This programme is provisional until we confirm details of the last few speakers. Updated: 7 April 2021.
DAY 1, WEDNESDAY 12 MAY
9:45 Morning tea
SETTING THE SCENE
10:15 A global shift to health after the war on drugs Executive Director of NZ Drug Foundation Sarah Helm will interview Helen Clark, chair of the 26-member Global Commission on Drug Policy, and former Prime Minister of New Zealand about global progress towards a health-based approach to drug policy and practice.
10.45Recovery - Shifting to a health-based approach to drugs Update from government on implementing a health-based approach.
11.45Political perspective Political debate.
12.30 Lunch & networking
1.30 Short snapshots from the field Examples of promising health-based approaches in the field as good examples of what a health-based approach currently could look like in Aotearoa.
Haven safe space (Auckland's K-Road) – Rachel Scaife, Programme Manager
High Alert early warning system – Dt. Inspector Blair MacDonald, National Drug Intelligence Bureau
KnowYourStuffNZ –Dr Jez Weston, Deputy Manager
Synthetics Community of Practice – Emily Hughes, Drug Foundation Programme Lead
Tūturu – Jim Matheson, Drug Foundation Deputy Chair
2.30 Imagining a comprehensive health-based approach to drugs Policy: What would our policies, laws and regulations look like if we had a comprehensive health-based approach to drugs?
Kali Mercier, Drug Foundation Policy & Advocacy Manager
Fiona Hutton, VUW Associate Professor of Criminology
3.15 Stretch legs/afternoon tea
PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE
3.30 We can live in a world free of stigma How addressing stigma can help shift the dial to a health-based approach
Why addressing stigma is important - Sheridan Pooley, CADS Consumer Advisor
Why we need a clean slate - Tuari Potiki, Director of Māori Development at Otago University
Stigma is a barrier to harm reduction – Wendy Allison, KnowYourStufNZ
4.30 Before the war on drugs, with Johann Hari Johann Hari is a British writer who has authored two New York Times best-selling books. His first book, ‘Chasing the Scream: the First and Last Days of the War on Drugs’, was adapted into the Golden Globe-winning film ‘The United States Vs Billie Holiday’. He will appear via a pre-recorded session.
Former Drug Foundation chair Tuari Potiki will contribute with some thoughts about drug regulation and use in Aoteaora ‘before the war on drugs’. This session will be chaired by Russell Brown, an Auckland-based journalist journalist, music writer and media commentator who has extensive knowledge of NZ's drug history.
5.30 Cocktails & networking Mix & mingle with great people and kai - plus delicious cocktails and mocktails by Seedlip, the world’s first distilled non-alcoholic spirit.
DAY 2, THURSDAY 13 MAY
REINVENTING THE FUTURE, RIGHT NOW
9.00 Imagining a comprehensive health-based approach to drugs What services, interventions and approaches to drug harm with drug users would be in place if we had a comprehensive health-based approach to drugs?
Anna Christophorou, Odyssey Christchurch Development Manager