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Free Brekky Forums

Free Brekky Forums

These brekky forums are a series of free events each morning over the PD Fest 2017 week. Each forum is hosted by local organisation (who have offered to feed you) and will feature key resource people from the sector. Each forum will include a donations bucket – please koha if you can.

Please make sure you register here for catering purposes. Please note the number of spaces for breakfast are limited and we require you to arrive on time, as sessions have to finish as indicated. 


Monday 15 May, 7.15-7.45 am

Grab a quick bite at the Praxis office. We will run through a waiata and head over to Wharewaka (across the road) for an official welcome for our guests. 

Global Perspectives on Youth Development

Tuesday 16 May, 8-9.30 am

 Hosted by:   Red Cross
 Limit:   70 places. Registrations are now open!
 Venue:   CQ Hotel, 223 Cuba St, Te Aro (Upper Cuba Street)
 Catering:   Buffet Breakfast




A panel discussion hosted by Red Cross, chaired by Rod Baxter.


  • Mark Freado (Cal Farley, USA)
  • Sereki Korocowiri (Ola Fou Pasifika)
  • Peter Saba (Ghana/UK, Invercargill)
  • Giselle Iradukunda (Rwanda/Malawi)

We've assembled an incredible international panel of youth workers and young people from across the globe. Join us as we explore what unites and distinguishes youth development globally. This is the 'big picture' in reality.

Our focus will be on the challenges and opportunities for youth development:

  • What challenges do young people face in various countries? What's similar and what's different?
  • What is the place of a youth worker in different types of communities around the world? What's similar and what's different? 

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Youth Development after a Disaster

Wednesday 17 May, 8-9.30 am

 Hosted by:   Red Cross
 Limit:   100 places. Registrations are now open!
 Venue:   CQ Hotel, 223 Cuba St, Te Aro (Upper Cuba Street)
 Catering:   Buffet Breakfast




A panel discussion hosted by Red Cross, chaired by Rod Baxter.

Guests include:

  • The Ola Fou team who have responded to Winston (Fiji), Pam (Vanuatu) and other events in the Pacific Islands 
  • Red Cross teams and volunteers who have responded in Kaikoura and Christchurch
  • Louise Falepau, who will present a paper around the impacts of disaster response on the people involved in it.

This special event will feature youth workers who have been involved on the ground in recent disaster response and recovery work. This will be a chaired discussion focusing on practical applications of youth development before, during and after a disaster. 

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Cultures of Respect: Building Positive Staff and Youth Climates

Thursday 18 May, 8-9.30 am

 Hosted by:   Youth Work Wellington
 Limit:   30 places. Registrations are now open!
 Venue:   BGI,  3 MacDonald Crescent, Wellington
 Catering:   Continental Breakfast




Hosted by Youth Work Wellington.

Youth cultures are shaped by the quality of adult relationships. Classic studies in group dynamics show that young people only treat one another with respect if democratic values are modeled by those in authority. Cultures of Respect (COR) training provides strategies for leaders and youth workers who are ultimately responsible for creating pro-social climates with and among youth.

Cultures of Respect blends organizational development, ecological, and positive psychology to create positive cultures in schools and youth organizations for students and staff alike. Participants will learn about the core elements of the organizational DNA necessary to create cultures that support positive youth development. 

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Leadership Lab: Changing the System

Friday 19 May, 8-9.30 am

 Hosted by:   Evolve
 Limit:   30 places. Registrations are now open!
 Venue:   Evolve, Level 2, James Smiths Building, Wellington
 Catering:   Continental Breakfast




Hosted by Evolve Wellington Youth Service.

Shifting systems by activating leadership networks.

This session will explore the impact of strategically enabling networks of leaders within a system or sector to co-create change in their own setting.  Case studies from education, social services and international development will be discussed to illustrate how carefully designed leadership capacity building programmes can achieve both individual leadership growth but also wider system change. 

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Friday Hot Spots

Okay –we realise that it’s not strictly breakfast!

Some of our guest presenters have agreed to install themselves in cafés around Cuba street for an hour or two on Friday. If you would like to have an informal conversation following on from their workshops, just rock up.

A list of times and locations will be distributed at the powhiri on Monday.