You can read about our Keynote Speakers on this page, but you will find more information about the concurrent speakers and their presentation summaries on these conference pages:
Mike Smith (Ngā Puhi and Ngāti Kahu) is the Co-Chair of Pou Take Ahurangi, the National Iwi Chairs Forum Climate Change Pou. He will present the Rauora model, an Indigenous Worldview lens that was initially developed as a framework for the National Climate Change Adaptation Plan. Rauora Framework link.
Rauora depicts a worldview indigenous to Aotearoa, which centralises interconnection, collectivity, holistic wellbeing and intergenerational equity within a changing environment. Importantly, Mike will also outline ways that we can transition to this Rauora state from the extractive economy that we find ourselves in.
Programme change: Unfortunately Hinerangi Rhind was unable to attend the conference due to illness, so her colleague Te Kawa Robb stepped in to present.
Te Kawa (Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Pūkeko, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāi Te Rangi) is an educator, storyteller, researcher, photographer, gardener, diver, voyager, and father. Based in Te Upoko o Te Ika, he is kaiārahi for Para Kore.
Te Kawa focuses on providing opportunities for our young people and communities, particularly Māori, to explore taiao deepen the connections to taiao (natural environment), reclaim language and intergenerational knowledge, and use those skills to build resilience, strengthen communities, and restore taiao in ways that uphold manaakitanga, rangatiratanga, and intergenerational responsibilities.
Our online day included breaks to get offline and look after our personal wellbeing. Below are some links we shared for simple nature connection and wellbeing activities (click on bold text to visit links).
Nature Connection activities from Whenua Iti Outdoors
Birdsong Mindfulness, from DOC and Sparklers
Near, There, Far activity, from DOC
Art Nature Connectors from Kids Greening Taupō
Paul Murray (Para Kore) facilitated a discussion with our panel members Tane Manukonga, Arihia Latham, Justice Hetaraka, Mike Elkington and Diane Harris.
This was followed by concurrent sessions with each member of the panel sharing more about their work:
Tane Manukonga: Stories of School-Hapū Connections & Reconnection to the Whenua WATCH (24 mins)
Arihia Latham: Cultural Safety in Environmental Education WATCH (22 mins)
Justice Hetaraka: Whakapapa and Connection to Place; Arts, Te Ao Māori and History WATCH (27 mins)
Mike Elkington: Strengthening Connection with Te Taiao WATCH (27 mins)
Diane Harris: Learning in Nature, Local Curriculum and Wellbeing WATCH (27 mins)
Rachel is Kaihautū Rangahau | Chief Researcher for the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER). She constantly strives to develop her own, and other people's thinking about education, why it matters, and how our learning and teaching systems may need to change to match the opportunities and demands of a changing world.
Rachel is currently leading a research project to explore systemic educational responses to climate change. As Keynote Speaker for our afternoon session, Rachel looked at opportunities, challenges and hope in our learning spaces in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Read more about Rachel's work here.
Our youth panel discussion, organised by Manatū mo te Taiao | Ministry for the Environment (MfE), was facilitated by Ginny Ellis - Karifi. Ginny is currently completing her Masters in politics at the University of Otago. She has worked closely with MfE and young people from across Aotearoa to develop a youth engagement framework that the Ministry can use when seeking youth input on government work.
She was joined by Shreejana Chhetri, Kathleen Derrick and Jaden Movold, who shared their experiences and advice for educators.
We shared examples of youth voice and creativity with a series of short videos (between 2 - 3 minutes). Click on the bold text below to watch the videos and find out more about these programmes that encourage young people to share their messages and perspectives with others.
Our afternoon included two rounds of concurrent sessions, with a range of speakers including teachers, education providers, young people and researchers.
You can read more about each speaker and their presentation summaries on this page:
Stories from Learning Spaces.
