Career Development Association of New Zealand


CDANZ 20th Anniversary Gala Dinner

CDANZ 20th Anniversary Gala Dinner

Celebrating our 20th Anniversary

University of Auckland Business School

Fale Pasifika, University of Auckland / Tuesday 31 October 2017

Join us at University of Auckland's Fale Pasifika for a Gala Dinner in celebration of CDANZ 20th Anniversary. Enjoy a buffet dinner, guest speakers and entertainment as we look back on the history of our organisation and the bright future of career development in Aotearoa, New Zealand. 

Dinner includes drinks on arrival, a buffet main and Anniversary cake and coffee to finish. Please note that we have budgeted to provide beverages throughout dinner service however staff will be monitoring consumption and if we reach our budget we will revert to a cash bar. I hope you will appreciate our need to be responsible with CDANZ funds.

You may purchase individual tickets, tables or book as a package with the CDANZ National Symposium being held over 31 Oct and 1 November.

Sponsorship and table packages are available here

For further information please contact


Anniversary Address: Professor Peter OConnor

Peter O’Connor is Professor of Education and Head of the School of Critical Studies in Education in the Faculty of Education at the University of Auckland. He has spent much of his working life creating and researching theatre in schools, prisons, psychiatric institutions and trauma zones.

He has over 80 publications and his most recent books include The Pedagogy of Surprise and Playing with Possibilities. His current recent interests include the use of creativity in dementia wards and how to measure the creative environment of schools.

Having worked with some of our most marginalised people and communities in Aotearoa, and around the world, Peter brings his insights to our Symposium theme of Aspiration and Possibility. As we celebrate 20 years of CDANZ Peter offers his perspective on what matters for humanity now and in the future. 

So, we beat our boats against the current.

Possibilities. There are moments in some lives when all seems possible. The single green light is shining at the end of the pier and the short journey across to a new world is there for the taking. Possibilities. The idea that what you do and make of your life is not determined by the world into which you are born. Possibilities: imagined futures, hope-filled directions.

How we might career into surprising and joy-inspired beauty, how we might beat against the tide that threatens our humanity by claiming our right as human beings to live as if we were artists in and of the world. These are the things that matter. If we are to guide others to find the green lights of possibility than we must focus on what matters rather than what can be counted.

Thanks to our venue partners University of Auckland Business School