CATE Conference 2020 in Christchurch has been postponed until 2021

There is so much uncertainty about all logistics for the remainder of 2020. This makes it very difficult to plan any replacement event. The Executive team is considering all options, mindful that it may be impossible and inappropriate to even attempt to replace our November conference. Please allow us time to work through this. I will communicate with you when we have made some decisions.

We had to postpone Christchurch because we were informed that the venue, Christchurch Convention Centre, Te Pae, will not be ready for 2020 as construction is on hold during the COVID-19 lockdown. Given the ongoing uncertainty around the pandemic, we thought it best to make a decision early, so that those affected can plan accordingly. We apologise for any inconvenience or disappointment this causes.

We plan to hold our 2021 Conference, at Christchurch Convention Centre, Te Pae from Wednesday 24 November to Friday 26 November 2021.

All delegates who have registered will receive cancellation information directly from our event management company.

Warwick Foy, National President


He Tangata, He Tangata, He Tangata. It is the people, it is the people, it is the people.

CATE Conference 2020

We have chosen the theme ‘He Tangata‘ for 2020. The whakatauki we are all familiar with:
He aha te mea nui o te ao? What is the most important thing in the world?
He Tangata, He Tangata, He Tangata. It is the people, it is the people, it is the people.

In our endeavours to help transition people to tertiary education, employment or apprenticeships and training we are often focussed on skills shortages, technological advancement, changes in the vocational pathways and funding, when we really need to pay particular attention to the individuals we help, their aspirations, personalities, skills, their whakapapa and their place in the world. It is important to offer opportunities to them and consider future developments, but the people and their hauora or well-being are the centre of our conference. Our logo shows the inter-connectedness of the mountains and rivers, and the communicative stance of three people.

Our city, Ōtautahi Christchurch, is a city re-emerging, one that is re-inventing itself and it is the people who have designed and constructed the new buildings, initiated urban regeneration, opened up a booming hospitality scene, laid out new laneways, pathways, street art and retail spaces. It is the people who have created business, industry and educational opportunities. It is the people who have connected with each other in times of crisis, have helped those in need and they are ready to share their stories.

The conference will be held in the new Christchurch Convention Centre, Te Pae, which opens in 2020 and is in the centre of town on the banks of Ōtākaro, the Avon River. This will be a world class convention centre and is an architectural gem. One meaning of Te Pae is ‘gathering place’, another is ‘horizon’. When we gather together and look towards the opportunities and the future for the people we influence, we will also be able to appreciate the city of parks, rivers, beaches and hills, a city waiting to be explored again. Our ever resilient and innovative people are ready to welcome you and our Canterbury CATE Conference team are excited to host you.

Follow the conference website to keep up to date with the latest developments.

To register, visit the 2020 Conference Website registration page.