New Zealand Principals Federation Conference 2015 | Wellington


The Wellington Conference 2015 Team

Committee Photo

Seated: Louellen Bonallack (Retired Principal), Robyn Radomski (Conference Works Ltd), Kay Tester (St Brigid’s School), Liz Millar, (Ngaio School, Convenor) Ian Dewar (Tawa School), Kaylene Macnee (Pinehaven School), Jeremy Edwards (Northland School).

Standing: Tim Kong (Seatoun School), Ian Hastie (Avalon Intermediate), Suzanne Su’a (Trentham School), Pete Pointon (Seatoun School), Jude Pentecost (Worser Bay School).


Conference Venue

The Pre-Conference Day sponsored by Asia NZ is at Shed 6 on Queen’s Wharf

The Welcome Function on Tuesday 30 June is at The Michael Fowler Centre in Wakefield Street. There will be a registration desk at the Michael Fowler Centre from 3pm.

The Venue for the Conference Wednesday, Thursday and Friday is Shed6/TSB Bank Arena Queen’s Wharf.

The Conference Dinner on Wednesday 1 July is at Te Papa Tongarewa.


Useful links

Parking: At the TSB Bank Arena, public and exhibitor parking facilities are Wilson Parking located beneath the venue. For further information on hours and costs, click here.

Every way of seeing is also a way of not seeing...

Looking at education through a variety of lenses


Welcome from the President

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the 2015 NZPF conference hosted by the Wellington Regional Primary Principals’ Association. The city of Wellington claims to be the coolest little capital in the world and with good reason. Its picturesque harbour forms a lake-like expanse of sheltered water right in the middle of the CBD. Thousands of visitors are drawn to it every year, to visit the National Museum Te Papa, take in a live show at Circa Theatre, sip a beer or coffee at any one of the numerous vibrant bars and cafes lining the harbour or just enjoy the various examples of street art and literary quotations scattering the walk-ways. It is a city designed to be walked and from the harbour it joins seamlessly with the retail and business district and the seats of parliament. Some 750 principals attended the last NZPF conference held in Wellington and realistically we expect at least that many to turn out again in June 2015.

Whilst an attractive location is always a bonus, we know that principals register for our conference because of the professional learning opportunities. The 2015 conference will be examining the educational reality through a series of different lenses including the lens of today, the student lens, the wider policy lens and the lens of tomorrow. You will be inspired, provoked and educated by the excellent line up of international and nationally recognised keynote speakers including the celebrated Meg Maguire (London), Diane Ravitch (US) and Alma Harris (UK) and closer to home Angus MacFarlane, Phil O’Reilly and Steve Maharey.  You will also have the opportunity to target your particular interests through the instructive workshops the organisers have prepared for you. We expect you will return to your schools invigorated and brimming with fresh ideas about how to be stronger, better and more effective leaders.

To help spread the conference costs, we will be creating an opportunity for you to pay part of your registration in the 2014 year and the balance in 2015. As was the case in 2011 this system facilitates your ability to bring your senior managers, deputies and assistant principals.

In closing I extend my grateful thanks to the organising committee and Conference Works, our conference events management group, for their dedication and determination in shaping this wonderful event for us in this wonderful city.


Best Wishes
Denise Torrey
NZPF President 2015






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