An annual weekend conference that seeks to inspire, educate and motivate prolife advocates across New Zealand.

This year’s conference will be hosted in Queenstown from 15 – 17 September, 2017.

The 2017 National Conference will bring insight and inspiration to the movement, unpack key life issues we’re facing this year in NZ, and highlight the importance of compassionate and professional care towards all people affected by abortion and euthanasia.

Conference Speakers


Dr David Van Gend

An experienced Australian-based national and international presenter on pro-life issues, Dr Van Gend will be presenting on Sunday’s sessions.

A family doctor from Toowoomba, Queensland and Senior Lecturer in palliative medicine at the University of Queensland. He holds numerous positions on committees and associations representing the prolife cause.

He is a published author and has testified before numerous Senate committees and parliamentary briefings on pro-life issues.

David is married to Jane and has three sons.


Dr John Kleinsman

Dr John Kleinsman has worked at The Nathaniel Centre, the NZ Catholic Bioethics Centre, since 2001 and was appointed Director in May 2010. He brings a varied background to his work in bioethics as a result of previous employment in the disability support and drug and alcohol rehabilitation sectors.

He serves on a number of other ethics committees and advisory boards.

John will be speaking on the battle against euthanasia law reform in NZ, the current status and how we can help in the fight.


Bob McCoskrie

Bob McCoskrie is the director of Family First New Zealand. As Family First leader, he has been involved in campaigns, including Choose Life ( aiming to bringing New Zealand back to life.

He has a Masters Honours degree in Commerce from the University of Auckland and is also a qualified teacher.


Dr Joseph Hassan & Cushla Hasson

Dr Joseph and Cushla will be presenting on Crisis Pregnancy Support and supporting vulnerable women in the community.


Dr Jane Smith

Get ready for the NZ General Election with a politics update from Dr Jane Smith, Director of Every Life Research Unit. 


Voice for Life Conference 2017

This year’s conference will be hosted at the Mecure Resort, Queenstown, from 15 September – 17 September. Full weekend conference pricing and single day rates are available (see right).

While this is a full-weekend conference, each day’s sessions are stand-alone and can be enjoyed as a single day event. If you are travelling to Queenstown as a day visitor, we highly recommend attending the Saturday sessions ($75.00).

Conference Agenda

  • 15 September, 7.30pm – 9pm
    Hear updates from Voice for Life branches, and find out what’s happening around New Zealand. 
  • 16 September, 8.30am – 4pm
    Hear from Bob McCoskrie; Dr John Kleinsman;  Dr Joseph and Cushla Hassan; and others throughout the day.
    The Saturday presentations will be followed by the Voice for Life AGM at 4pm.
  • Celebration dinner, Saturday, 7pm onwards
    The Celebration Dinner to come together with other like-minded prolifers from around the country to celebrate life!
  • 17 September, 8.30am – 1pm.
    Hear from Dr David Van Gend and others, followed by lunch. 


Important notes:

Accommodation. If you have booked accommodation via Voice for Life, accommodation is onsite at the Mecure Hotel at Voice For Life bulk rates. If you are looking to book accommodation elsewhere in Queenstown, the Ritchies Connectabus service (Route 9) may be able to transport you to and from the Mecure hotel. Find out more here.

Flying into Queenstown? Email your flight details to and we will organise Queenstown airport shuttles for you and any other conference attendees arriving to or leaving conference at similar times. Note: shuttle costs will apply, and must be paid in cash on pickup/drop off.

Conference Package Options

Full Weekend Conference (15 – 17 September)
  • Full Weekend Conference (Individual / No Accommodation): $191.00
Single Day Rates
  • Friday evening only, inc. supper: $25.00
  • Saturday sessions, inc. lunch: $75.00
  • Celebration dinner (Saturday): $45.00
  • Sunday morning sessions: $22.00 (exc. lunch) or $46.00 (inc. lunch).
Onsite Accommodation
  • Individual/Single LakeView Room: $195 p/night
  • Double/Twin Share LakeView Room: $215 p/night

Payment options include direct debit or cheque.