Shifting Horizons
Ngā Huapae o Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa
The horizons of the expansive Ocean of Kiwa (Pacific Ocean)


For some years one of the key strategic objectives of NZARE has been to support the growth of Māori and Pacific education researchers. The Māori and Pacific Caucuses of NZARE have been instrumental in this project. We have also been aware that as part of this strategy it would be important to build ties with the communities of education researchers who are domiciled in our neighbouring Pacific Islands.

To this end, it is exciting that the dream of having our annual conference hosted by a sister university in one of these Pacific Islands has come to fruition, as we are proud to co-host the 2020 NZARE conference with the National University of Samoa. It is our hope that this will be one of many future such conference co-hosting collaborations and that through such events, we will strengthen our ties with Pacific Islands education research communities and foster many future research collaborations to benefit, in particular, the education of Indigenous children and young people of the Pacific.  

The NZARE Conference is three full days from Monday 23rd to Wednesday 25th November, 2020, hosted by National University of Samoa, Lē luniversitē AoAo o Sāmoa. Our theme, Shifting Horizons, challenges researchers, educators and stakeholders to critically engage with questions about what we might need to change to ensure that our tamariki │ children │ tamaiti and rangatahi │ adolescents │ talavou are prepared for their future.


The 2020 conference will be the first time we have held our conference in Samoa. By engaging with researchers from NUS, we will get greater insight into the importance of Samoan cultural values in the school system and how that assists learners and learning but also the teaching nexus. As New Zealand education seeks to improve the cultural responsiveness of our education system, we can learn from our Pacific neighbours.


We are excited to present a range of highly respected keynote speakers who will provoke our thinking and practice. Join us for three days of research presentations, discussions and collaborative reflection.

Information regarding Travel, Covid-19 and the Conference

Decision deadline regarding Covid-19 and the 2020 Conference

NZARE is currently working with NUS to monitor the serious, on-going impact of Covid-19. The conference committees have agreed to make a decision in the first week of July in relation to whether the 2020 Conference will go ahead. This decision will be based on the actions taken by NUS and the Samoan Government. Any updates on this issue will continue to be published on the NZARE site.

Statement from Air NZ

Air New Zealand is introducing booking change flexibility for all new international bookings ticketed from 5 March to 31 March 2020.

Customers who purchase an international ticket between these dates will have any change fee/penalty waived. Any applicable service fee and fare difference will be payable should the same booking class not be available at the time of rebooking. Non-refundable fares will remain non-refundable.

Customers purchasing domestic tickets should consider flexidate or flexitime fare should they be concerned about needing to change their travel plans, as these fares allow for great change flexibility.

Further, at this point, and in discussion with Air NZ, please note that if the borders are closed there will be a new policy that New Zealand will be offering in terms of refunds. Please keep an eye on this space

Requirement for entry to Samoa:

The Samoan Ministry of Health has advised that all customers travelling to Samoa are now required to carry with them a medical certificate, indicating they are well and able to travel. The medical certificate needs to be dated within three days of booked travel. This will be required for check-in before a boarding pass is issued.

The latest information from the Samoan Ministry of Health will be updated here.

Reduction in scheduled services between Auckland and Samoa:

Following a directive issued to all airlines by the Samoan Government, we are reducing our services between Auckland and Apia, from six times a week to five times a week. This is in effect as of Saturday, 07 March 2020

Draft timeline 

 16 March Call for papers opens
  Online registrations open 
30 June  Call for papers closes - automatic programme inclusion if accepted 
15 July  Final call for papers close - placement in the programme subject to availability 
Mid August  Email notice to paper submitters of Acceptance / Decline into the conference programme
1 October  All presenters need to have registered AND paid by 1 October to have their presentation included in the programme 
  Early Registration closes 
23 November  Conference starts