Keynote Speakers

  • Donovan Bixley profile image

    Donovan Bixley

    Donovan Bixley is one of New Zealand’s most recognisable picture book creators, and has been awarded as an illustrator, an author, and as a book designer. His books have been…

  • Dr. Bernadette Dwyer profile image

    Dr. Bernadette Dwyer

    Dr. Bernadette Dwyer has worked in education for the past 39 years as a classroom teacher, reading specialist, teacher educator, researcher, and author. She currently lectures in the area of…

  • Janet S. Gaffney profile image

    Janet S. Gaffney

    Janet S. Gaffney is a Professor of Educational Psychology-Literacy in the School of Curriculum and Pedagogy and Director of The Marie Clay Research Centre-LEAD in Early Literacy. She was previously…

  • Peter Johnston profile image

    Peter Johnston

    Peter Johnston is Professor Emeritus at the University at Albany – State University of New York. He researches the consequences of teaching and assessment practices for the literate lives of…

  • Suzie Johnson profile image

    Suzie Johnson

    Suzie Johnson is a force to be reckoned with! “Whether I’m performing my one woman Parenting Show, presenting to a corporate group or motivating and empowering those in need. My style…

  • Wayne Mills profile image

    Wayne Mills

    Wayne Mills is the creator of the International Kids’ Lit Quiz™ a competition which rewards students aged 10-13 who enjoy reading for pleasure. It began in Hamilton in 1991 and…

  • Rae Si‘ilata profile image

    Rae Si‘ilata

    Rae Si‘ilata is a Lecturer in Biliteracy-Pasifika in the School of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Faculty of Education and Social Work, at The University of Auckland. Rae’s recent research interests centre…

  • Rob Southam profile image

    Rob Southam

    Rob Southam is a trained teacher and has worked at Scholastic New Zealand as Sales Manager and Duffy Books in Homes Manager. Rob’s work on children reaching their potential as…

  • Nathan Wallis profile image

    Nathan Wallis

    Nathan Wallis is a father of three & foster parent with a professional background in child counselling, teaching and social service management. Until recently he lectured in Human Development at…