As a first for Nuku Ora, we are excited to announce the Regional Conference 2022, a conference for the sport and recreation sector. The Regional Conference is guided by the theme Ako Tahi - Learning Together, which captures the event’s opportunity to connect, grow and learn together.  

Join us in Wellington on Wednesday 7 December at the Habourside Function Centreas we explore the topics of integrity and inclusion and what it means for our sector. Key speakers will take a deep dive into disability and gender inclusion, providing you with tools to ensure your physical activity is inclusive for all, modern, and fit for purpose.   

This event is an excellent professional development opportunity for staff in entities across the sport and recreation sector.  Programme, pricing and ticket information is available below. 

Black Friday Sale 
Buy 1 ticket, get 1 half price!

Purchase two tickets and get the second half price! Simply order two tickets, and you will be invoiced for 1 full price, and 1 half price. There is no limit on this offer, so you can redeem it as many times as you’d like!

If you have already registered for the conference, you can request a second ticket half price by emailing

Offer ends 11.59pm, Monday 28 November 2022. 


Pricing & Ticket Information

Standard Pricing 
From 7th November - 6th December 

  • Not-for-profit Organisations & Community groups: $150 per person +GST 
  • Corporate Organisations & Businesses: $170 per person +GST 

Upon registration via the form, please specify the number of tickets you would like to purchase. Following registration, we will send you an invoice for the selected tickets via email. Register now via the link below.

Speaker Bios

We are excited to announce the following speakers (more information is being uploaded daily, so come back and check again for more details!)

MC - Zoë George 

Stuff Senior Sports Journalist, The Podium Podcast Host & Radio New Zealand Commentator 

With more than 20 years in broadcasting, journalism and international sport, Zoë brings a unique perspective, challenging the status quo. Her reporting has led to positive social change with four years’ worth of campaigning to get better toilets for women and girls, our LGBTQI+ communities, and people with disabilities at our sports venues. Check out her Tedx talk about toilets (she's flushed with success!). 

Rebecca Rolls 

Director, Sport and Recreation Integrity Transition Programme 

Rebecca is currently leading the Sport and Recreation Integrity Transition Programme, tasked with establishing a new independent integrity agency for Aotearoa New Zealand. She has a Public Service career spanning over 20 years, including 10 years in Police and 10 years at the Serious Fraud Office. More recently, Rebecca had two years at the Department of Corrections, leading the Integrity, Risk and Assurance functions before joining Sport New Zealand as the Diversity and Inclusion Manager in 2021. Rebecca is a former international athlete, having represented New Zealand in both Cricket and Football. 

Joshua Margetts

Integrity Project Consultant, Sport New Zealand

Josh has spent the last 3 years supporting the planning, development and implementation of national integrity projects relating to recommendations from the Sport Integrity Review. Josh has a strong background in training and education and is passionate about supporting individuals and organisations increase their understanding and capability of integrity. Josh has represented New Zealand in Futsal as a member of the Futsal Whites for the past 7 years. 

Brian Coffey

Director of the Office for Disability Issues, Whaikaha, Ministry for Disabled People

Brian Coffey is a lover of sports, and trained in teaching and psychology. As Director for the Office for Disability he is excited to talk about inclusion in sport and rec; and the role that Whaikaha, the Ministry of Disabled People and the sporting community, can play in promoting inclusive practice.  He is an avid sports fan, cricket tragic, and spent most of his early years attending school to play sport. His sporting successes are mostly past tense, not present or future tense!

Celia O’Driscoll

Adviser, Wellington & Hawkes Bay, Halberg Foundation

Celia O’Driscoll, Halberg Adviser - Te Whanganui-a-tara & Heretaunga (Wellington & Hawke’s Bay). Celia’s background is in outdoor recreation and adventure guiding. After completing a degree in Sports and Exercise Sciences, she took up a wide range of roles with a focus on disability and inclusion. These included coordinating activity camps for young people with vision impairments, working with Cara – Ireland’s leading national disability sport and recreation organisation, and running surf camps and rock-climbing programmes for children with disabilities. This experience has proved invaluable for her role with the Halberg Foundation. 


Katie Owen 

Disability & Inclusion Programme Manager, Recreation Aotearoa 

Katie has held a number of both paid and volunteer roles in the sport and disability sport and recreation sector.  In Katie’s current role, she develops standards, guidelines, and advice for the active recreation sector to improve access to recreation places and spaces for people with disabilities.  Katie is also on the Committee of the newly established Disability Sport and Recreation Hawke’s Bay, and has recently finished her Master’s degree that explored how coach education can improve the inclusion of disabled people in mainstream sport. 

Erin Rayner  

General Manager, Sense Rugby (NZ) Trust 

Erin Rayner is the General Manager for Sense Rugby (NZ) Trust. Sense Rugby delivers an occupational therapy led rugby program designed to help disabled tamariki and rangatahi participate in active recreation and sport. Sense Rugby NZ was established here in Wellington, and now delivers programs across Aotearoa.  

Catriona McBean

Manager, dsport

Catriona has led several national sporting organisations including Swimming NZ, Sport and Exercise NZ and now dsport, a regional disability sport and active recreation organisation. Catriona has recently completed her PhD in disability sport where she explored lived experiences of young people with impairments in sport and how their positive engagement can be used to facilitate increased opportunities in the future for other disabled young people.

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Thank you to our event sponsor, Holdsworth Charitable Trust!