Join Kim Hill and a panel of experts for a wide-ranging discussion exploring why children’s well-being should matter to business – part of a discussion series by Every Child Counts and Business New Zealand.
There is growing evidence that the first 1,000 days of a child's life shape their future health, education, and social skills. Are New Zealand children getting the best start in life? And what, if anything, has this got to do with business?
Poverty is one of the major issues affecting child wellbeing in New Zealand. This discussion draws on international experiences to explore what role the business community can play in alleviating poverty so that children can participate in the economy and be the workforce of the future.
The second discussion in the series is scheduled to take place at Te Papa on Thursday 12 July 2012.
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Dr Allan Freeth
Dr Allan Freeth is CEO of TelstraClear and a member of the board of Save the Children New Zealand. He has extensive and diverse experience in both management and governance roles.
Dr Jo Cribb
Dr Jo Cribb is the Deputy Children’s Commissioner. She is an experienced leader and researcher in public policy and non-governmental organisations, and recently led the preparation of the Government's Green Paper on Vulnerable Children.
Dr Cribb has led policy and research work at a number of government agencies, including the Ministry of Social Development, Families Commission, the Department of Internal Affairs, and the State Services Commission. She has a PhD in Public Policy from Victoria University and holds postgraduate qualifications from Canterbury University and the University of Cambridge, England.
Lisa Tumahai is a direct descendant of Te Riaki and Teoti Tauwhare of Arahura. She was elected as the Deputy Kaiwhakahaere of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu in 2011 and is the first wahine (woman) to hold the position. Lisa is also a Service Portfolio Manager for the Planning and Funding Division of the Canterbury District Health Board.
Dr Airini has over 20 years’ experience in education. Her major professional and research interests revolve around issues of ethnicity and equity in higher education. Between 2004 and 2007, Dr Airini was Associate Dean, Equity for the Faculty of Education at The University of Auckland. She has also been Dean and General Manager of ‘Faculty Pasifika’ at the Auckland College of Education (2001–03), an advisor to the New Zealand Government on education issues, and an education research consultant to UNESCO and OECD nations in the Pacific.
Dr Airini replaces Lesley Longstone, who was originally scheduled to speak.