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Social justice and food


Monica O’Connell
31 May 2012

The Wellington Catholic Social Justice group, which includes parishioners from St Joseph’s, Mt Victoria, St Mary of the Angels and St Bernard’s, Brooklyn are running a winter lecture series linked to the Caritas Social Justice theme for 2012 on ‘Food’.

The series starts at St Joseph’s Bill Pearce room on June 20 with Robert Te Whare who is the chief executive officer of the Mokai Kainga Maori centre and coordinator of Owhiro Bay Community Garden.

Other speakers in the series will be Julianne Hickey, director of Caritas Aotearoa on July 18, the coordinator of the Family Centre, Anglican Social Services, Charles Waldegrave on August 15. Charles Waldegrave also co-leads the ‘New Zealand Poverty Measurement Project’ (NZPMP) which has provided the evidence base for considerable public policy debate and social and economic changes in New Zealand.

The fourth speaker in the winter lecture series is Green MP Mojo Mathers who challenged the speaker of the new Parliament earlier this year to provide services for MPs with disability. The speaker has since directed Parliamentary Services to supply her with an electronic note-taker.  Mojo will round off the series on September 19.

The speakers will speak for about half an hour followed by an opportunity for questions and discussion. Supper will follow. All are welcome.

A koha on the night will go to The Refugee Family Reunification Trust. The Trust raises funds to help Wellington refugees with the cost of bringing qualifying family members to New Zealand, reuniting families and supporting their resettlement and successful integration into our communities.

Also see: refugee trust story.