December 1 & 2, 2016

Who should attend?
The Foundation and Bridging Educators New Zealand (FABENZ), 2016 professional conference will be hosted by Unitec Institute of Technology, Auckland.  We encourage all those involved in tertiary education related to the conference theme to submit and present at this event, which will provide you with an opportunity to network with colleagues from Australia and New Zealand.
We offer the opportunity to submit proposals to present non-refereed papers, workshops and refereed papers. This year, we will also hold two roundtable sessions (Thursday and Friday) to discuss topics chosen by conference delegates.  

  • Submission date for refereed papers is 8 August. (Abstract only required at this date.)

  • Acceptances will be notified by 15 August.

  • Following review, presenters will need to submit a full paper by 19 September.

  • Submission date for non-refereed papers/workshops is 8 August. (Abstract only required)

  • Please note that all presenters must register for the conference.​​

Please e-mail abstracts as attachments to rtrewartha@unitec.ac.nz. 

Conference Theme: Accessibility, Flexibility and Equity

With the emphasis in the New Zealand government's latest Tertiary Education Strategy on pathwaying students from foundation programmes to higher levels of tertiary study, papers and workshops exploring examples of best practice in this area, which have lead to students persisting in their goal of accessing further tertiary education, are particularly welcomed for this year’s conference.

Contexts may include, but are not limited to:    

  • Institutional/programme initiatives
  • Curriculum initiatives
  • Strategies for retention of students who may not have experienced previous success in education contexts
  • Bridging education’s response to the changing tertiary environment
  • New technology outside the classroom and within
  • Bridging education and diverse ways of knowing.
You are invited to submit a proposal to present in any of the following categories:

Research or theory papers:  Sessions will be 45 minutes duration; you should allow 10 minutes of this time for discussion. Submit a 300-500 word abstract including authors’ names and affiliations.

Workshop contributions:  Workshops will be 55 minutes long, contributors will be asked to speak for 15-20 minutes to describe an innovation, share a resource or describe a strategy from their practice, and encourage discussion for the remainder of the time. Submit a 300-500 word abstract including authors’ names and affiliations.

Email attachments to rtrewartha@unitec.ac.nz 

Please note that all papers will be collated into an online volume of proceedings.


FABENZ exists to provide a shared platform for tertiary educators across the sector to work to promote foundation and bridging education as a means of empowering and creating success for learners, their families and communities, and for society and the economy.
  1. Dr Emily Decker Lardner
    Dr Emily Lardner is the Director of the Washington Center at The Evergreen State College. Dr Lardner's interests lie within the field of how campuses use learning community-based programs to promote student success through inclusive education and integrated learning.
  2. Professor Sally Kift
    Professor Sally Kift is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at James Cook University in Townsville. Prior to this position, she was a Professor of Law at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), where, as part of her role, she was QUT’s foundational Director, First Year Experience (FYE). Professor Kift has, a wealth of experience in the area of transition pedagogy and ways it can be used to scaffold first year students’ experiences to support their retention and success.
  1. Grant Robertson
    Grant Robertson, Labour’s Finance Spokesperson and Chair of the Future of Work Commission, has been the MP for Wellington Central since 2008. Grant has previously held a number of other spokesperson roles, including Employment, Skills & Training, Economic Development and Tertiary Education. He will be discussing Labour’s new policy on the Future of Work and the value of strategies to promote lifelong learning.
  2. Stephen White
    Stephen has worked predominantly in mental health settings since graduating (inpatient, community, crisis teams and specialist teams). His involvement in tertiary education began in 2000, and he has worked for the Wairarapa Polytechnic (in a conjoint arrangement with Massey University), the New Zealand Institute of Training in Social Services, Te Wānanga O Aotearoa and more recently Wintec. Currently Stephen co-ordinates and teaches on the National Certificate in Mental Health (Mental Health Support Work), as well as teaching on both the counselling and social work endorsements of the Bachelor of Applied Social Science programme.
Emily Lardner's Pre-conference Workshop
Topic: Learning Communities

Wednesday 30th November 

Unitec Institute of Technology

9am-9:30am- Meet and greet
9:30am-3:30pm -Interactive workshop

Cost: $35 

Limited spaces available

Refreshments, Morning tea and Lunch will be provided.

If you are interested in attending , please email Rae Trewartha  or add to your conference registration form.


The programme  is now available.  
Start: Thursday 1st December, 9am.

Finish: Friday 2nd December, 4pm. 

Networking function : Thursday 1 December : 5pm-6.30pm

Unitec Institute of Technology (Te Whare Wananga o Wairaka) is based in the suburb of Mt Albert, Auckland.

Please note: Venue change

The venue for the conference will be Building 170, Gate 3, Carrington Road

Recommended Hotels in the Area

Mt Albert Lodge 
201 Carrington Road
Mt Albert
ph: 09 846 2188


Stamford Plaza 
22-26 Albert Street
ph: 09 309 8888


35 Hobson Street
ph: 09 379 8553


Amora Hotel 
100 Greys Ave
ph: 09 375 1800


Choice Hotels
Various suburb locations including:
- Epsom, Auckland
- Parnell, Auckland
- City Central
- Lincoln Road

For more information

Travelling to Campus 

Drive: Entrance to the campus is via Carrington Road, Gate 4.  The campus has paid parking. 
Taxi: Entrance to the campus is via Carrington Road, Gate 4.  
Public Transport: Visit Auckland Transport for up to date travel information.

Buses will be tour the city hotels to pick people up and drop them back to their hotels at the start and end of each day.  This service will also be available at the end of the networking function.  

A service will also be arranged at the conclusion of the conference to take people to the airport.  This will depart at 3.45pm from outside the final session.

Please allow one hour for travel time to the airport.  
Walk:  Mt Albert Campus is located 10 minutes walk from the Mt Albert Train Station. 
Early Registration


Early registrations have now been extended to 23 Sept.
Standard Registration


Registrations made on or before 25 November.  
Day Registration

Thursday 1 December  $275
Friday 2 December  $275

Registrations made on or before 25 November.
Registrations have now closed.
Contact Us
Conference Convenor 

Rae Trewartha 


09 815 4321 ext 8378

Website Adminstrator 

Vinesh Sima 


09 815 4321 ext 7085