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Playcentre national conference in Hamilton this weekend
26th May 2009
Delegates from the 33 Playcentre Associations around the country are heading for Hamilton this weekend, where they will hear the Education Minister give her views of the importance of supporting families in these uncertain economic times.

Education Minister Anne Tolley is speaking at the opening of the New Zealand Playcentre Federation national conference, which is being held at the Kingsgate Hotel, Hamilton, from Friday 29 to Sunday 31 May.

During 2008 the National Party was supportive of the professionalism of parent-led early education, and campaigned on including Playcentre and Kohanga Reo in the 20 Hours ECE scheme.

“We appreciate that the National Party recognises the importance of parents as first teachers” said Playcentre Federation President Marion Pilkington. “We are looking forward to hearing how their government will enable us to grow the support we offer families though our early childhood and parent education programmes, and building community social capital.”

The conference continues on Saturday 30 May when guest speaker Professor Dr Whatarangi Winiata will explain the Two House model of governance for non-profit community organisations. The Playcentre Federation has begun to use a two-house model for some decision making at its national level in the past several years in order to better represent the wisdom of Tangata Whenua and Tangata Tiriti members.

Professor Winiata (of Ngati Raukawa) is a respected academic, President of the Maori Party, and one of the architects of the “two house” model in the Anglican Church of New Zealand.

A second keynote speaker on Saturday morning is Hadyn Olsen, from Workplaces Against Violence in Employment, who will be presenting on conflict resolution. The morning programme is followed by a range of workshops in the afternoon by both Playcentre and invited presenters.

Also on Saturday is the launch of a new book from Playcentre Publications. Making Music Together, by Maureen Woodhams, is the latest title in the Area of Play series, and gives practical information on providing music experiences for young children. The book is being launched concurrently at the Playcentre conference and the Early Childhood Council conference in Rotorua.

The Playcentre Federation sincerely thanks its national conference Key Sponsors, the Perry Foundation, the Lion Foundation and Trust Waikato for their generous support.

ENDS

Contact for Media:
Maureen Woodhams, NZ Playcentre Federation Media Officer. 04 934 5244, 027 4041223, media@playcentre.org.nz
Marion Pilkington; NZ Playcentre President. 09 445 6472; 021 937 525.

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