From lockdown to unlocking potential

Each year CPAG provides child-focused analysis and commentary of the year's budget looking at how it will impact our most vulnerable families and their children.

This budget however, will undoubtedly be shaped by the recent Covid-19 pandemic, and this event will focus on how the Government has responded to it and what impact this will have on children in particular.

Our panel of experts features Hon Assoc Prof Susan St John, Dr Matire Harwood, Prof Peter O'Connor and CTU Policy Director and Economist Andrea Black, with award-winning documentary maker Bryan Bruce facilitating the discussion.
There will also be an opportunity for live Q&A from 12pm - please email questions through to
     Event Details


Friday, May 15, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 1:15 PM NZST


This is an online event. 

Tune in to


Justin Latif
Child Poverty Action Group
09 302 5260

CPAG also intends to provide a comprehensive budget review shortly after the budget is released.  Visit to get your copy on Friday 31 May. 

Event Timeline

11.00am - Tune in to Bruce will host an online discussion from our panel of experts.

 12.00pm - An opportunitiy for questions, to be received via email. 

1.15pm - event ends


Hon Assoc Professor Susan St John

She is a founding member of CPAG and CPAG spokesperson on economics. She is an Associate Professor in the Economics Department, University of Auckland and the Director of the Retirement Policy and Research Centre. And in last year’s Queen's Birthday Honours, appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to social policy.  

Professor Peter O'Connor

Professor O’Connor is an internationally recognised expert in making and researching applied theatre and drama education. He has made theatre in prisons, psychiatric hospitals, earthquake zones and with the homeless. He is the Academic Director of the Creative Thinking Project, a multi and cross disciplinary research programme that investigates the nature and application of creativity in everyday life. His work in Christchurch schools following the series of earthquakes  lead to UNESCO funded research and programme development and the development of the Teaspoon of Light Theatre Company. In 2012 he was named the Griffith University  School of Education and Professional Studies Alumnus of the Year.

Dr Matire Harwood

Dr Matire Harwood is from the iwi of Ngpuhi. She is an associate professor at the University of Auckland and a GP at the Papakura Marae Health CEntre. Harwood was the 2017 New Zealand L'Oréal UNESCO For Women in Science Fellow. She has devoted her career to issues relating to Mori health and also conducts medical research in areas including asthma, stroke, heart disease and diabetes. And last year, the Health Research Council of New Zealand awarded the Te Tohu Rapuora Award to Dr Harwood for her outstanding leadership and contribution to Mori health.

Andrea Black

Andrea Black is Policy Director and Economist at the Council of Trade Unions. She is a Senior Associate at the Institute of Governance and Policy Studies at Victoria University. She was formerly the Independent Advisor to the Tax Working Group and before that held senior positions at Inland Revenue and the Treasury. Andrea holds degrees in accounting, economics and tax. She is a Chartered Accountant fellow and an associate member of the Institute of Directors. Andrea is also trustee of JustSpeak and Yoga Education in Prisons Trust.