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

The 2016 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.

Registrations for this year’s Voice for Life Conference have now closed. If you have any questions, please contact info@voiceforlife.org.nz

Conference Speakers

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Dr Rachel Carling-Jenkins

A member for Western Metropolitan in the upper house of the Victorian Parliament, Rachel is the 55th parliamentarian of the Democratic Labour Party (at state or federal level) and the first female parliamentarian in the Party’s history.

Rachel has worked in the welfare sector for around 20 years and holds a PhD in social sciences, where she studied social movements supporting people with disabilities, Indigenous Australians and women in Australia.

She has presented throughout the world at international conferences, contributing to the fields of disability, dementia and social movements. In 2014, Rachel had her first book published, Disability and Social Movements: Learning from Australian Experiences.

Within her first 18 months in parliament, Rachel has led a number of initiatives, including:

  • The Infant Viability Bill 2015 – the first piece of prolife legislation in decades in Victoria
  • A parliamentary inquiry to improve perinatal services
  • Leadership in fight against euthanasia
  • Strong support for people with disabilities and disability enterprises

Dr Carling-Jenkins will present on some of the lessons she has learned and challenges she has experienced in the pro-life movement and will pass on some encouragement for us to continue the fight.

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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.

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Catherine Gillies

For over thirty years, Catherine has heard heart-breaking stories of people’s abortion experiences, and has been working to help them find healing. Her search for patterns and study of the impact of abortion led her to doing a research paper on the Exploration of Informed Consent Issues on Post Abortion Care in New Zealand

Having been involved in post-abortion counselling for over 15 years Catherine will be speaking on the reality of post-trauma counselling in NZ and informed consent.

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Tracy Kirkley

On staff since 2007 for Members of Parliament  and a Cabinet Minister for the  NZ government, Tracy’s keen interest and political experience developed into  being elected as an Auckland Local Board Member in 2010 with focus on Community Development, Public Amenity and Youth.

She and her husband run a consultancy business, providing management and strategic planning and development not-for-profits and a number of businesses.

Tracy will be speaking to us on how to best engage with our local MP’s.

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Hillary Kieft

Hillary Kieft presented a petition to parliament calling for the rights of parents to be notified of medical procedures performed on children who are minors.

Find out the latest updates from Hillary on parental notification and Ariana’s campaign at this year’s Voice for Life Conference.

Voice for Life Conference 2016

This year’s conference will be hosted at the Novotel Hotel, Alma St, Hamilton. Full weekend conference pricing and single day rates are available (see right).

While this is a full-weekend conference, the Saturday sessions are stand-alone and can be enjoyed as a single day event. If you are travelling to Hamilton as a day visitor, we highly recommend attending the Saturday sessions ($65.00).

Conference Agenda

  • 30 September, 7.30pm – 9pm
    Hear updates from Voice for Life branches, and find out what’s happening around New Zealand. 
  • Saturday 1 October, from 8.30am
    Hear from Dr Rachel Carling-Jenkins; Dr John Kleinsman; Hillary Kieft; Catherine Gillies, Tracy Kirkley, and others throughout the day.
  • Celebration dinner, Saturday, 7pm onwards
    The Celebration Dinner to come together with other like-minded prolifers from around the country to celebrate life!
  • Sunday 2 October, 8.30am – 1pm.
    Hear from Dr Rachel Carling-Jenkins and others, along with a Panel Q&A.

Important notes:

If you have booked accommodation via Voice for Life (note: now sold out), accommodation is at the IBIS hotel at Voice For Life bulk rates, across the road from the Novotel. Upgrading accommodation to the Novotel would be independent of Voice For Life and at own expense.

Flying into Hamilton? Email your flight details to info@voiceforlife.org.nz and we will organise Hamilton 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.

Registrations for this year’s Voice for Life Conference have now closed. If you have any questions, please contact info@voiceforlife.org.nz

Conference Package Options

Single Day Rates
  • Friday evening only, inc. supper: $17.00
  • Saturday sessions, inc. lunch: $65.00
  • Celebration dinner (Saturday): $42.00
  • Sunday morning sessions: $17.00 (exc. lunch) or $39.00 (inc. lunch).
Full Weekend Conference 
  • Full Weekend Conference (Individual): $163.00

Payment options include direct debit or cheque.