Programme and speakers

Below is the programme and speakers for the Family Violence Summit on which runs from 8.30 am to 5pm on Wednesday 7 June 2017.


Welcome and Introduction

Ministers’ addresses


  • Helping children and their whānau to live without family violence

  • Kaupapa Māori whānau-centred approaches

  • Taking opportunities to intervene earlier

  • Supporting seniors, people with disabilities and migrant communities


Findings from workshops


Panel discussion

Afternoon tea 

Chair’s summary

Minister’s closing address

Chair – Sir Wira Gardiner
(Ngāti Awa, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, Te Whakatōhea, Ngāti Pikiao)

Sir Wira has had a long and distinguished career in public service, including extensive governance experience and as a soldier and writer. He was the founding director of the Waitangi Tribunal and founding chief executive of the Ministry of Maori Development (Te Puni Kōkiri). He has been National Director of Civil Defence, Chair of Te Mangai Paho and deputy chair of Te Ohu Kaimoana. He was Chair of the Tertiary Education Commission between 2010 and 2012, and Chair of the Board of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa between 2010 and 2013. He is currently chair of the Local Government Commission.

Sir Wira was made a Knight of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2008 for services to Māori.

Keynote speakers

Helping children and their whānau to live without family violence
Gráinne Moss

Gráinne Moss’s career spans over 25 years in the public and private sectors across three countries. She is currently the role Chief Executive for the Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki.

Before this, Gráinne worked at Bupa Care Services NZ for nine years, most recently as  Managing Director. Before this she spent five years as General Manager for Rehabilitation and Care Services.

Gráinne was awarded an MBA (Hons) in 2003 from IMD Switzerland where she was recognised as one of the top five students and presented with the prestigious Gillian Welshe Award for the outstanding female graduate.

Prior to studying for her MBA she worked at Carter Holt Harvey Forests, as the Human Resources Manager and then moved to the Central North Island as the Regional Operations Manager for Forests.

Gráinne holds a BSc (Hons) in Human Anatomy and Biology from the University of Liverpool and spent the early years of her career in the United Kingdom National Health Service prior to emigrating to New Zealand at the end of the 90s.

Kaupapa Māori whānau-centred approaches
Maree Tukukino (He uri nō Hauraki ratou ko Ngāti Kahungunu, Ko Rongomaiwahine)

Maree has been involved in family violence work for over 30 years, with a consistent focus on whānau-centred leadership and professional practice. From her development of a therapeutic program for men at Rimutaka prison in the late 1990s to her ongoing work at Dunedin’s Moana House supporting men with substance abuse and mental health issues, Maree has dedicated herself to the reduction of family violence.

She holds a degree in Mātauranga Māori at Te Wānanga o Raukawa, and was instrumental in the development of the Bachelor of Social Work qualification, Toiora whānau.

In 2013 Maree became general manager of Te Whāriki Manawahine o Hauraki where she helped form the Coalition for Womens’ Refuge across Independent and collective organisations for the Waikato Integrated Safety Response Pilot, and in the partnership across the rohe.

Maree has trained practitioners in the curriculum of Ora Transforming Family Violence, at the Te Korowai Aroha O Aotearoa (Indigenous Training Organisation) for over ten years, and took part in the development of the programme.

She has been a National Māori Advisor for the Social Service Industry Training Organisation, and a frequent co-facilitator for National Collective Independent Women’s Refuge annual general meetings. 

Taking opportunities to intervene earlier
Shayne Walker (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Kahungunu, Scottish and French)

Shayne is a senior lecturer at Otago University’s Sociology, Gender and Social Work department, where he has taught for the past twenty years.

He and wife Helen have together fostered over 192 children over 12 years, and have been deeply involved in youth and whanau work, predominantly supporting Maori and Pasifika young people.

“I have worked with many young men on issues including violence, substance abuse and relationship-making, and I acknowledge that much of what I have learned has come from their struggles and growth. They continue to inspire me as they come into their own fullness.”

Shayne chairs the Social Workers Registration Board and is a member of project Ako: Enhancing the readiness to practice of newly qualified social workers. He is a member of the Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) and part of the Journal Editorial Collective, co-editing Te Komako. Shayne is a board member of VOYCE Whakarongo Mai, the group set up to work with those in the care of Oranga Tamariki.

He has recently contributed to several books and journals including aboriginal Journal of Indigenous Studies and First Nations' and First Peoples' Cultures; Social Work for Sociologists: Theory and Practice; Human Rights and Social Equality: Challenges For Social Work; Social Work and Social Development Volume 1; Social Sciences.

Supporting seniors, people with disabilities and migrant communities
Sue Hobbs

Sue has worked in community safety and violence-prevention for over 30 years, serving as a police officer in the UK, and working with the violence prevention and disability sectors in domestic violence, sexual violence and hate crime.

Before moving to New Zealand, with her husband and three children in 2007, Sue worked for MENCAP, the UK’s leading learning disability charity.

Since then Sue has been advocating for a systemic approach to establishing a national framework of standards for safeguarding adults.

Throughout her career, Sue has been involved in the development, implementation and co-ordination of family violence, sexual violence and abuse prevention projects, including People First, New Zealand’s Keeping Safe Feeling Safe abuse prevention programme for adults with learning disability. She has worked with the Auckland DHB, Primary Health Organisations, the Family Violence Intervention Programme, and most recently the Safeguarding Adults from Abuse (SAFA) project in Waitemata –an integrated safety approach to reporting, investigating and responding to family harm and other forms of abuse and neglect of older adults, adults with learning disability, neuro-disabilities and other adults with complex care and support needs.