In-Person Workshops

01. Finding enhanced meaning and growth in your job: could job crafting be the solution?


Dr Deepika Jindal, Professional Teaching Fellow, Business School, Waipapa Taumata Rau | University of Auckland


Join Dr Deepika Jindal for an interactive workshop to explore how crafting your job experiences in a way that fits with your needs, abilities and preferences could add more meaning to your work life, which may then lead to favourable individual and organisational outcomes. Deepika will talk about different kinds of job crafting behaviours and their impact on employees’ wellbeing, growth and job satisfaction. Individuals have a propensity to seek meaningful work that is satisfying for them and leads to personal growth. This workshop will focus on job crafting research and practice to suggest that a job description that has flexibility built into it is more likely to lead to job crafting behaviours compared to job descriptions that are over-prescribed. By participating in a job crafting exercise, you will have the opportunity to reflect on how you may have been already crafting your job and what else you could do to make it more meaningful for you and lead to further growth opportunities. This session will also be useful for leaders and line managers as they are key enablers for these job crafting behaviours to take place.

02. Grow your Future: Create your personal Vision Board


Lynda Clements, Connect, Waipapa Taumata Rau | University of Auckland
Kara Thomas, Manaia Life Coaching


One of the best ways to achieve your goals is to keep them visible, so that you’re always consciously and subconsciously looking for ways to move yourself closer to them. A Vision Board is the perfect tool to help you do that.

A Vision Board is a visual representation of your vision for the future. A collage of words and pictures that clarifies your vision and brings your ideas, goals and dreams to life and motivates you to get into action. These visual images can be powerful and inspirational, keeping you centred and focused, enabling you to sidestep distractions and direct your energies where they will make the most impact.

Please join us for this fun hands-on workshop and create your personalised Vision Board to inspire and motivate you to reach for your dreams.

03. University Gardens: A Walking Tour


Stanley Jones, Grounds and Precinct Manager 


When walking through the gardens a person should have a sense that the gardens reflect a feeling of simplicity, implicitly, modesty, naturalness, everydayness and imperfection, as well as silence and balance. This results in a garden which is subtle and has unobtrusive beauty, and engaging with the gardens is thus effortless and pleasurable.

It must be remembered that the gardens as such is a framework of the University Urban Scape. The gardens should therefore be in harmony with the buildings and hardscape whilst promoting an atmosphere of tranquillity and unity.

As this is a walking tour, please remember to wear comfortable footware.

04. Build a T-shaped career that combines your passion and expertise with a versatile set of skills and knowledge.


Renetta Alexander, Practice Lead Strategic Capabilities, Waipapa Taumata Rau | University of Auckland


To maximise your career potential, aim to cultivate both in-depth expertise in your field of focus and a diverse range of cross-functional skills and knowledge. This strategic combination will enable you to offer unique value to any employer and thrive in a rapidly changing work environment

05. Experience Chanoyu – the Japanese tea ceremony


Ian Fookes and tea-making assistants, Waipapa Taumata Rau | University of Auckland


Come and join us for a bowl of tea and a sweet! Around the world, people practice Chanoyu – Japanese tea ceremony – as a path to personal growth. This workshop is a chance to learn about the Way of Tea and how its offers a traditional path to personal growth.

Participants will learn how to perform in the tea ceremony as guests, how to whisk green tea, and how to appreciate Japanese aesthetics. During the hands-on session, we talk about the history of tea, its philosophical meaning, and the importance of ‘practice’ in daily life. Participants will get the chance to reflect on the place of ritual, beauty, seasonality, and spiritual practice in their life.

06. From Reflection to Action: Lessons Learned in the Women in Leadership Programme


Gemma Skipper, Kaihāpai Tauira, Waipapa Taumata Rau | University of Auckland

Nicola Jackson, Business Capability Manager, Waipapa Taumata Rau | University of Auckland

Claire Lanyon, Manager Cultural Collections, Waipapa Taumata Rau | University of Auckland


Are you ready to step up and take charge of your leadership journey, or coaching / mentoring others through theirs? Come and join the 2023 participants of Te Manahua NZ University Women in Leadership programme as they take the group through a participatory workshop where they will share their reflections of lessons learned from their attendance at a five-day residential programme which is aimed at supporting and encouraging women who are, or aspire to be, leaders in the university sector.

Facilitating a discussion on leadership with attendees, the participants will offer insights into their own experiences and successes and will highlight some of the unique challenges that women face in leadership roles.

