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Join us for a day of whanaungatanga, learning, and growth as we explore the health needs of tāngata whai ora and their whānau, and provide valuable feedback to the health system.

Tāngata whai ora and their whānau are invited to the NZ Drug Foundation Lived and Living Experience Forum: Pae Ora - Our Health. This event offers a unique opportunity to connect with others, strengthen your understanding of health needs, and provide input to the health system. We aim to promote healthy whānau, environments, and individuals through a day of engaging discussions and workshops.

Organisations in the sector are encouraged to support people in attending. For those not affiliated with an organisation, attendance is free of charge, and assistance will be provided when possible. However, spaces are limited to ensure diverse representation.

Register for the forum via Eventbrite

02 June

NZ Drug Foundation Lived and Living Experience Forum: Pae Ora - Our Health


Te Wharewaka o Poneke, 2 Taranaki Street, Wellington, Wellington 6011

Event website

Forum Programme:

8:15am - 9am Registrations

9:00am Opening and mihi whakatau
Blessing and launch of the new ingoa Māori for the NZ Drug Foundation

10:00am Kai

10:30am Introduction to the day
Tuari Potiki, Chairperson NZ Drug Foundation and Sarah Helm, Executive Director NZ Drug Foundation

10:45am Connecting & whakawhanaungatanga - Kaia Hawkins

11:15am Keynote: International lived experience champion Arild Knutsen, Leader of the Association for Humane Drug Policies, Norway

11:45am What's bubbling up? Audience discussion facilitated by table hosts

12:15pm Kai and demonstration of drug checking

1pm Keynote: International lived experience champion Sione Crawford, CEO of Harm Reduction Victoria

1:20pm Workshop: Describing our health needs

2:20pm Panel discussion: What is needed for our voices to be included here in Aotearoa? Examples from around the world and Aotearoa.

Chair: Sarah Helm, NZ Drug Foundation

  • Kerri Butler, Take Notice

  • Kirsten Horsburgh, CEO of Scottish Drugs Forum 

  • Arild Knutsen, Leader of the Association for Humane Drug Policies 

  • Sione Crawford, CEO of Harm Reduction Victoria.

  • Rhonda Robertson, Te Pou 

  • Wendy Allison, Chairperson of KnowYourStuffNZ 

  • Alex El Ammani

  • Marc Beecroft, Regional AOD Consumer Advisor 

Followed by stand-up group conversations.

3:15pm Afternoon tea

3:25pm Workshops: Providing feedback on our experience of seeking healthcare

4:20pm Weaving the strands together: Summary of the day and actions to take forward

5:00pm Close

Get your tickets for the Lived and Living Experience Forum here

Don't miss this opportunity to connect, learn, and contribute to improving the health system for tāngata whai ora and their whānau. Register for the Lived and Living Experience Forum now.

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