2018 ACT New Zealand – Annual Conference

 Registration is closed for this event
10.30am, 12 August 2018, Orakei Bay Event Centre, 231 Orakei Bay Road, Remuera

“Freedom, Choice & Responsibility - Do they exist under this Government?”

The choices you make affect your future and those of the people you care for and support. ACT is the party of choice. The 2018 ACT Annual Conference is being held on Sunday 12 August in Auckland, and you are invited to attend. To answer the question - "Freedom of Choice & Responsibility - Does it exist under this Government?" - our speakers will focus on the economy, business and social reform; we guarantee you'll be challenged!   

  • Briar Lipson - Research Associate, The New Zealand Initiative
  • Lindsay Mitchell - Welfare Reformer
  • Matt Vickers - EOL Care campaigner, husband of the late Lucretia Seales

David Seymour will give the Leader's Address at 1.00pm. It will be a thought-provoking and stimulating day for all who attend. 

Draft programme:

9.00    Registrations Open

9.30    AGM commences for Members.

           Tea & Coffee

10.30  Conference Commences

10.50  MC announcements

11.00  First speaker: Briar Lipson

12.00  Second speaker:  Lindsay Mitchell 

12.55  Robin Clulee Award Presentation

13.00  David Seymour (Leader’s Address) – break for Lunch

14.00  Third speaker:   Matt Vickers

15.00  Open Forum - Feedback / Closing remarks

16.30  Cash bar / Finish

Don't forget to Register!

Briar Lipson

Briar is a Research Fellow at the New Zealand Initiative. In her most recent publication ‘Spoiled by Choice: How NCEA hampers education, and what it needs to succeed’ she charts the history and evolution of out national qualification, then evaluates its impact on outcomes, teaching and learning, and end-users. The sequel report will be on the curriculum.

Briar is now a member of the Ministry’s NCEA Review reference group. In June this year she hosted the first ever ResearchED NZ Festival of Education. The event brought together researchers, teachers and principals from NZ and beyond to debate and discuss the evidence about what works in education.

Before moving to New Zealand, Briar was a Teach First participant, Maths teacher and Assistant Principal in London. She co-founded the Floreat family of free schools, and developed a knowledge rich curriculum for early primary. Briar has worked for International consultancy CfBT, and the Westminster think tank Policy Exchange.

Lindsay Mitchell

Lindsay Mitchell stood as an ACT candidate in 2005 and 2008. She has researched, written and commented in the area of welfare since 2001. Many of her articles have been published in mainstream media and her papers have been published by the New Zealand Business Roundtable and Family First.

As a volunteer she's worked for the Howard League in prisons and for Supergrans with beneficiary families.

When not preoccupied with these activities, she paints, mainly as a commission artist but also participating in three Going Solo exhibitions at the Academy Galleries in Wellington. Her children are now grown up but there's a recent labour-intensive addition to the family of a farm dog pup called Limmy.



Matt Vickers

Matt is the widower of Lecretia Seales, the Wellington lawyer who sued the New Zealand government for the right to choose to be assisted to die. Since Lecretia' death, Matt has continued to advocate on Lecretia's behalf for law change, and he unreservedly supports David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill. In 2015.  Matt established the Lecretia Seales Memorial Lecture, which invites experts to speak on issues of law reform and policy. He is also the author of the memoir “Lecretia's Choice”.

Matt is now based in New York City, where he works for successful New Zealand software firm Xero as a senior product leader. He is responsible for evaluating new geographic markets and advocacy for SME-friendly regulation and open government. He also represents Xero as delegate to a number of global and US-based industry groups, particularly those related to technical standards and electronic procurement.


August 12th, 2018 10:30 AM   through   4:30 PM
Orakei Bay231 Orakei RoadRemuera
Auckland 1050
New Zealand
Registration fee (inc Morning Tea, Lunch, Afternoon Tea) $ 100.00
University Student $ 40.00

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