The Natural Phenomena 2014 
We are so excited to bring you the conference programme for The Natural Phenomena 2014! 
If you're passionate about connecting children with nature you're going to love this year's line up of world experts and workshop opportunities. 
Join us for a weekend of inspiration and collaboration. invite

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Keynote speakers
Richard Louv
Renowned International Speaker, Author of "Last Child in the Woods" and "The Nature Principle".
The man that sparked the debate that lead to an international movement on reconnecting children with nature. Richard Louv has challenged the world with a powerful call to action to rectify the disengagement that is developing with children, adults and their relationship with the outdoor environment.
Richard is a distinguished international speaker and will bring current research, anecdotal evidence and personal experience to share with us.
Dr Rangimarie Turuki Rose Pere
Returning for a second year is the beautiful Dr Rangimarie Turuki Rose Pere, she will come with her wisdom, enthusiasm and wit, and no doubt some powerful words and messages for us to return home with to share with our families and tamariki.
David Spraggs from Gisborne NZ
David Spraggs brings his passion for provoking teachers to do more and be more when it comes to our children, doing more sometimes means "doing less". David will share his experience of both New Zealand practice in the Education Sector and his experiences in playing in the woods in Europe.
Adam Bienenstock
Inspirational, thought provoking, (and a little crazy) the CEO of Bienenstock Playgrounds, Adam Bienenstock, from Canada is joining us at The Natural Phenomena this year. 
"If you care about your children’s safety, mental health, physical development, community engagement, and the future sustainability of our planet - natural playgrounds are the most important and intelligent choice you can make. Is there Art, Music, and Nature in your playground?"

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2014 Conference registration fees (all incl GST)
- Early bird - $450 - Cut off for early bird registrations will be 31st August. 
- Standard Registration - $490 
- $100 discount off any of the above options for Student - Proof of student ID required
- Group discount: Four or more from the same centre – 7% further discount to above prices!! 
- Scholarships:  Once again we are delighted to announce two student scholarships for 2014. If you are a student please e-mail us your story and tell us why you would like to come to The Natural Phenomena 2014, don't be shy!
Your registration fee includes Friday night dinner, Saturday night dinner and entertainment and all meals except breakfasts.

go to Here is our 2014 flyer to download for your work notice boards or to pass around your networks.
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The Wheke workshops 
Te Wheke 2014 is now well under way providing inspiration, professional and personal development to attendees in Whangarei and Auckland. The classes are now full but watch out for 2015 dates and if you would like to go on the waiting list please click the link below.

Living the Taonga of Te Wheke :
A 9 part monthly evening workshop and mentorship programme.
To assist you to understand, embrace Te Wheke in an educational context.

Dr Rose Pere has shone a light on where we can look should we want to deepen our relationship with life, our children and the nature of everything that exists.

Whangarei - Third Tuesday each month beginning Feb 18th 2014 6-9pm
Auckland - Fourth Tuesday each month beginning Feb 25th 2014 6.30-9.30pm
Whangarei: $90 for 9 sessions or $15 per session
Auckland: $135 for 9 sessions or $20 per session
Facilitated and mentored by Anna Gentry of NaturePlay NZ

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Inspiration and Ideas 

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Warm wishes from The Natural Phenomena Team

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Location: 592 Ngunguru Rd, Whangarei.
Contact: For any further information please e-mail
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