Our teachers, our future

A mātou kaiako, tō mātou ao āpōpō

Conference 2020 - register now!

Conference 2020 - register now!

The theme of our conference is, Our Teachers, Our Future | A matou kaiako, to matou ao apopo.

This theme reflects that this conference is for teachers and educators and will be future-focused. The conference will be providing professional development to help teachers development towards the future of the early childhood education (ECE) profession, our tamariki and their whanau, and New Zealand society.

2020 is going to be a pivotal year for the future of our sector, with implementation of the Early Learning Action Plan and Education Workforce Strategy, and Teaching Council changes to initial teacher education.

Te Rito Maioha Early Childhood New Zealand wants to help teachers navigate the changes, identify the opportunities and be confident.

This conference will be making the most of modern technology, be highly interactive and will be a must attend event for the ECE sector.

Conference will be Friday 3 April to Sunday 5 April

4/3/2020 5:00 PM - 4/5/2020 3:00 PM
Lower Hutt Events Centre 30C Laings Road Lower Hutt WELLINGTON 5010 NEW ZEALAND
Sign in or create an account to register Last day to register is 3/31/2020
You need to have an account with us to register for Conference.  To have an account you do not need to be a member.

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Super early bird - $589.00

Early bird - $619.00

Standard - $680.00


Super early bird - $749.00

Early bird - $779.00

Standard - $842.00


We can also arrange to take incremental payments!  If you would like to take advantage of this then please contact us on 0800 322 384.


Call for Abstracts - Leadership

We are pleased to invite abstracts with the theme of Leadership. Each workshop presenter will have a 90-minute slot. Workshops must be highly interactive. Presenters need to stimulate and enthuse participants, while at the same time giving them something practical to take away in the context of their everyday teaching lives and the impacts they have on our youngest tamariki.

Abstracts close Monday 16 December 2019. Contact members@ecnz.ac.nz today to express your interest in presenting at this pivotal event for the ECE sector!

Keynote Speakers

Mark Battle

Marc Battle is an ECE instructor at Red River College. For Marc Battle, quality early childhood education and care programmes provide a “marvellous staging ground” for children to learn to live as human beings in a community.

“Kids should be able to feel, ‘This is where I belong” he says.

Nadia Lim

With a background in nutrition and dietetics and the dream of writing a cookbook, Nadia entered, and won MasterChef.   Her passion is helping families eat simple, healthy, delicious natural food which has been brought to life through My Food Bag, Bargain Box and more recently Fresh Start.  “Eat food from the ground, the sea and the sky – and less from the factories” – Nadia Lim

Kathryn Berkett

Kathryn has a Masters in Educational Psychology and is a certified Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics practitioner.  With a unique ability to engage audiences, Kathryn delivers the latest neuroscience information in an easy-to-listen to, easy-to-understand way.

Dr, Professor Mere Berryman

In her work, Dr Mere aims to challenge the pervasive and historic discourses that perpetuate educational disparities for Māori students and disrupt these through school leadership and reform initiatives.