“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.
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 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 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 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.
|Registration fee (inc Morning Tea, Lunch, Afternoon Tea)||$ 100.00|
|University Student||$ 40.00|