Two keynote speakers confirmed for international conference

NAI and INNZ are excited to announce that two keynote speakers have been confirmed for the upcoming International Interpretation Conference being held in Wellington next April.

Nick Gray.

Puawai Cairns.








They are; Nick Gray, CEO and Founder of Museum Hack, a New York-based company that creates ‘museum tours for people who don’t like museums’. (View Nick speaking at a TEDx event in Washington DC on “How I learned to stop hating and love museums“)

And; Puawai Cairns, Curator Contemporary Maori Culture at Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum. (View her speaking at a TEDx event on her latest project Forgotten Grandfathers – Maori men of WW1)

These two speakers; one of the US and one from Aotearoa, will be the ‘forward’ for our theme “Tihei Maoriora – The story begins”, setting the scene for the ‘chapters’ or presentations that follow, says INNZ Chair Stephen Espiner.

“Both are highly successful, dynamic, sought-after speakers.  By bringing together the best of both countries, we aim to present an international conference that will inspire, inform and energise interpretation practices worldwide.”

The conference is collaboration between the US National Association for Interpretation (NAI) and Interpretation Network New Zealand (INNZ).


It begins with an indigenous forum, co-facilitated by Joe Harawira of Ngati Maniapoto, Ngai te Rangi, and Ngati Awa descent, and Choctaw American Indian Nancy Stimson.

Joe Harawira.

“Joe Harawira is an internationally-renowned storyteller and tikanga (protocols) expert and we are thrilled to have him as our cultural advisor throughout the conference,” said Espiner.

The International Conference on Interpretation is being held in Wellington 3-7 April 2016 .

Early bird registrations close Friday 8 January 2016. Register online at NAI website

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