Pre-Conference Newsletter

Published: Tuesday 12 March 2013

From the Chair's desk

It's now only 3 months till we assemble again for our first ever conference in New Zealand, and our second conference out of Australia, the first being Singapore in 2007. Our fledgling New Zealand Chapter has done an amazing job, planning a conference in their first year as a chapter, and have assembled speakers and site visits which promise to be extraordinary. I believe the New Zealand context of both a different government structure and an earthquake zone, will refresh our exploration of possibilities in our world of building better schools.

I hope you will support CEFPI in our endeavors to continue exploring innovation in Education building design in our region of the world. 

Mark Trotter

CEFPI Australasia 


Put the dates in your diary - Conference 29 May - 31 May 2013

Note - Early bird registration closes 29 March 2013

Conference attendees may be able claim CPD points.


Pre-Conference Tour of Christchurch - Tuesday 28th May 2013

Hear and see first hand the education situation in Christchurch. Visit schools directly affected by the earthquake and learn about their plans for the future.

You will need to make your own arrangements for travel to and accommodation in Christchurch.


Designing Spaces for Learning

Mark Treadwell is an independent consultant based in NZ who will speak on the transformation of education required in order to address the issues of the current paradign shift in education, and the changes in teaching and learning practices necessary for today's learners.



Site Visit - Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Te Kotuku

Officially opened in 2010, Te Kotuku was established by parents so that their children could be educated in a schooling environment where Maori customs and traditions, values and Maori knowledge are central to their education. The buildings, driveway, entrances and playgrounds support the philosophy of Kura Kaupapa Maori where Te Reo Maori only speaking zones are defined.

Conference Dinner - Auckland Museum Thursday 30th May 2013

Situated above the Waitemata Harbour in the lush grounds of the Auckland Domain, Auckland Museum provides a spectacular venue for the three course conference dinner and Awards presentation. 

Dress:    All Black
Tickets: $140.00 (includes beverages)

Book when you register for the conference. 

Site Visit - Avondale College

Avondale College is one of New Zealand's largest secondary schools and can also boast undergoing the single biggest rebuilding program for a school in New Zealand. This project successfully weaves together historic building with contemporary architecture (two phase build).

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