2017 Symposium

We are excited to announce that the 2017 NZSTA Professional Development Symposium will be held as follows:

Thursday 7th and Friday 8th September, Sudima Hotel, Rotorua


The Sudima hotel group holds the distinction of being the First Accessible Hotel Group in New Zealand, their goal being to ensure all guests can enjoy every aspect of each hotel’s facilities regardless of their individual needs. This makes them the perfect choice to host our Symposium.

The PROGRAMME has been finalised and is available here.

The Annual General Meeting will be held during the Symposium during lunchtime (1.15pm)  on the 7th September.

Registration fees will be unchanged from 2015:

1 day 2 days
Member $150 $260
Non Member $300 $450
Student member $90 $150
Student non member $200 $350


To help with your planning, adult focused papers will be prioritised for the Thursday and paediatric focused papers on the Friday, with papers relevant to all spread across the 2 days.

Submission of Abstracts – Now Closed.

2017 Keynote Speakers

Huhana Hickey7th September – Dr Huhana Hickey

Huhana Hickey has an LLB/BSoc Sci, LLM (Distinction) and a PhD in Law and Tikanga Maori from the University of Waikato. She was a solicitor at Auckland Disability Law (the first disability community law centre in New Zealand) and as a Māori Research Fellow at the Taupua Waiora Māori Health Research Unit at the Auckland University of Technology, Akoranga, Auckland.

Dr Hickey was the indigenous peoples’ representative for the International Disability Association steering group caucus during the development of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and is still involved with the IDA international networks. Dr Hickey is a member of the Human Rights Review Tribunal and was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2015 for her services to Māori and disability community. She holds several governance roles, is a member of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of New Zealand, has sat on several ethics committee and is a life member of Rostrevor House in the Waikato.

Dr Anna Hearne8th September – Dr Anna Hearne

Anna Hearne has been a Speech-Language therapist for almost 20 years, beginning her journey with a bachelor degree from Curtin University in Western Australia in 1996. She completed her Masters in Munich, Germany in 2001 and her PhD at the Australian Stuttering Research Centre, Sydney in 2005.

Anna has always specialised in the treatment of stuttering and has worked in a variety of settings. She currently works as a lecturer at Massey University, and as a clinician for the Stuttering Treatment and Research Trust, and Anne also runs a private practice.

In addition, Anna is a member of the International Lidcombe program Trainers consortium and teaches workshops in New Zealand, Australia and Germany. She has a particular interest in the improvements that can be achieved by combining evidence based treatment techniques with teamwork between parents, clients and speech-language therapists.