Past Conferences

41st Conference 2019 New Zealand

Winds of Change, the 41st Conference 2019
31 October – 3 November
Victoria University of Wellington
Kelburn, Wellington, New Zealand

Nau mai, Haere mai! Welcome!

Victoria University of Wellington is proud to welcome the 41st Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Research in Music Education (ANZARME). ANZARME welcomes all researchers of music education, from beginning to experienced.

Winds of Change reflects the constantly changing nature of the educational landscape, and represents the political reality of changing philosophies, values, technologies and issues facing music education on all fronts today. It also echoes a Maori karakia (prayer) that we at Victoria often say at the beginning of important events and undertakings, such as our conference.

Whakataka te hau ki te uru
Whakataka te hau ki te tonga
Kia mākinakina ki uta
Kia mātaratara ki tai
E hī ake ana te atakura
He tio, he huka, he hau hū
Tīhei mauri ora!

(Cease the winds from the west
Cease the winds from the south
Let the breeze blow over the land
Let the breeze blow over the ocean
Let the red-tipped dawn come with a sharpened air.
A touch of frost, a promise of a glorious day.)

There are two themes. The first represents music education researchers’ responses to the external forces that challenge, prompt and engage us. “Tīhei mauri ora!” refers to claiming the right to speak, which for us is about the authority of music education research within the academy. Thus, the second theme refers to the place of pure music education research.  The subtext is that in early November, Wellington is usually very, very well ventilated!

Please note that papers which do not address the conference theme will also be accepted for consideration. The conference theme is intended as a guide. Participants, particularly beginning researchers and students undertaking research for the first time are invited to submit abstracts of research that is work in progress.

ABSTRACT SUBMISSIONS: Due Friday, 26 July, 2019.

Abstracts must be no more than 300 words and include your name and institutional affiliation. They will be double blind peer-reviewed. Notification with regards to acceptance will be given by mid-August at the latest.

Email abstracts to by Friday 26 July.


Thursday 31 October – 9am – registration
Thursday 31 October – 10.30am – Powhiri (formal welcome) at Te Herenga Waka Marae
Thursday 31 October – 1.30pm to 6pm – Papers followed by welcome drinks
Friday 1 November – 8.30am to 6.00pm – Papers
Saturday 2 November – 8.30am to 6.00pm – Papers
Saturday 2 November – 7.30 pm – Conference Dinner at Dockside Restaurant
Sunday 3 November – 8.30 am -12:00pm – Papers
Sunday 3 November – 12.30 pm – 2:00 pm  AGM, awarding of students prizes. Poroporoaki (farewells)

Presenters will have the opportunity to present their paper for 20 minutes. This will be followed by a 10-minute opportunity for questions from the floor.


Full participant: $220 (AUD)
Student: $120 (AUD)
Conference dinner: $70 (AUD)

All conference delegates must be ANZARME members:

Full: $50 (AUD)
Student: $25 (AUD)


To encourage new researchers, ANZARME provides two Post Graduate Research prizes; the Doreen Bridges Prize, and the David Sell Prize. Both awards are for promising research presented at the conference to Post Graduate students undertaking investigations in the field of music education. The prizes are awarded on the recommendations of a panel of adjudicators who attend the presentation.

CONFERENCE VENUE (Kelburn campus) 

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The 2019 conference will be held in university council chambers and lounge in the historic Hunter Building on Kelburn Parade. Built in 1904, in the Arts and Crafts style, it was the first site of the University and now houses the Vice Chancellor’s office and university administration. The council chambers are often used for conferences, presentations and concerts.

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One conference session will be held in the wharenui (meeting house) of the Te Herenga Waka Marae where delegates will be welcomed on the first day.

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ABOUT WELLINGTON “the coolest little capital in the world”

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Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, sits near the North Island’s southernmost point on the Cook Strait. A compact and cosmopolitan city, it encompasses a waterfront promenade, sandy beaches, a working harbour and colourful timber houses on surrounding hills. Strong winds through the Cook Strait give it the nickname “Windy Wellington.” It is the centre of New Zealand’s vibrant film industry and is also nicknamed “Wellywood”.

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Wellington is famous for its energetic vibe, creative counter culture, excellent coffee, craft beer, quirky cafes and numerous restaurants and bars. We hope many of you will be inspired to stay for a few days and enjoy the best of what Wellington has to offer.

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The temperature will usually be around 16 C, never higher than 20C, but not lower than 13C. The weather is very changeable at this time of year, so it may be beautifully sunny, or it may not. It may rain, or it may not. Did we mention that it will be windy? That is almost certain!


Click here for a list of ten things a visitor “must do” in Wellington.

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The university is situated on a hill above the CBD, near The Terrace, the centre of the city’s business district and near the Beehive, the seat of the New Zealand government. There is no accommodation available on campus but there are a number of hotels and backpackers nearby. Wellington’s bus service is excellent and there is a frequent and regular service up the hill directly to the conference venue.

There are multiple AirBnB apartments available on The Terrace and in town. There is also a wide range of budget accommodation. The closest ones (all within walking distance), are Worldwide Backpackers , Trek Global, Hotel St George and Rise Hostel.


Novotel on The Terrace, about 15 minutes’ walk away. This hotel offers 17% discount to delegates.

James Cook on The Terrace.

In town:

The ibis Hotel is downtown in the government and business district, a 10 minute bus ride or about 20 minutes walk to the conference venue. The ibis Hotel offers a 17% discount to delegates.

The Comfort Hotel is situated in Cuba Street, the heart of Wellington’s café district  and is about 10 minutes by bus, or 20 minutes’ walk to the conference venue. The Comfort Hotel offers a 15% discount for conference delegates.

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Titiro whakamua matou kia manaki koutou

We look forward to welcoming you all

Dr Geoffrey Lowe
ANZARME President

Dr Vicki Thorpe and Christine Hainstock
Conference Organisers