Maire Leadbeater – author and life-long political campaigner, played a leading role in achieving New Zealand’s nuclear free policy. She tells how this was done in the face of fierce opposition from the United States government and from New Zealand public servants. And she’s kept going ever since, issue after issue.
Mike Smith (Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Kahu) – Mike is a climate activist and spokesperson for the Climate Change Iwi Leaders Group.
One of New Zealand’s best political brains, he will speak at the summer camp about Racism as a Political Tool.
Bernard Hickey – A senior journalist, Bernard Hickey has been the documenting the housing disaster for years, criticizing weak policies and calling for action.
Bernard speaks about how it all went wrong and what’s needed to make houses a place where people can afford to live.
Mandy Hager – multi-award winning New Zealand author, has most recently published a book on the history of protest in New Zealand.
Mandy talks about the people who came before us, how much they achieved and what we can learn from them.
Steve Abel and Niamh O’Flynn – will talk about what has worked and what hasn’t worked to change climate policies. This is about the history of campaigning on the most important issue facing us; understanding the obstacles and finding strategies that can really change things.
India Logan-Riley (Kahungunu, Rangitāne and Rongomaiwahine) and Max Harris – discuss what it takes for political movements to thrive, especially coalition building and navigating tensions in progressive politics.
Tamatha Paul (Ngāti Awa, Waikato/Tainui, city councillor, ) and Marlon Drake (unionist) have been running a successful campaign in Wellington to bring down Council housing rents to a liveable level.
They talk about the campaign: what’s worked, the obstacles and what it takes to achieve results.
Erin Matariki (Ngāi Tūhoe and Ngāti Awa), Arama Rata (Ngāti Maniapoto, Taranaki, and Ngāruahine), Max Harris, Thomas Nash and Nina Hall – New Zealand Alternative.
New Zealanders care about human rights and international issues, but most often are left out of decision making. These speakers will tell us how the New Zealand Alternative is working to change this.
Laura Agel, Samira Archer, Shahd El Matary and Kate Stone – Justice for Palestine (part of a world-wide Palestine solidarity movement).
They will speak about their work in New Zealand to help bring about change in Palestine, how much they achieved and what we can learn from them.
Sarah Roberts – Taranaki Energy Watch, will speak about the fight to stop on-land oil drilling in Taranaki: the leafleting, door knocking, media work, public meetings, art exhibitions, fracking tours, submission writing, council lobbying, legal action and the rest of the hard work that produces change.