Call for Conference Proposals (closed)

NOTE: The call for conference proposals is now closed. No further proposals can be accepted.

“Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi Engari, he toa takitini”
“My strength is not from myself alone, it is the strength of many”

Kia hiwa ra! Kia hiwa ra!

The National Coalition of Specialist Domestic Violence Service Providers, in partnership with Te Ohaakii a Hine – National Network Ending Sexual Violence Together (TOAH-NNEST) invite proposals for speakers and workshop facilitators for their conference “Challenging Conversations and Complicated Spaces: Titiro whakamuri, kia anga whakamua – Sexual and Domestic Violence Specialist Services reflecting forward.”

About the Conference

The kaupapa of this conference is sexual and domestic violence prevention and intervention.  It will highlight and showcase the work of specialist sexual and domestic violence services, and aims to provide a platform to engage in kōrero to further improve responses, work together more effectively and create positive change for tamariki, wāhine, tāne and whānau across Aotearoa.

This conference is on 12 and 13 September 2019 at Te Wharewaka o Pōneke, Te Whanganui-ā-Tara (Wellington).

Conference and Workshop Presentations

The key themes of the conference:

  • Kaupapa Māori approaches to ending violence.
  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi: implications and responsibilities for agencies and individuals.
  • Collaborative approaches and challenges.
  • The value and importance of specialist services.

Areas of Interest

These include, but are not limited to:

  • Kaupapa Māori and Indigenous research, and research that specifically informs issues within Aotearoa.
  • Advocacy, prevention and social change.
  • Evidencing the work and measuring the impact of specialist service providers.
  • Emerging practices in service provision.
  • The role of specialist sexual and domestic violence services in an environment where intervention and prevention is “everyone’s business”.
  • Engaging in “hard conversations” – demarcation and the impacts of competitive tendering.
  • Creative approaches.
  • International learnings.

Proposal Criteria

All speakers and workshop facilitators need to submit a proposal no later than 30 April 2019. Proposals must include presenter details and a brief description (not exceeding 300 words), that meets the following criteria:

  • Inclusion of Te Ao Māori and other cultural approaches, where appropriate.
  • Is relevant to the key themes.
  • Promotes innovative techniques and best practices.
  • Highlights the importance of collaboration and working in unity, whilst bridging gaps to end violence.
  • Creativity is encouraged to engage audience participation and discussion.


  • Speakers have a 75 minutes timeslot and workshop facilitators have a 60 minute time slot (these need to include introductions and evaluations)
  • Data projectors and white boards will be available for presentations. Please organise your own handouts unless negotiated with Conference organisers prior to the event.
  • The Conference organisers reserve the right to edit titles and workshop descriptions for content and space.
  • All transport and accommodation costs are the responsibility of the presenter.  Contact us if you wish to discuss this further.
  • All conference fees are waived for presenters.

For all enquiries and/or to submit a conference session proposal please email us at: