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We would like to extend our thanks to all delegates, speakers and sponsors who attended and supported the 2023 Conference in Napier. We had record attendance and it was a fantastic conference.

We look forward to seeing everyone next year in Auckland, 17 - 19 October 2024.

2023 Conference Organising Committee

Conference venue

Napier War Memorial Centre, 48 Marine Parade, Bluff Hill, Napier

Overlooking the majestic Pacific Ocean with sweeping panoramic views from Mahia Peninsula to Cape Kidnappers, the spectacular seaside venue has Napier's Art Deco architecture and ambience right on its doorstep and a range of quality accommodation options, bars, restaurants and the city centre available within easy walking distance.

The purpose-built, modern conference facility is just a short drive from Hawke’s Bay Airport and offers wheelchair accessibility on the ground level, with a passenger elevator available to the lower level. Disabled toilets are available on both levels of the venue. Guest car parking is limited for guests and attendees in the venue's car park. If parking onsite for more than 3 hours, a car-parking pass must be obtained from the venue’s reception. Please note that all other street parking around the venue is for a maximum of two hours only.

Further information can be found on the venue’s website:

Host City

Ahuriri, Napier is a beachside city set amid the renowned wine-producing region of the Hawke's Bay. Rebuilt after the 1931 earthquake, the city is known for its sunny climate, stunning esplanade lined with Norfolk Pines and extensive Art Deco architecture.

Affectionately known as the ‘Art Deco Capital of the World', Napier is often likened to a 1930s film set, and one of the best ways to enjoy the streetscapes is on a self-guided walk where you can appreciate street after street of stunning and beautifully-restored Art Deco buildings. Napier is home to many fine wineries, fabulous restaurants, bars and cafes. The boutique shops are a must-visit, as is the Sea Walls collection of magnificent murals painted on more than 50 walls around the city. Along the waterfront promenade of Marine Parade, the Pania of the Reef statue, depicting a Maori maiden, is a symbol of the city and The National Aquarium of New Zealand is a world-class attraction.

Napier offers so much to see and do, especially for those seeking the great outdoors. There are walking trails suitable for all abilities, miles of off-road, flat bike tracks, glorious gardens and adrenalin inducing adventures to experience and enjoy.

Hawke’s Bay Airport is a 12-minute drive from the conference venue with Air New Zealand operating daily flights in and out of Hawke's Bay direct from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. There are numerous transport options to and from the airport and a wide range and style of accommodation options in close proximity.