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Public seminar ‘Is Wellington a child-friendly city?’

Public seminar ‘Is Wellington a child-friendly city?’

The University of Otago, Wellington is hosting a joint seminar on Friday 9 October at 12.30pm entitled ‘Is Wellington a child-friendly city?’ and we invite you to join us. The speakers will consider whether the voices, needs, priorities and rights of children are an integral part of planning and policy development in our region; and whether a good system of local governance for children and young people exists. The seminar will discuss the value of the Child-friendly Cities Initiative and how we can create communities in which children can actively participate and thrive.

Mr Brendon Bowkett, a Paediatric Surgeon at Wellington Children’s Hospital since 1998. Brendon’s paediatric surgical focus is: general, urology, neonatal and laparoscopic surgery and he also travels as part of a surgical team to Timor-Leste every year. He is a former president of the New Zealand Society of Paediatric Surgeons (1999- 2004), a former elected member of CCDHB, and an advocate for children.

Deborah Morris is the National Advocacy Manager at UNICEF NZ. She has been advocating for children’s rights for the past 11 years, in Plunket, Barnardos and Every Child Counts.

Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman QSO, PhD, Dip Clin Psych, Dip Tchng, FRSNZ is a professor of public health at the University of Otago, Wellington, where she teaches public policy. She is director of He Kainga Oranga/ Housing and Health Research Programme and the NZ Centre for Sustainable Cities. She has received many awards for her work including the Queens Service Order, the Liley Medal and the Dame Joan Metge Medal. In 2014, she and the He Kainga Oranga team were awarded the Prime Minister’s Science Prize. She was a member of the Children’s Commissioner’s Expert Advisory Group on Solutions to Child Poverty and is chair of the WHO Housing and Health International Guideline Development Group.

Wellington Mayor Celia Wade Brown will also attend the seminar to talk about what the Wellington City Council is doing in this space.

Friday 9 October 2015, 12.30 to 1.30 pm
Nordmeyer Lecture Theatre
University of Otago, Wellington – 23 Mein Street Newtown, Wellington



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