Christian social services conference looks at relationships in building wellbeing

The New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS) is to hold its conference, entitled Tātou tātou e! The value of relationships in building wellbeing in Wellington this August. The conference will be held on the 27th and 28th of August 2019, at Westpac Stadium, and registrations can be made at the conference website,

The Council advises that the conference will include the following highlights:

  • “Whakamana Tāngata: Restoring Dignity to Social Security in New Zealand, learning from the past and present for the future” Implementing the Social Welfare Report – Cindy Kiro,
  • “Where’s the resources for community wellbeing? Supporting communities to support wellbeing” Political Panel featuring Minister Carmel Sepuloni, Minister Tracey Martin, Jan Logie and Hon Alfred Ngaro chaired by Dr Bryce Edwards. 
  • “Business as Unusual: The Hikurangi Cannabis Company” Considering the business of medical marijuana and its role in building community in Te Tai Rawhiti as we lead-up to next year’s cannabis referendum – Panapa Ehau
  • “Changing social change -Maintaining the Why but changing the How we do what we do” exploring the relationship between entrepreneurship, positive social change and building community capability to be self-determining – Sacha McKeeking ,
  • “Wellbeing. spirituality and ageing” – for many people as they age interest in spirituality in all its forms becomes more important a Panel discussion with Dr Richard Egan Otago University, Dr Ofa Dewes Auckland University, Danny Karatea-Goodard – Te Huinga o ngā Pīhopa Katorika o Aotearoa
  • “The impacts of colonialism, empire, government and race in NZ today”, how is colonisation and racism experienced in modern day Aotearoa Damon Salesa,
  • “As community-based organisations how are we going to contribute to a sustained response to exclusion and discrimination following events in Christchurch?” The aftermath of the Christchurch terror attacks showed a loving and inclusive side of New Zealand, how can we ensure this is maintained.  – Anjum RahmanLiz Hawes and Jayden Cromb, a Panel discussion facilitated by Mike Reid.