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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.  Last chance to register!

Hi there,
Wow, its less than a week to go until The Natural Phenomena Early Childhood Conference in Kiripaka, Whangarei.  Our keynote speakers are all set to go, the workshop presenters are ready, the marquees are about to go up and we are looking forward to welcoming old friends and new.
We still have a few spaces left at this years conference, so it is not too late if you want to join us on the 22nd – 24th of November in the beautiful Wild Woods for a weekend of inspiration and enjoyment.  Last chance to register, don't miss out!

If you have already registered please refer to our Delegates Notes and if you are camping our Camping Notes are on our website.
Please contact us if you have any questions at
If anyone is looking for some last minute accommodation near to the conference venue try this beautiful Bush Retreat.
Car pooling
We have some delegates travelling by car from Wellington and offering 3 seats to help share petrol costs.  They are leaving Wellington on Thursday morning and returning by Monday.  If you are interested please phone or text Jane 021 452 639 and she will put you in touch.
If anyone else is interested in contacting people for car pooling please use our Facebook page to make connections with people.
(see link at bottom of page)

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.
Thanks to the volunteers who have worked hard over the year to make The Natural Phenomena happen, its now time for the fun part!  

See you next weekend!
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 programme here.
More about the presenters on our website.

Registration fees (all incl gst):
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!!

Accommodation at the conference
is b.y.o. - in the comfort of your own tent!  We've had lots of enthusiastic feedback from previous years about how much camping 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 field 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

Brought to you by
Nature Education Network