Beyond a Siloed Approach to Gardening: Models for Integration in Schools WATCH (29 mins)
Sian Carvell, Jenny Ritchie, Keegan Verster
Climate Change Education and Wellbeing: With Understanding Comes Resilience WATCH (30 mins)
Kate Laughter and David Vailala
Young Leaders Sustainability Programme: Empowering Youth to Take Action WATCH (30 mins)
Katie Higgins and Kylee Hanlon-Judd
Transitions from Early Childhood to Primary - Community Connectedness WATCH (31 mins)
Research - Benefits and Integration of Nature-based Education in our School System WATCH (29 mins)
Alexandra Palmer and Sally Birdsall
Research - Achieving Predator Free 2050: Challenges for Society and Education WATCH (30 mins)
Teaching in Nature - Bush Kindy Case Study
Environmental Science and Local Curriculum through Student Led Action WATCH (30 mins)
Kate Rivers (with students Harriette and Lottie)
Integrated, Student-led Learning and Collaborative Teaching WATCH (30 mins)
Levers of Change: Embedding Localised, Place-Responsive Experiences in Schools WATCH (28 mins)
Signs of the Sea: Activating Conversations to Protect our Coastal Ecosystems
Chris Eames and Sally Birdsall
Research - Climate Change Education, Student Agency and Hope WATCH (31 mins)
Research - Shifting Perceptions of Belonging and Heritage in Aotearoa New Zealand WATCH (30 mins)
Jill Day was first elected to Wellington City Council in 2016 and is one of three Takapū | Northern Ward Councillors. A long-time resident of the northern suburbs, Jill grew up in Johnsonville and now lives in Tawa with her husband, three children and dog, Nikau. She descends from Ngāti Tūwharetoa and values the relationships she has built with local mana whenua in Te Whanganui-a-Tara.
Jill's time as a primary school teacher inspired her to stand for council, with the aim of supporting struggling families. She wanted to provide these people with access to the opportunities they deserve, challenging the cycle of poverty. She is passionate about advocating for children and young people, Māori, and Wellington's most vulnerable. Jill has a strong interest in supporting and engaging with her local community, regularly attending local events, and listening and responding to residents' concerns.
In 2018, Jill led the adoption of Te Tauihu, Wellington City Council's Te Reo Māori policy, the establishment of mana whenua seats, Māori Ward for 2022 and increased funding for Māori development.
Jill has extensive leadership experience in her community, including as Chair of a school Board of Trustees and as President of Tawa-Linden Playcentre. She holds a science degree in biochemistry, genetics, and molecular biology from Victoria University of Wellington, and also holds a post graduate diploma in primary teaching. In her spare time, Jill enjoys sewing, gardening, reading, and spending time with friends. She loves spending family time in the great outdoors: bike riding, tramping, and camping.
ONLINE REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED. Members of NZAEE receive a discounted rate. This registration price is for the national Online Day only and registrations close on October 7th.
ONLINE REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED. If you are not currently a member of NZAEE, you can choose to become a member for the discounted rate above, or choose this option to attend only the Online Day. Registration for the Online Day closes on October 7th.
ONLINE REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED. If you are currently a student or unwaged we would like to offer you a discounted rate so you can attend the online day on October 12th. Online Day registration closes on October 7th.
LOCAL DAY REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED. Members of NZAEE receive a discounted rate. This registration is for both a Local Day and the national Online Day on October 12th. Local day includes catering. Being a member of NZEI Te Riu Roa entitles you to this rate. Registration closes on September 30th.
LOCAL DAY REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED. If you're not a current member of NZAEE you can either sign up before you register, or choose this option which includes registration for both a Local Day and national Online Day on October 12th. Registration for Local Days closes on September 30th.
LOCAL DAY REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED. If you are currently a student or unwaged we would like to offer you a discounted rate so you can attend both days of the conference. Registration closes on September 30th.
REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED. This registration rate is for those attending a Local Connection Day only, and will not give you access to the online day (live or recordings). This is a set rate for all delegates, including NZAEE members, students, unwaged and non-members, to cover catering costs for the day. Local Day registrations close on September 30th.