Conference 2021 – Tūrangawaewae: A place to stand
April 20 @ 9:00 am - April 22 @ 2:00 pm
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.