Held on Friday, 23rd November  at 10am at Point Chevalier’s Te Mahurehure Marae, the ‘Hono Mai Te Ora – Connection Brings Life’ event boasts an impressive line-up of panellists.

Hono Mai Te Ora is part of the Global Women Breakthrough Leadership programme. Thirty women leaders who are part of the programme were asked to devise and deliver an initiative that benefits the community in some way, and with digital innovation as a core element. The result is Hono Mai Te Ora.

Among the panellists are:

Billie Jordan: Ageing Activist and passionate aged persons’ advocate and the founder and manager of the Hip Op-eration Crew – a hip hop dance crew with members aged 74 to 98 years old.

Stephanie Clare – Chief Executive of Age Concern NZ with extensive experience in health services. Through her role at Age Concern Stephanie is dedicated to promoting the interests of people over 65 to ensure that they stay connected with their family, friends and community.

Kevin Allan: Mental Health Commissioner. Kevin is committed to helping to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to participate fully in the community, and have access to high quality health, disability, and social services, and through his role as the Mental Health

Commissioner advocates for improvements to mental health and addiction services.

Debra Lampshire: University of Auckland. Debra is a prominent leader and mentor within the service-user and clinical sector, and a well-known trainer, educator, writer and advocate within national and international mental health services.

Diane Maxwell: Retirement Commissioner. Diane’s goal is to build the financial capability of New Zealanders of all ages, with an emphasis on low income and vulnerable groups, as well as an increased focus on young people. The Commission for Financial Capability helps equip

Kiwis with knowledge and tools, so they are confident at every life stage to make wise financial decisions and will arrive at retirement in good financial shape.

Jacqui Maguire: Managing Director of Umbrella Limited. Jacqui is a sought-after conference presenter and media contributor where she shares her thought leadership on enhancing organisation wellbeing, thriving in the age of accelerations and protecting mental health in the workplace.

Hilda Johnson-Bogaerts: Director, The Selwyn Institute. Hilda has extensive experience in the aged care sector both in New Zealand and in her native home of Belgium. She is passionate about innovation, knowledge exchange, research on the topics of Ageing Well and Ageing & Spirituality.

Hamish Crooks: Chief Executive, Pacific Homecare. Hamish Crooks has long been active in initiatives promoting and supporting the interests of our Pacific community. Pacific Homecare is directly addressing issues of isolation and loneliness within communities by setting up an ethnic specific drop in centre for elderly people.


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