|Sir Graeme Dingle
Graeme Dingle has been called ‘father of outdoor pursuits in New Zealand.’
Graeme Dingle ONZM MBE is a New Zealand outdoor adventurer and mountaineer. He is also known for his writing and humanitarianism. Graeme will talk about how being an ambitious international mountaineer led to him founding OPC, now Hillary Outdoors and what this taught him about child and youth development. Graeme also spent time in the corporate world, which led to him founding the Woolrest Foundation which developed a number of projects including: the Turangi Enterprise Agency, Business in the Community, and An Alternative to Prison for Teens. Following this, Jo-anne Wilkinson and Graeme established Project K which in turn led to the Graeme Dingle Foundation and an ambitious vision for New Zealand.
|Dr Hirini Kaa
Dr Hirini Kaa is of Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu and Rongowhakaata descent. Hirini
has worked in a range of areas including in the social services sector, for the Anglican Church and for his iwi, and currently lectures in History and Theology at the University of
Historically “Thriving” for Māori has been challenging in Aotearoa New Zealand. The challenges of colonisation have meant that our potential has been limited, and this has had a
negative impact on all communities across this country. We need to think differently about wellbeing for Māori, incorporating Māori values into the way we measure and address these challenges in our communities and in society.
And this isn’t just a challenge for Māori. In an increasingly globalised context with rapidly changing demographic profile, Aotearoa New Zealand needs to consider changing the way it measures and solves its challenges and fulfils its potential. Fortunately for us our unique context offers us some insights and solutions that with the right vision and attitude we can all share and partake in, becoming a blend of the best of a global context with the deep roots of indigenous values. We can build communities of hope that can, indeed, thrive into the 21st
Lindsay has spent all his working life in community. Now in his 37th
year, he is on his 5th ministry career. Initially a Methodist parish minister in Hamilton and Invercargill; he was then Ecumenical Chaplain to the University of Waikato; then initially Director and later Chief Executive of Workplace Support Waikato, the Church’s employee
assistance programme (EAP) service in the region; then Director of Methodist City Action/
Hamilton Methodist Social Services; and now for the past 6 years inaugural Chief Executive of the DV Bryant Trust, a longestablished Waikato philanthropic trust.
Lindsay’s topic at conference is centred on our sector having to compete for diminishing resources in an often times unfriendly political environment, yet community organisations are still expected to deliver quality social services. It’s only when we truly collaborate with each other and wider citizen movements that we’ll help create the just and inclusive Aotearoa New
Zealand that we all hope for. It’s all very well wanting more ambulances, but the future lies in building more fences at the tops of the cliffs.
In the 14 years that Chris and Erinna have known each other, between them, they have completed a Business Management Degree; a Film & Media Degree; been married for the last 12 years; had 4 children within 4 years; and without any startup capital launched their film business, Big Kid Films. During this time, Chris and Erinna have also been short term foster carers and have been actively involved with many children in their own community. All of this
has led them towards their current film project, Stop the Bus.
Erinna Lane, with husband Chris and their 4 children will be traveling New Zealand in a bus for one year to create a documentary that will implore New Zealanders to face our
problem of child abuse. They believe our culture of abuse can change but understand that social change is difficult and requires a multifaceted approach. This journey will showcase ‘ordinary’ New Zealanders doing what they can to inspire and empower more New Zealanders to practice tika, pono, aroha and manaakitanga for our children.