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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. 

About the New Zealand Symposium

For those new to the IAP2A Community, the NZ 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. It’s a great event to share, learn and network with your fellow engagers.

The 2021 NZ Symposium was held in Auckland in late May. That’s right – a real in-person event and it was great to have that face-to-face connection again. We hope all of our attendees had a great time and managed to take-away some key learnings and insights. You can read more about this event with our wrap-up from IAP2A director, working group member and attendee, Jo Wilkins, here.

You can still view the event line-up of keynote speakers, and informative and interactive sessions presented by your fellow engagers below.

Registrations are closed, as this event has now taken place.

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View the programme

In 2021 we 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 included:

  • 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 Diverse 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).

Thank you to our sponsors


Thought Leadership Sponsor

In 2020, international engineering, design, and advisory company, Aurecon, was recognised by AFR BOSS as Australasia’s Most Innovative Company and as one of Australia and New Zealand’s Best Places to Work.

Through a range of unique creative processes and skills, we collaborate with our clients to re-imagine, shape and design a better future.

Visit aurecongroup.com

Just Add Lime

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.

Visit justaddlime.co.nz


Coffee Hub Sponsor

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, engineers, planners, scientists, and project managers. You’ll find us in 16 locations throughout New Zealand and a further 350 around the world.

Visit stantec.com/newzealand


Table Top Sponsor

Borealis is a fit-for-purpose software solution for all aspects of your stakeholder engagement.

Our single platform will assist with managing all your stakeholder engagement activities with additional modules to strengthen all your areas of environment, social and governance.

Visit boreal-is.com/

That’s a wrap – past symposium events

Read about our past symposium events.

NZ Symposium 2019 – It’s a wrap!

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“