Embracing Change Event 2022

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This professional development event is a new collaboration between Physical Education New Zealand, the New Zealand Health Education Association, and Education Outdoors New Zealand to provide a two-day intensive professional learning event to support secondary teachers’ knowledge and understanding of teaching and learning in Health Education, Physical Education, and Outdoor Education, specifically at the secondary school level.  

 We have listened to the participants’ feedback from past events. The July 2021 event reached maximum capacity at 350 participants and many missed out before registrations closed. Holding the event in the Rotorua Energy Events Centre means we will be able to accommodate more of you, in spacious, purpose-built facilities. There are limits on capacity though - so we still recommend that you register early to avoid missing out!  

So, save the date - registrations will open in February.

 We are looking for passionate educators to present engaging, presentations or hands-on professional learning and development sessions to inform, upskill, and delight the participants. 

The audience will be mostly secondary school teachers of physical education, health education and outdoor education, plus those who research in these fields, provide tertiary education, and those in initial teacher education study, or those who provide educational services and resources to this sector. 

The theme for this year is Embracing Change and will allow for exploration in the areas of new approaches and dealing with our ever-changing world. Session ideas outside of the theme are also welcome. 

Potential topics could include

  • Strengthening Year 9 and 10 programmes
  • Responsive pedagogical approaches
  • Integrating Mātauranga Māori 
  • NCEA changes – programming, teaching and assessment
  • Our local curriculum
  • Innovations in teaching, learning and assessment
  • Online teaching hacks
  • Te Ao Kori or Te Reo Kori 
  • Advocacy within HPE 
  • Whole-school approaches to the promotion of wellbeing 
  • Future-proofing Health Education, Physical Education and Outdoor Education    


PechaKucha (20 slides each for 20 seconds – a total of 6 entertaining minutes)

45 minute presentation

45 minute workshop (inside, at tables, limited movement)

45 minute practical workshop (indoor sportsdome for sessions that require running around)

90 minute presentation/workshop (inside, at tables, limited movement) 

Note - This year we are limiting the 45-minute session to just one presenter. A maximum of two presenters (equally co-presenting) are allowed for the 90 minute sessions.

Your abstract submission must be made online here

If you wish to draft your responses before submitting them, use this PDF document


PPTA members 

The PPTA has secured funding to offer post-primary teachers a grant of up to $700 per year until 30 June 2023 to attend a subject association event.  This grant is to support your professional learning and development at conferences, workshops or events. It can be used to cover registration, travel, meals, childcare and accommodation. Before applying for a grant, you will need to be pre-approved, so PPTA can confirm the availability of annual funding and our event’s eligibility. This way you can be assured of reimbursement once the event has concluded.  Apply for pre-approval now

Website will be live soon so watch this space.