National hui 2020 programme



This year the Beginning Principals’ Hui is completely online and will take place virtually from Tuesday 29 September to Thursday 1 October.

This decision was made due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the ability to run large group, face-to-face meetings in New Zealand at this time.

The programme and format have been optimised for the online environment, enabling us to provide you with the high-quality content and keynote speakers delegates have come to expect, whilst economising on the overall time commitment needed to attend.

If you have registered for the Hui and experience any difficulties connecting please contact our technical support team on 09 360 1240 or email with detail of your problem and a contact phone number for our team to call you back on. Technical support will be open from 8.30am on each day of the Hui.

Tuesday 29 September

9.00 - 9.15 am


Mihi whakatau

9.15 - 9.30 am

Housekeeping/learning intentions

9.30 - 10.30 am

Simon Breakspear - Keynote

Leading with agility - How school leaders can navigate complexity

10.30 - 10.45 am


10.45 - 12.15 pm

Simon Breakspear - Workshop

12.15 - 12.30 pm

Final Thoughts

Karakia Whakamutunga

Wednesday 30 September

9.00 - 9.15 am

Karakia/opening of day

9.15 - 10.15 am

Judge Andrew Becroft, Commissioner for Children - Keynote

Is New Zealand the best place in the world to be a child?

10.15 - 10.30 am


10.30 - 11.30 am

Panel discussion - Reducing inequity through Treaty - centric practice

Facilitator - Perry Rush, NZPF President; Principal Hastings Intermediate

Panel Members -

Myles Ferris - Te Akatea NZ Maori Principals’ Assoc; Principal Te Kura o Otangarei

Andrea Dance - Principal Otamarakau School

Daryl Warburton - Principal Waitara High School

Panel discussion members' profiles HERE

11.30 - 12.15 pm


How does our practice reflect the lens of Treaty Partners in an equitable way?

12.15 - 12.30 pm

Final Thoughts

Karakia Whakamutunga

Thursday 1 October

9.00 - 9.15 am

Karakia/opening of day

9.15 - 10.45 am

Yong Zhao - Keynote

Leading education during and post COVID 

10.45 - 11.00 am


11.00 - 12.00 pm


12.00 -12.15pm

Final Thoughts

Karakia Whakamutunga

Current as of 4 September 2020. Programme may change prior to 29 September 2020.

Social media: #BPHui20

Videos and Power Points from presentations HERE

Keynote speaker profiles HERE

Panel discussion member profiles HERE

Hui sponsors details HERE