2021 New Zealand Symposium

The New Zealand Symposium brings together engagement practitioners, community development practitioners, communications and marketing professionals and academics to explore the diverse and challenging topic of community and stakeholder engagement. 

When is the New Zealand Symposium?

Registrations are now open for the New Zealand Community and Stakeholder Engagement Symposium. The Symposium is being planned as a face-to-face event, although of course contingencies are being put in place to deliver the event virtually should travel or event pandemic restrictions impact the delivery of the event.

Places are limited registrations close Thursday 20 May 2021. If you are craving connection with your fellow NZ engagers then register now!

Dates: Monday 24 – Tuesday 25 May, 2021
 Hilton Auckland, New Zealand

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Need help with your registration?

For all registration and accommodation enquiries please contact:

Email: iap2nz@theconferencecompany.com
Phone: +64 9 360 1240

View the programme

This year we have opted for an open forum of topics to cover what is most important to you, our IAP2A Community, within the practice of engagement.

Keynote sessions include:

  • Pathways to good engagement practice by government, presented by Diane Owenga, Programme Director and Jayne Foster, Principal Advisor, The Policy Project, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
  • Engaging with Disadvantaged Communities in a post-COVID-19 world, keynote panel.
  • What meaningful child participation can look like in Aotearoa in 2021, presented by Judge Andrew Becroft, Children’s Commissioner.
  • Engaging on Climate Change Adaption with Dr Paula Blackett, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA).

Note: Program is subject to change.

Important information

The Symposium is being planned as a face-to-face event at the Hilton Auckland and at this stage, is likely to proceed as intended. We will however monitor government restrictions closely, and keep you up to date of any significant developments or changes that will affect our event.

If the Symposium is required to go virtual due to pandemic-related travel restrictions, tickets will be converted to a one-day virtual ticket for the Tuesday 25 May sessions and a partial refund will be issued for full two-day registrations.

Should the event need to be postponed completely to a new set of dates, your ticket will be transferred to the new dates.

Keynote speakers

Judge Andrew John Becroft | Children’s Commissioner for New Zealand, Office of the Children’s Commissioner

What meaningful child participation can look like in Aotearoa in 2021

Judge Andrew Becroft was appointed the Children’s Commissioner for New Zealand for an initial two year period from June 2016 – extended to a full 5 year period, ending June 2021. Prior to that he was the Principal Youth Court Judge of New Zealand from 2001 to 2016; and was appointed a District Court Judge in 1996.

After graduating from Auckland University in 1981 with a BA/LLB (Honours) degree, he practised in Auckland until 1986 when he then assisted with the establishment of the Mangere Community Law Centre and worked there until 1993. He then worked as a criminal barrister in South Auckland until his appointment to the District Court in Whanganui, from 1996.

Paula Blackett | Environmental Social Scientist, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA)

Engaging on Climate Change Adaption

Serious games are an emerging approach that create an opportunity for players to navigate adaptation choices in the face of uncertain rates of change (e.g. sea-level rise, changes in flood frequency, drought), contested alternatives, flexibility of responses and budget constraints.  In this session we will discuss the application of games in community engagement regarding climate change adaptation, overview what it takes to construct and game and finally demonstrate one of NIWA’s simple serious games.

Paula specialises in mechanisms and processes to establish dialogue (e.g., engagement, collaboration, co-production of knowledge, co-innovation, co-learning, and serious games) between scientists, managers and the community to understand challenges and to achieve negotiated outcomes and solutions for climate change adaptation and practice change more generally.  She has been involved in the development of five serious games with various levels of complexity.

Registrations are now open 

Register by Thursday 20 May 2021.

Full event registration

IAP2A Member: $725 (inc.15% GST)
Non-Member: $995 (inc. GST)
Student: $395 (inc. GST)

Full event registration includes attendance for all plenary, breakout and site tour sessions on 24 and 25 May; Welcome Reception 24 May; Lunch and afternoon tea on 24 May; Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea on 25 May; Reusable water bottle.

One day tickets

IAP2A Member: $395 (inc. GST)
Non-Member: $675 (inc. GST)

One day registration includes attendance for all sessions on the day of registration, plus Welcome Reception.

Need help with your registration?

For all registration and accommodation enquiries please contact:

Email: iap2nz@theconferencecompany.com
Phone: +64 9 360 1240

Sponsorship opportunities

Are you looking to engage with the best and brightest engagement professionals?

Do you want to have your brand associated with best practice in community and stakeholder engagement?

As a sponsor of the New Zealand symposium, you can gain access to IAP2 Australasia’s rapidly growing network of enthusiastic and committed professionals who are increasingly becoming the key influencers and decision makers in government, business and industry.

When it comes to sponsorship, IAP2 Australasia likes to work with our sponsors to understand your objectives and help you to leverage your sponsorship investment.

Take a look at the 2021 symposium sponsorship opportunities

If you have any questions or would like to know more, please contact Matthew Buxton, Business Development Manager, via info@iap2.org.au 

Thank you to our sponsors

Just Add Lime

Sustainability Sponsor

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Coffee Hub Sponsor

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That’s a wrap – past symposium events

Read about our past symposium events.

NZ Symposium 2019 – It’s a wrap!

It was really quite satisfying to spend a couple of days with engagement colleagues growing our collective body of knowledge (matauranga) at our recent Symposium. The Matariki theme was focused on new beginnings and particularly relevant in that Christchurch is a city that has had more than its fair share of ‘engagement’ recently. Mostly due to the huge effort to help our people recover, rebuild and regenerate after a damaging series of earthquakes.

What you had to say

2019 New Zealand Symposium

“Loved the atmosphere and hearing discussions about a topic I am passionate about. It was inspiring and through this symposium I have made connections that I didn’t before.”

2019 New Zealand Symposium

“It was my first time attending the Engagement Symposium and it was awesome! Thank you for an enjoyable time of networking and learning :)”

2019 New Zealand Symposium

“The Symposium provided a really good forum for meeting other people, sharing ideas and issues, and we heard some different (and refreshing) perspectives on engagement theory and practice.”

2019 New Zealand Symposium

“The Turanga visit was a real highlight- not just the engagement planning story but to be sitting in the outcome of their engagement and hear about the impact on relationships and lesson learnt.”


2019 New Zealand Symposium

“It was great, very welcoming and positive.”


2019 New Zealand Symposium

“This symposium was both inspiring and challenging for me. I am still processing some of the information from the two days, but come away with lots of reflections of my own professional and personal practice when engaging with others.”


2019 New Zealand Symposium

“Great, loved it!! Learned so much I will come next year for sure. Great people, great info, great venue!!“


2019 New Zealand Symposium

“Fantastic event“