Anei a Wakatipu
We are honoured to welcome you to the 2019 NZATE conference in Queenstown. This is the first time a conference has been held in Central Otago, and we look forward to sharing the dynamism, scenery and open spaces of the Wakatipu Basin with educators from around the country.
Inspired by our unique surroundings, and alluding to the ever-shifting nature of education, this year’s theme is Landscapes. Conference is always an opportunity to celebrate the peaks of our professional endeavours as well as step back from the day-to-day and gain perspective.
The array of speakers, workshops, breakouts and activities will allow us to come together, explore and construct what the future landscapes of English education might look like.
At the same time, we’ll enjoy the finest aspects of the Wakatipu: sun, snow and pinot!
Kaikōrero Matua / Speakers
Toby Manhire is the editor of the Spinoff, the politics and culture website that has grown over four years to encompass news, commentary, podcasts and television. Toby has previously worked as a columnist for the NZ Herald and the Listener, and as a writer and presenter for RNZ. From 2000 to 2010 he was on staff at the Guardian in London, editing the comment section from 2008. He edited the 2012 book The Arab Spring: Rebellion, Revolution and a New World Order
Cathy Wylie is a Chief Researcher at the NZ Council for Educational Research and was a member of the recent Independent Taskforce to Review Tomorrow’s Schools.
She is well-known for her research on educational and social policy and its impacts for teaching and learning. She is particularly interested in how we can better support teaching and learning to tackle longstanding inequities in our system, and the newer challenges we face.
She is also the daughter of two librarians, and an inveterate reader.
Rob has a background as a secondary school teacher of History and Geography in New Zealand. During his career he has held senior leadership roles in secondary schools for almost twenty years and has been a Principal in two secondary schools over a ten year period.
He spent three years leading schooling improvement projects focussing on effective pedagogy and assessment practice in the United Arab Emirates and in Kuwait before returning to New Zealand to begin working for the New Zealand Ministry of Education in 2012.
He is currently a Senior Manager in the Ministry of Education with particular responsibility for the final three years of secondary education. This includes supporting the implementation of the national curriculum at these levels and the NZ secondary qualifications, the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 1, 2 and 3.
Rob‘s team has been instrumental in leading the NCEA Review engagement and consultation. His group is also responsible for developing the achievement standards and assessment resources and will be leading the review of the Achievement Standards once Cabinet has indicated their preferred direction of travel for changes to NCEA.
As the responsible Senior Manager for NCEA and the Achievement Standards, Rob works very closely with the New Zealand Qualification Authority to ensure NCEA is relevant and continues to meet the needs of learners, whanau, schools, employers and tertiary organisations.
Thursday AM / Panel Discussion
Albert Belz’s career originally began as an actor before writing for stage and screen. An award-winning international playwright and screenwriter, his works have crossed many datelines and divides. They’ve been performed internationally from London to Paris to New York and Sydney.
Themes of class, ethnicity and sexual politics, to Gothic serial killers and religion resonate through his words. Belz has held writing residencies in Les Quesnoy (Northern France) also Waikato, Canterbury and Victoria Universities N.Z. Last year Belz translated Chekhov’s ‘The Cherry Orchard’ for Auckland Theatre Company which saw a highly successful run at the ASB Waterfront Theatre. His new play Astroman was then produced by Melbourne Theatre Company and Court Theatre respectively.
Also, last year his play ‘Cradle Song’ (a horror set in South West Ireland) opened to much critical acclaim as part of the Koanga festival in Auckland. His latest television comedy series ‘Tongue Tied’ screened on New Zealand Television. Belz is currently working with Auckland Theatre company and Te Rehia Theatre Company in a co-pro to help realise Astroman for Auckland theatre goers, it opens at Q-Theatre in March.
Belz currently lectures in performing arts and writing for stage and screen at Manukau Institute of Technology. When not in front of the lap-top cranking out a new script, Belz is a stay-at-home-dad with his 6 year old grandson – Noah.
