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2023 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.

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NZ Symposium

The 2023 NZ Symposium will be held in Wellington on 21–22 March 2023.

That’s right – a real in-person event!

Full Conference Registrations


About the Symposium

Our event theme this year is “Clarity through Ambiguity?

We live in turbulent times, the rulebook is constantly changing and we’re moving at pace to keep up with BIG issues. How we respond to climate change, grow more sustainable cities and communities, move more people in less cars, communication in global pandemics, work with other cultures and build iwi partnerships are central to massive regulatory reform in Aotearoa right now. The rules are being re-written on local government, water regulation, the resource management act, education, health, justice and more, in an environment that is rife with distrust in authority and traditional information channels.

How do we as IAP2 practitioners support communities and organisations to engage in informed and equitable participation, when the only constant is change?


The program has been released and includes workshops, panel discussions, interactive and powerful keynote sessions. We are also pleased to have a site tour and dinner included in the registration price. 

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Keynote Speakers

Welcome Address
Deputy Mayor Foon – Wellington City Council

Keynote Speaker
Arihia Bennett, CEO – Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu

Session Topics

  • Trialling Deliberative Democracy in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Kanohi ki te kanohi – The Power of Face-to-Face Engagement
  • Reconnection through Collaboration: revisioning Ngāti Te Korou Reserve
  • The Role of Storytelling to Spatial Planning in an Ever Changing World – Waipā Community Spatial Plan
  • Engaging with Class
  • Whakahekerau Rakiātea Rautaki Tai – St Clair to St Kilda Coastal Plan
  • Engaging through change on Te Whau Pathway project
  • IAP2 Commitment to Māori Workshop
  • Defining Social Value
  • Engagement Should be Fun
Mike Oates

Site Tour – Tuesday 21 March

We are excited to have Mike Oates, Senior Engagement Lead from Get Wellington Moving included in our program on the first day who will be taking everyone on a stroll through the CBD to learn about the ambitious programme to move more people with less vehicles. The walk will highlight the challenges of engaging with a wide range of stakeholders in an urban environment during a time of transformational change. During the walk you will meet with Let’s Get Wellington Moving officials involved in the programme and council staff involved in innercity regeneration and community programmes. The walk will start at Te Papa and end at Te Ngākau – Civic Square. Wear comfortable walking shoes.

Proudly sponsored by

Wharewaka Function Centre

Dinner – Tuesday 21 March

Dinner will be held at the Wharewaka Function Centre in the Makaro Room.

Beginning with pre-dinner drinks from 6:30pm, followed by a 3 course meal inclusive of Bubbles, wines, beers, cider and non-alcoholic beverages and entertainment to ensure you connect with colleagues and dance the night away.

Symposium Opening

Registration Fees

Tuesday 21 March – Wednesday 22 March, 2023
Te Papa, Wellington


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 Wellington and across New Zealand
  5. Save by registering now to access the early bird discount (before 3 March 2023).

Thank you to our Sponsors

Principal Sponsor

Aurecon is a design, engineering and advisory consultancy. Our purpose is bringing ideas to life, to imagine and co-create with our clients a better future for people and the planet.

The Aotearoa Engagement and Change Advisory team is committed to delivering positive social outcomes that enable diverse communities to thrive. 
Thoughtful early partnerships with mana whenua, informed consultation with stakeholders and accessible communication across communities, form the foundations for this practice. 
The multi-disciplinary team are dedicated to delivering inclusive engagement that mitigates risk, whilst supporting equitable outcomes and positively enhancing infrastructure projects, teams and organisations.

Beca Limited
Sustainability Sponsor

The Beca Communications and Engagement team are passionate about delivering good outcomes for the communities and clients we work alongside. Having played a part in some of the country’s most significant infrastructure and community-based projects, we’re champions for authentic storytelling and purposeful engagement.

Our experienced practitioners are based around the motu, each bringing a unique perspective from their backgrounds in journalism, local and central government and the education sector.

Social Pinpoint
Site Tour Sponsor

Social Pinpoint is a comprehensive online platform that facilitates meaningful and accessible engagement opportunities that bring your community together.

Designed to streamline data and feedback collection, our intuitive solution provides a safe and moderated environment that’s purposely built by experts to support you.

Boffa Miskell
Innovation and Thought
Leadership Sponsor

Boffa Miskell has been shaping New Zealand’s landscape since 1972 through an integrated design approach and a deeply ingrained culture of sustainability. As no two communities are the same, we work with stakeholders, iwi/hapū and communities to understand their unique values and help you achieve your goals for your policy or project. We believe that through listening and understanding diverse viewpoints, effective engagement will support better outcomes. We understand each project’s interconnections with the wider environmental, social, cultural, and economic context to together, shape better places.

Coffee Hub 

Granicus’ cloud-based technology helps better connect people and government with no- and low-code solutions; unified, intuitive digital experiences; expanded reach to access your community; easy collaboration; and rich resident feedback.

Purpose-built for government, our solutions are built with the infrastructure, scale, and security to empower public servant leaders.  Over 850  central and state departments use Granicus to deliver on their missions.  More than 2,500 local governments choose Granicus to streamline their processes and inform citizens.

Granicus empowers stronger relationships between government and residents across New Zealand,  Australia, the U.S., U.K., and Canada. By simplifying interactions and communicating critical information, Granicus brings governments closer to the people they serve – driving meaningful change for communities around the globe.

Spatial Media
Trade Exhibitor

Spatial Media creates digital tools that help people engage with the future. Our complete suite of community engagement tools and visual communications capabilities deliver first in class consultation on projects worldwide.  Through our expertise you can articulate the story of a project, empower audiences to understand, interact and share the vision of their future world.



What you had to say

“Thank you! Very awesome to see all sorts of professionals from across the country.”

Attendee, 2021 New Zealand Symposium

“I loved the topics and varied list of attendees.”

Attendee, 2021 New Zealand Symposium

More Information

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

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We look forward to seeing you there!