ACE Conference 2018

Wellington June 12-14

Venue: Te Wharewaka o Aotearoa

Theme: Kia Mau, Tāmaua te Aka Matua Becoming Global Citizens

In 2012, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said “Education is more than literacy and numeracy. It is also about citizenry.” Education for global citizenship shows us how knowledge, values, attitudes and behaviours help us to make informed decisions and actively take part in local, national and global communities to build a peaceful and sustainable world. Our whakatauki reminds us that the pathway to this knowledge comes from the parental vine and we must hold fast to this. This year’s conference will explore how community education can help us become the best global citizens we can be.

Keynote Speakers

Dr. James Hou-fu Liu (刘豁夫) 

James Liu is Professor of Psychology at Massey University for a School whose Vision is “to be the defining Applied School of Psychology for Australasia and the South Pacific that makes a difference in individual and collective lives.” Before working at Massey, he taught at Victoria University of Wellington where he became Professor and Co-Director of its Centre for Applied Cross-Cultural Research. His research is in cross-cultural, social, and political psychology, with specializations in history and identity, and the impact of technology on human consciousness.  James is widely published and leads coalitions of researchers around the world in three topic areas: Digital Influence (the impact of the internet and mass media on societies and individuals), Social Representations of History, and Social Change and Social Action in the Asia-Pacific. He is a naturalized citizen of two countries, a holder of three passports and calls himself a “Chinese-American-New Zealander”.

MC - Josiah Tualamali'i 

Josiah is a young Samoan changemaker set on inspiring youth advocacy in his community. He sits on a number of boards, and is advocating for Pasifika youth and ensuring young Pasifika people’s ideas and perspectives are considered by decision makers. Josiah was the recipient of the 2016 Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Award for Leadership and Inspiration. At 18, he was made the chairperson of the Pacific Youth Leadership And Transformation Council (PYLAT) which he helped establish. He helped develop the University of Canterbury’s Pacific strategy, mentors, is part of the Youth Voice Canterbury Network and co-developed the iSpeak forums and the Christchurch Pasifika STEM (Science Technology, Engineering & Maths) Fono. The political science and history student has several youth projects in the pipeline once he finishes university, but wants to eventually forge a career as an advocate. He has attended a number of ACE events over the last three years including a workshop at the 2015 ACE Conference and Keynote at ACE Hui Fono 2015. In 2017 his team led a project sponsored by ACE in Christchurch to increase awareness on how to assist Pacific young people to thrive and succeed.