Facilitated by Laura Borrowdale, four outstanding writers will discuss the role literature plays in the education of our tamariki. How can teachers best make use of the resources we have available to us? How is Aotearoa looking in terms of diversity, inclusion and representation in literature? And what do we, as secondary English teachers, need to know about creativity and the creative process? Panelists are screenwriter/playwright Albert Belz, novelists Brannavan Gnanalingam and Annaleese Jochems, and poet Cilla McQueen.
Laura Borrowdale is a Community Leader at Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery in Christchurch. She has been a reader and writer since she can remember, and a teacher since 2006.
Her writing has appeared in Turbine, Sport, takahe, as well as VICE, The Herald, The Press and the Spinoff. She has a passion for creative practice and is an ardent feminist, which lead her to create Aotearotica, a literary journal designed to explore concepts of sex, sexuality and gender expression.
Thursday AM / Panel Discussion
Annaleese Jochems won the 2016 Adam Foundation Prize for the manuscript of what became her critically acclaimed debut novel Baby, featuring the extraordinary Cynthia adrift in the Bay of Islands. It won the Hubert Church Best First Book Award for Fiction, and was published in Australia this year.
Thurday AM / Panel Discussion
Brannavan Gnanalingam is a novelist and lawyer based in Wellington. He has written five novels, including the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards longlisted A Briefcase, Two Pies and a Penthouse (2016) and the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards shortlisted Sodden Downstream (2017).
He has also been a long-standing film, music and book reviewer for the Lumière Reader, The Dominion Post and The Spinoff (among others).
Thurday AM - Sponsored by Education Perfect
Dr Wesley Imms is Associate Professor of Education at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, a Director of the University of Melbourne's Learning Environments Applied Research Network and is currently Lead Chief Investigator on the Australian Research Council Linkage Project Innovative Learning Environments and Teacher Change (ILETC). This project involves 15 partner organisations across four countries including departments of education, industry and schools in Australia, New Zealand, USA and Sweden. He has secured over AU$13M in external research funding since 2000, including two previous ARC Linkage grants and is currently leading the significant Plans to Pedagogy project, working with 11 schools in Australia and New Zealand. He teaches into Masters programs, is principal supervisor to 15 PhD theses on this topic and has written over 80 scholarly papers, government and industry research reports and books on learning environments use and evaluation.
Thursday AM / Panel Discussion
Born in 1949, Cilla has lived in Te Waipounamu for most of her life. After formative years in Dunedin and some travel, she settled in Motupohue, Bluff, in 1996.
A poet, teacher and artist, her honours and awards include a Fulbright Visiting Writer's Fellowship 1985; Robert Burns Fellowship 1985 and 1986; Inaugural Australia-New Zealand Writers' Exchange Fellowship 1987; Goethe Institut Scholarship to Berlin 1988; three New Zealand Book Awards 1983, 1989, 1991; QEII Arts Council Scholarship in Letters 1992; Southland Art Foundation Artist in Residence 1999; Hon.LittD Otago 2008, and the Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement in Poetry 2010. She was named the National Library New Zealand Poet Laureate 2009 -11.
Dylan Horrocks is a cartoonist, writer and illustrator based in Wellington.
He is the author of the graphic novels Hicksville and Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen, and a collection of short comics, Incomplete Works.
He also drew the comic book series Pickle and Atlas, and has written comics for DC and Vertigo, including Hunter: the Age of Magic and Batgirl.
He has won an Eisner Award, a Sir Julius Vogel Award, and a NZ Arts Foundation Laureate Award, and is currently the Writer in Residence at Victoria University.
Welcome to Wakatipu High School
Our venue for Landscapes is Wakatipu High School at 47 Red Oaks Dr, Frankton. It's the only high school in Queenstown and in January 2018, it moved to a new 10,000sqm state of the art school at Remarkables Park.
The school is designed and built in accordance with the principles of an Innovative Learning Environment (ILE), the concept that encompasses the use of Flexible Learning Spaces as part of learning.