VOYCE Whakarongo Mai

VOYCE-Whakarongo Mai (VOYCE) stands for ‘Voice of the Young and Care Experienced – Listen to me’ was established in 2017. They are an independent charity that helps to advocate for all tamariki and rangatahi with care experience in Aotearoa/New Zealand. They exist to amplify their voices and ensure that they ar...

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 Brandon Mock

Brandon Mock

Pyxis Family & Consulting Services LLC

We are delighted to have Brandon back again to present for us. He is a DDP practitioner, consultant and trainer, having trained under Daniel Hughes (PhD), the originator of Dyadic Developmental Practice, and he has over two decades of experience working with youth who suffer from the effects of developmental trauma.

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 Linda Surtees

Linda Surtees

Caring Families Aotearoa

Linda has been with Caring Families Aotearoa since 2010 and CEO since 2012. She has developed a robust and transparent support service that supports 4,659 caregivers. She has a wealth of experience in the foster care sector and has direct experience in caregiving, which includes five years running a family care home wi...

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 Lynda Knight-de Blois

Lynda Knight-de Blois

Principal of Glenview School

Lynda Knight-de Blois is an experienced educator who is currently the Principal of Glenview School in Cannons Creek, Porirua. She has dedicated 30 years to education, working in various schools in Wellington, Auckland, and England. Lynda’s commitment to innovative approaches and student well-being has significan...

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 Mikaira Pau

Mikaira Pau

E Tū Whānau

Mikaira Pau, a native of Ponsonby, Auckland, boasts a rich background in the family violence sector, with over 13 years of experience collaborating with chief executives, board members, and trustees of various NGOs and organisations. A graduate of Sacred Heart Primary School, Saint Peters College, and the University of...

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 Nicola Atwool

Nicola Atwool

Associate Professor

Nicola has a particular interest in attachment theory and resilience, which she explored in her PhD. An ecological framework, the sociology of childhood, critical theory, and a children’s rights perspective informs her work. The goal of her research is to influence policy and practice to improve outcomes for children...

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 Nyvonne  Krause

Nyvonne Krause

Caring Families Aotearoa

Nyvonne's caregiver journey started when she and her husband took on a voluntary role for Hato Petera College as Mātua Atawhai.  She then accepted the challenge of Family Home Parents for Child Youth & Family.  Whānau took her and her husband to Perth where they worked as Professional Therapeutic Caregivers for...

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 Office of the Ombudsman

Office of the Ombudsman

Ombudsman

 The Office of the Ombudsman helps New Zealanders deal with public sector agencies. They handle complaints, undertake investigations and inspections, and encourage good administration. They also provide advice, guidance and training to public sector agencies, and promote awareness of their role to the wider community...

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 Richard Rose

Richard Rose

Therapeutic Life Story Work International (TLSWi)

It is a pleasure to have Richard back again to present. Richard has worked with traumatised children and families since he was 17 years old, and in that time has been shaped by those he has journeyed with over the last 38 years. He qualified in Social Work in 1989 and since then worked in the UK in local authority chil...

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 Rob Cope

Rob Cope

Our Kids Online

Rob Cope is an Author, Documentary Filmmaker, Educator and father of four.  In 2020 Rob, along with his wife Zareen, released the documentary 'Our Kids Online". The film has been shown at various screenings, including New Zealand Parliament, DIA, the NCOSE Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Annual Global Summit (d...

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 Rob Surtees

Rob Surtees

Caring Families Aotearoa

Rob’s professional interests lay with Family Therapy and parenting children with attachment disorders. He has a degree in counselling, has completed study in Psychotherapy, and has experience in foster caring.

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 Ron  Mark

Ron Mark

Mayor for Carterton

Ron Mark has worn many hats.  He was a former soldier, a commercial consultant, a New Zealand politician of the New Zealand First party between 1996 – 2008 and 2014 - 2020, and notably during this time, Deputy Leader, Minister of Defence and Minister for Veterans Affairs. He served as Mayor of Carterton from 2...

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 Sarah Naish

Sarah Naish

Centre of Excellence in Child Trauma

Sarah is an experienced foster caregiver and adoptive parent with over 30 years’ experience. She has adopted five siblings and her experiences raising her children has helped form the basis of her knowledge.She has developed models of specialised parenting that have had a national impact in the UK, increasing the rec...

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 Sarah Harper

Sarah Harper

L’Oréal Group New Zealand has supported Caring Families Aotearoa since 2007.With help from Caring Families Aotearoa & VOYCE Whakarongo Mai, they have run the Face Your Future program for 15 years. This 2 day camp of inspiration and motivation is for young people transitioning from care to independence, and has ...

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