Join us for two and half days of inspiration and networking as we bring you the latest innovations in technology education. Listen to current innovators and leading technology educators, hear about the latest research, attend hands-on workshops, explore the treasures of Te Papa and expand your kete with like minded educators from across New Zealand. With Nex funding, this conference is the lowest price we have ever had, so bring all your colleagues.

Conference Information

11-13 October 2021 → Te Papa, Wellington

Te Papa, Wellington


More info about Te Papa here


Engineering facts

The museum:

  • took four years to complete
  • weighs 64,000 tonnes
  • has six floors
  • has 36,000 square metres of public floor space (the size of three rugby fields)
  • is made of 80,000 cubic metres of concrete
  • has enough reinforcing steel to stretch from Wellington to Sydney
  • sits on 152 base isolators to protect the building from earthquake movement
  • is clad in 14,500 grey and yellow stone panels
  • uses New Zealand–grown woods inside:
    • native – mataī (wall panels), tawa (handrails), rewarewa (lift linings)
    • exotic – macrocarpa (ceilings), eucalyptus (some floors).


The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Act 1992 demonstrated a shift to represent New Zealand’s culturally diverse society and reach a broader audience. Emphasis was placed on collections and the nation’s access to them.

Under the Act, Te Papa would:

  • unite the National Museum and National Art Gallery as one entity
  • unite the collections of the two institutions so that New Zealand’s stories could be told in an interdisciplinary way
  • be a partnership between Tangata Whenua (Māori, the indigenous people of New Zealand) and Tangata Tiriti (people in New Zealand by right of the Treaty of Waitangi)
  • speak with authority
  • represent and appeal to New Zealand’s increasingly diverse society
  • be a place for discussion, debate, involvement, and celebration
  • link the past, present, and future.
Conference Key Dates

Presentation/Workshop/Session Proposals dueThursday 5 August
Confirmation to Speakers byWednesday 18 August
Initial Programme ReleasedFriday 20 August
Last day for Member Early RegistrationWednesday 1 September
Last day Non-member Early RegistrationWednesday 1 September
TENZ Awards Nominations CloseMonday 6 September
Conference StartMonday 11 October
Conference DinnerTuesday 12 October
Conference EndWednesday 13 October

Conference Registration

RegistrationFee NZ$(incl GST)
TENZ Member Early - last day 1 Sept 202160
Non-member Early - last day 1 Sept 2021160
TENZ Member100
Conference Dinner35

Keynote Speaker

Conference Dinner - Parliament House
Tuesday 12 October from 6pm

The Conference Awards Dinner is a fun affair and a time to catch up with old friends and get to know new ones. Time to relax and network over a delicious meal. The three course dinner will be held at Parliament House in the Grand Hall.

A cash bar will operate from 6pm, please be seated by 6:30pm.

Dinner tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased when registering for the conference.

During the evening the biennial technology education awards for excellence and contribution will be presented.


Restoration, refurbishment, and earthquake strengthening work at Parliament House from 1992-1995 included work on the Grand Hall. During the work:

  • a new parquet floor of Australian spotted gum, partially covered with a thick traditional-style carpet, was installed
  • the heart rimu (a native New Zealand timber) panelled walls were stripped, strengthened, replaced, and re-varnished
  • gilded plasterwork was replaced to replicate the original architect’s design
  • the arched stained glass panels in the upper walls and the large glass domes in the ceiling were refurbished.


Accommodation Specials

Please find some information to assist with your accommodation booking for our upcoming conference. If you need any further assistance, please feel free to contact us.

InterContinental Wellington

2 Grey St, Wellington

Greetings from InterContinental Wellington!
The link below will direct you to our web page for booking your accommodation. The negotiated rates are only applicable during the contracted dates
(Monday 11th October – Wednesday 13th October)Click here to secure your TENZ special rate.

Please ensure the following information is relayed to all bookers/delegates.

  • A contact number/email and credit card must be provided.
  • Guests are responsible for payment of room direct to the hotel.
  • Cancellation is 30 days prior to arrival date. Bookings cancelled within 30 days will be charged a cancellation penalty equal to the nights cancelled.
  • The link will expire 30 days prior to arrival and rooms are subject to availability at all times.

Oaks Wellington

89 Courtenay Place, Te Aro, Wellington

You are invited to stay at the Oaks Wellington for your upcoming conference.

There are 3 easy ways to book:
You can book directly on our website by using the Promo Code: ENGINEERINGNZ

By clicking here which will take you to our website with the code allocated OR

by emailing us directly at Oaks Wellington:

[email protected] and [email protected]

Village Accommodation Group

4 locations

Join us at the Ohtel Wellington, Astelia Apartment Hotel, Willis Village Urban Garden Apartments or Boulcott Suites so we can accommodate you, offering home comforts during your stay. The link below will automatically include your conference special rate in all 4 locations.

You can book here

You can also access these rates direct via our website, clicking on BOOK NOW, and using the Promo Code: ENGINEER.

Things to do in Wellington

Conference Presentation/Workshop/Session Proposals

We are looking for motivating and informative presenters to expand attendees' ketes. You may want to run sessions where you can share your practice, explain your research so that educators can improve their practice, and/or facilitate some great professional development.
If this sounds like you, sign up now. Or share it with someone amazing you know.

TENZ Awards 2021

Every two years the Council will give awards to teachers and teacher educators for excellence in, and contribution to, technology education.

Awards will only be given in categories in which a suitable nominee has been submitted

This is the highest professional award made by Technology Education New Zealand. Those nominated may come from a school management, advisory, lecturing, teaching, research, curriculum development, administration or ‘industry’ background.

Recipients will have given service to technology education over a long period of time and made an outstanding contribution, showing commitment and leadership.

This award is made to lecturers, advisors, facilitators, consultants or teachers for their service to teacher development work in technology education.

The category is for high quality work that has developed teacher understanding and confidence over a significant period of time in pre-service and/or in-service training.

This award recognises excellence in subject leadership. It is made for a significant contribution over an extended period of time in developing technology education programmes in a school or organisation and achieving consistently high standards of performance from students.

This award is made to teachers who have displayed outstanding capability in teaching technology over an extended period of time. They may be a coordinator or Head of Department/Faculty or those not holding such positions but consistently displaying excellence in their teaching practice.

This award is made to educational researchers who have made an outstanding contribution to technology education over an extended period of time.

This is for outstanding and sustained excellence and contribution to technology education in New Zealand. Recipients will have given service to technology education over a long period of time and made an outstanding contribution, showing commitment and leadership.