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Media statement

Strong line-up of speakers confirmed for Affording our Future conference

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Tuesday, 18 September 2012
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Victoria University of Wellington and the Treasury have confirmed a number of renowned national and international participants will be represented at the Affording our Future conference they are hosting on the implications of population ageing and other influences on the Crown's long-term financial position.

In addition to New Zealand and overseas academic specialists detailed on the on-line programme, confirmed speakers at the December conference in Wellington include Treasury Secretary Gabriel Makhlouf and Chief Economist Girol Karacaoglu, Professor Norman Gemmell, Chair in Public Finance at Victoria Business School, Robert Buckle, Dean of the Victoria Business School, Dr Susan St John, University of Auckland, former finance minister Sir Michael Cullen, Retirement Commissioner Diana Crossan and the Rt. Hon Simon Upton, a senior Minister in the 1990s.

The conference aims to promote an evidence-based discussion about the key fiscal challenges facing New Zealand over the long term, as well as assisting to identify the potential range of options available for managing those challenges ahead of the Treasury's next Statement on the Long-term Fiscal Position.

The full programme of the Affording Our Future Conference 2012 is available at: Affording Our Future Conference 2012 Programme (VUW website)

Early bird conference registrations remain open until 24 October - for more information contact: Administrator, Chair in Public Finance, (+64) (4) 463 9656 (Email:, VUW website Affording Our Future Conference 2012) or register on-line: Affording Our Future Conference 2012 Registration (VUW website)

Note to Chief Reporters

The Affording our Future conference is co-sponsored by the Treasury and Victoria University's Chair in Public Finance and is being held 10–11 December 2012 at Victoria University, Lecture Theatre 1, Rutherford House, Wellington.

Journalists wishing to attend are requested to notify the [Communications team] for our planning purposes.

Information about the speakers and discussants is available at Affording Our Future Conference 2012 Speakers and Discussants (VUW website)

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Thursday, 18 June 2015