Community Networks Aotearoa – Biennial Conference

In the two days leading up to Labour Weekend, 124 delegates gathered in Christchurch for our biennial conference. Held this year in conjunction with the New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS) the conference took “Social Justice in Communities” as its theme.

Those who attended enjoyed a range of presentations from 17 excellent speakers who looked at issues from Placemaking and Transitional Engineering through to housing and social justice advocacy. The daily programmes were held together by our entertaining MC Adrian Te Patu, and his drum, and the overall response to the conference was excellent.

For those unable to attend (and those wishing to remind themselves of what they heard and learnt), many of the conference presentations are now available at with more being added as they come to hand. The website also includes a brief video from VisionWest Community Housing whose CEO Lisa Woolley was one of our speakers.

The day before the conference began, we held our AGM at which we officially adopted and toasted our new name. Our thanks to all our members who joined us in Christchurch and helped make this conference an occasion to remember.

Community Networks Aotearoa

Tel: 04 472 3364