Conference 2011 News


Salmond College, Dunedin, February 11-13 2011

An update from Ōtepoti/Dunedin re next year’s Conference.  Firstly, the venue has changed. We are still meeting in one of the University’s Colleges of Residence – it will now be Salmond College, which is right beside the Botanical Gardens, the oldest Botanical Gardens in New Zealand.  Close by are a supermarket, bank, Indian restaurant, upmarket second-hand clothes shop, opp shop and two second-hand bookshops, so lots to browse in between lectures and groups at Conference.

As you will see on the Registration form, there will be a reduced rate for members of NZAP and Waka Oranga.  The registration fee covers both the Friday night dinner at Salmond, and the Saturday night Dinner Dance at Larnach Castle.  Transport by bus, to and from the Castle situated on the Otago Peninsula, is also covered.  As Conference is quite early in the year, the Early Bird registration fee needs to be paid by the end of November.

As advertised in the last Newsletter there will be a Children’s Programme. This is free for members of NZAP and Waka Oranga.  It would be very helpful for the Conference Organising Committee to know as soon as possible how many children are likely to attend and what their ages are. So if you know now, that it is likely you will be coming to Conference with your kids, please let me know –

We have two speakers finalised at this stage. Dr. Denise Guy, a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist with special expertise in Infant Mental Health, and Prof Doug Sellman, Director of the National Addiction Centre, Dept of Psychological Medicine, University of Otago Medical School, Christchurch campus.  You may have seen Prof Sellman on TV – he has been very vocal about the need to confront the alcohol companies re reducing New Zealand’s binge drinking culture.


As Conference is quite early next year, we are sending out the call for papers now – the theme is “Home is where we start from”, with all the possibilities that title encompasses.  For instance

  • attachment theory and the secure base of home/relationship for the child
  • that NZAP should be a "home" for us and the hope that even though changes are ongoing, NZAP still does feel like that home or secure base for members
  • concepts around "home" in terms of country/ethnicity/nationality; Maori concepts of home, of turangawaewae, and that this country is first home to its indigenous people

Please think seriously about presenting.  Abstracts to me, email as above, by Friday October 8th 2010.

Kei Ōtepoti, ka kite mātou ki a koutou

Sandra Buchanan, Conference Convener