Conference programme

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3 April 2016, 1pm-4.30pm


Student Union Building, Victoria University of Wellington Kelburn Campus. You should enter at the main entrance at the top of the building and there will be signs from there. Here is a map: Google Maps. The entrance is next to Adam Art Gallery.

Full agenda

  • 12.30pm – Registration
  • 1.00pm – Welcome and introduction
  • 1.20pm – Workshops
    • Andrew Campbell on political lobbying
      Andrew is Chief of Staff at the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand.
    • Rebecca Matthews-Heron – Campaigning online and in person
      How we can use social media to spread our messages and encourage people to get active in support of renters’ issues? The workshop will talk about how we currently use online campaigning, looking at what some other campaigns do that’s effective and how we can learn from them.

      Rebecca is a community campaigner for education union NZEI Te Riu Roa, and has worked on various progressive campaigns over the last twenty years, utilising various communication channels and, through experience, learning what to do and what not to do.

    • Sam Huggard on coalition building
      Sam is Secretary of the Council of Trade Unions. He has worked in the trade union movement, the community sector and students’ associations for fifteen years.
    • Neale Jones on working with the media
      Neale is Political Director at the New Zealand Labour Party.
  • 2.10pm – More workshops
  • 3.00pm – Keynote addresses:
    • “The Victorians’ Revenge? How housing fits into a world of spiraling inequality”
      Max Rashbrooke.
      Max is a journalist, author and academic who has written extensively in inequality. His latest book is Wealth and New Zealand, published last year by BWB. As a journalist he has written for the Guardian, the NBR, Metro and others. He is also a research associate at the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies at Victoria University.
    • “Safe, healthy housing for all renters. Can it be done?”
      Lucy Telfar Barnard.
      Lucy is a Senior Research Fellow at Otago University Department of Public Health where her work has focused on the health impacts of poor quality rental housing. She is currently working on a project to test a rental housing warrant of fitness in Wellington and Dunedin.
    • “Making a Rental House Home: Security of Tenure in light of Recent Scottish Developments”
      Mark Bennett.
      Mark is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Law, Victoria University of Wellington. He teaches property, trusts, and legal philosophy, and recently co-authored an article on the ‘freedom from dampness’ standard that applies to residential tenancies.
  • 3.30pm – Campaign planning
  • 4.20pm – Closing Remarks:
    Kevin Reilly, Manawatu Tenants’ Union.
    Kevin Reilly, co-ordinator of the Manawatu Tenants Union. The MTU was first established in 1981 and became an incorporated society in 1983. The agency delivers vital services to the large rental market of Palmerston North. The education,research and defence sectors create a transient population, who rent there homes.

    The MTU was involved in the introduction of the RTA 1986, piloted the concept of the Warrant of Fitness in 1996 to improve rental properties for tenants. The MTU has a programme focused on housing issues, has participated in national radio and television documentaries as well as many select committees in Wellington and Palmerston North.

  • 4.30pm – Reception and drinks (koha)

Special thanks to Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association for hosting the conference.

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