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Conference 2022

September 7 - September 9

The NZEALS biennial conference meets in Hamilton on 7-9 September 2022

Join us at the University of Waikato to explore your Tūrangawaewae: your place to stand as a leader. Over three days, you will:

Hear insightful speakers who will provoke your thinking about what leadership is, where you stand as a leader, and where your leadership journey is taking you

Engage with stimulating leadership stories from leaders across the education sector

Explore the concept of leadership through the context of current research

Reflect on your own leadership experiences by sharing them with others

Gain insight into your leadership journey by thoughtful discussion.

We offer you space to ‘be’, to inter-connect with people and ideas, to grow, be stimulated and refreshed.

We extend a warm welcome to all educational leaders and thinkers across the education sectors, and particularly invite those who aspire to leadership to join our kōrero.

All those attending the conference must have proof of full vaccination. We will only run the conference if it is safe to do so, and in the event of a cancellation, registration fees will be refunded, minus a small admin fee.

Do not attend the conference if you are ill. If you feel ill during the conference, stay clear of other delegates and use a RAT test. These are available from the conference desk, but you may find it convenient to bring your own. We ask you to wear a N-95 or KN-95 mask in the indoor areas, unless you are presenting a session, eating or drinking. 

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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 kōrero (dialogue) should focus on the places where we stand as leaders.

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 kōrero especially your own middle leaders

Save the date, and meet with us in Hamilton, 7-9th September 2022


September 7
September 9
$150.00 – $750.00
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University of Waikato – Waikato Management School
Hillcrest Rd
Hamilton, Waikato 3240 New Zealand
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+64 7 838 4477


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Full Registration
All 3 days of the conference, Hobbiton trip and dinner.
Members only pay $750 when logged in.
Limited places still available.
$ 850.00
Single day registration
Registration for a single day of the conference. Does NOT include Hobbiton trip or a dinner ticket.
Members only pay $250 when logged in.
$ 300.00
Full Registration without dinner
All 3 days of the conference, NO Hobbiton trip or dinner.
$ 700.00