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We are delighted to have a range of keynote speakers featured in the programme. Read more about each of the speakers below. 

Dr ​Sue Bagshaw - Presenting the John Dobson Memorial Lecture 

Sue Bagshaw works as a primary care doctor specialising in adolescent/youth health at a one-stop community youth health centre for 10-25-year-olds, which she helped to set up, under a trust called Korowai Youth Well-being Trust. She is working with others to set up a Youth Hub of services, creativity and transition housing. She is a senior lecturer in adolescent health in the department of Paediatrics at the Christchurch School of Medicine, and she is an educator with the Collaborative Trust (a research and training centre for youth health and development, which she also helped to set up). She worked for the Family Planning Association for 20 years and worked for ten years part-time on the Methadone programme in Christchurch: which is why she has interests in common with young people – sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll! 

Dr David Best
Dr Best is Professor of Criminology at the University of Derby and Honorary Professor of Regulation and Global Governance at The Australian National University. He is also chair of the Prisons Research Network of the British Society of Criminology. Trained as a psychologist and criminologist, he has worked in practice, research and policy in the areas of addiction recovery and rehabilitation of offenders. He has authored or co-edited seven books on addiction recovery and desistance from offending, and has written more than 200 peer-reviewed journal publications and around 70 book chapters and technical reports. In 2019, he has produced a monograph entitled “Pathways to Desistance and Recovery: The role of the social contagion of hope” (Policy Press) and a co-edited volume entitled “Strength-based approaches to crime and substance use” (Routledge). He currently leads a longitudinal research study into pathways to recovery by gender in Scotland, England, Belgium and the Netherlands. His research interests include recovery pathways, recovery capital and its measurement, social identity theory and its implications for recovery, recovery and desistance, addiction treatment effectiveness particularly in prison settings, prison and community connections, and family experiences of addiction and recovery.

Inkspots and ice cream
The presentation will be around the ideas of cascades and contagion and will focus on what services and systems can do to promote and champion recovery. Based in part on the work I have done with Odyssey in New Zealand, it will discuss how recovery capital measurement and planning, social identity mapping and asset-based community engagement contribute to a holistic model of recovery planning. 

Dr Fiona Hutton
Fiona Hutton is an Associate Professor (Reader) at the Institute of Criminology, Victoria University, New Zealand. She has taught and researched in the areas of Criminology, specifically criminological theory, youth crime and cultures, drug policy, harm reduction, alcohol and other drugs, for the past twenty years. She has published extensively in New Zealand and international journals on her research, such as Critical Public Health, the Australian and New Zealand Journal of CriminologyFeminism and Psychologythe International Journal of Drug Policy. She is the author of ‘Risky Pleasures? Club Cultures and Feminine Identities’ (Ashgate, 2006), and the edited collection ‘Cultures of Intoxication: Key Issues and Debates’ (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2020).  She recently completed a report on drug checking at New Zealand festivals for the Ministry of Health and is a keen advocate for evidence based drug law reform and harm reduction.  Current research projects include: documenting the experiences of those with a drug-related conviction; critically exploring the concept of intoxication, and how the intoxication practices of diverse groups are experienced and responded to.      

Helen Leahy
Helen Leahy is the Pouārahi / Chief Executive of Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu; the Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency for the South Island.    Helen returned to the South Island in 2015 after 25 years in Wellington.For the previous fifteen years Helen was based at Parliament in Wellington, in her roles as Chief of Staff of the Māori Party, and Senior Ministerial Advisor for Dame Hon Tariana Turia.   She was National Secretary for the Māori Party from its establishment in 2004 to 2014; and the author of ‘Crossing the Floor: the story of Tariana Turia” (2015).

Helen was a member of the Expert Advisory Panel for the modernisation of Child, Youth and Family in 2015, and the Māori Design Team for Oranga Tamariki.   She is also a member of the South Island Hauora Alliance and the national Disability Supports System Transformation working group.   She is a member of the governance forum for the Canterbury Children’s Team; as well as a champion of the family violence initiative, Tū Pono: Te Mana Kaha o Te Whānau. Helen is a trustee on the board of PILLARS – Positive Futures for Children of Prisoners; and a trustee for Digital Wings; a Trust which facilitates the redistribution of electronic equipment from corporate entities to community organisations to enhance educational and employment opportunities.  

In 2017 Helen was awarded the Dame Tariana Turia award by Te Rau Matatini, for her contribution to Whānau Ora and whānau-centred practice.