This session is an excellent opportunity for all, no matter your gender affiliation or professional position, to network and build a supportive community of leaders. You’ll learn from, and contribute to, the discussion on how we tautoko our mana wāhine, increase our influence and contribute to the development of a diverse and inclusive leadership culture within the university sector in Aotearoa and beyond.

07. Self Defence


Amber Schnauer, Sport and Recreation, Waipapa Taumata Rau | University of Auckland


In this workshop you will get a taster of the Sport and Recreation Self Defence programme. Our Self Defence programme is one of the most intense, comprehensive, enjoyable & hands-on self-defence syllabus in New Zealand.
You’re taught how to deal with the worst-case scenario, when the awareness, avoidance and de-escalation have failed, it all turns physical, there’s no obvious way to escape & you have to fight back.
Please note that the workshop will include some challenging topics and can feel intense at times. These will be dealt with in a sensitive manner with opportunities for questions, however you may also wish to consider what you need to do to take care of yourself before, during and after the session.


08. SDG Sprint: Global Learnings for Local Sustainability Challenges


Gillian Lewis, Waipapa Taumata Rau | University of Auckland

Jingwen Mu, Waipapa Taumata Rau | University of Auckland


In this workshop, you have the opportunity to make a difference and crack a real-life sustainability challenge that impacts every one of our staff and students at the University — commuting for work or study.

Whether you drive to the office, cycle to lectures or catch up on work on the ferry across the Hauraki Gulf, a diverse range of travel habits and perspectives is what will make this workshop hum not ho-hum.

To guide you through this interactive, student-led session is a team of smart, inspirational mentors — our inaugural Future17 alumni.

They will apply the skills they have learned this year, as they worked together with students and mentors from Waipapa Taumata Rau and institutions worldwide on developing solutions to sustainability problems put forward by a range of business partners.

You will hear about the trailblazing journey this cohort of students has taken, and you’ll gain insight into the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

As part of a team, you will apply design-thinking concepts and generate creative answers to curly questions around car parks, ride-sharing, EV charging stations, biking infrastructure, data on travel patterns, transport-service provision and more.

And if there’s mileage in your team’s proposals, you may also get to continue working with the University’s new Sustainability Hub, to see your solutions take effect on campus.


09. Turning your hobby into a career or side hustle


Daniel (Wenyuan) Kuang, Dear White | Auckland Wedding Photographer & Videographer. 


We all have something we love doing so why not take it to the next level? Wouldn’t it be great to do what you love and make a living out of it? And if not then at least get some pocket money from it as a side hustle?

From never having photographed a single person in my life to being an international award winning wedding photographer in just a few years, I’ll be sharing  some of the struggles that I’ve encountered when I started this journey as well as a few tips on how to remain sane through it all. Things that worked for me and things that didn’t.

And of course if you’re interested, happy to geek out on photography too.


10. Connect Educate Inspire Physical & Mental Wellbeing


Lincoln Jefferson | Warriors Community Foundation  & One NZ Warriors

Charlotte Scanlan | Warriors Community Foundation  & One NZ Warriors

Anthony Gelling | Warriors Community Foundation  & One NZ Warriors


The importance of physical and mental wellbeing for young people through a sporting environment lens.

Topics will range from:

The current  space of sport and wellbeing for wahine in sport and physical wellbeing.

Challenges that face our community and how we can navigate them through hauora.

The Covid effect- what is the real impact to society in educational terms

Mental Wealth

11. Tupu Reo: Reo gains for personal growth


Trent Dallas | Kaimanaaki Kaupapa LLS 

Abigail McClutchie | Kaiārahi LLS


In the spirit of the conference theme: Kia Tupu, we invite you to find your own personal growth with Te Reo Māori and the ReoSpace.

From enhancing communication skills, to deepening personal cultural identity to

building meaningful connections with others, we will share how using Te Reo Māori can be a catalyst for personal development.

This workshop will discuss growth, culture, and social connection through the power of Te Reo Māori, as we share our experiences with the

language, and explore how the Library’s ReoSpace can positively impact your


We will discuss how gains and growth in your Te Reo (Tupu Reo) and utilising the

ReoSpace can be a platform for your own personal development.

Join us in discovering the transformative power of Te Reo Māori and the

importance of ReoSpace at Waipapa Taumata Rau. Let’s Tupu Reo together!

12. Understanding Communication in Māori and Pacific Worlds


Suzanne Woodward | School of Cultures, Languages and Linguistics and Public Policy Institute, Waipapa Taumata Rau | University of Auckland


Introduces principles and practices of communication relevant to the unique cultural landscape of Aotearoa. Attendees will explore communication in the context of Te Ao Māori and Pacific cultures, ethical issues related to bicultural communication, and the significance of Te Tiriti o Waitangi for communication practitioners.

