Conference 2020 – Tūrangawaewae: A place to stand
April 15 @ 9:00 am - April 17 @ 2:00 pm
Registration for the 2020 Conference is now closed, as 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.
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).