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2023 New Zealand Symposium



Save the dates of 21 – 22 March, 2023 for the NZ Symposium which will be held at Te Papa, Wellington. Further information including program, pricing and how to register will be available in early December 2022.

The New Zealand Symposium brings together engagement practitioners, community development practitioners, communications and marketing professionals and academics to engage, learn, share and network.

From 24th October until 17 November 2022, we invite you to be part of the 2023 NZ Community and Stakeholder Engagement Symposium by submitting an abstract, along the following theme:

“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?

We’re calling for abstracts that share examples of what’s working and what’s not working to encourage a rich debate and sharing of experiences in our NZ Symposium.
Presentation abstract submission is open to all professionals and academics working in community and stakeholder engagement; community members and representatives who have participated in engagement and those who are exploring engagement as part of our rapidly changing design, planning, service delivery and policy making environments.





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“