Political Panel Moderator


Emma Espiner

Emma Espiner (Ngāti Tukorehe, Ngāti Porou) is an essayist and fifth year medical student at the University of Auckland. She comments on social issues, health and politics for Newsroom, appears on RNZ’s The Panel, TVNZ’s Breakfast and is the host of the upcoming NZ on Air-funded podcast series “Getting Better."

Political Panelists

Dr. Shane Reti

National Party

Dr Shane Reti is the current Member of Parliament for Whangarei. In his first career he was a medical practitioner in Whangarei for 20 years including consecutive DHB appointments and membership of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. He has won national research awards and was one of the youngest recipients of the Queens Service Medal for public service in the 2006 New Years Honours List. In his second career he was Assistant Professor at Harvard University and a fellow in clinical informatics.

Dr Reti is currently in his 2nd term as the Member of Parliament for Whangarei. He is the Spokesperson for Tertiary Education, Spokesperson for Disability, Spokesperson for Data and Cybersecurity and Associate Spokesperson for Health.

Kiritapu Allan

Labour Party

Chlöe Swarbrick

Green Party


Chlöe cut her political teeth as a 22 year old, running a ground-breaking campaign for election as the Mayor of Auckland in 2016. She is now a Green Party MP, and Aotearoa’s youngest MP in 40 years. She brings to parliament her experience as a policy wonk, journalist, business owner and a community project leader. She is focused on opening up parliament and politics to all New Zealanders, so they can see themselves in it and take part in making Aotearoa a great place for everyone.

Chlöe is the Green Party spokesperson on: Education (including Tertiary), Open Government, Sensible Drug Law Reform, Local Government, Arts Culture & Heritage, Small Business, Broadcasting, Mental Health and Youth.

In addition to representing the Green Party on our Political Panel at conference, Chlöe is also running a breakout session.

Stay tuned as we announce the other guests on our Political Panel!

Please check out our Keynote Speakers, Breakout Sessions and Wellbeing Panel.