NZSTA 2021 Conference


Thank you for being a valued NZSTA member.

The NZSTA Board have been actively monitoring the current situation for its impact on the health and well-being of our members and the mission of the Association.

Regrettably, it became clear that we could not hold our in-person conference in Christchurch on our planned dates of 29 – 31 August 2021. After considering several options, the Board and the conference planning committee (CPC) have decided on the following alternatives:

  • Keynote workshops offered live online to delegates – these were successfully held on 30 and 31 August.
  • The CPC has written to oral presenters and looks forward to receiving updated recorded presentations by the end of this month.
  • The Grace Gane Memorial lecture has been deferred to the 2022 symposium – date and venue TBA.
  • As for the workshops, we are liaising with the presenters on a date and format best suited to them to present their workshops. At this stage, many are opting for a future face to face opportunity in 2022.


We will provide full details to conference delegates as they come to hand, but we hope to have finalised details available by mid-late October 2021.

Conference delegates will have flexible access to all alternatives outlined. Non-delegates may be able to access for a fee – TBA.

We appreciate your support and patience.

Conference programme:
Click this link to access a copy. The conference programme provides the abstracts of the oral, workshop and posters, together with details of the conference exhibitors. Please note that you do not have permission to copy or use any of the abstract details provided unless you have received permission from the presenter.

IMPORTANT NOTICE – PLEASE READ: The Association makes no warranty or representation in relation to the content or accuracy of the material in this document or conference. The Association expressly disclaims any and all liability (including liability for negligence) in respect of the use of the information provided. The Association recommends you seek independent professional advice prior to making any decision involving matters outlined in this document and conference.

Participant list – A list of conference participants, which will include each attendee’s name, workplace (if provided), and email address, will be provided to each delegate (via the conference app (in October) and to each exhibitor/sponsor. Some delegates and exhibitors/sponsors are based or reside overseas. If you indicated to be included on the list, you might be contacted by anyone who receives the list.

Cancellations and refund of fees (as per programme)
A full refund, less $126.50 administration charge, will be paid if notification of cancellation in writing (emailed or faxed) received by Monday 26 July 2021.

Notification in writing from 27 July and until 16 August 2021 will result in a refund of 50% of the registration fee.

There will be no refund of the registration fee from Tuesday, 17 August 2021.

If, due to circumstances beyond the control of the NZSTA, the conference needed to be postponed or cancelled, the programme will be provided to conference delegates as recordings of all presentations.

If you require additional information, please email

Conference Committee:
Conference Convenor- Julianne Johns; Scientific Programme Chair – Toby McCrae; and Kate Cook, Bernice Goh, Naomi Grigg and Ruth Ramsay.