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Thursday July 17, 2014 at 8:30 AM NZST
Friday July 18, 2014 at 5:00 PM NZST

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St Peter's College Hall - Main Entry Mountain Road 
23 Mountain Road
Auckland 1023
New Zealand



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TICKETS:  $75 - $130*

Includes morning tea, afternoon tea and lunch on both days as well as the conference dinner on Thursday night.

*Amount varies depending on far you have to travel to attend or if you are waged or unwaged. 

Payment over time option, scholarships and subsidised group discounts available


Damaris Kingdon 
Edmund Rice Centre New Zealand 



This event is organised and supported by the Edmund Rice Network:

The Edmund Rice Centre NZ was established in Epsom, Auckland in 2009 as a national support office for the Edmund Rice Network of catholic secondary schools, community groups and social services. The ethos of Edmund Rice organisations is focused on social justice through presence, compassion and liberating action.

The Edmund Rice Justice Trust Aotearoa New Zealand

The Edmund Rice Centre for Awareness, Advocacy and Action, Sydney Australia

Edmund Rice International - United Nations, Geneva

Advocacy in Aotearoa

From Grassroots to the United Nations  

Focus issues: Child Poverty, Refugees and Asylum Seekers,

Youth Justice, Climate Change

Sponsored by the Edmund Rice Network*


17 & 18 July 2014

A networking and training event

As an attendee, you will have the chance to learn from some of New Zealand's leading advocacy organisations and create valuable links with others that are committed to bringing about positive change.

Keynote Speakers include:

Phil Glendenning is an international advocate on the issues of refugees and asylum seekers, rights of indigenious peoples, and climate change.  He has been the Director of the Edmund Rice Centre in Sydney since its inception in 1996 and is also currently the President of the Refugee Council of Australia.

With a background in education, law, political science, and overseas aid and development, today he is primarily involved in human rights advocacy and education, peace and reconciliation work, raising awareness of the impact of climate change on marginalised peoples. View his full bio on our conference Facebook page.

Sue Bradford has spent her entire life advocating for those caught in cycles of poverty both from inside and outside the walls of government. 

Currently a fulltime lecturer at Unitec's School of Social Practice, Waitakere campus and in the final stages of a PhD in public policy at AUT, Sue is also the co-chair of Auckland Action Against Poverty.  Best known for her 10 year stint as a Green MP (1999 - 2009) Sue has also been active in unemployed and beneficiary organisations since 1983. See her full bio on our Facebook page.


Programme Guideline

Day 1, July 17th

8am - 9 am - Arrival and conference check in

9 am - 10 am - Powhiri, Introductions, break with Kai (Morning tea) Ngati Whatua Iwi

10 am - 11:30 - Keynote Presentation from Sue Bradford Q & A

 11:30 - 12:30 - Who we are: A dynamic group workshop designed for making great connections.

 12:30 - 1 pm - Lunch

1 pm - 2 pm The story of the Child Poverty Action Group, their insights and key principles of operating, Q & A 

2 - 3 CPAG related plenary workshop - 'Creative Thinking, Critical Thinking - Amplifying the Message'. 

3 pm - 5:30 pm - Break and networking opportunity (Afternoon Tea)

5:30 pm - 7:30/8 pm - Dinner and Keynote speaker - Phil Glendenning


Day 2, July 18th

9:30 am - 10:00 am - Introduction and Orientation for Day 2 

10:00 am - 11 am - A reflection on power in advocacy relationships and community organising

11:00 - 11:20 - Break and a snack

11:20 am - 12:20 pm - Workshops and discussion groups - Part 1

12:20 pm - 1:00 pm - Lunch

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm  - Workshops and discussion groups - Part 2

2:00 pm - 2:20 pm - Break

2:20 pm - 3:20 pm  - Workshops and discussion groups - Part 3

3:20 pm - 5 pm - Afternoon tea, Feedback, Opportunities for the future and Conclusion

Please note workshop and presentation times are approximate

You will have the opportunity to select workshops for day two at the end of day one as well as contribute ideas for the discussion groups.

Along with our already selected mentors and keynote speakers, we are inviting other reputable organisations to register and offer their special skill sets and resources.

Follow updates via this event page and on  Facebook.

