Keynote Speakers

  • Donovan Bixley profile image

    Donovan Bixley

    Donovan Bixley is one of New Zealand’s most acclaimed picture book creators with over 100 books published in 31 countries. His work is nothing if not varied, spanning high–brow to low–brow…

  • Dr. Bernadette Dwyer profile image

    Dr. Bernadette Dwyer

    Dr. Bernadette Dwyer  has worked in education for over 39 years as a classroom teacher, reading specialist, teacher educator, researcher, and author. Currently she is an Associate Professor in Dublin…

  • Janet S. Gaffney profile image

    Janet S. Gaffney

    Janet S. Gaffney  is Professor of Educational Psychology-Literacy and Director of the Marie Clay Research Centre in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Auckland. Jan’s research on…

  • Peter Johnston profile image

    Peter Johnston

    Peter Johnston is Professor Emeritus at the University at Albany. His current research explores links among classroom talk, literate engagement, and children’s social, emotional and literate development. Recognition for his work…

  • Suzie Johnson profile image

    Suzie Johnson

    Suzie Johnson  is a Creative (not academic) Crazy Business Woman and ex nurse with 5 kids under 15. She’s a kiwi business woman accredited with putting small N.Z North island…

  • 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 at the University of Auckland in the Faculty of Education and Social Work. Her work focuses on bilingualism and Bilingual Education, Maori education, Pasifika…

  • Rob Southam profile image

    Rob Southam

    Rob Southam has a wealth of experience in the literacy sector, both as a classroom teacher and in her career with Scholastic New Zealand. Her work on literacy and making reading…

  • Nathan Wallis profile image

    Nathan Wallis

    Nathan Wallis is a father of three and foster father to many more. His professional background includes early childhood teacher, child therapist, social service manager, university lecturer and neuroscience trainer.…