ACE Conference 2016

Wellington June 14-16, 2016

Celebrate Lifelong Learning Whāia te Iti Kahurangi acknowledges that our learning journey never ends and is made up of many transitions as we seek to make sense of our world and acquire the knowledge, skills and wisdom we need to participate fully.  During our conference we will consider the notion of “livelihood" and explore what the community of the future might require of us.


Keynote Presentations


Nani Zulminarni



Nani has more than 28 years’ experiences in women’s empowerment. She is a gender and development specialist, popular educator, and activist, with a passion for community organizing and the economic and political empowerment of grass roots women. Nani founded PEKKA, an organization that supports over 30,000 rural widows, abandoned and divorced women in more than 800 villages throughout Indonesia.  PEKKA assists its members and leaders with access to livelihood resources, decision-making processes, social protection and justice. Nani was an ASPBAE executive committee member from 2000-2008, a founder and advisor of JASS-SEA, a member of the International Advisory Group of Musawah, and member of AWID.  She has received a number of national and international awards for her work including the Saparinah Sadli Award in 2010 and the Lotus Leadership Award and Global Fairness Award in 2014.


Alison Sutton


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Alison has been a researcher, evaluator and project developer in adult literacy for 28 years.  Currently she is the Manager, Literacy at COMET Auckland, an education trust linked to Auckland Council. COMET Auckland is working for systems change to make education in Auckland more effective and equitable. In 2015, Alison was awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship which took her to England and the USA to look at what can be achieved through city-wide literacy action. A major new focus of Alison’s work is Talking Matter, raising awareness of the importance of oral language for literacy, so more children leave primary school at or above literacy standards.  Adult and community education can play a key part in raising the skills and confidence of families and communities to talk more  and talk differently to their children, to get them a great start. 


Billie Jordan


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Billie is the founder of The Hip Op-eration Crew, a 22 member hip- hop dance group based on Waiheke Island. Group

members range in age from 68 to 96 years. They are in the Guinness World Records as the oldest dance group in the world and have gained international recognition after appearing at the World Hip-Hop Championships in Las Vegas, and in the documentary Hip-Operation. After surviving an abusive childhood and repeated trauma in the Christchurch Earthquake, Billie used her experiences as a catalyst for improving the lives of people in her community. In 2015 she was acknowledged through the New Zealander of the Year - Local Hero, Award.  Billie will share how she changed the lives of her elderly community and how they changed hers.

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