MANZ Conference 2021

Keys to Culture: Te tatau o te ahurea
Date: April 17-19, 2021.
Location: Wairakei Resort, Taupo

Kia ora,

Welcome to the information and registration site for MANZ Conference 2021!

I am delighted to present to you the amazing line-up of speakers who are providing a wide range of topics which will, I’m sure, inspire you. Come along and enjoy the relaxing facilities at Wairakei Resort, Taupō while soaking up knowledge for your kite.

I look forward to welcoming you.

Cathy Wilson
Executive Officer

Conference Programme

With the programme for 2021, we have tried to take into account many of your suggestions from your evaluations. We have the overseas speakers giving their keynotes one after another on the opening day which means you are able to listen to all three keynotes. We are also finishing slightly earlier on the second day (Sunday) allowing for kaiako who need to travel and be at work on Monday. 

Programme will be online 1 October, 2020 with registration opening on the same day.

Conference Registration Fees and Information 


Early bird (incl. GST)

closes 31 Jan, 2021

Standard (incl. GST)

3 Day Registration
School / Organisation Member



Individual Member






2 Day Registration
School / Organisation Member



Individual Member






Prices in NZ Dollars and include 15% GST

South Island Discount

For 2021 we are offering our South Island attendees a $50 discount off their registration fee, a special discount code will be provided to you through the conference registration form for you to apply to your registration.

The 3-day full registration fee includes

  • Entry to all conference sessions
  • All lunches, morning and afternoon teas
  • Welcome function 17 April.

The 2-day full registration fee includes

  • Entry to conference sessions 17 and 18 April
  • Lunches, morning and afternoon teas 17 and 18 April
  • Welcome function 17 April


Conference and Events Ltd accepts Mastercard or Visa credit and debit card. Before registering, please have your card details ready. Your card details are required for registration confirmation. Alternatively, you can request an invoice for payment within 7 days by contacting prior to registering.


Cancellations must be notified in writing by email to Conferences and Events Ltd at

We understand that circumstances can change. At any point prior to the event you are welcome to contact Conferences and Events Ltd in writing to nominate a substitute delegate at no extra charge. A full refund less a $100 service fee will be issued for cancellations received on or before 31 Jan, 2021. No refunds will be issued after 20 March, 2021. Non-payment does not constitute cancellation.

Not quite ready to register, but want to stay in the loop?  No problem, you can express your interest below.


It is strongly recommended and your responsibility to have insurance to cover medical, travel, and registration expenses in the event of unforeseen circumstances.


Click here to view the Terms & Conditions in relation to purchasing goods or services from Conferences and Events Ltd for MANZ 2021.


Should you have special needs for food or mobility requirements, or have other special requirements please let us know when you register.


Conference and Events Ltd, PO Box 24078, Manners Street, Wellington 6011


For all registration and general enquiries, send Conferences and Events Ltd an email at or call Rebecca on 04 282 1702.  They would love to help.

Key Note Speakers

Emma Elegado-Kotulic: 0-3 Years

Emma has an  AMI 0-3 years Assistants to Infancy Diploma, a Masters in Early Childhood Education  and is completing her Training of Trainers for this special age group. Emma is known for her extensive experience as a directress and an assistant administrator in Montessori long day care. Together, with other AMI diploma holders, Emma helped develop a classroom curriculum that has ultimately made the children work independently, one of many principles of a Montessori environment. She has experience in both a Nido and Infant Community long day care implementation.

Carol Potts: 3-6 Years

Carol Potts is an AMI 3-6 Trainer with the Association Montessori Internationale.
She is currently Director of Training for the AMI 3-6 Diploma Programme in Aotearoa, New Zealand and on the Management Team and Advisory Committee of the Maria Montessori Education Foundation (MMEF), N.Z.
Carol has had the privilege to spend her days in 3-6 Montessori environments, for 25 years.  She is now part of the AMI Faculty in China and offers training in New Zealand and Australia.

Rebecca Dallam: 6-12 Years

Rebecca Dallam is the Director of Elementary Training at the Australian Centre for Montessori Studies. She holds the AMI 3-6 (1987) and 6-12 (1996) diplomas, a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Temple University and a master’s degree in education from Loyola University. Rebecca worked in Montessori public education in the U.S. before emigrating to Australia in 1998. Since then she has worked to bring AMI 6-12 training to Australia so that more children can benefit from the Montessori approach to human development. Rebecca has taught at both the 6-9 and 9-12 levels in Sydney-area schools, and currently directs a 6-9 classroom at Cameragal Montessori School. Rebecca has worked with teachers in Australia, New Zealand and Thailand and has served as a course examiner in Japan.


Anaru Kapa

Nō Te Aupōuri, Maniapoto, Tainui ahau.  Ko Anaru Kapa ahau.  Ngā mihi ki a koutou, ngā rangatira mā o Montessori.

In Anaru’s whānau, Montessori and Māori worlds have been a focus.  His whānau has been involved with both of his children attending a Montessori preschool and kohanga reo concurrently.  Marie (his wāhine toa) and himself chose these educational pathways for their daughters as they best fit their philosophical and educational value systems.  They have learnt much while on this journey.

