Afternoon Workshops - Thought Activation Sessions – 3pm-3:45pm

Three options, choose one

Sign up sheets for the workshops will be available on the day.  You will be able to make your selection upon arrival and during breaktimes.

Choose your own adventure for this penultimate part of our Summit. Our 45 minute thought activation sessions will inspire and provoke you with new and fresh thinking. Each workshop speaker will provide bite-sized information to spark your thinking, and you’ll get to engage in discussion with fellow Summit participants. Participants in each session will leave inspired to approach things in new ways upon return to organisations and communities after the Summit! 


Workshop Option:

Putting mental wellbeing at the centre of our organisations – the role leaders can play

If 2020 taught us all anything, it’s the importance of holistic hauora as leaders, and the need to take care of hinengaro, wairua and tinana. In this session Dr Hillary Bennett will focus on mental wellbeing and the central role it needs to play in our organisations. She will highlight why protecting mental wellbeing is leadership work, the role that leaders can play, and discuss some practical ways to design work and workplaces that uphold mental wellbeing. You’ll leave inspired to take action in your organisation, and have some new tools to support you to make this happen.

Dr Hillary BennettDr 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’.



Workshop Option:

Connecting into the data driven world – opportunities for social service organisations

Data is essential to solving the societal challenges Aotearoa New Zealand is facing. Ngapera Riley will explore this, discussing how social services can be data kaitiaki, and activating thinking about the valuable insights data can provide, to support better collective outcomes. She will prompt thinking about data ownership, including from a Te Ao Māori worldview, and highlight the issues that social service providers need to be aware of when it comes to the data of whānau, families, children and rangatahi. You’ll leave with a better understanding of the steps your organisation can take when it comes to people’s data.  

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Ngapera Riley 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.





Workshop Option:

It takes a village to raise a child - You need children to be a village!

We saw the importance of strong village connections during 2020, whole communities brought to a standstill, families remaining in the home, and children experiencing their world through bubbles.  We witnessed government and non-government organisations make big changes to their way of working to ensure children were supported to continue education, that their families received food, finances and other resources. It showed us that when we want to, we can make positive change happen. However, do we listen to children and young people when we make changes? Do we listen to them in general? The MAI WORLD Team from the Office of the Children’s Commissioner will introduce you to their work to hear, share and advocate on behalf of the voice of the child, so that Aotearoa New Zealand is the best place for children to live in. 

Picture2MAI WORLD Team from the Office of the Children’s Commissioner

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.