International Conference
on Interpretation

Renewing our spirit, sharing our journeys

NAI and INNZ invite you to the 10th annual international conference to be held in Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand, April 3-7 2016. Join your peers, and expand your networks as we explore and seek to share our knowledge of interpretation through our conference theme.

Tihei Mauri Ora
The story begins …
I am the story, the story is me.
The story is us, the story is we.


In the local traditions of Aotearoa New Zealand’s indigenous people - Māori – ‘Tihei Mauri Ora’ is a claim to the right to speak. It is used to emphasize the importance of what is about to be said. It also refers to new life and new ideas, new beginnings, the beginning of understanding and of wisdom; the wisdom of you, the wisdom of me, the wisdom of us, the wisdom of we.

Interpretation should always aim to have something important to say. Interpreters seek to capture visitors’ attention, to reveal new meanings about our people, our places, objects, cultures and living things.

We invite you to explore and share new ways of presenting our stories; through new techniques and technology, research, and new approaches to working with local communities. How do we maintain the integrity of place and people in an ever-changing world? Conference tracks include research, leadership and development, indigenous cultures and interpretation, partnerships and collaborations, emerging trends and technology, nurturing guardianship, and living collections.

The story begins here.

Call for Presentations deadline extended!

Deadline: September 30, 2015

Click here for information on the conference, tracks, directions for submitting a proposal, and to submit your proposal.

Registration for the conference will open around mid-September, and additional information will be posted on this website over the coming months so we hope you will check back often. Additionally, follow us on Facebook where we will post updates and information.

If you have any questions – please email us at and one of the program committee will respond.

We hope you can join us in New Zealand!

Ka kite anō au i a koutou (see you all soon),

Jane Beattie (NAI) and Stephen Espiner (INNZ)
2016 Program Co-chairs

Possible offsite sessions include:

  • Explore, learn about, and taste some incredible wines in Martinborough—one of New Zealand’s premier wine-growing areas
  • Visit and experience Te Papa Tongarewa, “Our Place,” the world-renowned and award winning Museum of New Zealand
  • Learn about the art of film making and life-like exhibitry at Weta Studios—home to Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit
  • See Zealandia, Wellington’s successful “land island” native bird sanctuary and interpretive experience with the opportunity to see several endangered species
  • Ride a bike and experience the interpretation on the Rimutaka Incline Rail Trail

Aerial photo by Rob Suisted


International Conference on Interpretation

Wellington, New Zealand
April 3-7, 2016

Call for Presentations
Deadline: September 30, 2015

Download and read Call for Presentations information and instructions here, before submitting your proposal here.

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