2019 New Zealand Symposium

The 2019 Community and Stakeholder Engagement New Zealand Symposium in Christchurch explored the theme of Matariki: New Life and engagement during times of regeneration and new beginnings.

Check out the event wrap-up article.

Registrations have closed. 

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

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Program Overview

Please note as of Thursday 27 June, there has been a slight change to the program for Monday 1 July.

Monday 1 July 2019 – 9:00am – 7:00pm
Tuahiwi Excursion (optional)* – Unfortunately, our visit to Tuahiwi marae is no longer able to go ahead, however Ngai Tuahuriri whanau will instead join us at Rydges Latimer.**
Otakaro Christchurch Walking Site Tour Elective (optional)*
Masterclass Elective: Engaging in Indigenous and Culturally Diverse Environments (optional)*
Evening Welcome Reception and Networking

Tuesday 2 July 2019 – 7:15am – 6:00pm
Breakfast Function at Turanga Christchurch Library (optional)*
Symposium Plenary and Breakout Sessions
Meet the Board Function (optional)*

*optional activities incur an additional cost

**Please note: Those who had booked for the original Tuahiwi visit will be refunded for their contribution to transport.

Click here to see the full program overview or Download a copy of the program here.

Registration Fees

IAP2 members: $625NZD (including GST)
Non-members: $845NZD (including GST)
Full time students: $312.50NZD (including GST)

Click here to register and access special accommodation rates.

Why should you attend the conference?

It is the must-attend event in New Zealand for engagement practitioners, and if you haven’t already registered, then consider these five reasons to be part of the Symposium:
1. Connect with fellow engagement professionals
2. Be inspired by the stories, insights and learnings of others
3. Participate and share during interactive discussions and sessions
4. Better understand the complexity of context and challenges that face stakeholders and engagement practitioners in Christchurch and across New Zealand
5. Save by registering now to access the earlybird discount (before 5 June).
If you need to convince the decision maker in your organisation, then you might find this helpful.


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

Digital Practice Leadership

Bang the Table is the leader in online community engagement. Our platform, EngagementHQ, was built by practitioners who are passionate about empowering organisations to activate their communities. EngagementHQ provides robust tools that reach, inform and involve residents in key policy decisions.

Research Partner

Australian National University’s Next Generation Engagement Program is setting out to transform the relationship between proponents of major infrastructure and urban development projects and the communities and stakeholders they impact. This $5M research program aims to deliver  a globally unique evidence base to support better decision making around engagement, social risk management and social license.

Sustainability Sponsor

No matter what we are doing, our work impacts people and communities. By understanding their aspirations and drivers, we integrate with the communities that we work alongside; building resilience and delivering better project outcomes.

At Just Add Lime, a sustainability ethos guides the decisions we take as a business and as individuals. We work together with you, adding new elements to your mix – making ordinary, extraordinary.

Coffee Hub Sponsor

Communities are fundamental. Whether around the corner or across the globe, they provide a foundation, a sense of place and of belonging. That’s why at Stantec, we always design with community in mind.

We care about the communities we serve – because they’re our communities too. We’re designers, planners, engineers, scientists, and project managers, innovating together at the intersection of community, creativity, and client relationships. Balancing these priorities results in projects that advance the quality of life in communities across the globe.

Program Overview

Please note as of Thursday 27 June, there has been a slight change to the program for Monday 1 July.

Monday 1 July

Workshops, tours and networking

9:00am – 7.00pm Registrations Open
10:00am – 1:30pm Tuahiwi Excursion*
Unfortunately, our visit to Tuahiwi marae is no longer able to go ahead, however Ngai Tuahuriri whanau will instead join us at Rydges Latimer.**
1:00pm – 2:00pm Lunch available
2:00pm – 3:45pm Christchurch Walking Site Tour
3.30pm – 4.00pm Afternoon tea available
4.00pm – 6.00pm Masterclass Elective*
Engaging in Indigenous and Culturally Diverse Environments
Michelle Feenan
6:00pm – 8:00pm Networking Function


Tuesday 2 July

Symposium Sessions and Networking

7:15am – 8:15am Breakfast at Turanga Christchurch Library*
8:00am – 8:30am Registrations
8:30am – 9:00am Symposium Opening
9:00am – 10:30am Keynote Address
Anya Satyanand, CEO, Prince’s Trust New ZealandMorning Plenary
‘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’SteenBreakout 1B
Discussion forum: Engaging with diversity.
Stephanie MacDonaldBreakout 1C
Lecture: Tactical Urbanism
Danny Pouwels
12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm – 2:00pm Breakout 2A
Workshop: How engagement shaped the Christchurch Heritage Strategy 2019-2029. Weave together the strands; weave together the people.
Victoria Bliss, Jennie Hamilton, Amanda Ohs and Kaharoa ManiheraBreakout 2B
Interactive session: Taiohi Taiao/Youth Jam – engaging with youth.
Kerry GoslingBreakout 2C
Managing Complexity in Engagement
Michelle Feenan
2:00pm – 2:30pm Afternoon tea
2:30pm – 3:50pm Afternoon Plenary
The How Team
Rachel Puentener and Sylvia Smyth2018 IAP2 International Core Values Project of the Year Award Winner
Aimee Brock, NZTA
3:50pm – 4:30pm Closing Reflections
4:30pm – 6:00pm Meet the Board Function*
Evening At leisure

*Additional costs apply for these optional sessions

**Please note: Those who had booked for the original Tuahiwi visit will be refunded for their contribution to transport.

1 July 2019
Tuahiwi Visit = $35 (inc. GST) to cover transport
Masterclass = $95(inc. GST) for full Symposium registrants
2 July 2019
Turanga Christchurch Library Breakfast – $35 (inc. GST)
Meet the Board function – drinks at own cost

Download a copy of the program here.

Online registrations have now closed. If you would like to register, or have any questions, please email info@iap2.org.au

More information

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

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We look forward to seeing you there!