2019 New Zealand Symposium

The next Community and Stakeholder Engagement New Zealand Symposium in Christchurch will be exploring the theme of Matariki: New Life and engagement during times of regeneration and new beginnings. 

Dates: Monday 1 - Tuesday 2 July, 2019
Venue: Rydges Latimer Christchurch

Preliminary Program Overview

Monday 1 July 2019 - 10:30am - 7:00pm
Masterclass Elective: Inter-cultural Engagement
Otakaro Christchurch Walking Tour
Evening Welcome Reception and Networking

Tuesday 2 July 2019 - 7:30am - 4:30pm
Breakfast Function at Turanga Christchurch Library (optional)
Symposium Plenary and Breakout Sessions

Click here to see the full preliminary program.


Registrations are now open!

Earlybird Registration Fees (registrations received and paid before 30 May):

IAP2 members: $575NZD (including GST)
Non-members: $795NZD (including GST)

Click here to register and access special accommodation rates.


Sponsorship Opportunities

For 2019 New Zealand Symposium sponsorship opportunities download the IAP2 Australasia Major Events Sponsorship document here.

More information including the full program, registration and accommodation rates, and how to register will be released very soon.


Christchurch Engagement Training

Take advantage of your time in Christchurch and add on an Engagement course with IAP2. The below two courses will be running after the Symposium, the venue is located just a 5 minute drive or 8 minute walk from Rydges Latimer.

Venue: BreakFree on Cashel- 165 Cashel Street Christchurch Central

3 July 2019

Engaging with Influence with Michelle Feenan

Engaging with Influence provides tools and knowledge to assist you to build your professional credibility and to ethically influence other professionals, senior management and community members. It offers key professional development skills for our engagement context.

Register here

4 July 2019

Engagement Evaluation with Chris Mene

Don’t lie - this is the part of the engagement process we all avoid.  Firstly it requires numbers and that freaks us, then there are the ‘soft things’ – terms like ‘liveability’ that we’re expected to measure and report on.

Fortunately, our IAP2A trainers have been on the case; testing, checking, reworking and watching each other deliver this important course. And we’re happy. Don’t wait any longer – skill up so that you can validate your engagement projects.

Register here


Thank you to our sponsors

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Preliminary Program

Monday 1 July

10:30am - 11.00am 


Arrival morning tea

11:00am - 1:00pm

Masterclass Elective
Engaging in Indigenous and Culturally Diverse Environments
Cross-over between Core Values and Indigenous Cultures
Michelle Feenan

1:00pm - 2:30pm

Traditional Welcome


2:30pm - 4:30pm

Walking Site Tour
Departs and returns Rydges Latimer Christchurch

5:00pm - 7:00pm Welcome Cocktail Function


Tuesday 2 July

7:15am - 8:15am Breakfast Function
Turanga Christchurch Library
8:00am - 8:30am


Arrival tea and coffee

8:30am - 9:00am

Traditional Welcome and Symposium Open

9:00am - 10:30am

Plenary 1 - 45 minutes
Anya Satyanand, CEO, Prince's Trust New Zealand (to be confirmed)

Plenary 2 - 45 minutes
'We didn't see that coming': effective communications to avoid surprises.
Shelley Crestani

10:30am - 11:00am Morning Tea
11:00am - 12:00pm

Breakout 1A
Workshop: How the Christchurch Earthquakes turned Town vs Gown into Town with Gown.
Marie Byrne with Dr Billy O'Steen

Breakout 1B
Discussion forum: Engaging with diversity.
Stephanie MacDonald, Claire Fletcher, Caroline Lim

Breakout 1C
Lecture: Tactical Urbanism
Danny Pouwels

12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm - 2:00pm

Breakout 2A
Workshop: Weave together the strands; weave together the people.
Victoria Bliss

Breakout 2B
Interactive session: Taiohi Taiao/Youth Jam - engaging with youth.
Kerry Gosling

Breakout 2C
Managing Complexity in Engagement
Michelle Feenan

2:00pm - 2:30pm Afternoon tea
2:30pm - 3:50pm

Plenary 3 - 40 minutes
The How Team 
Rachel Puentener

Plenary 4 - 40 minutes
2018 IAP2 International Core Values Project of the Year Award Winner.
Aimee Brock, NZTA

3:50pm - 4:30pm

Closing Panel Session

4:30pm - 6:00pm Meet the Board Informal Networking Function


More information

We welcome any enquiries to info@iap2.org.au. 

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We look forward to seeing you there!