NZEALS Auckland Branch look forward to welcoming you to the biennial International Leadership Conference 18-20 April 2018 at the Hotel Pullman, a 5-star central city hotel.


This international conference is for researchers and practitioners throughout
education pathways to join with colleagues from New Zealand and beyond Aotearoa to connect and to explore together the topical themes in education of Cultural Inclusivity; Collaboration; Sustainability.


Conference sub-themes


Leadership for Cultural Inclusivity 18 April
Leadership for Collaboration 19 April
Leadership for Sustainability 20 April


Keynote Speakers

Prof Tahu Kukutai
University of Waikato
Adjunct Prof Sue Dockett
Early Childhood Education
Charles Sturt University
Prof Ross Notman University of Otago
Prof Peter John O’Connor University of Auckland
Prof Martin Thrupp University of Waikato
Associate Prof Rachel McNae
University of Waikato
Dr Howard Youngs Auckland University of Technology
Associate Prof Damon Salesa
University of Auckland
Associate Prof Melinda Webber University of Auckland


Programme at a Glance:

Click on the Breakout Sessions below to see details of each of the available sessions.


Tuesday 17 April


Connectivity Lounge (next to Lobby)
5:00 - 7:00pm



Wednesday 18 April


Registration: Regatta A/D 8:00 - 8:45am
Powhiri/Welcome to Conference:
Regatta A/D
Morning Tea 9:30 - 9:50am
Minister of Education Hon Chris Hipkins 10:00 - 10:15am


Today’s Theme is Cultural Inclusivity/Responding to Diversity


Keynote Address One 10:15 - 11:15am
Professor Tahu Kukutai, University of Waikato Diversity or divergence? Opportunities and challenges in Aotearoa NZ
Conversations 11:15 - 11:30am
Keynote Address Two 11:30am - 12:20pm
Associate Professor Melinda Webber, University of Auckland Optimising Maori potential
Lunch 12:30 - 1:30pm
Breakout Session One 1:30 - 2:30pm
Breakout Session Two 2:30 - 3:30pm
Afternoon Tea 3:30 - 4:00pm
Keynote Address Three 4:00 - 5:00pm
Associate Professor Damon Salesa, University of Auckland New Zealand's Pacific Futures
Cocktail Party 5:00 - 6:00pm



Thursday 19 April


Today’s Theme is Collaboration


Welcome Coffee 8:30 - 9:00am
Student Item 9:00 - 9:20am
Keynote Address Four 9:20 - 10:20am
Adjunct Professor Sue Dockett, Charles Sturt University, Australia Collaboration and the transition to school: Opportunities, expectations, aspirations and entitlements
Pauline Cleaver, Senior Manager, Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, Ministry of Education 10:20 - 10:30am
Morning Tea 10:30 - 11:00am
Breakout Session Three 11:00am - 12:00pm
Lunch 12:00 - 1:00pm
Keynote Address Five 1:00 - 2:00pm
Dr Howard Youngs, Auckland University of Technology Reconceptualising leadership practice from the ground up: Are we missing the obvious in unsustainable times?
Breakout Session Four 2:15 - 3:15pm
Afternoon Tea 3:15 - 3:45pm
Keynote Address Six 3:45 - 4:45pm
Associate Professor Rachel McNae, University of Waikato Contemplating ‘Togetherness’- Navigating change and complexity with collective responsibility

Conference Dinner at The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron

Pre dinner drinks






Friday 20 April


Today’s Theme is Sustainability


Welcome Coffee 8:00 - 9:00am
NZEALS BGM 8:00 - 9:00 am
Student Item 9:00 - 9:30am
Keynote Address Seven 9:30 - 10:15am
Professor Ross Notman, University of Otago Fire and ice: Sustaining success for our educational leaders
Morning Tea 10:15 - 10:45am
Breakout Session Five 10:45am - 11:30am
Keynote Address Eight 11:45am - 12:30pm
Professor Martin Thrupp, University of Waikato Sustaining public education: celebrating educational leadership that is not on-message
Keynote Address Nine 12:30 - 1:15pm
Professor Peter O’Connor, University of Auckland Seeking Beauty in Leading

Presentation from Waikato NZEALS Branch for NZEALS conference 2020


1:15 - 1:30pm
Lunch 1:30pm



For enquiries, please contact the conference convener, Graeme Macann at


Click here to download a pdf of the Conference Flyer and Programme


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