The Anglican Diocese of Wellington, the Embassy of the United States of America and
the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

invite you to attend a
people trafficking / labour exploitation conference
July 26/27th 2017
Wellington Cathedral of St. Paul Wellington New Zealand

Supported by Stop the Traffik Australia and Stand Against Slavery NZ

Incidents of labour exploitation /people trafficking often remain hidden within local communities and involve a whole range of players from industries to businesses to consumers and people from all walks of life. This conference will allow these voices to be clearly heard, offering a real opportunity to work together on ways to effectively disrupt this crime.  By hearing how this is occurring, we will learn from government and others what steps are already being taken and then together we will discuss what further can be done to bring an end to such criminal activity within our country.

Conference Co-organiser Chris Frazer has published an article here on Movement Online entitled The Perfect Storm.  Read it here.

8:30 – 8:45 amRegistration at Wellington Cathedral of St Paul
9:00 – 10:00 amOpening in the Grand Hall of Parliament
• Hon Michael Woodhouse, Minister of Immigration,
• Rt Rev Dr Eleanor Sanderson, Assistant Bishop of Wellington
• Demian Smith, Acting Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy in Wellington
10:15 – 10:45 amMorning Tea Break
10:45 – 11:30 amOpening address by Keynote Speaker
• Andrew Wallis, CEO of UK Organisation Unseen
11:30 – 12:15 pm Trafficking & Exploitation in New Zealand
• Peter Devoy, Assistant General Manager, Compliance and Border Operations, Immigration NZ
• Cam Moore, Manager, Serious Offences Unit, Immigration NZ
• Rebecca Miller, Programme Manager – People Smuggling & Trafficking in Persons, Immigration NZ
• George Mason, General Manager, Labour Inspectorate, MBIE
12:15 – 1:00 pmLunch
1:00 – 1:45 pmTroubled landscape: Migrant worker exploitation in New Zealand
• Dr Christina Stringer. Associate Professor, Department of Management and International Business, University of Auckland Business School
1:45 – 2:30 pmMitigating risks to your brand
• Daniel King, Project Manager, Assurance and Sector Engagement, Labour Inspectorate, MBIE
• Jonathan To, Senior Advisor, Assurance and Sector Engagement, Labour Inspectorate, MBIE
2:30 – 3:15 pmHuman Rights in supply chains: A Practical Response
• Margaret Stuart, Corporate and External Relations Manager, Nestlé Oceania
3:15 – 3:45 pmAfternoon Tea Break
3:45 – 4:30 pmA good country reputation
• Rebecca Smith, Director New Zealand Story
4:30 – 5:00 pmReflections & Conclusion of Day One

9:00 – 9:45 amAddress by Second Keynote Speaker
• Justine Currell, CEO of UK Organisation Unseen
9:45 – 10:30 amAspirations and Realities: Ethical Sourcing from a Retail Perspective
• Tania Benyon, CEO Group Sourcing Support, The Warehouse Group
• Trevor Johnston, Ethical Sourcing & Quality Manager, The Warehouse Group
10:30 – 11:00 amMorning Tea Break
11:00 – 11:45 amTBC
11:45 – 12:30 pmThe Role of International Labour Standards in Combatting Human Trafficking and Slavery
• Paul Mackay, Manager Employment Relations Policy, Business New Zealand
12:30 – 1:30 pmLunch
1:30 - 2:15 pmBusiness and Human Rights: UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework
• David Rutherford, Chief Commissioner, Human Rights Commission
2:15 – 3:15 pmPeople Trafficking and Labour Exploitation is Everyone’s Concern
• Fuzz Kitto, Co-Director, Stop the Traffik Australia
• Geoff White CEO Trade Aid
• Murray Sheard Education and Advocacy Manager Tear Fund
3:15 – 3:45 pmAfternoon Tea Break
3:45 – 4:30 pmBuilding Effective Partnerships with the Whole of Civil Society,: Where to From Here?
• Small group sessions led by Stop the Traffik, Trade Aid and Tear Fund
4:30 – 5:00 pmSummary of action points and concluding comments

Introducing our key note speaker

We are extremely fortunate in having Andrew Wallis OBE, CEO of the Unseen, a multi-award winning charity, which is working towards a world without slavery.  As chairman of the Centre for Social Justice’s Slavery Working Group, Andrew was part of the release of the landmark report It Happens Here: Equipping the United Kingdom to fight modern slavery which gave a comprehensive road map for government, statutory authorities and business to eradicate slavery in the United Kingdom and is now acknowledged as the catalyst for the country’s Modern Slavery Act. He advises and collaborates with statutory agencies and businesses on how to combat and eradicate modern slavery.

