Call for proposals for national family violence conference

Thu 10 Nov 2022

Te Kupenga Whakaoti Mahi Patunga | National Network of Family Violence Services is inviting proposals to present at a national conference. Proposals need to be submitted by 2 December 2022.

Silhouette of person shining a light up in to the stars in the sky

Call for proposals for national family violence conference

The Aotearoa New Zealand National Family Violence Conference, Hiwa-i-te-rangi, is being organised by Te Kupenga Whakaoti Mahi Patunga | the National Network of Family Violence Services. The conference organisers are inviting proposals from individuals and organisations who want to present at the conference in 2023.

Proposals to present must be submitted by 2 December 2022.

Proposals are invited on all aspects of work relating to family violence and/or sexual violence. This could include a diversity of methods and approaches, including performances, showcases, panels, discussion groups, workshops and academic papers.

Creative practitioners, activists, academics and researchers are invited to submit proposals to present. The presentation opportunity is for concurrent sessions during the conference. Depending on the number of presentations, presenters will have between 20-60 minutes to present.

The conference will take place at Te Wharewaka o Poneke in Te Whanganui a Tara | Wellington on Thursday 23 March and Friday 24 March 2023.

The conference whakatauki is

Waiho rā kia tū takitahi ana ngā whetū o te rangi

Let it be one alone that stands among the other stars in the sky

The call for proposals explains:

"Just as Hiwa-i-te-rangi, a Matariki star holds our dreams and desires in the hope they will be realised, Te Aorerekura, Aotearoa/New Zealand’s first National Strategy for the Elimination of Family Violence and Sexual Violence holds that space where our dreams and desires, indeed, our expectations, may be realised for better, more effective, and just, family and sexual violence prevention and response systems.

Our conference whakatauki Waiho rā kia tū takitahi ana ngā whetū o te rangi, reminds us however of the importance of stepping up as leaders in the space. The realisation of our aspirations, and those of our communities, requires that we each work as leaders in our mahi, alongside other leaders (in government, in culture, in communities) to realise Te Aorerekura’s Moemoea that “All people in Aotearoa New Zealand are thriving; their wellbeing is enhanced and sustained because they are safe and supported to live their lives free from family violence and sexual violence”.

While Hiwa-i-te-rangi invites us to dream, Te Aorerekura implores us to action."

Proposals need to include details about your topics, presenters and more. For more information see the call for proposals which has guidelines for submitting a proposal and examples of possible topics.

For questions, contact the conference organiser Howard Dawson at

For more information about the event, see the official conference website:

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