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NZAC 2020 Annual General Meeting Event - He Ngaru Hou

This is all about the NZAC 2020 Annual General Meeting Event - He Ngaru Hou.

Te Ahi Kaa and Kaitumtumu have chosen this name for our 2020 event to symbolise the cyclic rhythm of the ocean waves.  A new wave, a metaphor for change.  This is very appropriate for us right now.

Usually, we have Professional Development Day before the AGM.  National Executive decided in March due to the uncertainty while under Covid-19 lockdown to cancel the Professional Development Day this year.  At that time, we were unsure how we would hold the AGM.

Now we are in Level 1 and gatherings are permitted we are having an AGM on the 8th August in Wellington at the Harbourside Function Centre, 1 Taranaki Street. 

We have had feedback from members that they would like to have a social function as part of the Professional Development Day or AGM. Taking this on board we have organised a Keynote Speaker and Buffet Dinner function on Friday evening before the AGM.  National Office is subsidizing the Buffet dinner so the cost is only $25 per person.  Please see the registration form.

We are delighted to have two inspiring and very relevant presenters for both days Veronica Tawhai and Judge Andrew Becroft.  At the end of this email, you will see more information on our two presenters.

Branch Subsidies

National Office subsidizes two members from each Branch to attend the AGM (reimbursed in accordance with NZAC policy)


The subsidy is for each representative:

  • 1-night accommodation
  • 1-way airfare or travel

If you have any queries please contact Sharon-Lee at office@nzac.org.nz


Friday 7th, 6th August 6pm - 9.30pm

  • Keynote Speaker – Veronica Tawhai
  • Buffet Dinner Function ($25 cost)

Saturday 8th, 9th August 9am – 3.30pm

  • 8.15am Registrations open
  • 9am Mihi Wahakatau
  • 9.30am – 10.30am Keynote Speaker – Judge Andrew Becroft
  • Morning tea
  • 11am AGM
  • 12.30pm – 1.15pm Lunch
  • 1.15pm – 3.30pm AGM

Click on the link below to register for the Friday night event and AGM, or to send your apologies for the AGM.  We will also be utilising Zoom for members to join the AGM. More information will come to those who are choosing to connect via zoom, please ensure you complete the zoom choice on the registration form.

Registration Link:


This year we will not be taking any general business items from the floor.  All General business items need to be emailed to the Secretary before 29th July 2020 secretary@nzac.org.nz 

As part of the AGM, we will be welcoming new members to the National Executive and farewelling those who have completed their term.

We will also be acknowledging and farewelling Antony McFelin, NZAC’s past Executive Officer. He has been in this position for over 11 years and been part of NZAC in various roles since 1997. Here is a link to Antony’s farewell message in the March Counselling Today/Nga Korero Awhina.


National Roles – A reflection on my time so far.

I wish to encourage members to consider stepping into a National Executive role.  There are some vacancies (see link below).  This is an opportunity to grow leadership skills, promote the Association, and be part of the development of the profession.  As members of the largest professional counselling association in Aotearoa, it is vital we work together to ensure our voice is heard and NZAC registered counsellors are recognised and valued. 

I was Regional Representative for Nelson, Marlborough, Westcoast and Canterbury from 2017-2019.  I then stepped in the President role in August 2019.  The personal and professional development has been tremendous, I have learnt a considerable amount about NZAC, the government, various ministries, and other organisations. I have developed networks, made new friends, embarked on interesting projects, and upskilled in many areas. Notably public speaking, media interviews, membership database, and the website.  My best support has come from my whanau, my supervisor and my colleagues and friends.  Sometimes I wonder, if I had known what we were going to encounter in 2020 would I still have stepped into the President role.  In the past 3 months, we have the Executive Officer vacancy, COVID lockdown and the new online APC/CPD system.  To be honest, in the midst of it all, at week 3 of Lockdown Level 4, I would have said I'm not sure at all about doing this role.  Sitting here now, I have a sense of progression.  I know this work is important and positive for the Association as well as rewarding for me. I continue to be committed and focused on our development, our values and strategy plan. Click on the link below to see what the roles are.  Please contact me if you are interested.


Keynote Speaker Biographies


Friday Keynote Speaker  - Veronica Tawhai

Senior Advisor Tiriti Education, Maori, Senior Lecturer, Te Putahi-a-Toi

Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Uepohatu 

Veronica Tawhai lectures in policy and politics at Te Pūtahi a Toi. A recent recipient of the Fulbright-Nga Pae o Te Maramatanga scholar award, Ms Tawhai's fields of research and community work include the Treaty of Waitangi, Māori and youth political engagement, constitutional change, and electoral, civics and citizenship education. To date, she has co-edited two books, authored several papers and presents widely on these issues. She is a member of Matike Mai Aotearoa, the Independent Working Group on Constitutional Transformation. She is completing her PhD on the role of citizenship education in transforming indigenous-coloniser relations. Veronica is currently progressing the Te Tiriti Audit for NZAC.  This is a vital and essential piece of work that will empower the Association on the Te Tiriti relationship journey. 

Saturday Keynote Speaker  - Judge Andrew Becroft

His Honour Judge Andrew Becroft was appointed a District Court Judge in 1996. In 2001, he became the Principal Youth Court Judge of New Zealand; a role that he held until 2016 when he was appointed the Children’s Commissioner.  Born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Judge Becroft graduated from Auckland University in 1981 with a BA/LLB (Honours) degree. He practised in Auckland with the firm Fortune Manning & Partners until 1986 when he then assisted with the establishment of the Mangere Community Law Centre and worked there until 1993. He then worked as a criminal barrister in South Auckland until his appointment to the District Court bench, sitting in Whanganui, from 1996. In 2010 Judge Becroft was the recipient of a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Auckland. Judge Becroft was the 2018 winner of the Public Service Category at the Wellingtonian of the Year awards for helping vulnerable young people as Children's Commissioner. He is actively committed to a specialist approach to dealing with youth offenders and is an advocate for youth issues.

I am excited about He Ngaru Hou, our gathering together. I hope to see you there.

Ngā mhi nui, na

Christine Macfarlane