Conference Programme

ACE Conference June 15-16, 2022, Te Wharewaka o Pōneke

Conference Programme

Wednesday June 15

8 - 9 am   Conference registration open at arrivals desk
9:00 am   Gathering for Mihi Whakatau outside main doors
9:15 am   Mihi Whakatau  
9:45 am   MC welcome/announcements and morning tea
10:15 am  Definitions of Neurodiversity. How is it interpreted in different cultural contexts and worlds?
Presentation:  Dr Diana Kopua
10:45 am  Panel 1: Definitions of Neurodiversity
  • Dr Karen Waldie- Using brain imaging to inform our understanding of neurodiversity (Auckland University),
  • Sara Williams – Supporting the neurodiverse in tertiary settings (Tertiary Education Commission),
  • Naomi Saluni Tavau – Pacific interpretations of learning diversity (Failoa Famili).

11:15 am   Group response: What resonated with you? What key issues were raised for you?
11:45 am   Feedback / Q&A
12:15 pm  Lunch
1:15 pm    Workshops
2:30 pm    Afternoon tea
3:00 pm   Our Neurodiversity Kete – Meeting the needs of the neurodiverse - best ideas to share. 
4:00 pm   Wrap
6:30 pm   Conference dinner and ACE Aotearoa Annual Awards


Thursday June 16

9:00 am    Panel 2: Neurodiverse Learners and their whānau:

10:00 am  Minister Chris Hipkins

10:20 am  Morning tea

10:45 am  ACE Sector Updates

  • Analiese Robertson (ACE Sector Steering Group, International)
  • Graeme Read (Neurodiversity Community of Practice)
  • Annette Tofaeono (Tapatoru Ako Professional Practice Award) 
  • ACE Sector Steering Group

11:30 am  Workshops

12:30 pm  Lunch

1:30 pm   Kava Ceremony/reflection time

2:30 pm   Poroporoaki