In 2013, he won the Influencer Award from the Directory for Social Change and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Fellow of the Centre for Social Justice in recognition of his work in combating modern slavery and human trafficking. In 2015, he was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to the Eradication of Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery.

He has also worked with politicians to bring the Transparency in UK Company Supply Chains (Eradication of Slavery) Bill before Parliament and was a member of the Evidence Review that worked on the Modern Slavery Bill. He works internationally with NGOs and businesses to develop a coordinated response to modern slavery.  A former member of the UK Government’s Inter-Departmental Ministerial Group (IDMG) on Modern Slavery and Chair of the Modern Slavery Joint Strategy Group at the UK Home Office, he is also a member of the European Union Civil Society Platform on Trafficking in Human Beings. Andrew works regularly with media outlets such as BBC News and Radio, Sky News, Al Jazeera, CNN, The Guardian, The Sunday Times, and BBC World Service.

Prior to founding Unseen, Andrew had a career in commercial management in the retail sector and business analysis in the IT sector, project management with the University of the West of England and led a church. He currently serves on the board of a number of charities.

Second Keynote Speaker: Justine Currell, Executive Director of Unseen

We are delighted to introduce Justine Currell, Executive Director of Unseen.  Justine joined Unseen in 2016 following a 28-year career in the civil service.  During that time she held a variety of operational and policy posts working across a number of UK Government departments. For the last five years of her civil service career, Justine was the modern slavery senior policy adviser in the Home Office and led on development of the Modern Slavery Act, including the transparency in supply chains provision and business guidance, working closely with ministers, businesses and international colleagues.  Since joining Unseen, Justine has been called upon to provide her insight and experience on the issue of modern slavery to media and law enforcement agencies.

She has specifically provided support to a number of key businesses on developing their response to supply chain transparency and is highly regarded in this field.  She has joined Unseen to lead the development of the enhanced modern slavery helpline and resource centre and Unseen’s work with businesses on supply chain transparency, including the central registry for business transparency statements, Tiscreport.  Justine seeks to use her experience and knowledge of working with UK Ministers to influence other Governments internationally to take action to address modern slavery and, in particular, business supply chain issues.

Dr Christina Stringer, author and researcher of the 2016 report on labour exploitation in New Zealand, University of Auckland

Dr Stringer is an associate professor in the Department of Management and International Business at the University of Auckland.  She will present her findings from a two-year research project into worker exploitation in New Zealand.

She found non-compliance with employment legislation along with troubling accounts of exploitation of migrant workers. Many temporary migrants tolerate exploitation so they can qualify for permanent residency or because they were coerced and/or deceived by their employer. Exploitation occurs in a number of industry sectors, with much of it remaining hidden.

Dr Stringer’s areas of expertise include:

Forced labour and human trafficking
Labour chains
Global value chain/global production network analysis
Fishing industry
Agro-food and forestry
Asian development processes
She is also a member of the INTERPOL Specialist Group on Trafficking in Human Beings and a Member of the Asia Pacific Migrant Recruitment Research Network.

Paul Mackay

Paul has over 30 years’ experience in labour market policy, employment law, strategic planning, change management, human resources and industrial relations in government, state owned enterprise and the private sector. Working with the State Services Commission during the 1980s, he was extensively involved in the huge reforms of the state sector. He spent the early 1990s in the rapidly reforming electricity sector before joining Ernst & Young as a change management consultant. In 1997 he was recruited to multinational forest products company Carter Holt Harvey where he was General Manager Employment Relations before joining Business New Zealand in January 2006. In that role he has extensive experience at the international level in employment relations having represented global employer interests on numerous occasions at the International Labour Conference (the policy-setting forum of the UN’s International Labour Organisation (ILO)) and in a number of countries. He has also worked as advisor or consultant to the ILO in the Pacific, Asia and Europe. In New Zealand he has been involved in all the major reviews and reforms of health and safety, the Holidays Act and pay equity.

