Conference 2021


Tony Christiansen

World-leading Inspirational & Motivational Keynote Speaker

Tony lost his legs in a train accident when he was only 9 years old, yet has never allowed his disability to slow him down. Instead he has achieved more in his life than most of us are willing to even try. Tony finds delight in every living moment and shares the secrets to his incredible success. He is humorous, bold and straight talking. He has an amazing and inspirational life story; a rollercoaster of emotions that is never forgotten.

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Keynote ——— Tony Christiansen

Hon. Jan Tinetti

Associate Minister of Education, Minister of Internal Affairs, Minister for Women

Jan was born in Hokitika and grew up rurally on the outskirts of Christchurch. Jan attended Villa Maria College before graduating from Christchurch College of Education with a Diploma in Teaching (Primary) and the University of Canterbury with a Bachelor of Education. In 2016 she graduated from the University of Canterbury with a Master’s in Education with First Class Honours.

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From Coast to Cabinet ——— Hon. Jan Tinetti

Nigel Tutt

Chief Executive, Priority One

Nigel draws on significant commercial experience in chief executive and senior management roles in digital marketing and media, supply chain management, export planning and sales, and operations in the private sector.

He believes that we should have huge aspirations for what the Western Bay sub-region can become in the future – a place where Kiwi businesses can take a world stage.

Driving economic development ——— Nigel Tutt

Bevan Jones

Education Perfect, Regional Manager for Aotearoa

Prior to joining Education Perfect in 2017 , Bevan taught Science and Biology for 12 years in NZ secondary schools. His current role is all about making sure schools are well supported in their use of EP so that teachers and students get maximum benefit from a world class platform.

Outside of EP, Bevan enjoys exercise and the outdoors and has competed in the Coast to Coast over the last three years.


Online Learning Expert ——— Bevan Jones

Claire Amos

Principal, Albany Senior High School

Co-founder of DisruptED, Board-member NetSafeNZ and 21C Skills Lab, founding council member for the Education Council, Aotearoa, NZ. Claire was a foundation Deputy Principal at Hobsonville Point Secondary School. From 2011-2012 she was the Director of e-learning at Epsom Girls Grammar School. She has lead and taught English in a variety of roles. Claire has worked at a national level in assessment and curriculum in English. In 2009 she was a Ministry of Education e-fellow for which she undertook a study of how ICTs can be used to support literacy in and beyond the English classroom.

Claire is passionate about her family, education, fashion and tattoos, living by the mantra - “you can never be overdressed or overeducated”.

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Inspirational Learning Leader ——— Claire Amos

Professor Holly Thorpe

Professor in Sociology of Sport and Physical Culture, University of Waikato

Dr Thorpe is a Professor in Te Huataki Waiora School of Health at the University of Waikato in New Zealand. She works primarily in the field of the sociology of sport and physical culture, with her research interests including sport in post-disaster and conflict zones, gender, youth culture, action sports, social theory, and qualitative methods. She is a recipient of both Fulbright and Leverhulme Fellowships, and author of Transnational Mobilities in Action Sport Cultures (2014) and Snowboarding Bodies in Theory and Practice (2011). In 2018 she won the Royal Society Te Apārangi Early Career Research Excellence Award for her contributions to the Social Sciences.

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Sports and recovery from trauma ——— Professor Holly Thorpe

Jo'el Komene

(Ngā Puhi, Tainui, Tapuika) Artist, Carver and Educator

Jo’el is a taonga pūoro (traditional Māori instruments) artist, carver and educator. He was born in Tauranga and has whakapapa to Ngā Puhi, Tainui and Tapuika tribes of Aotearoa New Zealand. He also works as a teacher of Te Reo Māori. Based in Tauranga, he performs, creates instruments and teaches taonga pūoro to a vast range of audiences. He has performed both nationally and internationally and has completed a Masters Degree from The University of Waikato focusing on taonga pūoro. His work includes recordings for a number of television shows, radio and live performance. His goal in doing this is to assist in the revival of taonga pūoro, which was very nearly a lost art form.

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Taonga Pūoro ——— Jo'el Komene


--- 12 Nov 2021

9:00 Mihi Whakatau | Te Whānau a Aronui, Tauranga Boys' College

9:20 Hon. Jan Tinetti | Associate Minister of Education, Minister of Internal Affairs, Minister for Women

9:45  Robert Gilbert | Deputy Principal,Tauranga Boys' College

sponsored by University of Waikato

11:00 Tony Christiansen | Keynote
sponsored by University of Waikato

12:00 Bevan Jones | Educational Perfect, Regional Manager for Aotearoa

12:10 LUNCH
sponsored by Education Perfect

13:00 Claire Amos | Principal, Albany Senior High School

13.30 Nigel Tutt | Chief Executive, Priority One

13:50 Dr Holly Thorpe | Professor in Sociology of Sport and Physical Culture, University of Waikato
sponsored by University of Waikato

14:40 Jo'el Komene | (Ngā Puhi, Tainui, Tapuika) Artist, Carver and Educator

15:00 DRINKS
sponsored by Ricoh

In the event of COVID-19 Alert-Level restrictions, the conference will be held online.

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90 Keith Allen Drive
Sulphur Point

The Yacht Club is located at the end of Sulphur Point, Tauranga in the Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club (TYPBC) building.

A unique vista creates a fantastic backdrop for your next special occasion. Relaxing on the large deck and enjoying a drink while taking in the unobstructed views of Tauranga Harbour is a great experience.

The Yacht Club offers a fully air-conditioned venue that provides a spellbinding location for any event.

There is plenty of complimentary parking next to the venue.

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Polly Thin-Rabb

Deputy Principal, Te Puke High School

… thank you for the fantastic day! ... the speakers were engaging and thought-provoking and I’m sure everyone could take some learning away


Steve Te Whaiti

Deputy Principal, Bethlehem College

Huge thank you for the conference today … I enjoyed the speakers and the kai and of course the korero with colleagues


Anna Perry

Acting Deputy Principal, Thames High School

… a fantastic conference. We were very impressed and came away inspired and re-invigorated!



Conference 2021



Conference 2021


Friday 12 November 2021
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The Yacht Club
90 Keith Allen Drive
Sulphur Point


$130.50 +GST*


*Earlybird price of $110+GST available if paid before 23 October 2021


Rob Gilbert
Tumuaki Tuarua | Deputy Principal
Tauranga Boys' College

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