The Conference

‘Rehumanising Education’ is a 1 Day conference that
challenges the idea that academic achievement is the measure of student success.  Presenters all argue that if we are to live well together, ideas around success and achievement must change

The conference will challenge critical parts of the current education narrative such as:

  • that success in testing leads to success in life
  • that marks are the only important outcome
  • that everything is about the economy
  • the assumption that technology in education is inevitable

You will come away with:

  • Insights into the limitations and long-term implications of the current system
  • Strategies for opening out a different kind of teaching space for our young people to learn in
  • A sense of freedom as a professional to engage, to inspire and to infect young people with the joy of learning about – and participating in – the world.
  • Tips on how to return creativity, joy and delight to teaching and learning
  • A community of like-minded thinkers who care about the future of our citizens, and the value of our vocation as educators.


The Rehumanising Education conference addresses aspects of the planned New Zealand Curriculum (NZC), which teachers find challenging. 

  • Dr Ann Milne will address the curriculum's phrase "as Maori" and the need for education to "colour in the white spaces". 
  • Associate Professor Niki Harrē will consider values in the ‘infinite game of education’.
  • Dr Armon Tamatea will talk to his work with prisoners and how education may be made a more humanising experience for many before and after they encounter the ‘Corrections Department’.
  • Dr Lynne Bowyer and Dr Deborah Stevens will address the curriculum's requirement for "students to learn to make ethical decisions and act on them, especially with respect to advances in science and technology.
  • Libby Giles will present a session on global citizenship and global responsibility
  • The Wellington day will include guided tours of the He Tohu exhibition
  • The Auckland day will include a presentation on using picture books in secondary schools.
  • Please bring an object that speaks to why you became an educator and your hopes for education.

If, on the other hand, you see yourself not as solving a problem, but as helping to create a viable alternative to our current way of life, the meaning of what you do changes.

- Niki Harré [The Infinite Game, 2016]

If we tell each other that “it’s a dog eat dog world,” and “survival of the fittest,” is a natural law, then it follows that we will put considerable effort into getting a secure job, accumulating personal wealth; and if we have children trying to make sure they have a head start.

- Niki Harré