Evidence to Action 2018 conference

Join us for our Evidence to Action conference in Wellington on 10 April 2018. Registrations are now open.

This year, we're focusing on future options for policies and programmes, research and evaluation. So join us for lively discussions about families, whanau and change.


Provisional programme

8.00am Registrations open (tea and coffee will be available)
9.00am Mihi


Dr Malcolm Menzies, Chief Executive of Superu


Families and whanau past, present and future

Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley, Pro Vice-Chancellor of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Massey University, a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand and one of New Zealand's leading academics

10.15am Morning tea

Research with families and whanau: challenges and successes

Kataraina Pipi and Rae Torrie from Te Whiringa who carried out research with users of publicly-funded services in South Auckland


Capability building in the social sector

Brenda Pilott, National Manager, Social Service Providers Aotearoa, and Gill Genet, General Manager Business Development, Careerforce

12.00pm Lunch

The future of Whanau Ora

Dame Tariana Turia, (Ngāti Apa, Ngā Wairiki, Ngā Rauru, Tuwharetoa and Whanganui), former Minister for Whānau Ora, Disability Issues, and the Community and Voluntary Sector, and rangatiratanga champion


The future of research and evaluation in helping families and whanau

Dame Diane Robertson, former Auckland City Missioner, community leader and Chair of the Data Futures Partnership 


Summing up

Len Cook, Families Commissioner and Chair of the Superu Board

3.30pm Afternoon tea and end of conference


We promise that you’ll leave with more knowledge about how you can include family and whānau perspectives in your own work plus a better understanding of how to use evidence.  We expect to be disestablished from mid-2018 and want to sign off with a final Evidence to Action conference where we pass on some of what we’ve learned about families and whānau since 2004*.



The conference will be held at Rydges Hotel in Wellington. For non-Wellington attendees, we will have somehwere for you to store bags etc if needed.


Tickets and registration

Ticket prices (including GST):

  • Standard (available 13 March - 3 April 2018) - $250
  • Last minute (available 4-6 April 2018) - $300

Ticket prices include lunch and other refreshments during the day. You can pay be credit card at the time of booking or choose to be invoiced (simply select 'Pay by invoice' under 'Payment methods' on the registration form). Sorry, tickets can't be paid for on the day. 

Register now.


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* The Families Commission was established in 2004. In 2014, we became the Social Policy Evalution and Research Unit, or Superu for short.

Event date: 
10 April 2018
Event Type: 
Superu events
Last update: 15 Mar 2018