Conference Director’s Welcome

Kia ora,

Conference registration is now live. We have joined forces with Anne Gaze who heads up Campus Link and was voted NZ woman of the year for her services to education.

There is no magic bullet, however, as educators we need to be informed by what works and is backed by research to make a positive lasting difference to the lives of our students.

We have some exciting new guest speakers including Adele Diamond from the University of BC who will speak ont how the arts can help improve the executive functions of our brains-she's regarded as one of the most influential Neuroscientists alive today.

Josh Dahn will give us an insight into his amazing school based in Southern California. He is the Principal and Co-Founder with Elon Musk of Ad Astra, one of the most exclusive schools in the world. Josh’s school is primarily made up of SpaceX employees. His students range in age from 6-14 and neuroscience is a key part of their curriculum. His students are working on artificial intelligence and solving real world ethical problems as part of an amazing game which is a key part of their curriculum.

Dr David Moreau, will talk on his ground breaking research project “MovinCog,” based at Auckland University. One of his interesting findings explains how our brain's growth is effected by exercise.

Here’s the thread that weaves it all together - "Dr Adele Diamond points out that there is a reason dance, play, storytelling, art, and music have been part of human life for tens of thousands of years and are found ubiquitously in every culture; that perhaps we have discarded the wisdoms of past generations too lightly." Josh will add his contemporary tech story to this mix.

Our goal is to make this affordable for everyone so in order to cover our costs we are having a no frills conference – there is a café nearby for lunch and you will need to bring your own refreshments for morning and afternoon tea.

You can confirm your place by paying the nominal cost of $35.00 plus GST. We anticipate a full house as there are only 560 seats available.

All those registered will also receive a free link to Prof. Mary-Helen Immordino-Yang’s brilliant online course on plasticity. We are planning for her to be our key note speaker in 2018.

Ngā mihi


Paul Blackman and Anne Gaze
2017 NZEN Conference Directors



Registrations are now open until Monday 1 May 2017

Contact Us



Destination & Venue



Nurturing Young Minds Ltd
192 Centennial Drive
Whitianga 3510
New Zealand

Campus Link Foundation
P O Box 758
Shortland St
Auckland 1140
New Zealand
Mobile: +64 (0) 299931600