Anaru has taught in various capacities for over 20 years, focusing on how to support the child/person to express the fullness of their taonga in the world to make positive changes.   This focus has had a bi cultural lens. There has been much learning and opportunity to grow.  He has been trained in counselling (various forms), business and education.  He is continually learning tikanga, whakapapa and growing in te reo Māori with whānau and other sources.

Anaru’s educational background includes a M.Ed in counselling and career development and degrees with sociology,  psychology and business majors.  He has had the honour of completing a Diploma in Whānau Strengthening and Support using an Indigenous qualifications training framework.

Mark Sweeney

Mark is currently a director of Impact Education Group. He has a broad background with a central focus on education and organisational development. He has taught in both primary and secondary schooling sectors, has been a senior lecturer at the Wellington College of Education and has lectured for Victoria University. Mark has expertise in the fields of education, organisational development, leadership, team behaviour, communication and coaching and has a particular interest in helping people transfer learning into workplace behaviour.

Mark is motivated by helping people strengthen their capabilities and he has invested heavily in developing his own skills. His work with teams is supported by his accreditation as Belbin teams facilitator, his coaching work is supported by his William Glasser Institute Reality Therapy/Choice Theory Certification.

Aleks Zajac 

Aleks is a Montessori teacher, school leader and a mum of a child with learning differences.  Over the span of the  last 20 years, she has worked with many tamariki and families with learning differences in various cultural contexts, made quite a few mistakes, learned from them and made a journey from fear to love and compassion.

In an attempt to fulfill her life mission of making life a little easier for those families and their teachers of tamariki with learning differences, she is now studying to become an educational psychologist.

She is looking forward to sharing tools that work for her knowing that she doesn’t have all the answers but has some which she hopes will help.

Pauline Roberts

Pauline Roberts has been teaching at Ōrākei Montessori Preschool since 2008 and in 2016 became the owner. She is married to Mal and has 2 children and 3 step-children, all now have flown the nest! 

Before teaching at Montessori she taught at kindergarten which has helped her fuse Montessori philosophy with Te Whāriki. She believes tamariki who attend Montessori preschools have a positive, happy, fun start on their educational journey, 

She teaches in the younger Fantail Class at her Montessori because this age group (20 months to 3 years) is her calling. She has endless patience and a great sense of fun.

She is so grateful to have studied under Dr. Nicola Chisnall at AUT and considers the mentoring advice and wisdom Nicky gave will remain with her always. Pauline remembers a discussion with Nicky where they talked about Pauline one day talking at a MANZ Conference, both agreeing she would know when she found something she was passionate about and for her it is educative mentoring, She thinks Nicky had already adopted this style of leadership before it had a title and was waiting for the rest of us to catch up!

Accommodation Options at Wairakei Resort

Wairakei Resort, Taupō, 640 Wairakei Dr, Taupō 3379

The resort’s comfortable rooms and suites feature en-suite bathrooms and geothermal sourced heating. Twin Rooms accommodate up to 4 guests in 2 doubles or 2 queen-size beds. Suites offer king-sized beds for 2 guests and a separate lounge or sitting area. Family Villas feature a spacious open-plan living room, full kitchen and separate bedroom, and they all interconnect with adjoining Studio accommodation. The luxurious split-level Rangatira Suite offers 2 bedrooms and a lounge with dining area. Most room categories offer views of manicured gardens and Wairakei Tourist Park from patios or private balconies. Disability rooms with wheelchair access are available. WiFi and 24-hour room service are available in all accommodation.

Click here for more information about the hotel.

Room types & rates:

  • Economy king room – $135.00 per room per night
  • Run of House king and twin rooms – $165.00 per room per night
  • Superior twin room – $175.00 per room per night
  • Suites and villas – $225.00 per room per night
  • Rangatira suite – $335.00 per night

To make a booking please click here, to make any changes to your booking please contact the Wairakei Resort reservations team directly:

Phone: 07 4749004

The special room rates are available up until the day of the conference subject to availability. These rooms are based on general availability; it is recommended that you book as soon as you can to ensure you don’t miss out.

Accommodation Policy:

Accommodation must be booked via the link provided on the conference website. MANZ and Conference & Events Ltd are not responsible for any of your accommodation booking and payments. Please ensure you read and understand the hotel’s terms and conditions as they vary from one hotel to another. It is your responsibility to contact the hotel directly for any amendments or cancellation and all payments.

Find out more about visiting the beautiful lakeside resort town of Taupō.

Sponsorship and Exhibitors

If you would like to reach the Montessori community let’s talk about your vision and how we can help you connect with early learning centres and schools nationwide. Talk to us about your ideas, we’d love to hear from you.

Email us at to receive a copy of the Event Prospectus or call Kerry at 04 282 1633.

Would you like to be an exhibitor?

Book your space online using the link below. You will be able to view the floor plan, see pricing and create a login which allows you to view the full exhibition package, book your space(s) and register your attending representatives.

Click here to enter the Exhibition Zone to make your booking.


The Conferences & Events team is happy to help, email us at or call Rebecca on 04 282 1702 for any registration queries or contact Kerry on 04 282 1633 for any sponsorship queries.

MANZ Conference 2021

Date: April 17-19, 2021.
Location: Wairakei Resort
Address: 640 Wairakei Drive, Taupo