Billy Macfarlane
Ko Te Arawa te waka.
Ko Matawhaura te maunga.
Ko Te-rotoiti-i-kite-ai-a-Ihenga te moana.
Ko Ngāti Pikiao te iwi.
Ko Te Arawa te iwi whānui.
Ko Billy Macfarlane tōku ingoa.

57 years old, born and raised in Rotorua.
Formerly incarcerated man serving the last 4 years of a 14-year prison sentence amongst my childhood community of Rotorua.
I am now the mandated justice representative for Te Arawa Iwi and I run a residential support facility for high risk and/or recidivist criminal offenders.
I also work voluntarily in Auckland South mens prison assisting and mentoring some of NZ's most violent men.
We use ancient Māori cultural intervention methods to break the cycle of addiction, extreme violence, depression, suicide and family harm.
I am a former user of marijuana, cocaine, LSD, magic mushrooms, ecstacy and methamphetamine. I have been clean now for 10 years.
I taught myself to speak Te Reo Māori while in prison and I now teach the language and the culture to help others to live a clean and pro-social life.

Seán Manning
Raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Seán has lived in Aotearoa/New Zealand since 1975. He is a registered psychotherapist and kaihaumanu - clinical specialist - in Moana House therapeutic community in Dunedin, and works for Stopping Violence Dunedin as well as maintaining a small private practice.  Seán has qualifications in psychology, social work, Māori studies and psychotherapy, and is currently pursuing a doctorate in health science at AUT with a specialty in criminality, violence and addiction.

Seán has some command of Māori language, which is better than his Irish and he is working on his Spanish. He plays some stringed instruments just well enough to have company and has published regularly, most recently on The Assembly of Criminal Identity.

Identity and drug use - Punishment, prison and addiction
Our sense of who we are, where we belong, and to which identity groups – our sense of self – is the major determinant of how we think and feel and what we do.  The experience of imprisonment, involving isolation from whānau and the wider community has the effect of creating and practicing a particular sense of self, reinforcing a ‘criminal identity’ which gives men mana, a loyal peer group, mentors and a career, albeit not one intended by the corrections system.  This creates an intoxicating, adaptive sense of self, practiced and performed every day, and not readily given up.  It also involves dangerous norms in the use of drugs.  This way of looking at crime, violence and drug use predicts outcomes and guides treatment approaches better that the commonly accepted ‘deviance’ model, and explains the poor performance of most prison-based rehabilitation programmes, as reported by the Dept. of Corrections.  

Aotearoa has high rate of imprisonment (5th among 37 OECD countries), particularly of indigenous people (51% of the prison population, compared to less than 20% of the nation).  Our Corrections system is seen, from this perspective, as a dangerous, self-perpetuating machine that encourages drug use, perpetuates alienation and crime, damages whānau, reduces participation in community and the wider democracy and particularly targets indigenous people.

This paper is derived from an ongoing doctoral project provisionally entitled ‘The Assembly of Criminal Self’ at AUT.

Donna Matahaere-Atariki  
Ngāi Te Ruahikihiki, Ngāi Te Taoka, Te Atawhiua
Donna Matahaere-Atariki has a background in education, health and social services both at a community and public sector level and is currently the GM Treaty Directorate at the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse of Children in State Care and Faith-based institutions. Her experience engaging with a broad range of agencies having previously worked as a policy director for government in Wellington and as a contractor to a range of government agencies including the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Social Development and Oranga Tamariki.

Donna was a ministerial appointment to the University of Otago Council, Trustee at Well South PHO, Gambling Commissioner, Chair of Family Violence Prevention, and sit on several committees both locally and nationally. This includes Chair of the Family Violence National group, a member of the CE’s Māori Advisory Group MSD and Chair of the Kāhui for the Independent Children’s Monitor.

A trojan horse or rangatiratanga? Negotiating enabling violations
The prospect of a Māori Health Authority on the back of WAI 2575, the Simpson Review, Mental Health Review and the imminent dissolution of District Health Boards and Primary Health Organisations portends a radical shake-up of the health system. This is likely to impact across the public and community sectors and impact the provision of wellbeing services in ways yet to be fully explored.

All these reports, reviews and commissions are similar to earlier iterations where evidence connects to clear breaches of Te Tiriti. Yet there is a risk that we are waiting on others to define what these changes might mean. Let’s not forget that we have been in this space, invested both emotionally and financially into our own institutions, led by our leaders implementing tikanga and culture that is authentic to our communities. Institutions that are imbued with our values, governed by our leadership absolutely matter.  

This presentation will focus on we have negotiated these spaces, built the infrastructure required to build our institutions, our governance and our culture.