Te Rito Toi: The Twice Born Seed Public Lecture

Professional development (PD) Wellington

Posted: 29 March 2021
Notice reference #: 1HAJFQ

The University of Auckland's Centre for Arts and Social Transformation is hosting Te Rito Toi: The Twice Born Seed – a discussion on the role and place of the arts in education on Wednesday, 21 April 2021 from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM at the National Library Wellington. 

The evening will open with the findings of a study into the state of creativity in New Zealand schools presented by Professor Peter O’Connor, Director of the Centre. The research paints a compelling picture of the crisis of creativity in New Zealand schools. 

A panel will lead a discussion on the arts in school and everyday life and the role that schools can play in fostering the arts and creativity. Confirmed speakers on the panel include Perry Rush, President of the New Zealand Principals’ Federation; Liam Rutherford, President of NZEI; Pauline Cleaver, Associate Deputy Secretary – Curriculum, Pathways & Progress, Ministry of Education; Dagmar Dyck, a New Zealand artist of Tongan and German descent, Senior Leader, Art Teacher and Inquiry Lead Teacher at Sylvia Park School; and Huia O’Sullivan, Executive Director of Ngā Rangatahi Toa. 

Register here 


  • Lecture and Panel Discussion: 5.30–6.30pm
  • Post-lecture Networking: 6.30–7.30pm

Event location: Tiakiwai Conference Centre Auditorium, National Library Wellington, Corner of Molesworth & Aitken Streets.

Events summary


21 April 2021 – 21 April 2021