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Social Impact Summit 2019

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About the Summit

A. Social Impact Summit is an engaging and inspiring summit series that aims to bring together people, projects and groups who work with a social impact focus and want to make a change in the world. This four-day Summit will be a mixture of speakers, panel discussions, workshops, presentations, activities and networking. Our aim is to create a space where people are able to connect with others from across diverse projects and sectors and be inspired, empowered and excited about social impact and their place in it.

Summit Series

The Summit will take place as a three-part series:

  • Wednesday 7th - Thursday 8th: A. Good Space / A pop up social impact learning space that is a 101 for those wanting to make social impact and change in the world.  

  • Friday 9th - Impact Community / A space for people, projects and agencies who work with a Social Impact focus to connect, learn and grow.

  • Saturday 10th - Tāmaki Youth Symposium / A sharing opportunity for young people and those who work alongside them to come together, share experiences and learn.



Sierra Keung PhD

Friday / Impact Showcase

Sierra is impacting the world through education and athletic development and is all about disrupting the status quo. Using sports and recreation to improve the holistic development and well-being of Maori and Pasifika youth and families is her passion. As an educator, she continues to challenge sports organisations, academia and university students to "take off their lens" and "try another pair on". She uses a collective Māori and Pasifika lens throughout her research and uses this lens to challenge the Eurocentrism in professional sports, that have significant contributions from Maori and Pasifika communities to better support the diversity in their teams.

Also, check out her latest article…

Ashley Stanley

Friday / Impact Showcase

Understanding the person beyond the player is what sports blog Beyond the Mark is all about. Tired of reading negative articles only focusing on athletes’ performances, Ashley Stanley decided to create space to share stories of athletes’ and administrators’ personal journeys on top of their sporting success.

Also check out her website

Cristy Trewartha

Friday / Panel + Workshop

Cristy Trewartha is a family violence prevention specialist. She has worked on this issue from a public health and community development perspective in local and central government, public health and non-government organisations. Her Master's dissertation on community mobilisation was used to inform the development of the HEART Movement. She got involved with HEART in 2009 and was the first coordinator (2011-2014). She has recently completed her PhD measuring community mobilisation around family violence and healthy relationships in Glen Innes-Point England and Ranui. Cristy is a member of the HEART Advisory Group, and supports HEART with research, training and strategic advice.

Brooke Stanley

Friday / Panel

Brooke Fiafia Stanley, mother and Pasifika woc  passionate about social change and justice for marginalised and dispossessed communities. Also a co creator of ‘Kili’s Universe’, a guerilla style Internet show dedicated to simultaneously disrupting the current system & building/empowering narratives for an alternative. 

Kili’s Universe:

No Six / 

Niko Meredith +

Benji Timu

Saturday / Showcase

Niko and Benji from No Six will showcase how No Six went from being a local media group to creating a company developing content around youth wellbeing. No Six is a multi-platform digital media brand curating, developing and connecting a new generation of young content creators from the South Pacific to global audiences. Our purpose is change the narrative and working on local youth stories allowed us to do that work.

Annalise Myers

Saturday / Showcase - Young Parents

This project aims to positively disrupt systems to improve outcomes for young parents and their children. With so many design projects happening in community across New Zealand , Annalise a social researcher could hear young parents express real suffering across multiple pieces of work lead by communities. This project was developed in response to wanting to amplify their voices and move to action. Action that focuses on systems level change. Annalise will share some insights built on young parents voices from across multiple community projects and community research findings. The aim is so everyone supporting and working with young parents can take the learnings back into their whanau, mahi and communities.

Riverside Rangatahi

Saturday / Real Life Projects

Will you dare to take our challenge to build a better place for the tamariki and rangatahi at Riverside? The Riverside Community Centre is currently running a number of youth focused activities but we need your help. We have drop-in activities such as Riverside Hangout and Arts4Us, and a creative programme called Riverside Rap. Our programmes are created to ensure we follow our kaupapa to provide whakaruruhau or a safe place for everyone to come together as a community. We need your ideas to help empower our rangatahi to take ownership of our space and to get inspired!

Phenomenal Young Women

Saturday / Showcase

Phenomenal Young Women began with a codesign process through Flipping East, in response to our young women feeling unsafe in our own community. Joining Tāmaki Youth Wellbeing collective, Phenomenal became stronger and developed their own processes and ways of connecting with young women. Latisha (Phenomenal lead) and Theresa (Support) will walk us through the journey and aspirations into the future.

Tāmaki Youth Wellbeing Collective

Saturday / Showcase

In response to our community suffering from a high loss of young people, we gathered and created The United Community Response to Youth Suicide. This award-winning collective activated 7 x community-led projects that focused on raising youth wellbeing in Tāmaki. This showcase will focus on how this initiative is utilising Community-Led Action, Codesign and Collaboration to engage and empower the community.

Flipping East

Saturday / Showcase

A deep dive into real experience of involving young people leading change to create social impact in Tāmaki. Working with government and empowering young people to lead change.

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