Wellbeing in Education NZ Conference



As the focus of next year's WENZ conferences is on sharing what educators/schools up and down the country are doing to build wellbeing, we invite you to submit a basic abstract, outlining what it is you are doing, who would talk, and preferred presentation length. 

Please don't be scared away by the prospect of presenting at the conference - the whole thrust of our conferences is for people to share what they've tried, what worked, what failed and what they'd do differently next time. Potential topics may include: 

  • educator wellbeing   
  • student wellbeing   
  • student voice   
  • community engagement  
  • writing a wellbeing strategy
  • using coaching to foster a culture of wellbeing
  • promoting hauora through culturally responsive practices  
  • a day in the life of wellbeing at your school   
  • restorative practice   
  • implementation of a wellbeing curriculum (either tailor-made or off the shelf)
  • character/strengths promotion in your school/Kahui Ako
  • fostering strong supportive relationships with challenging students   
  • simple strategies for coping with anxiety   
  • ideas for circle time   
  • engaging boys in hauora wellbeing   
  • strength-based prize-givings, assemblies, reporting, enrolment, resources etc.    
  • noticing what went well (merit cards for good behaviour)   
  • teacher inquiries into wellbeing 
  • student wellbeing, strengths or resilience practices/initiatives
  • educational pedagogies that promote wellbeing
  • and any other creative ways you've found to promote wellbeing in your kura.

Interested and have something to share? 
The next step is to email the following information (use the attached template) by 5.00pm, Thursday 19 December 2019 to mandy@conference.nz

Nau mai, haere mai,
Kaiako raua Kaiawhina are at the heart of wellbeing change in our kura.
We need to look after our own wellbeing to care for and teach our tamariki and rangatahi.

Welcome to Wellbeing in Education, he akonga aumangea, he akonga tu maia – New Zealand's largest wellbeing conference. The support of educators from all over New Zealand made the PENZ conferences hugely successful over the past three years. As PENZ Convenors, we acknowledge the support of our Performance Wellbeing colleagues in previous years and are proud to now take this concept forward with a new identity and two new venues!

We are massively excited to be bringing Wellbeing in Education New Zealand, he akonga aumangea, he akonga tu maia to the North Island for the first time in 2020. Previous years' participants were emphatic, 'we need this conference in the North Island'. Well, you asked, we listened, and this year it's finally happening. We are proud to be sharing another world-class line up of fantastic speakers at Auckland's Grand Millennium Hotel on Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th April. We chose the Grand Millennium because it's central, you've always told us how much you appreciate beautiful surroundings and the parking's cheap for the big city!

The South Island conference is staying in 'Christchurch the Resilient City',  and 2020 sees us moving to the newly renovated Christchurch Town Hall - a perfect venue for us. We hope you will be as  proud as we are to experience this beautiful expression of Christchurch's renewal. While the conference retains our two-day format (Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd April), delegates also get the unique opportunity to spend more time with our visiting international speakers in workshops on Saturday 4th April.

Both conferences share the outstanding line up of international and homegrown experts that make our conferences so popular. Each location will reflect the different focus of local contributing educators. We have selected truly engaging speakers with wellbeing wisdom to share. Always lively, always evidence-based, and always practical, each session at WENZ is designed to enable you to take what you learn into your classrooms and schools the very next week.

Take a look at the programmes and choose the one that best fits your staff or school.

The coffee machines will be ready and we can't wait to see you!

Lucy, Denise and the rest of the WENZ team.


The organising committee wishes to acknowledge and thank Ngai Tahu & Ngai Tuahuriri for their contribution to WENZ.