Michael McCarthy

Mike started his working life as a primary school teacher before going on to a 21 year career with New Zealand Police. Experiencing a variety of frontline, investigative, training and supervisory roles, Mike spent the last three years as a Detective Senior Sergeant on the National Sexual Violence and Child Protection Team.

Since August 2015 Mike has been the manager of ACC’s Injury Prevention Violence Portfolio which has its focus on the early intervention and prevention of injuries arising from sexual violence, family violence and wilfully self-inflicted incidents. As part of his role, he has been involved in the roll out of the Mates & Dates programme.

The Mates & Dates programme.

Mates & Dates is a healthy relationships programme for secondary school students that is designed to help prevent sexual and dating violence by teaching young people relationship skills and behaviours to carry with them throughout their lives. It’s about all kinds of relationships, including friends and family.

Mates & Dates is a strengths-based programme that believes all young people are able act with respect towards their mates, dates, and family in all interactions. As a multi-year programme, it is taught to years 9-13 in one 50-minute session each week for five weeks and supports the four underlying and interdependent concepts at the heart of the Health and Physical Education Learning area, targeted at levels 4-8 of The New Zealand Curriculum.

It is anticipated that Mates & Dates will be delivered to approximately 108 mainstream secondary schools, Kura kapuapa and Teen Parenting Units in the 2017 school year, reaching some 20,000 students.

Cara Gleeson

Cara has over a decade of experience in research and policy on gender equality, women’s rights, preventing violence and women, peace and security in the NFP sector internationally and in Australia. As the program manager for Children and Young People at Our Watch she oversees program, policy and research on primary prevention in relation to zero to 20 year olds, including Respectful Relationships Education.

She has previously worked at VicHealth in their preventing violence against women program and at the Australian Government Office for Women. She is the chair of the a women’s housing organisation YWCA Housing, and was a founding member of Young WILPF in Australia. She has represented YWCA Australia at the UN Commission of the Status of Women three times and has presented at the UN Human Rights Commission through the Universal Periodic Review.

Her passion is to support young people to drive cultural change through a gendered, strengths based approach.

Click here to read about the programme evaluation  Respectful Relationships Education In Schools: The Beginnings of Change that Cara will be speaking about.

Dr Darren Powell

Previously a primary and intermediate school teacher, Darren is a Lecturer in Health Education in the School of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Auckland.

He has published a number of articles and book chapters in the areas of health and physical education, the ‘war on obesity’, the privatisation of education, and the blurred boundaries between public health and public education. He has also led workshops with education professionals on teaching young people about pornography.

Riki Nofo’akifolau

Riki Nofo’akifolau is currently a Health Promoter at Village Collective, a Pacific Sexual Health organisation based in South Auckland. She has been in this role for the past four years where she has developed and delivered comprehensive sexuality workshops to young people aged 7-24 years old. At this conference, Riki will be presenting on how ‘sex-ed through porn’ is present in the workshops she conducts, and how dispelling a lot of the myths around education through pornography, help young people lead and have, healthy relationships.

Prof Michael Flood

Dr Michael Flood

Dr Michael Flood is an internationally recognised researcher on men, masculinities, violence, and sexualities. He has made a significant contribution to scholarly and community understanding of men’s and boys’ involvements in building gender equality. He has published on young men’s use of pornography and on young heterosexual men’s sexualities, as well as on such topics as men and gender equality, fathering, and anti-feminist men’s groups.

Dr Flood also is a trainer, community educator and activist. He has worked with with sporting and military organisations, community services, and governments, participated in international expert meetings, and contributed to social change campaigns.

Read  Michael’s recent Australian Senate submission which summarises his research on pornography’s impacts.


Professor Katie Fitzpatrick

Associate Professor Katie Fitzpatrick is in the School of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Faculty of Education and Social Work. She specialises in health education, physical education, sexuality education, critical pedagogy and critical ethnography.

In addition, her work encompasses urban education, racialisation, gender and sexuality, the work of Bourdieu, and qualitative (particularly, narrative and poetic) approaches to education and social policy. Katie has published numerous articles and book chapters in these areas, as well as an international award-winning sole authored book (Critical pedagogy, physical education and urban schooling; Peter Lang , 2013), awarded best book by the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport in 2013. She has also recently co-edited a major new international collection on health education in schools with Prof. Richard Tinning at the University of Queensland (Fitzpatrick & Tinning, 2014) Health education: Critical perspectives (Routledge, UK, 2014).

In 2014, Katie was awarded a Royal Society of New Zealand (RSNZ) Rutherford Discovery Fellowship, which fosters the development of future research leaders in New Zealand by providing funding of $800,000 over five years. Katie’s current research programme for the Rutherford is entitled Rethinking Health Education and Promotion: Health Capital and Diverse Youth.

Maree Crabbe

Maree Crabbe

Maree Crabbe coordinates the community education project Reality & Risk: Pornography, young people and sexuality. She is Co-Producer and Co-Director of the documentary films Love and Sex in an Age of Pornography and The Porn Factor, and author of In The Picture – a whole school resource to assist secondary schools to address the influence of explicit sexual imagery.

Maree has worked with young people – and on issues affecting young people – in the community sector for over 20 years. She has developed and delivered programs focusing on sexual violence prevention, sexual diversity and prevention of sexually transmissible infections. Maree’s articles on young people, sexuality and pornography have been published in online and print media.

More information on the work that Maree does is on her Reality & Risk website: It’s time we talked

Nicola Gavey

Prof Nicola Gavey

Nicola trained as a clinical psychologist 30 years ago, and worked in the community with women affected by sexual violence, before turning her attention to research on the sociocultural dynamics underlying rape and sexual coercion.

In 2005 she was a Fulbright New Century Scholar and visiting scholar at the Victims of Violence Program, affiliated with Harvard Medical School. And in 2008 she was a visiting scholar at the Graduate Centre, CUNY, New York City, where she also worked with the New View Campaign to raise critical awareness about female genital cosmetic surgery. From 2008-2013 Nicola, along with Ginny Braun, was editor of Feminism & Psychology (SAGE Publications, London), which in 2013 received a Distinguished Leadership Award from the American Psychological Association’s Committee on Women in Psychology.

From 2012 to 2016 she lead a Marsden-funded project, ‘Pornography in the Public Eye’, which has included various social action projects, archival research on early Women Against Pornography groups, as well studies looking at young people, gender, sexism and media, rape culture, and sexting. She is currently working on a second edition of her 2005 book ‘Just sex? The cultural scaffolding of rape’, which received a Distinguished Publication Award from the US Association for Women in Psychology; and embarking on a new collaborative research project led by Nicola Henry, RMIT, funded by the Australian Research Council, on imaged-based sexual abuse (colloquially known as ‘revenge pornography’).