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Conference 2020 Deferment

It is with regret and disappointment that we have to tell you that NZEALS has decided to defer the 2020 conference to 20th-22nd April 2021. We believe that this is the only responsible action we can take in current circumstances. 

We do not want to present an unsafe environment where the disease can spread and from which attendees potentially take the virus back to their homes and communities. Our international speakers and delegates are having to withdraw due to their institutions’ travel bans. This has already affected the korero programme, and would affect both the numbers attending and the breadth of delegate experience and viewpoint at the conference.

In deferring the conference to 2021, we intend to replicate the 2020 conference theme, sub-themes and venue, and to maintain our inclusive international NZEALS conference experience. We will be able to meet in an environment free of concern about travel and infection, and enjoy sharing our leadership insights and ideas.

Conference 2021

The NZEALS 2021 conference is to be held in the attractive setting of the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand.

Our conference theme is Tūrangawaewae: A place to stand.

Situated at the confluence of the Waikato and Waipa awa (rivers) in Ngāruawāhia, Tūrangawaewae marae is the official residence of Kīngi Tuheitia Potatau Te Wherowhero VII, the seat of Kīngitanga, and the ancestral Aotearoa home of Waikato Tainui. Further afield, tūrangawaewae is a Māori term for the places where we feel greatest allegiance, belonging, empowerment and connection. Tūrangawaewae constitutes the physical, emotional and spiritual foundation on which we stand (tūranga = a place to stand, waewae = feet).

As we join together on Tainui land at the University of Waikato, in April 2021, it seems appropriate that our conference korero (dialogue) should focus on the places where we stand as leaders and the platforms upon which we lead.

Hobbiton, the film set of Sir Peter Jackson's epic film series adapted from J.R.R. Tolkien's classic stories, is the venue for our conference dinner on April 16th and a further inspiration for our conference theme.

Conference Themes

Tahi (1): A professional place to stand

Novel and proven ways of thinking about leadership practice and potential, practice architectures, leadership preparation, coaching and mentoring, developing middle leaders

Whaowhia te kete mātauranga – Fill the basket of knowledge
 “A box without hinges, key, or lid, yet golden treasure inside is hid” (J.R.R. Tolkien)

Rua (2): Standing with resilience

Research and experience of leading and sustaining change, educational innovation, leadership horizons, wellbeing

Ko te pae tawhiti whāia kia tata, Ko te pae tata whakamaua kia tīna -
Seek to bring distant horizons closer and sustain and maintain those that have been arrived at.
“It seemed like all the way to tomorrow and over it to the days beyond” (J.R.R. Tolkien)

Toru (3): Standing with awareness

Cultural leadership, micropolitics, community and policy contexts, social justice
Whāia e koe te iti kahurangi; Ki te tūoho koe, me he maunga teitei –
Seek you the little treasure of your heart; if you bow your head, let it be to a lofty mountain.
“It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him” (J.R.R. Tolkien)

Leadership Korero Sessions

The conference will include a mix of session formats to maximise interaction, to enable attendees to participate, debate and enhance their understandings of leadership in education. Each breakout session will last approximately one hour.

Whanau groups: cross-sector groups will meet each day to explore the day’s keynote subjects

Research papers will be presented, by practitioners and academics, linked to the conference themes

Leadership stories: individuals and groups will share aspects of their leadership story in relation to one of the conference themes

Round-table discussions: facilitated on one aspect of a conference theme