prime Ministers Pacific Youth Leadership Award - winning a trip to the United Nations in Geneva. He studies Political Science and History at the University of Canterbury.  

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Kevin Hague

Hailing from Greymouth on the South Island's West Coast, Kevin joined Forest & Bird as Chief Executive in October of 2016. He has held leadership roles in business, and in the Government and community sectors. Before joining Forest & Bird Kevin served as a Member of Parliament for eight years, and was previously Executive Director of the New Zealand AIDS Foundation and Chief Executive of the West Coast District Health Board. Kevin has also been extensively involved in various human rights issues, and has a strong commitment to honouring Te Tiriti o Waitangi. A previous member of the West Coast Tai Poutini Conservation Board, Kevin has also been involved in conservation advocacy and campaigning, as well as practical conservation work of planting and pest control. He's also a mountain biker and tramper.

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Mary Richardson

Mary is on the Executive Team of Christchurch City Council and is General Manager of the Citizens and Community Group.  Citizens and Community Group is responsible for key services to Christchurch citizens, including libraries, parks, public spaces, recreation and sports, community facilities, civil defence and rural fire, the art gallery, customer services and community development activities.  The Group is also responsible for democratic function including elected member advice, elections and representation.

Mary is Executive Sponsor for some of the major rebuild projects; Central Library, Metro Sport Facility, Performance Arts Precinct, Multiuse Arena/Stadium as well as local facilities, such as suburban pools and libraries. Currently Mary is overseeing a major IT programme which will allow citizens to transact with the Council digitally.

Mary has worked in policy and operational roles in central and local government as well as the not-for-profit and private sectors. She did a Master Degree at Canterbury University in Social Capital and was a member of the PHA for a number of years.

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