AANZPA Conference 2025

Ōtepoti, Aotearoa

(Dunedin, New Zealand)

Mānawa maiea te putanga o Matariki
Mānawa maiea te ariki o te rangi
Mānawa maiea te mātahi o te tau … Mānawatia a Matariki

E te tī, e te tā, e ngā kārangaranga maha ki ngā hau e whā o te ao nei
Ngā waewae tapu me ngā tangata o te kainga nei
Kia whakatōmuri te haere whakamua
Haere mai, Tauti mai, Whakapiri mai

We acknowledge the appearance of the Matariki star cluster, to mark the beginning of the Māori New Year. Matariki encourages people to come together in celebration, reflection, and planning for the future.

We invite all people from the four corners of the world, newcomers and the people of this land, to come together. To move forward guided by the wisdom of our past and embrace our diverse backgrounds. Join us, re-unite, close and familiar.
Nau mai, Haere mai koutou ki Te Waipounamu, ki Ōtepoti
Welcome, we welcome you all to the South Island, to Dunedin

We are thrilled to extend our heartfelt invitation to the AANZPA Conference 2025, where we will gather to celebrate psychodrama. Join us in Ōtepoti to connect, collaborate and embark on a conference guided and inspired by our theme, Manaakitanga … What Truly Matters.

Manaakitanga is the brightest thread in the tapestry of relationships that binds people together in mutual respect, generosity and support. The principle also embodies care, hospitality and protection. Manaakitanga recognizes the spiritual nature of mana (spiritual essence/authority) embracing one’s own mana authentically and fostering a natural compassion that uplifts and encourages us all.

What Truly Matters enables each of us individually and collectively to focus on what is central in our world now within AANZPA in our work, our communities, our lives and in all our interactions.

Through our theme we embrace the spirit of Manaakitanga … What Truly Matters to create a conference where these principles guide our encounters and workshops. We invite you to offer workshops and actively participate in shaping our AANZPA 2025 conference embodying these values in every aspect of our gathering.

Nāu te rourou, Nāku te rourou, Ka ora ai te iwi. 
From your basket, and my basket, our people will thrive

Conference Dates

  • Pōwhiri-Conference Opening: 5:00pm Wednesday, Jan 15
  • Whakawātea-Conference End: Sunday, 1:30pm -3:00pm, Jan 19
  • AANZPA AGM: Saturday, 9am-4:30pm, Jan 18
  • Dinner Dance with Live Music: 6:30pm Saturday, Jan 18
  • Pre-conference Workshops: Tuesday/Wednesday, Jan 14-15
  • Post-conference Workshops: Monday/Tuesday, Jan 20-21

Registration will open on the 2nd of August 2024, with Early Bird and Payment Plan options.


Pre-Conference workshops

  • Hamish Brown and Cinnamon Boreham: “What Truly Matters”
  • Jenny Hutt and Bev Hosking: “Consolidating Intercultural Work”

Post-Conference workshops

  • Chris Hosking: “Creating moments of optimism for everyday life: a focus on Role Training”
  • Rollo Browne and Bona Anna: “The Drama of the Unfinished Self”

Pre and Post-Conference Workshops

Proposal for a Conference Session

More information soon

The venue and what’s nearby

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Conference Registration

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Conference Programme

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Contact Information

Pōwhiri & Whakawātea: Welcome and Opening & Closing

We are preparing a pōwhiri (opening and welcome process) to set the scene and warmly receive you to Ōtepoti, to the rohe of Kāi Tahu (the land and region of the people of Tahu) and to Salmond Hall on January 15th. This traditional ceremony will be supported by mana whenua and invites us all to unite and fully embrace the shared purpose and spirit.

The pōwhiri signals the beginning of the conference and includes dinner – kai whakanoa that transitions us from tapu (formal/sacred space) to noa (normal/ordinary). After this we will gather for mihimihi, sociometry and continuing our warm-up to one another and our work together.

To conclude our conference we will have a whakawātea, a closing ceremony, to include an opportunity for reflections as well as ‘tukua te mauri’, where the handing over the spirit of this year’s conference to the hosts for AANZPA Conference 2026 will take place.

Plan Your Hikoi (Trip)

Whether you travel by road, air, or via Queenstown, stay tuned for upcoming information to help you plan your adventure. Discover activities to enjoy before or after the conference, from electric bike rides around the harbour to exploring Diana Jones and Chris Hosking’s favourite pre-loved clothes shops in Ōtepoti. Enjoy scenic bush walks, serene spots by the harbour and sea, and experience the unique outdoor pool at St Clair.

Stay tuned for more information on transportation options and recommended activities.


Annual General Meeting (AGM)

A full day on Saturday dedicated to the AGM – this will be a hybrid event with online and kanohi ki te kanohi (face-to-face) options.

Dinner Dance

Join us for a fun evening of local musical talent and a sampling of seasonal kai. This will be a BYO event with plenty of opportunities to get the tipple of your choice locally.

Location and Accommodation

All conference events will be hosted at Salmond Halls of Residence, 19 Knox Street, North East Valley, Ōtepoti  Dunein, nestled amidst trees and bush, where native bird song welcomes each dawn. Live-in accommodation includes all meals, providing a comfortable and communal experience. We can accommodate most dietary requirements. Our conference committee members will be available throughout the event at Salmond.

Stay tuned for more details about the location, accommodation, and dining options.

Salmond College


19 Knox Street
North East Valley
Dunedin 9010


+64 3 473 0750

After Hours

+6422 0112725