Educate Plus

2023 NZ Chapter Summit

The Educate Plus New Zealand Chapter is thrilled to invite you to our Summit taking place on Thursday, 31 August at Christ’s College, Christchurch and on Friday, 1 September at Lincoln University, Lincoln.

The conference offers an incredible opportunity for professional development and learning, and immense value for all those working in any aspect of educational advancement including: fundraising and development, admissions and enrolment, marketing and communications, alumni relations and community engagement, across all the Primary, Secondary and Tertiary education sectors of our schools and universities.

The theme of this year’s Summit is NEXUS and we hope you use this opportunity to connect and collaborate with your peers across New Zealand and be Stronger Together.


For your convenience, we have negotiated with Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square & Ibis Christchurch to offer a preferred accommodation discount of 12% off* the flexible Room and Breakfast rate.

The Offer is valid for 30 August – 2 September 2023. 

To access the discounted accommodation, CLICK HERE

(Note: The booking link is to the one site – Accor. Make sure to select your Hotel of choice before submitting the booking form.)

PROGRAM – Click here to download the pdf

Workshop 1The Power (and Pitfalls) of Becoming Data-Driven. Presenter: John Bird, Associate Director, Business Operations, Alumni & Development,
The University of Auckland.

Workshop 2 – Building a Foundation for Success: The Future Family Journey from Enquiry to Enrolment Presenter: Susie Gill, Educate Plus WA Chapter President. Business Development Manager, Enquiry Tracker.

Workshop 3 Are Educational Institutions Business Brands? Helping people to think this way.
Presenter: Lucy Dobbs, Marketing & Communications Specialist; Presenter: Nicola Parsons, NZ Chapter Committee Member; Director of Marketing & Advancement, Lindisfarne School.

Workshop 4Major Gifts Fundraising from Start to Finish: How to build deep partnerships with your donors. Presenter: Dr Nicole Bassett, Educate Plus NZ Chapter President and Summit Chair. Development Manager, Auckland Bioengineering Institute and Liggins Institute.

Timings: 1pm – 4pm (including afternoon tea)

Costs: NZ$150.00+gst per person. Registration is required (This does not include the Welcome Event later in the evening)

NOTE: All workshops are tailored to deliver learning for both school and university members. 

 Full day program (Click here to view Program)

Time: 7.30am to 4.15pm

*Venue: Lincoln University, Ellesmere Junction Road, Lincoln 7647

7.30am – 4.15pm

*Please note we will be providing a complimentary bus service from Christchurch to Lincoln at 7.00 am in the morning and the return at 4.30 pm.

Costs: Please see registration costs

Christ’s college dining hall

Join us for the premier Summit Welcome Event. This is a wonderful opportunity to network before the main Summit; catch up with colleagues and make new connections.

Time: 5.30pm to 7.30pm

Venue: Christ’s College, Rolleston Avenue, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8140 – Dining Hall

Cost: Included in Summit Registration fee

Additional tickets:

Members – $40 +GST per person

Non-Members – $50 +GST per person

Inclusions: Beers, wines, soft drinks and light finger food


Early Bird Closes Friday 30 June 2023

Early Bird Registration (until Friday 30 June 2023) This registration includes the Welcome Event on 31 August.

Member RegistrationNZ$350 +GST                                                                    
Non-Member RegistrationNZ$400 +GST

Standard Registration (from Saturday 1 July 2023) This registration includes the Welcome Event on 31 August.

Member RegistrationNZ$400 +GST                                                               
Non-Member RegistrationNZ$450 +GST

Welcome Event Only (Additional tickets)

Member RegistrationNZ$40 +GST                                                                 
Non-Member RegistrationNZ$50 +GST

SPEAKERS – Coming soon!


Educate Plus recognises Educational Advancement is an industry that attracts professionals who may not have worked in the Education sector before. Our Nexus Summit, “Stronger Together” is an outstanding PD opportunity that will provide opportunities to network, learn and grow your craft within the Education Advancement sector. Individuals who are new to the industry, are invited to apply for Newcomer Scholarships (2 available) that will provide NZ$500 to assist with the cost of registration, travel or accommodation.

Applications close 21 July, 2023.


To ensure equity of access to the NZ Summit, the Summit Committee is offering needs-based Bursaries/Travel Grants for the event to be held in NZ (31 August & 1 September, 2023).

There are a number of $300 grants available, with special consideration given to those who will need to fly and stay overnight in Christchurch.

The Applications for Round 1 close on 20 June, 2023. The Applications for Round 2 close on 21 July, 2023.

Please click on the button below to fill out the application form.


Engage with our members – become an New Zealand Chapter Summit partner. We are offering partners a unique opportunity to engage with our members who work in the following areas:
Admissions, Alumni & Community Relations, Events, Fundraising, Marketing & Communication and Leadership

Please contact Emma Zigan to find out more.

We thank our Strategic Partners