13. Growing you and your capabilities– by practice and function


Stephen Whiteside | Director Organisational Performance & Improvement

Jeff Kennedy |Enterprise Architecture Manager Organisational Performance & Improvement

Drew Marfitano | Senior Function Performance Consultant Organisational Performance & Improvement

Elspet Garvey | AD Business Transformation Organisational Performance & Improvement


For Professional Services growing our capabilities across the University is a top priority.  This workshop examines to key roles for ensuring that we support the capability of professional staff across our various teams:

  • Practice Leads, who focus on supporting staff that report to them, but are embedded in teams across the University
  • Function Leads, who prepare plans for the effective performance of a function, be it centralized or distributed across the University

At this workshop, we will review how practices operate across the University, and the role of a practice lead.  We will also show you our function planning framework, and take you through the role of a function lead.

And then we will ask you to form small groups – what is your advice to us about priorities for improving skills and capabilities across our practices and functions?  How can we do more to enhance the development and capabilities of staff across the communities?

14. Intercultural Competence


Guillermo Merelo | Associate Director Staff Diversity Equity and Inclusion


Intercultural competence means recognising our own worldview and understanding and valuing the cultural norms reflected in our diverse communities. Culture can broadly include, but is not limited to, ethnicity, nationality, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, religious or faith affiliation and more.


In this workshop, we will unwrap the complexity of culture and explore how to best navigate our interactions with the rich tapestry of individuals and communities that make  Waipapa Taumata Rau a highly diverse place to work.

15. Mindsets and thinking habits for growth


Anna Field | Poutaki Whanaketanga Whakahaere Organisational Development Manager, UoA


Mindsets are ideas and attitudes that shape the way you think about yourself and the world. They influence how you think, feel and act, often without us even being conscious of it.

This workshop will explore mindsets and thinking habits that can support your growth and learning. Think of it as a fertilizer booster for your sapling, if you will.

It will be an engaging, interactive workshop with clear things you can apply to help you switch up your mindset and open yourself up to learning in everything you do.

If you’ve already got a learning journal or similar, bring it along. Otherwise, just come with an open mind and a willingness to stretch yourself.

Virtual  Workshops

Virtual 01. Digital Wellbeing & Microsoft 365 Tools


Kirsty Edmiston | Capability and Performance Consultant, OD / HR. 


Building your skills in using Microsoft 365 tools can support your digital wellbeing through how you use your time and energy while at work.


We will start by taking a look at what Digital Wellbeing is, before diving into some tips and tricks in using the below tools;

  • Decluttering your mind by using One Note
  • Prioritising using To-Do
  • Managing your flow of work in Microsoft Teams
  • Taking action on key opportunities through insights


Join in with me online, as we explore these tools and how they can  support digital wellbeing and the achievement of your goals.   

Virtual 02. Creating Impact with Data


Christina Partridge, The Planning & Information Office team, Waipapa Taumata Rau | University of Auckland

Indrajeet Singh, The Planning & Information Office team, Waipapa Taumata Rau | University of Auckland

Patrick Law,  The Planning & Information Office team, Waipapa Taumata Rau | University of Auckland

Jason Zhou, The Planning & Information Office team, Waipapa Taumata Rau | University of Auckland

James Obenshain, The Planning & Information Office team, Waipapa Taumata Rau | University of Auckland

Bao Li, The Planning & Information Office team, Waipapa Taumata Rau | University of Auckland

Cathy Hua, The Planning & Information Office team, Waipapa Taumata Rau | University of Auckland



This workshop welcomes anyone who is interested in learning more about the University’s strategic reporting system and how we leverage data to inform processes and decisions.


The workshop will introduce the Strategic Management Reports (SMR) system and useful dashboards and features, and showcase how data can make an impact via two examples:  the Fast Track Offers and the Student Engagement reporting.


Workshop topics:

  1. Leveraging Data for Impact: Exploring SMR and its Applications
  2. SMR and Beyond: How Data is Transforming University Processes and Decisions
  3. Fast Track Offers and Student Engagement: How Data Makes an Impact

Virtual 03. How to use LinkedIn to own your own career development


Lauren Dunne | Sr Account Director LinkedIn

Tash Stoekel | Head of Higher Ed, LinkedIn


The world’s largest professional network, LinkedIn, is a great resource to leverage when thinking about how you can own your career development. In this session we will cover how you can use the network to increase your visibility & credibility, build and nurture your network, and learn & grow the skills you need for your next role.


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