Business New Zealand

Business New Zealand is New Zealand’s largest business advocacy body and encompasses four regional business organisations, a Major Companies Group (MCG) as well as a 60-member Affiliated Industries Group (AIG), which comprises most of the country’s national industry associations. Consequently Business New Zealand can tap into the views of over 76,000 employers and businesses, ranging from the smallest to the largest, reflecting the make-up of the New Zealand economy.

In addition to advocacy on behalf of New Zealand enterprise, Business New Zealand participates extensively in Government and tripartite working parties and in international bodies including the ILO, the IOE and the Business and Industry Advisory Council to the OECD.

Rebecca Smith, New Zealand Story

Rebecca Smith is the driving force behind New Zealand Story; an initiative set up to help New Zealand exporters get a competitive advantage offshore by sharing a strong, consistent story about what New Zealand has to offer in international markets.

With more than 20 years’ experience in marketing and communications, Rebecca has worked in a variety of New Zealand businesses. As General Manager Brand & Communications for Fonterra’s New Zealand Milk Products division, Rebecca led the development of the dairy giant’s global B2B brand and spearheaded a new approach to global communications for the business. Prior to that, she was head of marketing and communications with BNZ Partners where she led the business growth programmes, and worked alongside business owners and entrepreneurs to stimulate export success.

The New Zealand Story – brought to life across three chapters: Open Spaces, Open Hearts, Open Minds – launched in November 2013 by Prime Minister John Key and Economic Minister Steven Joyce.  Under Rebecca’s leadership the New Zealand Story is about broadening the perception of New Zealand internationally, beyond the beautiful scenery. The New Zealand Story toolkit includes images, infographics, videos and presentations that all New Zealand businesses can use for free.

Rebecca is married with two daughters, aged eight and nine.

Trevor Johnston, Ethical Sourcing and Quality Manager; and Tania Benyon, CEO Group Sourcing Support, The Warehouse Group

The Warehouse has had an ethical sourcing programme since 2004.  The company recognised then, as now, its duty to customers, team members, and shareholders to protect the welfare of workers in our supply chain.  The Warehouse knows that there are many challenges but firmly believes in the benefits global trade has brought to developing countries.  Its approach is to work to improve the supply chain for the benefit of everyone.

While the company began this journey with little direct knowledge of working conditions “behind the barcode” in source factories, today it has visibility of over 2,880 factories within its factory register.  It has closely collaborated with hundreds of factories to improve conditions for workers and along the way accumulated invaluable first-hand knowledge about its supply chain.  The dynamic and highly competitive nature of the global sourcing environment means that its ethical sourcing efforts are as relevant today as they were in 2004.

Trevor and Tania will focus on the aspirations of The Warehouse for the workers in our supply chain balanced with the realities of their day to day sourcing operations.

Geoff White, CEO, Trade Aid New Zealand

Geoff White is the CEO of Trade Aid Importers Ltd, New Zealand’s largest and oldest fair trade company. He is Vice President of the World Fair Trade Organisation, a Board member of New Internationalist NZ, and on the Executive Committee of the Fair Trade Association of Australia and New Zealand.  Geoff has a strong interest in international trade rules and global supply chains and their impact on developing country economies.

Geoff will be presenting on , “the Chain of Impact”.

Dr Murray Sheard, Education and Advocacy Manager, Tearfund

What is the role of consumer-led pressure on business to reduce exploitation in the supply chain? Dr Murray Sheard will address this question, drawing on the experience of Tearfund and Baptist World Aid Australia in producing the Ethical Fashion Guide, which has sparked improvements in policy and practice, benefiting many workers in Asia, some of whom have been trafficked.

Dr Murray Sheard is Education and Advocacy Manager at Tearfund. He has worked in anti-corruption in 15 countries and taught business ethics at The University of Auckland. Tearfund works against trafficking and exploitation across Asia and the Pacific, and recently brought the Ethical Fashion Guide to New Zealand.

Additional Speakers

We are pleased to announce the following speakers have been confirmed for the conference:

  • Margaret Stuart, Corporate and External Relations Manager, Nestlé Oceania: “Supply Chains.”

Registrations are now open.  Spaces will be limited, so early registration is strongly advised.  To register, please click here to access the registration form and once you’ve filled in your details, save it and email it to Rebecca Apperley on  Should you require more information regarding this event please contact the coordinator.

Chris Frazer
Conference coordinator

Cell phone 027 4425065