Summit speakers & panel members

More leaders are still being gathered for the Talking Matters Summit 2017. We will be revealing more about the speakers as we go – follow our Facebook page to get the news first!

​Doctor Rae Si'ilata

Ngati Raukawa, Tuhourangi, Fiji

Associate Dean, Pasifika; Lecturer in bi-literacy Pasifika/ TESSOL. Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Auckland
"I'm joining the conversation at the Summit because using heritage languages not only builds cultural identity, but also supports academic learning. Māori and Pasifika whānau/aiga have valued ways of being, knowing, languaging and living that should be cherished and maintained to realise their potential for bilingualism and biliteracy development".

E kore au e ngaro, he kākano i ruia mai i Rangiātea. I will never be lost, for I am a seed sown in Rangiātea.

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Professor Tania Ka’ai

Ngāti Porou, Ngāi Tahu, Native Hawaiian, Cook Islands, Samoan

BEd Waik, MPhil Auck, PhD Waik, DipTchg, CertMDP Harvard. Director of Te Ipukarea |The National Māori Language Institute and Te Whare o Rongomaurikura | The International Centre for Language Revitalisation 

"I'm joining the conversation at the Summit because it is about celebrating and investing in the new generation of children who will lead in a new way, looking at the world secure in their identity and community because they are strong in their language." 

'Ko te reo te mauri o te mana Māori' | 'The language is the life force of the Māori world' 

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Associate Professor Susan Morton

BSc(Hons), Dip Teaching, MBChB, PhD, FAFPHM

"I'm joining the conversation at the Summit because I'm passionate about translating the knowledge gained from undertaking robust scientific research into innovative actions to improve health at a population level. In particular, to provide the best possible start to life for all children growing up in NZ today."

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Wendy Nelson

BSc (Hons) in Nursing Studies, NZ Registered Nurse with 33 years’ experience in paediatrics. Kaiako and coach for the Brainwave Trust

"I'm joining the conversation at the Summit because science tells us very clearly that the experiences we give our children in their early years will build either strong or fragile foundations.  Experiences, in the context of safe and loving relationships, of being told stories, sung to, spoken with and read to right from the moment a child is born, builds a rich base for language and future learning.”

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Anne Purcell, HEART Movement parenting coordinator

"I'm joining the conversation at the Summit because parenting connections with children are powerful."

Anne is a community-led development practitioner in Tāmaki, based at the Glen Innes Family Centre. As the HEART Movement parenting coordinator, Anne is working with the Tāmaki community on parent-led initiatives focused on wellbeing and healthy relationships. Her passion is working across disciplines in education, health and sustainable development. Read more and see profile