Speakers | The Salvation Army






The Honourable Poto Williams
MP for Christchurch East since 2013,

Ms Williams is Minister for the Community & Voluntary Sector and Associate Minister for Social Development, Immigration, and Greater Christchurch Regeneration.


Justin Lester

A trained lawyer, Mayor Lester has been a Wellington councillor since 2010 and Mayor since 2016.






Prof Ngaire Kerse

A physician by training, Prof Kerse is Head of the School of Population Health at Auckland University and inaugural Joyce Cook Professor of Ageing Well.





Ian McInnes (CEO Tearfund)

Ian has worked in the international humanitarian relief field for the last 15 years. He joined Tearfund as its CEO is 2013.






Dr Roshan Allpress DPhil (Oxon)

Dr Allpress has been Principal of Laidlaw College for the last two years. Prior to that, he helped found and then led the Compass Foundation. He was trained at Canterbury and Oxford Universities in history and theology.



Rev Setaita Veikune MNZM

Rev Setaita is the President of the Methodist Church of New Zealand, the first Pasifika woman to hold this honour.







Dr Simon Chapple

Dr Chapple, an economist, is Director of the Institute for Governance & Policy Studies, Victoria University of Wellington. He has worked in the public and private sectors both at home and abroad as well as academia.


Lt-Colonel Lynette Hutson

Lynette, a trained social worker, heads up The Salvation Army’s addictions, accommodation, and rehab services. She has worked in addictions in Canada as well as developing a highly acclaimed programme for gang members.



Sir David Moxon KNZM

Sir David is the former Anglican Archbishop of New Zealand. He was, until June 2017, the Archbishop of Canterbury's Representative to the Holy See and Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome. 





Maata Wharehoka (Guardian of Parihaka Marae)

Maata’s whānau have been associated with Parihaka since the time of the 1881 invasion. She is the Kaitiaki (Guardian) of Parihaka Marae and a skilled proponent of Te Toi Māori (Māori art forms).











Sr Margaret Anne Mills DOLC ONZM

Congregational leader of the Sisters of Compassion, New Zealand’s only Catholic order of nuns, Sister Margaret Anne has been a nun for over 40 years and was director of its various service agencies. She is a trained teacher and currently functions, in addition to her leadership role, as Board Chair of the Mother Aubert Home of Compassion Trust.







Terrance Wallace

A Chicago native, Terrance spent seven years in New Zealand where he created the InZone Project, providing opportunities for minority youth from challenging backgrounds to live in a nurturing residential environment with wrap-around support.










Jay Ruka

Jay Ruka is an experienced Church leader and Christian communicator. His Māori Christian background inspired the writing of his bestseller book, Huia Come Home. With his wife, Erin, they set up Huia Ministries, a registered New Zealand charity working for the advancement of Te Rongopai throughout Aotearoa.


Rev Amiria Te Whiu

Rev Amiria Te Whiu is a member of Aka Puaho—Maori Synod of the Presbyterian Church. She is on the Board of social services agency, Presbyterian Support Northern, and a prison chaplain.  Amiria and her husband are residential ministers in Paihia




Alan Johnson

Inaugural Principal Policy Analyst at SPPU, Alan authored all 12 of the unit’s State of the Nation reports. He is also the Co-convenor of the Child Poverty Action Group. He now works within government. 




Māmari Stephens

Reader in Law at Victoria University of Wellington, best known for her work creating He Papakupu Reo Ture: A Dictionary of Maori Legal Terms.





Dr Bryce Wilkinson

(PhD Canterbury, Harkness Fellow at Harvard University)

Senior Fellow at public policy think tank, The New Zealand Initiative and Director of consultancy firm, Capital Economics. Formerly Director at New Zealand Treasury.





Cathy Bi-Riley

Community Organiser at Te Ohu Whakawhanaunga, formerly of Caritas New Zealand. Has been a member of the Anglican lay order, Urban Vision in Wellington.




