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Conference 2022

Hold the dates in your diary for the NZEALS 2022 conference, to be held from September 7th to 9th 2022 in the attractive setting of the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand.

Further details will follow on this website and via email to our contacts.


As we join together on Tainui land at the University of Waikato in September 2022, after a tumultuous few years, it is appropriate that our conference korero (dialogue) should focus on the places where we stand as leaders. We welcome all educational leaders to this conference, which includes middle leaders, aspirant leaders, teacher leaders and leaders of learning: registrations of pairs or groups of leaders from the same institution will therefore be encouraged.

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).

Hobbiton, the film set of Sir Peter Jackson's epic series adapted from J.R.R. Tolkien's classic stories, is the venue for our conference dinner on September 8th.

Please alert your colleagues to this inspirational korero, especially your own middle leaders.