|Each year CPAG provides child-focused analyses and commentary of the year’s budget looking how the budget will impact working for families tax credits, incomes, housing, education, health and welfare.
The aim is to provide an accessible and affordable avenue for the community to come together and hear about how the budget affects children and young people, especially our most vulnerable who live in poverty.
This event is a great introduction to learning about how policy impacts our children and their future outcomes, make sure to bring your friends and whanau along.
11.30am – Guests arrive
11.40am – A light lunch, tea and coffee will be served
12.00pm – Speakers start
1.00pm – Speakers wrap up, questions & comments from the floor
1.15pm – event ends
Steve Poletti – Senior Lecturer in Economics at the University of Auckland. He holds a PhD in Mathematical Physics (Newcastle upon Tyne, 1991) and Economics. Steve’s work includes teaching and research in Australia and New Zealand and he has published widely on Economics as well as Physics.
Rhys Jones – Dr Rhys Jones (Ngati Kahungunu) is a Public Health Medicine Specialist and father of three boys who lives in Auckland. He is a Senior Lecturer in Maori Health at the University of Auckland. His research interests include ethnic health inequities, the role of health professional education in advancing indigenous health, and environmental influences on Maori health.
Innes Asher – Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Auckland, a Paediatrician (Starship Children’s Hospital, Auckland) and CPAG’s children’s health spokesperson. She chairs the Global Asthma Network. In 2017 she was appointed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to their inaugural Expert Panel on Non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
Mihi/MC – George Makapatana – A proud New Zealander of Niuean descent, George migrated to New Zealand in the 1980s with his grandparents and sisters in search of education and new opportunities. He now works in local government after previous work with the Ministry of Education and Child Youth and Family. A concerned husband and father of two, George is passionately committed to CPAG’s crusade to end child poverty.
Ngā mihi nui,
The CPAG Team