*This conference is organised by the Edmund Rice Centre New Zealand and supported by the Edmund Rice Justice Trust Aotearoa (NZ), Edmund Rice Centre for Awareness, Advocacy, Action (Sydney)  and Edmund Rice International (United Nations Geneva)

Find workshop bios and organisation descriptions on our Facebook page

(Information is updated daily)

Current Workshop Options for day 2 include:

 'Building Grassroots Activism in Marginal Communities' - Alan Johnson CPAG

 'Advocacy through the United Nations' - Workshop and Discussion Group - Chris Nolan - ER Justice Trust

 'Human Rights  - A Universal Language'  - Shane Wood on behalf of Edmund Rice International

'A Case for Youth Driven Advocacy on International Issues'  Working on behalf of those suffering in extreme poverty - P3

'How to Make a Submission to Parliament' - Lisa Beech Caritas

'How to Win a Campaign' - Generation Zero

An international discussion on Climate Change in the Pacific - lead by Generation Zero and Phil Glendenning

Asylum seekers in Aotearoa NZ - Auckland Refugee Council

'Unlocking Prisons - How New Zealand's prison system can be improved?'  -  JustSpeak.

'A Framework for Advocacy' - Catholic Social Teaching - Lyn Smith, Justice and Peace Commission CDA

Effective Lobbying and Opportunities for Younger Adults in Advocacy - Amanda Brydon, Amnesty International

Values and Frames - Kirk Serpes Centre for NZ Progress

Discussion Groups

Art as Advocacy

Housing and Homelessnes in Auckland

Nine is Mine - A massive child/youth led campaign for education and health care in India


Organisations supporting this Event:

The Edmund Rice Centre for Awareness, Advocacy and Action (Sydney) : Advocates for Indigenous Rights, Rights of Refugees and Asylum Seekers, Climate Change and Community Education. Activites have included the making of a human rights documentary 'A Well-Founded Fear'.

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG): CPAG works to produce evidence about the causes and effects of poverty on children and their families. It looks carefully at how government policies affect children. CPAG publishes reports, makes submissions and conducts small-scale research projects to achieve its goals.

 Caritas Aotearoa NZ  is the Catholic Bishops’ agency for justice, peace and development, and incorporates Mahitahi - Catholic  Overseas Volunteers. Caritas is working for a world free of poverty and injustice through community development, advocacy,  education, and emergency relief. 


 Generation Zero: youth-led organisation, was founded with the central purpose of providing  solutions for New Zealand to cut carbon pollution through smarter transport, liveable cities & independence from fossil fuels.

  Auckland Refugee Council: Believes all asylum seekers deserve fairness and respect, information and services, and the      opportunity  to present their case for determination of refugee status.  We support Auckland based asylum seekers and convention  refugees by  helping them to begin their new lives with practical support, advice and advocacy.

JustSpeak: is a non-partisan network of young people speaking to, and speaking up for a new generation of thinkers who want change in our criminal justice system. Focus area is on the preservation of human rights and a socially constructive response to crime and punishment.

Amnesty International: is a worldwide movement who campaign to protect human rights. We have a vision of a world where every person enjoys all the rights enshrined in theUniversal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards.

 Centre for NZ Progress: is on a mission to better prepare New Zealand as we navigate the changes and challenges of the 21st century. 

Edmund Rice International (ERI): is a faith-based non-governmental organisation based in Geneva with the United Nations. It is committed to working for children and young people who are marginalised because of poverty, lack of access to education, legal status, environmental degradation, or involvement in armed conflict. 

P3 Foundation: Vision: We want to end extreme poverty in the Asia Pacific within our generation. Mission: We inspire, equip and mobilise young people to end extreme poverty in the Asia Pacific region.

Anglican Life - Christchurch: Social Justice Unit - Social Change beyond Charity. Current focus areas are the Living Wage Movement, Record your Rental, Child Poverty and Pokies.  Projects and social issues we have worked on in the past include Social Housing, Slave Labour conditions on fishing boats, Fracking, Westfield Mall Recycing Bins and Changemakers Mentoring,

Edmund Rice Justice Trust Aotearoa NZ (Christchurch): Focus areas are Restorative Justice Conferencing post-sentencing, Advocacy for young people particularly in regards to youth justice, the marginalisation of Maori and related child poverty. Local advocacy for those suffering the worst impact of the Christchurch earthquakes.

The NZ Refugee Council: Focus area is on the human rights of refugees and asylum seekers entering New Zealand in regards to international law. It also serves to raise public awareness and understanding of refugee and asylum seekers issues and the necessary networking and information needs for effective advocacy. 

St Vincent de Paul: Vinnies Youth are the youth sector of a faith based Catholic volunteer organisation committed to the support of vulnerable people. They seek to alleviate poverty through person to person contact, the addressing of social justice issues and coordinating practical community service works to ensure people have access to their fundamental needs and rights.

 Justice and Peace Commission CDA: promotes justice, peace and the integrity of the earth on behalf of the  Catholic  Diocese of Auckland. It has six committees focusing on Poverty, Housing, Sustainability, Human Rights,  Crime and  Reconcialition, Peace and International Justice and Social Hazards.