Conferences / Professional development

Te Ipu Taiao – The Climate Crucible

6, 13, 20 and 27 March 2021, 9am-12pm via Zoom

Registration opens 26 October

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NZAP Climate Crucible panui (PDF)

“This is a time of great reckoning. Privately, locally, globally. The question is no longer ‘when will this change?’ but ‘how far am I willing to go to meet the changes and bring them about in myself?’” Kae Tempest[1]

We invite you to join members of NZAP on Saturday mornings, 6, 13, 20 & 27 March 2021, in an online learning community to address the Climate Tragedy.

The destructive domination of neo-liberal capitalism has engendered ‘othering’ of indigenous people, inculcated a culture of hyper-individualism, destroyed the habitats of other species, perpetuated injustice and inequality and threatened the very fabric of life.

What will become possible if we reflect on the unconscious processes involved in our disconnection from Earth? Detached, disembodied and omnipotent, we have used our ecosystems and other life-forms as objects for perverse and unfettered enjoyment, denying our utter dependence on and indebtedness to the intricate web of life of which we are a part and which we surely need to protect.

What resources can we bring from the body of theory that informs us and our experiences as psychotherapists that might contribute understanding, stimulate debate or support community preparation and action in the evolving crisis?

What can Pakeha learn from te Ao Maori about belonging within ‘the woven universe’[2]? This intricate web of relationships in which tangata ira live in relation to other entities that respond and have agency. This provides a contrast to omnipotent and superior individualism as cultivated in Western world views.

We hope that in coming together we may find strength to face some of the reality of the climate crisis, bear feelings of grief, rage and guilt in the service of mourning and the discovery of a pathway towards rapprochement, reparation and repair.

In the Climate Crucible leading thinkers in psychotherapy and science will participate in our enquiry regarding the environmental, social and political changes that are coming with Climate Change and what we can do now to prepare personally, as psychotherapists and citizens in this time of “great reckoning”.

[1] Kae Tempest, Instagram post 7 August, 2020

[2] Rev. Maori Marsden, The Woven Universe, 2003

He waka eke noa.

Key speakers

Sally Weintrobe, Dr Robert Romanshyn, and Dr Michael Melmed.

More details to follow.


Professor James Renwick, Professor Huhana Smith, Dr Paris Williams, and Professor Jem Bendell.

More details to follow.

Mātauranga Māori

Speakers from Te Ao Maori.

More details to follow.

Social Dreaming Matrix

Louise de Lambert, Claudia Gross, Jayne Hubble, and Richard O’Neill-Dean. These will take place 6.30-7.30am on Friday 19 March, Saturday 20 March and Sunday 21 March. 

More details to follow.


Early Bird (closes 18 December 2020):

  • NZAP/Waka Oranga member: $120
  • Non-member: $150
  • Student: $20

Full registration (19 December 2020-28 February 2021):

  • NZAP/Waka Oranga member: $150
  • Non-member: $180
  • Student: $50

NZAP Life Member: free

Last date for registration: 28 February 2021

You can pay with a credit card via Paypal at the time of registration. Alternatively, please request an invoice if you would prefer to pay by bank transfer.

Members of NZAP and Waka Oranga can request a discount if they are experiencing financial difficulties sufficient to prevent registration for this event. Contact John O’Connor on 021 899 261 before 12 December 2020.

Call for Papers and Pounamu Iti

We invite submission of abstracts for papers. These will be due by 11 December 2020.

We also invite submissions for Pounamu Iti (short creative items from NZAP members). These will be due by 22 January 2021.

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The final programme will be circulated to all registrants by email, w/c 1 March 2020.

Some sessions will be recorded and may be available later through the NZAP YouTube channel. This will be indicated in the programme along with the Zoom links for each session.