Te Ao Mārama Te Ao Rangatira

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Social Service Providers Aotearoa (SSPA) looks forward to welcoming social sector leaders for an enriching day of collaboration and learning in Wellington on 24 May 2021. 

Te Ao Mārama Te Ao Rangatira is a new initiative tailored for those leading social service organisations, in particular CEOs, National/Executive Directors and senior managers from throughout Aotearoa. The Summit will provide opportunities to hear from a wide range of experts, share ideas and support wellbeing.

Acknowledging the ongoing impacts of the pandemic on Aotearoa’s whānau, communities and those working in the community, this one day event will be a key moment for leaders throughout the sector to hui to regroup and revitalise.

The Summit will inform our leaders about the latest developments and policy directions affecting their organisations and the people they work with.

The aim is for Summit participants to be engaged and informed on a range of thought-provoking topics and develop their thinking in new directions. They will feel inspired and re-energised for the mahi ahead, returning to their communities ready to put ideas into action.  


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Miriama Kamo

Miriama Kamo will be our MC for the event bringing her skills as a journalist and television presenter to the day.

Award winning journalist, Miriama Kamo, is the presenter and a reporter for TVNZ’s flagship current affairs programme, Sunday and a presenter on TVNZ’s bilingual Maori and English current affairs show, Marae.

Miriama has worked across most of TVNZ’s stable of news and current affairs programmes, including 20/20 and 1 News at Six.  As a newsreader, Miriama has been at the forefront of many major New Zealand events, including the Pike River Explosion, the passing of Sir Edmund Hillary, and the Christchurch earthquakes.  A writer, Miriama’s work is regularly featured on news sites, online publications and in magazines and in early 2018 Miriama had her first children’s book published.



View the full programme here

9.15am   Mihi Whakatau

9.45am   Keynote Speaker: Nigel Latta will motivate participants to reflect on their leadership, managing change and wellbeing

10.45am Morning tea

11.05am Working in Partnership to address Workforce Needs

11.30am Panel on the Future of Social Sector Commissioning

12.15pm Lunch

1.00pm   Leaders Panel facilitated by Miriama Kamo.  An interactive session with guest social sector leaders discussing leadership in our sector

2.00pm   Keynote Speaker: Hon Kelvin Davis, Minister for Children

2.45pm   Afternoon tea

3.00pm   Workshop - Our workshops will be bite-sized thought activation sessions.  Walk away with new ideas on topics relating to leadership and mahi in social service organisations

4.00pm   Wrap up of the day

4.30pm   Finish


Keynote Speakers

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Opening the summit in the morning, Nigel will prepare attendees for the day ahead speaking about leadership, managing change and stress.  Prepare for some tools and tips on being a leader in uncertain times. 

Nigel trained as a Clinical Psychologist and graduated with a Master of philosophy with 1st class honours in Psychology and a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology.  He has worked for the last two decades in a number of agencies including Drug and Alcohol rehabilitation, Sex Offender Treatment Programmes, Family Therapy agencies, Child Youth and Family, Probation Services, and extensively in private practice.  He continues to work as a clinical psychologist in private practice consulting with organizations and agencies from throughout the country, 

He has a wealth of media and documentary experience and is the author of a range of non fiction books.  He presented the critically acclaimed television series “Beyond the Darklands”, which was based on his work as a forensic psychologist.  Other projects include a documentary series which screened on TVNZ in 2014 and investigated some of the important issues within our society including alcohol, education, sugar/obesity, poverty and inequality, child abuse, crime and punishment.  


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Hon Kelvin Davis

Hon Kelvin Davis, Minister for Children, will deliver the afternoon’s keynote address.  There'll be time for Q&A.

In the 2020 Labour Government, Kelvin was appointed Minister for Māori Crown Relations: Te Arawhiti, Minister for Children with responsibility for Oranga Tamariki, Minister of Corrections and Associate Minister of Education.

In the 2017 Labour-led Government he was Minister of Corrections, Māori Crown Relations: Te Arawhiti, and Tourism, and Associate Minister of Education.

He has held roles on a number of Select Committees including Māori Affairs (Deputy Chair), Law and Order, Local Government and Environment, Education and Science and Transport and Industrial Relations.

Kelvin has also held the spokesperson roles in Corrections, Biosecurity, Education (including Special Education and Māori Education), Māori Affairs, Tourism, Regional Affairs and Justice (Sexual and Domestic Violence).

