Our teachers, our future

A mātou kaiako, tō mātou ao āpōpō

Karen O'Leary

Master of Ceremonies (MC)

Karen O ’Leary is a fresh face on screens big and small but has been making waves since she first dipped her wee toe into a paddling
pool. After being accidentally discovered policing children at her early childhood centre by casting director and parent Tina Cleary,
Karen made her acting debut in Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement ’s cult classic What We Do In the Shadows (2014)as the earnest,
naïve cop Officer O ’Leary.

Humour, positivity and reliability are hallmarks of her MCing.
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Super early bird - $589.00 Ends 31 January

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Standard - $842.00


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Keynote Speakers

Marc 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

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.

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.

The full conference programme can be found here.