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Conference to Coincide with Annual World Suicide Prevention Day: 10 Sep 2013


Sunday, 18 August, 2013 – 11:21

CASPER (Community Action on Suicide Prevention Education and Research) will be holding its annual conference in Auckland on Tuesday 10 September 2013, to coincide with the Annual Suicide Prevention Day that is observed worldwide on this day each year.

The focus of CASPER’s 2013 conference is to look at the factors that trigger suicide and how to recognise and manage the risk of suicide.

“Nearly one million people worldwide die as a result of suicide each year, this is one death every 40 seconds. In New Zealand ten people commit suicide every week and the figures for children and young people, people in rural communities and Maori have risen steadily over the past five years. Evidence shows that most suicides are triggered by relationship break ups, trouble with the law, financial stresses and unemployment – not by mental illness,” says CASPER’s CEO Maria Bradshaw.

New Zealand companies and employers are being urged to recognise suicide as a health and safety issue and to support managers and staff to learn more about how it can be prevented.

“Suicide costs an estimated $1.6 billion against the New Zealand economy per annum, a figure which includes $200 million in lost productivity. Companies need to understand that investment in suicide prevention makes good economic sense as well as being socially responsible and contributing to business profitability,” says Bradshaw.

Bradshaw is encouraging companies to support this important national issue, by supporting any employees who express an interest in attending the annual conference and subsequent activities to support World Suicide Prevention Day.

CASPER hopes other companies will follow the lead of Vodafone who encouraged their employees to attend last year’s Annual Conference, recognising it as an important training opportunity and paying their registration fees.

Media will be granted free entry to the annual conference with the opportunity to hear from national guest speakers who are leaders in suicide research and prevention. Experts confirmed are Professor Roger Mulder, Head of Department of Psychological Medicine at Otago University, who will talk about new models of risk assessment and the failure of the mental health approach to suicide prevention.

Dr Mera Penehira, PhD Director of Postgraduate Studies at the University of Auckland who has been researching Maori health for the past eight years will focus discussion around the triggers for suicide in Maori girls and women.

Dr Claire Dale representing the Child Poverty Action Group will speak about triggers for suicide in children and young people, and Katie Milne from the board of Federated Farmers, about rural suicide prevention.

Full details on the Annual Conference can be found at www.casper.org.nz and online registration at http://casper.eventbrite.co.nz/

Child Poverty 2012 Budget Breakdown Series 25 May 2012

Please join the Child Poverty Action Group in Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch for:

The 12th Annual CPAG Post-Budget Breakfast Series

Friday 25th May, 7:15am – 8:45am

Come and enjoy breakfast with us and find out how the 2012 budget affects children and young people.

Auckland: Is the budget relaxed about child poverty?                              

  • Speakers  Prof Jonathan Boston, Institute of Policy Studies, Victoria University. Co-Chair, Children’s Commissioner’s expert group on Poverty.
  • Dr Fiona Cram, (Ngati Kahungunu), Member of the Children’s Commissioner’s expert group on Poverty.
  • ChairAssoc Prof Susan St John, Economics Dept, University of Auckland.  CPAG Economics spokesperson and founding member.

Location: School of Population Health, Tamaki Campus, University of Auckland

Bldg 730, Function Room 220 entry via Gate 1, 261 Morrin Road, Glen Innes, Auckland.  Free parking in visitors’ section.

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Wellington: Post Budget Analysis – how do children fare?

Co hosted by the Public Health Association

  • Speakers  Assoc Prof Mike O’Brien,  Faculty of Education, University of Auckland. CPAG Director and Social Security spokesperson.
  • Dr Bill Rosenberg, Economist and Policy Director, New Zealand Council of Trade Unions (NZCTU)
  • ChairEileen Brown, National executive member, Public Health Association.

Location   St John in the City Conference Centre, Corner Willis and Dixon Streets, Downtown Wellington

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Christchurch: Are we reducing intergenerational inequality?                     


  • Prof Paul Dalziel, Dept of Economics, Lincoln University.  Alternative Welfare Working Group member.
  • Dr Sue Bagshaw, Paediatrics Department, University of Otago.  Youth Health Expert.
  • Chair         Dr Bronwyn Hayward, Senior Lecturer, School of Political and Social Sciences, University of Canterbury.  CPAG Christchurch convener (021 2727069).

Location: Reboot cafe, Erskin Building, University of Canterbury (on Science Rd enter off Ilam rd)


Tickets: $20 waged or $12 for unwaged. Pre-payment is preferred

Direct deposit: Kiwibank 38-9003-0066858-00 please use your name, number of tickets you require and either ‘AuckBB’, ‘WellBB’ of ‘ChchBB’ as a reference e.g. MJones 5 AuckBB

Cheque: Please address cheques to Child Poverty Action Group Inc, PO Box 5611, Wellesley Street, Auckland.

Inside NZ Documentary on Child Poverty 22 Nov 2011

Pre-Election Documentary on Child Poverty



TV3, Tuesday 22nd November 7.30pm

Child Poverty Action Group is pleased to inform you of this important and timely documentary about Child Poverty in New Zealand.   While the programme focuses on the Porirua and Wellington regions, it is informed by many interviews gathered across the country including those with CPAG executive members in Whangarei, Auckland and Wellington.

If you missed it, you can watch the documentary online here.