2023 WRPPA Conference

Join us at the Wellington Regional Primary Principals' Association and FujiFilm 2023 conference to hear inspiring speakers share their stories as we move into 2023 and beyond.

We are looking forward to bringing together bright minds to give talks that are idea-focused, and on a wide range of subjects, to foster learning, inspiration – and provoke conversations that matter.

Venue: Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa
Dates: Thursday 30 March - Friday 31 March 2023


Keynote Speakers:

Jehan is one of New Zealand’s leading journalists, with a career spanning 12 years in primetime TV current affairs.

He has reported for TVNZ’s flagship programmes, including Sunday, Seven Sharp, Close Up and Breakfast. Jehan was named “Broadcast Reporter of the Year” at the Voyager Media Awards in 2020, and “Reporter of the Year” at the New Zealand Television Awards in 2018.

Ngahihi o te ra Bidois is “The Face of New Zealand” and is an award winning International Leadership Speaker, author, businessman, leader, husband and father. He has presented throughout the world including the New York office of Google.

Ngahi is a recipient of the National Professional Speakers Association New Zealand Speaker of the Year, Inspirational Speaker of the Year and Master of Ceremonies of the year Awards.

In 2017, David was facing a terminal diagnosis and given less than a year to live, but managed to beat cancer in a remarkable series of lucky breaks.

After a year of chemotherapy, and staring a terminal diagnosis in the face, David got a literal lifeline, with the chance to get on to a clinical trial in the USA. Now a genetically modified cancer-killing machine, David’s reflecting on the lucky series of events that saw him beat cancer, and on his new approach to life.

Cam Calkoen dreams of a world where everyone is inspired to embrace their opportunity and our physical being is no barrier to succeeding in our dreams and aspirations.

It is dreams that have brought the world to what we see today and our aspirations that will propel it into the future.

Karen O'Leary

Prior to acting, Karen was working in an early childhood centre–and we all know what a tough audience kids can be!

She is great at working a crowd, engaging an audience and always getting some laughs in–but she can also deliver a serious message when the occasion demands it.

William Pike is an inspirational kiwi who is on one hell of a journey - from losing his leg in a volcanic eruption, to starting a nationwide youth development programme, to recently mountaineering in Antarctica.

It’s easy to see that William has an infectious enthusiasm for adventure, life and fun. His character and outlook on life are nicely summed up by the title of his popular autobiography, Every Day’s A Good Day.