Dr Andrew Shepherd

Noted environmental and biblical ethicist. Formerly Co-director of A Rocha Aotearoa New Zealand, Andrew has also been involved in education and international development work. He is the author of The Gift of the Other: Levinas, Derrida, and a Theology of Hospitality and Taking Rational Trouble Over the Mysteries: Reactions to Atheism.

Julianne Hickey

Director of Caritas New Zealand since 2012. Born in Zimbabwe, Julianne was previously a consultant in the business and public sectors and also volunteered at Caritas London.






Charles Waldegrave QSO

Heads the Anglican Church’s Family Centre Social Policy Research Unit; involved in a range of national research projects and sat on the Welfare Expert Advisory Group.





Annie Newman

A long-time trade unionist, currently National Campaigning Director for E tū, the largest private-sector union in Aotearoa. Also on the board on Te Ohu Whakawhanaunga.

Prof Chris Marshall (PhD London)

Diana Unwin professor of restorative justice at Victoria University of Wellington, Chris is likely New Zealand’s foremost expert in the field of restorative justice.


Jodi Hoare

Programme Coordinator at The Salvation Army’s Community Ministries and Project Manager for the innovative project, The Good Shop.


Rev John Fox (PhD Auckland)

Anglican priest and Trustee of Elevate Christian Disability Trust.







Amanda Millar

Highly-respected and multi-awarded TV journalist, MC, and media consultant, Amanda runs film company, Amanda Millar & Co.








Campbell Roberts CNZM

Founder of the Social Policy and Parliamentary Unit, Campbell is a lifelong Salvationist and officer of over 40 years. He continues his involvement with a variety of community projects and is also the Army's Social Housing Network Manager. Last year he was made a Companion in the New Zealand Order of Merit for his community work.

Major Sue Hay

Sue has spent half of her 30 years as a Salvation Army officer serving in The Army’s addiction work. She draws on her experience as a registered addictions clinician, past Director of the Social Policy and Parliamentary Unit, and current role as Director of Salvation Army Bridge addiction services across Northland to explore how social injustice contributes to the devastation of addiction in our communities.





Major Dr Harold Hill

Retired Salvation Army officer who served in Zimbabwe and New Zealand. A prolific author among whose books are Leadership in the Salvation Army: A Case Study in Clericalisation, Te Ope Whakaora: A Collection of Documents on the Salvation Army and Maori 1884-2007, Christian Warfare in Rhodesia-Zimbabwe: The Salvation Army and African Liberation 1891-1991, and Saved to Save and Saved to Serve: Perspectives on Salvation Army History.




Lesley Young

Clerk of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) Yearly Meeting of Aotearoa/New Zealand, Te Hāhi Tūhauwiri, Lesley was professionally a nurse, Nurse Educator, and counsellor, as well as holding roles in social service management and international development.








Murray Eldridge

Wellington City Missioner, formerly Chief Executive of Genesis Youth Trust and Barnardos New Zealand and Deputy Chief Executive at the Ministry of Social Development.


Dr Esther Cowley-Malcolm MNZM (PhD Victoria)

Peace activist, Brainwave educator, and international facilitator/trainer at the Quakers’ Alternatives to Violence Project.



Murdoch Stephens (PhD Massey)

Author of Doing our Bit: The Campaign to Double the Quota, in 2013 he started the campaign to do just that. He is also a lecturer (Massey University) and a publisher (Lawrence & Gibson).

Rosy Keane

A poet and spoken word artist, Rosy has served with The Salvation Army for over 13 years, currently in Women’s Ministries.





Colonel Margaret Hay

Retired Salvation Army officer, served internationally in a variety of appointments including officer training college principalship in Hong Kong, New Zealand, and the International College for Officers in London.




Dr Susan Healy (PhD Auckland)

A Catholic lay Dominican and Treaty researcher and educator, Susan co-authored Ngāpuhi Speaks (2012), an independent report on Ngāpuhi Nui Tonu’s Waitangi Tribunal claim and edited Listening to the People of the Land: Christianity, Colonisation and the Path to Redemption, recently published by Pax Christi Aotearoa New Zealand.