We look forward to welcoming you to Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland) for WIPCE 2025. Below is the programme for the conference. Keep up-to-date by registering your interest.

Indigenous Education in the 21st Century

The theme of the 2025 WIPCE academic programme is based on the fundamental principle of Indigenous control of Indigenous education. This principle enables education to become a means of protecting, preserving and developing Indigenous cultures, rather than an instrument of colonization. To recognise the role of education in the historical destruction of Indigenous societies and cultures draws attention to racism and the responsibilities of non-Indigenous people to play supporting (not leading) roles in Indigenous education. Indigenous education surfaces ethical questions, and opens space for feminist, gender and rainbow perspectives.

WIPCE 2025 Themes

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Studies of curriculum, pedagogy and assessment for Indigenous peoples
The nexus between science and technology and the traditional knowledges of Indigenous peoples
The natural and built environment - Indigenous strategies and solutions for emerging environmental harms to our societies
Indigenous knowledges and practices for health of the whole person - physical, emotional and spiritual, and extending to the wellbeing of families and communities
Political projects and aspirations of Indigenous peoples for self-determination and sovereignty – the law/lore nexus
The revitalisation of Indigenous languages and cultures
Infusing Indigenous values and cultures in to creative arts and endeavours
The voices and aspirations of young and emerging Indigenous scholars
Sunday 23 November Monday 24 November Tuesday 25 November Wednesday 26 November Thursday 27 November
Location Auckland International Conference
Centre, Auckland CBD
International Conference
Centre, Auckland CBD
International Conference
Centre, Auckland CBD
International Conference
Centre, Auckland CBD
8:30am -
8:40am
Welcome & housekeeping Welcome & housekeeping Welcome & housekeeping Welcome & housekeeping Welcome & housekeeping
8:40am -
8:50am
Registrations open at
Horizon Hotel Foyer
Karakia (opening prayer) Karakia (opening prayer) Karakia (opening prayer) Karakia (opening prayer)
8:50am -
9:20am
Opening Welcome WIPCE 2025 - WIPCE 2025 Chair Keynote address Keynote address Keynote address
9:20am -
10:00am
Opening address:
Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith
Panel discussion Panel discussion Panel discussion
10:00am -
10:30am
Kapu ti (morning tea) Kapu ti (morning tea) Kapu ti (morning tea) Kapu ti (morning tea)
11:00am Pōwhiri (Welcome ceremony) - 11:00am til 2pm
10:30am -
12:30pm
Break-out sessions Break-out sessions Break-out sessions Break-out sessions
1:10pm Kai Hakari (lunch) Kai Hakari (lunch) Kai Hakari (lunch) Kai Hakari (lunch)
2:00pm Keynote address Keynote address Keynote address Keynote address
2:30pm Panel discussion Panel discussion Panel discussion Inspirational speaker
3:00pm Registration open at Horizon Hotel Foyer Break-out sessions Break-out sessions Break-out sessions Closing address
3:40pm Kapu ti (afternoon tea) Kapu ti (afternoon tea) Kapu ti (afternoon tea) Karakia (closing prayer)
4:00pm Break-out sessions Break-out sessions Break-out sessions
4:40pm Inspirational speaker Inspirational speaker Inspirational speaker
5:10pm -
5:20pm
Karakia (closing prayer) Karakia (closing prayer) Karakia (closing prayer)
TBC Parade of nations, finale concert