“Re-imagining Your Creative Self”

Kia Mau ki ngā mahi toi - Hold steadfast to creativity

Kia ora, ngā mihi nui ki a koutou.

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we start planning for our 9th conference, without our guide and mentor Kaumatua Tokararangi Totoro (or Matua Toka as he was fondly known) who very sadly passed away last year. Matua Toka has been at our side on the committee since the conference inception and has instilled in this forum our kaupapa and many of our rituals and ways of doing and being. He is hugely missed and as a committee we are committed to ensuring his legacy and our commitment to a fully bicultural conference lives on through his guidance.

The conference is being held on the 8th of October 2022 and is dedicated to providing Professional Learning and Development to all who have an interest in our tāmariki and Early Childhood Education.

This exciting day of learning affords Northland's best opportunity to network, discuss and share developments in education for the benefit of our taonga, ngā tāmariki.

The 2022 Celebrating Northlands Tamariki Conference considers the arts and creativity and how as teachers we support our tāmariki in both performing and visual arts.

“Re-imagining Your Creative Self”

This year the committee is delighted to announce that our opening keynote speaker is Dr Lisa Terreni. Lisa is a senior lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington’s Faculty of Education, School of Education teaching in the early childhood education degree programmes. She has been involved in early childhood education for many years—as a kindergarten teacher, a senior teacher, and as a professional development adviser for the Ministry of Education. She is also an artist.

Lisa's current research interests focus on exploring how visual art education can be used to enhance young children's thinking, communication, and literacy skills. Her master’s in education research focused on children's and teachers' use of an Interactive Whiteboard for visual art learning experiences in a kindergarten setting. She also has a keen interest in social and cultural diversity and how teachers can meet the needs of diverse communities.

There will be further updates as we confirm more of our speakers and presenters.

Again, this year’s conference will allow for participants to attend either two-hour seminars, or one-hour workshops throughout the day. The conference theme will be woven throughout the day.

This is a great way to spend a Saturday in October being inspired and engaging in new provocations with some of the country’s leading early childhood educational specialists. Registrations a will open in towards the end of August 2022.

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Ka tipu te whaihanga Creativity will strengthen