Keynote Speakers & Authors

We are delighted to have secured a diverse and exciting range of Key Note Speakers for the 2021 NZLA Conference.

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  • Emeritus Professor Russell Bishop profile image

    Emeritus Professor Russell Bishop

    Russell Bishop is Emeritus Professor of Maori Education in the Faculty of Education at the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. He is well known for directing the development of…

  • Dr Murray Gadd profile image

    Dr Murray Gadd

    Dr Murray Gadd lives on Waiheke Island and works nationally and internationally as a literacy facilitator and researcher. His specialist interest is the effective teaching of writing which was the…

  • Dr Alison Davis profile image

    Dr Alison Davis

    Dr Alison Davis is the leader of the Vision Education PLD team who provide professional learning and development across New Zealand in each of the national priority areas. Her PHD…

  • Sir Ian Taylor profile image

    Sir Ian Taylor

    Ian’s back story is a fascinating journey, from growing up in a house without electricity in the 1950s, to being part of a company recognised globally as being at the…

  • Sheena Cameron & Louise Dempsey profile image

    Sheena Cameron & Louise Dempsey

    Sheena is an experienced teacher who has taught at primary, intermediate and tertiary levels. Sheena currently facilitates literacy workshops both in New Zealand and internationally and is the author of…

  • Visiting Authors

  • Cristina Sanders profile image

    Cristina Sanders

    Cristina Sanders is an historical fiction writer from Wellington, now living in Hawke’s Bay. She has a regular book review and blog website. She began life in the Gateway Children’s…

  • Chris Szekely profile image

    Chris Szekely

    Chris Szekely works for the National Library of New Zealand where he is Chief Librarian of the Alexander Turnbull Library.  A Fellow of the Library and Information Association of New…

  • Donovan Bixley profile image

    Donovan Bixley

    Donovan Bixley is one of New Zealand’s most acclaimed picture book creators with over 120 books published in 31 countries. His award-winning titles span high–brow to low–brow and every brow…

  • Gareth Ward profile image

    Gareth Ward

    Gareth Ward, a.k.a. The Great Wardini is a magician, hypnotist, storyteller, bookseller and author. He has worked as a Royal Marine Commando, Police Officer, Evil Magician and Zombie.  He basically…