Hon Kelvin Davis is a successful former teacher and school principal who turned a struggling Northland school around, and enabled the students to achieve beyond their potential.  Born and bred in the Bay of Islands but now living in Kaitaia, Kelvin is a man of the north who brings skills in education and Māori issues to the Cabinet table to improve outcomes for all New Zealanders educationally, financially, culturally and socially.


Workshop Presenters 

Choose your own adventure for this penultimate part of our Summit. 45 minute thought activation sessions with speakers that will inspire and provoke new thinking. Check out the three options here


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Ngapera Riley, Chief Executive Figure NZ

Ngapera believes everybody should have access to good information, and that knowing how to find and use data is vital to solving our country’s biggest problems. She cares about everyone being able to take part in that, so we can collectively work towards a better future for Aotearoa.

Ngapera works closely with Māori business and education efforts across New Zealand. She currently holds board positions with the InZone Education Foundation, Hyundai’s Pinnacle Programme, and Te Ohu Whai Ao Trust, which connects indigenous business efforts from around the world.

Formerly the Global Director of the World Class New Zealand Network for Kea, Ngapera has also worked for New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, Ministry of Health, University of Auckland, and Manukau Institute of Technology.


Dr Hillary Bennett

Dr Hillary Bennett

Dr Hillary Bennett is a Director of Leading Safety, an organisation specialising in the leadership of safety and wellbeing, and the assessment and development of safety and wellbeing culture.  Dr Bennett is a registered psychologist and has 38 years’ experience in consulting to organisations of all sizes and sectors in Aotearoa and overseas. She was the recipient of the 2019 SafeGuard Lifetime achievement award for her pioneering work in health and safety leadership and in the forestry sector in New Zealand.  She is the Oceania Regional Representative for the ISO/Technical Committee 283 Occupational Health and Safety Management. In April 2021 she authored ‘Protecting Mental Wellbeing at Work: A Guide for CEOS and their organisations’.



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Noel Woods (Te Atiawa, Ngati Porou) is a qualified teacher who has worked with young people in diverse spaces such as the classroom, music studio, child protection units and on the sports field. He recently joined the MAI WORLD Team after moving cross from the Development, Monitoring and Investigations Team at the Office of the Children’s Commissioner, which monitors Oranga Tamariki. 

Ruby Sands is a member of the national governance for Girl Guides NZ, and has engaged young girls through Girl Guides for close to two decades. As a policy advisor she has worked on many different pieces of policy across government, in her recent role before joining the Office of the Children’s Commissioner she worked on housing at the Ministry of Business, Employment and Innovation.  

Peter-Clinton Foaese (Ngati Hamoa) is a qualified youth worker of 15 years who has worked in multiple spaces to develop quality participation models for children and youth. Since 2013, he has advised the design of youth participation action research projects in 13 countries across Asia and the Pacific. 


Leaders Panel

This panel will feature four of our NGO social service leaders in conversation with award-winning broadcaster Miriama Kamo. Sure to deliver insightful and lively kōrerorero, they’ll reflect on what it means to lead in the social sector right now, the challenges and opportunities, what they’ve been learning and their perspectives on the future.

For more details about the panel - click here


Live Illustration with Dave Wood 

Dave woodsDave has worked in the social services in both the Not for Profit and Statutory sectors for over 40 years. He was the first Executive Officer for the NZ Association of Child and Family Support Services (the precursor to SSPA).  He is a passionate advocate for the power of visual communication to ensure shared understanding and level the playing field between professionals and those they serve. He is well known for his visual facilitation and scribing work which he continues to do part time. He “retired” to Raglan 2 years ago where he enjoys paddle boarding in his spare time.  He will be capturing many of our sessions throughout the summit.



Covid-19 information

This Summit will be an in-person event held at Te Papa.

In the event of a change of Covid-19 alert levels in Aotearoa that would prohibit attendees from attending in person, the Summit will be made available online.

If Wellington is at Alert Level 2, this Summit will run with reduced physical attendance to ensure compliance with government protocols, and measures will be in place to keep attendees safe. 

Registration cancellation and refund policy

Cancellations must be notified in writing by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Cancellations received on or before 30 April 2021 will be charged an administration fee of $100.

No refund will be given for registration cancellations received after 30 April 2021 (including “no shows” at the Summit).

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If you have requested an invoice you will receive an invoice from SSPA within the next five working days.  Payment is required prior to the Summit. Your invoice will be sent to the email address used in your supplied contact information.



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