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"The Natural Phenomena Conference"
A Nature Education Conference in the outdoors

in Kiripaka, Whangarei, on 22nd - 24th Nov 2013

Come and be inspired to help ensure our children’s fundamental right to connect with nature is preserved.  Register Now.

Hi there,

We thought that some of you would appreciate receiving a reminder that the EARLY BIRD REGISTRATIONS CLOSE on 31st AUGUST!

We're very excited about the line up of presenters, workshops, entertainment, yummy food, stalls and more for this year's festival.  We would love to see you here, and we know you want to come, so get your registrations in quick!


Thanks so much to those who applied for the Scholarships, there were some fantastic submissions and we really wanted to choose you all!  We wish you all well in your endeavours with your centres and with the environment, hopefully we will still see you in November.
The lucky winners are…  Anna Tripp, Taipa, Doubtless Bay and Anna Wilson, Arohanui Early Learning Centre, Keri Keri.  Congratulations!  We look forward to seeing you in Northland later on in the year!
Early Bird Registrations close on the 31st of August!
This year's Keynote Speakers:

Dr Rangimarie Turuki Rose Pere, Waikaremoana, NZ
Steve Gurney, Christchurch, NZ
Griffin Longley, Nature Play, Western Australia
Marghanita Hughes  British Columbia, Canada

Read and download the complete workshop program here.
More about the presenters on our website.

Registration fees (all incl gst):

Early bird (no dinner & entertainment ) - $410
Early bird (incl dinner & entertainment) - $450
Standard Registration  - $450 (no dinner)
Standard Registration  - $490 - (incl dinner & entertainment)
$100 discount off any of the above options for Students.  Also, see Scholarships below.  (Proof of student ID required)
Group discount: Four or more from the same centre – 7% further discount to above prices!!

Centre Stories  Are you interested in sharing your centre's story? – If so, come prepared to share as there'll be a slot for informal presentations on the Friday evening.
Accommodation at the conference is b.y.o. - in your comfort of your own tent!  We've had lots of enthusiastic feedback from previous years about how much staying on the site of the conference in tents has really enriched the experience of the weekend.  You'll love being part of the little camping village that's created on the grass right beside where all the action happens; workshops, shared meals and browsing stalls during the day, camp fire, music, sing songs, sharing stories and making new friends at night.  How can you resist! 

For non-camping accommodation options, there's a couple of options on our website, or google Tutukaka Coast.

 What others have said about the Conference

“Quite simply, the whole experience IS the education instead of the usual “just talking about education”.  Plus it's held in Paradise, and you don’t have to die first!” - Pennie Brownlee
“This is the conference I have always dreamed of, I just didn’t know I was dreaming it”  - Rusty Keeler
“Too many highlights.  The whole thing was a highlight, look out when I get home I won’t be shutting up for a while” -  Ana Shaw

“An inspiring soul fulfilling place where you can be an individual and take so much from the Earth, speakers and all the whanau at the conference.  A beautiful place to remind us of our passions for mother nature and children.  This is the start of an amazing journey that the centre can take on.”  - Hayley Beecroft
“Thank you for this amazing opportunity.  We will be coming back next year.  Can’t wait to share all this inspiring knowledge with the rest of the team.  Arohanui”
“I loved the relaxed atmosphere of this conference as opposed to some conferences with a more hurried approach.  This was a theme in discussion about children being unhurried.  So we can as adults benefit from them too!”
Location: 592 Ngunguru Rd, Whangarei.

Contact: For any further information please email

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Nature Education Network