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

in Kiripaka, Whangarei, on 21st to 23rd November 2014

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

Hi there,

Happy New Year to you.  We hope you're enjoying the summer and that the year has started as gently as possible for you.  Most of us find it a bit hard to shift gear back into work mode after the break, but hopefully these long warm evenings are affording you some opportunities to squeeze the most out of our summer days.

What a huge success the Natural Phenomena 2013 was.  We've been very touched with all the enthusiastic feedback we've received, both on the weekend and since.  I think it's fair to say that it was overall a valuable and inspiring conference for all those who attended and were involved in its creation.

And a big thank you to all the workshop presenters who so warmly and generously shared their time, experience, wisdom and enthusiasm for supporting our youngest members of our society.  Our young people will be nurtured and educated in the most natural, healthy and sustainable physical and emotional environments possible.  And a big thanks again to the committee members who worked hard over the year to make The Natural Phenomena happen! 

And of course our gratitude to last years keynote speakers for your time, energy and wisdom:

Dr Rangimarie Turuki Rose Pere
Steve Gurney
Griffin Longley
Marghanita Hughes

This year's conference will take place on the weekend of 21st to 23rd November 2014.

Among our Keynote Speakers for this year's event will be:

Adam Bienenstock from Canada and Dr. Rose Pere will be back!

Workshop presenters

We are still putting our program together and open to presenters applying to join this year's line up of quality presenters for workshops, or suggestions of presenters who you recommend we might approach.


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!!

Cut off for early bird registrations will be 31st August.

Please contact us if you have any questions at


Living the taonga of Te Wheke 
Join us for nine evenings of professional development, mentorship and exploration of the 8 aspects of Te Wheke, based on the writings of Dr Rose Pere.  Embrace these principles into your daily life, and your daily practice as an educator with your children.  

Who:   Facilitated by Anna Gentry from NaturePlay NZ
When:  Evenings will be held monthly in Whangarei and Auckland. 

Whangarei (click here to download flyer)
Cost:    $15 per evening or $90 for all nine.
On the 3rd Tuesday evening of each month 6-9pm, beginning February 18th 2014.
First evening to be hosted by “Giggles”, Tikipunga, Whangarei

Tuesday March 18th Kiwi Kids ELC, Onerahi, Whangarei.
Tuesday April 15th Open Spaces, Glenbervie, Whangarei.
Centres are invited to host the remaining six workshops, please contact us with expressions of interest. For completion in October 2014
Cost:    $20 per evening or $135 for all nine.
On the 4th Tuesday evening of each month 6.30-9.30pm, beginning February 25th  2014
Hosted by Royal Oak Childcare. Mt Albert Road, Royal Oak
We begin with an introduction to understanding Te Wheke and its role in 21st Century life of the teacher and the child.
Followed by a monthly workshop to understand, embrace and action each of the 8 tentacles into the life of the teacher and the child.
To Register and if you have any questions contact

Contact: For any further information please email mail@natureeducationnetwork.co.nz

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