TEFANZ Conference 2024

University of Auckland - 11 and 12 July 2024

TEFANZ 25th Anniversary Conference and AGM 2024

Join us in celebrating 25 Years of teacher education advocacy and scholarship at the Teacher Education Forum Aotearoa New Zealand (TEFANZ) Conference and AGM. The University of Auckland will host TEFANZ Conference 2024 on the 11th and 12th of July. The theme of the conference is:

‘Educating the professional’ or ‘training the worker’? Keeping sight of Teacher Education in times of change

It is widely accepted that a key characteristic of a ‘professional’ includes the centrality of a specialised body of knowledge that is developed through a sustained period of professional education and training.  The TEFANZ 2024 Conference sets out to provoke conversations around what it means to be ‘educated as a teacher’ and what it is to be ‘trained to be a teacher’. At a time where teacher education is subject to a plethora of political postures and promises, it is crucial to consider the inherent tensions within, and the purpose of, teacher education in Aotearoa New Zealand.

We invite delegates to contribute to this conversation on the future of teacher education through sharing research findings, innovative practices and insights into the moral and political nature of our work.

Conference Programme

Thursday 11 July

17.00 | B201 Foyer   Registration and Arrival Drinks
18.00 | B201 Foyer   Mihi Whakatau and TEFANZ 25th Anniversary Book Launch
18.30 | B201 Foyer   Keynote Session: Professor John Morgan, University of Auckland (This session includes drinks and nibbles)
19.30 | B201 Foyer   Closing Karakia

Friday 12 July

8.00 – 9.00     | B201 Foyer   Breakfast (Barista Coffee available)
8.45 – 9.00     | B201 Foyer   TEFANZ Awards
9.00 – 10.00   | 201-393   Keynote 2: Pro Vice-Chancellor Pacific, Associate Professor Jacoba Matapo, Auckland University of Technology.
10.00 -11.30  | See Below   Oral Presentations – Session 1*
11.30 – 12.00 | B201 Foyer   Morning Tea Break (refreshments available)
12.00 -13.30  | See below   Oral Presentations – Session 2*
13.30 -14.30  | B201 Foyer   Lunch and TEFANZ AGM
14.30 – 15.30 | 201-393   Ministry of Education Presentation on “The Curriculum Refreshed and Common Practice Model” by Tara Taylor Jorgensen
    Teaching Counsel Updates by Lesley Hoskin
15.30 – 16.30 | 201-393   Plenary and Conference Closing Session


Oral Presentation Sessions*

The Final Presentation Schedule for both Oral Presentation Sessions is now complete.

Download the final presentation in detail from the link below.

Presentation Abstracts

To view all of the accepted Abstracts that will be presented at TEFANZ Conference, click on the link below.

Keynote Speakers

Jacoba Matapo

Pro Vice-Chancellor Pacific

Auckland University of Technology


Jacoba Matapo has ancestral ties to Siumu Samoa and Leiden Holland. Jacoba is an Associate Professor in Pacific Early Childhood Education and is the first Pro Vice-Chancellor Pacific at Auckland University of Technology. She has over 15 years of educational leadership experience spanning University, ITE, and ECE contexts. She has led key Pasifika education projects, anchoring Pacific philosophy for transformation in education. Jacoba is deeply invested in Pacific ECE nationwide and advancing culturally affirming education practices across Aotearoa. Her Pacific research affiliations include advisory roles with MoE (Pacific) and MoH, and she serves as an advisory board member for TLRI.

John Morgan

Head of School of Critical Studies in Education

University of Auckland


John Morgan has worked in university-based Teacher Education in 4 universities since 1999 (following a decade teaching geography in London schools). From 2000 to 2012 he trained over 250 geography teachers at the University of Bristol at a time when the models of teacher education were shifting. He also worked at Futurelab (running a project on educational change funded by Microsoft). As the Head of the School of Critical Studies in Education at the University of Auckland, John is well placed to offer a ‘global’ perspective on the past, present and futures of ITE.


TEFANZ Delegates can benefit from special rates on accommodation options in Auckland. To find out more about the discounts and hotels included, click on the link below.

TEFANZ Book Launch

A Voice for Teacher Education
A History of TEFANZ 1999-2024
Noeline Alcorn and Beverley Cooper

TEFANZ Conference 2024








Key Dates

Submissions Closed
Awards Nominations Closed
Registration closes: 12 July

Conference Venue

Building 201

University of Auckland

10 Symonds Street,

Auckland CBD,

Auckland 1010