Dr Lisa Marriott
Lisa Marriott is an associate professor of taxation at Victoria University of Wellington’s School of Accounting and Commercial Law. Lisa’s research interests include social justice and inequality. Her recent research has examined inequality gaps between European and Māori, and European and Pacific peoples in New Zealand. Lisa volunteers at the Wellington Soup Kitchen.
Dame Diane Robertson
Dame Diane Robertson led Auckland City Mission for 22 years before her departure in 2015. During her time at the Mission, Robertson helped to start the Family 100 Research Project, in conjunction with Waikato, Massey and Auckland universities, which followed 100 families who were long-term users of food banks. The research has since been used to inform policy development. She laments that homelessness and child poverty have refused to go away, and that people are being crippled by living costs.
Lisa King runs Eat My Lunch alongside chef Michael Meredith. Eat My Lunch’s motto is ‘Buy one, Give One’ and works by giving a child in need a healthy lunch for every lunch that a customer buys. King is passionate about healthy eating and helping to eliminate child poverty through meeting the essential need of having nutritional food available to all communities.
Dr Teuila Percival
Dr Teuila Percival is senior lecturer at the School of Population Health at the University of Auckland. She is currently the principal investigator on the Pacific Child Health Indicators project and OPIC 2, a family-based intervention for Pacific children. Her work with the Pacific health sector was recognised in 2006 with a Pasifika Medical Association Service Award. In 2010, Teuila became a companion of the Queen’s Service Order for her services to the Pacific community.
Damon Salesa - Moderator
Damon Salesa is University Director of Pacific Strategy and Engagement and Associate Professor and Head of Pacific Studies at the University of Auckland.
He is editor and author of a number of books and scholarly articles on the Pacific Islands and New Zealand. He is the author of Racial Crossings: Race, Intermarriage and the Early Victorian Empire (Oxford, 2011; paperback 2013), which won the Ernest Scott Prize in 2012 and jointly edited and authored Tangata o le Moana: New Zealand and the People of the Pacific (Te Papa Press, 2012).
He is currently working on a social, environmental and technological history of Samoa for which he was awarded a Marsden grant from the Royal Society of New Zealand.
Cameron is a graduate of Toi Whakaari: The New Zealand Drama School, and over a 29-year career has appeared in over 90 shows. Recent work includes Lysistrata for the ATC and in the film Housebound playing on Netflix. He is a founding board member of The Actors' Program, a one year acting school and is Vice President of Equity NZ. Recent directing work includes co-directing The Lady Killers and Once On Chunuk Bair for ATC.
Sam graduated from Toi Whakaari in 2006, and has worked consistently in the theatre since. His career highlights as an actor include Life is a Dream, Private Lives, Backstory, The Pride, The Only Child, The Book of Everything, The Bind Date Project (Silo Theatre), Rabbit (Circa Theatre), Yours Truly, Mojo (The Basement Theatre) Guardians (Bats Theatre) and Once on Chunuk Bair (Auckland Theatre Company). He is also the Business Development Manager at the Basement Theatre, where he has worked since 2011.
Andi Crown is an actor with over 15 years experience on stage and screen. Her theatre highlights include Silo’s Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love, and Auckland Theatre Company’s production of August: Osage County in which she played the role of Karen. More recently she has performed in Mike Leigh’s Abigail’s Party and Stephen Adley Guirgis’ The Motherf**ker with the Hat - both at the Basement Theatre. Her television credits include Shortland Street, Go Girls, The Brokenwood Mysteries, and a 4 episode stint on the popular web-series Auckward Love (Season 2). Andi is a trained archaeologist and a performing arts photographer.