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Conference Programme and Details

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The conference will begin on Wednesday, 24 January and conclude Sunday, 28 January.

A full Overview of the Conference Prgramme is available.

Conference 2007 Programme

Conference Brochure PDF, 153KB

Organising Committee

Conference Organising Committee Membership

The Core Committee emerged from the early meetings of our region towards the end of last year. The committee represents the three areas of ANZPA Central Region – Wellington, Palmerston North and Nelson. Over 20 other people are involved in preparing the conference.

Contacting the Conference Organising Committee

The Conference Registrar
PO Box 17 220,
Wellington 6147,
New Zealand
Ph: +64 4 972 8186
Fax: +64 4 476 8184

Format of the Conference

The Conference will begin on Wednesday with a powhiri (formal welcome) that acknowledges the sacredness of the place in which we are meeting, the local people and especially the "waewae tapu" (sacred feet) of the visitors.

Ohomairaki, the ANZPA Bi-cultural group in Aotearoa New Zealand are involved in preparing this welcome together with the tangata whenua (local people) from Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington.

Following the evening meal there will be an opening address by Tahu Potiki, CEO of Te Rū∑nanga o Ngāi Tahu. Ngāi Tahu are the main South Island Iwi (tribe). Tahu has done considerable a amount of training in psychodrama, has worked with the method and now heads one of the largest tribal corporate organisations in New Zealand.

There will be two pre-conference workshops and two post conference workshops.


The conference will be held at the Student Union Building, Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand.

This venue overlooks the beautiful harbour city of Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington, the jewel of New Zealand cities, at the head of Te Ika a Maui (Maui's fish the North Island). Wellington is the capital city of New Zealand with the famous Beehive House of Parliament, Te Papa Museum, the Cable Car and the home of the Lord of the Rings studios. The city offers many walking tracks to explore the hills through the town belt where you can view the harbour from many different angles. There is a wide range of cafes and restaurants close to the University.



Conference accommodation is at historic student hostel, Weir House, Gladstone Tce, Wellington. This is on the edge of the main Victoria University campus, 5 - 10 minutes easy walk from the conference venue, the Student Union. Transport will be available for those with limited mobility.

Single rooms have phones and wash basins. Bed and breakfast $60.

Twin rooms have two single beds, no phone or basin. Bed and breakfast $45.

Shared bathroom facilities for single and double rooms are at the end of each corridor.

Weir House Facilities

Computers are available and computer cards can be purchased at Weir House for $5.
Phone Cards are also available for purchase.
Parking is limited to 10 spaces and will be allocated according to need.

Pre- and post-conference workshops are at Weir House. Accommodation is available in the days leading up to the conference and for several days after the conference.

Alternative Accomodation – Local Hotels

Rates are for people attending conferences at Victoria University, so advise hotels of your conference attendance when booking.

Mercure Hotel

345 The Terrace. 15 minutes walk and 5 minutes by taxi from the conference venue. This hotel is situated at the quieter, more residential end of The Terrace, a main city street. Single or double room $125 plus GST (12.5%) per night


Phone (Toll free) 0800 444422
Fax 04 385 2119
Phone 04 385 9829

James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

147 The Terrace. This is a central city location. It is 15 minutes walk from the venue and less than 5 minutes by taxi. There is very easy access to the Cable Car which has a stop close to Weir House.

Standard room $165 + GST per room per night
Superior $195 + GST per room per night
Club King $250 + GST per room per night
Suite $350 + GST per night


Phone (Toll free) 0800 275 337
Fax 04 499 9800
Phone 04 499 9500


Download the Registration Form (PDF 78KB) or Registration Form (Word 30KB). Post, email or fax the completed form, along with your payment, to the Conference Registrar.

If you register and pay the full fee by November 30, 2006 you will qualify for the early bird registration. This is a saving of $50! Members of ANZPA Inc are entitled to a special membership rate, provided their membership subscription payment is up to date at the time of registering.

We are accepting payment by credit card (Mastercard and Visa), bank cheque and personal cheque made out in New Zealand dollars. Direct Credit can be made to the Conference Bank Account (NZ only). Do not send cash in the mail. Registration for the Conference will only be accepted if accompanied by payment in full.

When you have registered, we will communicate with you by email. Please include an email address on the registration form. If you do not have an email address, provide the email address of someone who can forward information to you.


All conference and the pre and post-conference workshop costs are itemised on the Registration Form (PDF 78KB). A cost summary is below.

  Members Non-Members

Whole Conference Registration
Incl. GST Incl. GST

Early Bird Conference Fee (fee must be paid in full by November 30, 2006 to qualify as Early Bird)


Full Registration Fee after November 30, 2006

Pre and Post Conference Workshops

Pre-conference workshop. Exploring psychodrama as a systemic method: Max Clayton


Pre-conference workshop. “A story is like the wind…” Bev Hosking & Mary Good


Post-conference workshop. The weird and wonderful world of systems – a sociodrama training workshop: Vivienne Thomson


Post-conference workshop. The adolescent arena: Effective action strategies for working with youth and their social systems: Mario Cossa


Single Room per night


Twin Share Room per night

Dinner Dance

Extra ticket


Dinner Dance

A sumptuous smorgasbord meal has been arranged so that all tastes are well catered for.

Within a short time the fabulous Rhythm Plant band will strike up and play an exciting array of dance tunes for you to dance your troubles away until close to the bewitching hour. This will be the time for the wise to head off to their beds and for the wicked to continue partying down in the city.

Extra tickets to the dinner and dance are available for $75 and we encourage you to bring a partner to enjoy this conference highlight.

The wonderful Dinner Dance will be held at the prestigious Skyline Restaurant at the top of the famous Cable Car. Guests staying at Weir House will travel in the Cable Car to be greeted by Wellington ANZPA members and the staff of the Skyline Restaurant. We have this venue booked exclusively for the Conference Dinner and Dance.

As you sample your complimentary glass of champagne and mingle with other conference attendees, all dressed in their glamorous threads and sparkling jewellery, you will look out at the sun setting on the city and harbour. This is a million dollar view of Wellington. As colleagues and friends we will continue to celebrate the work of ANZPA that we have focused on during the AGM and the Life of the Association that day.


At Conference 07 we have taken the challenge of catering very seriously. We consider your nourishment and well being as being a primary concern to us. To this end we have worked closely with the venue caterers to provide a menu that is interesting, satisfying and addresses the particular dietary requirements of psychodramatists!

The menu will include a selection of seasonal foods presented in interesting ways. Over the five days of the conference you will get to try from the extensive Eurest menu options we have chosen. Vegetarian options will be provided as a matter of course at each meal.

For those with special food requirements your individual meals will be prepared for you which you can uplift from the food service area. You will need to give us specific instructions in advance so that we can co-ordinate with the caterer. There is a place on the registration form to indicate this. If you want to give us more information about your requirements please feel free to email or post these to

For those living at Weir House, breakfast is included in the room rate. Weir House is student accommodation and this is reflected in the price and the expected level of food available. Full breakfasts will be available each day. During the pre-conference and post-conference workshops all meals will be provided at Weir House.

We will be also providing fresh fruit and fresh coffee for those living in. For those looking for something extra there are many lovely restaurants and cafes down in the city, a brief walk or cable car ride to get there.


NZ Met Service

Kapiti Island Trip

A post-conference trip has been organised to Kapiti Island, a nature reserve near Wellington. The trip will be on the day after the Conference finishes, Monday January 29.