Southland- REANZ South

REANZ South is a regional network of Reggio Emilia Aotearoa New Zealand. We aim to inspire others through facilitating professional learning opportunities that draw on the Reggio Emilia experience and to promote and support connections and collaboration between early childhood centres and schools and with REANZ and REANZ regional networks.

The organising committee for REANZ South is Pam Wilson, Senior Teacher, Kindergartens South; Jane Foster, Professional Leader/Manager, Arrowtown Preschool; Sharon Livingstone, Principal, Otatara School;  Judy Brown, Head Teacher, Winton Kindergarten; Sonya Carey, Principal, Newfield Park School; Claire Maley-Shaw, Head Teacher, Fiordland Kindergarten.

Please contact Pam Wilson:

News March 2020 pdf.pdf

Past Events:

ANZ South Pedagogical Documentation 'Digging Deeper'

page1image2996144Kirsty Lilgregren until recently was the Director of Cornish College ELC in Melbourne.  Many New Zealanders have visited this inspiring educational setting.  Kirtsy is a long standing member of Reggio Emilia Information Exchange Australia and has used the pedogogical provocations from Reggio Emliia to think about the question, "How do we as educators enable children to flourish?"

This workshop will be an opportunity to revisit ideas and extend knowledge and understandings of the critical role that documentation plays in enriching the possibilities for a 'community of learners'.  There will be focus on:

  • how documentation can inform curriculum

  • the role that documentation plays in our growing understanding of children

  • the may possibilities and strategies of making children's learning visible

  • the role that pedagogical documentation has in supporting and enlightening children's and teachers' research

  • promoting teachers' curiosity and continuous professional learning

This is an opportunity not to be missed!  We are so fortunate to have Kirsty coming to our place.  She is a very experienced and highly regarded internationally as a presenter and practitioner.  Kirtsy will challenge you, get you thinking more deeply and inspire you to reflect on your practice.  

Date:  Saturday 3 August 2019

Time:  10 am - 3 pm

Venue:  St Johns Church Hall, Durham Street, Arrowtown

Catering:  Morning tea on arrival and lunch provided

Cost:  $125.00 per person (discounted to $115 for centres/schools with more than 3 participants registering

Register online by Friday 20 July 2019 by clicking on the link below.  

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A two part symposium....................

Come and experience how light and shadow can be used as an expressive ‘language’ by tamariki and kaiako. The workshop will involve a hands-on art component where participants will use Maori mythology as the provocation for their own creative story making and telling.
The Language of Light and Shadow Puppets will be presented by Lisa Terreni, Senior Lecturer, Victoria

University, editor of the ecARTnz online magazine.

The second workshop will explore how new learning from Lisa’s workshop can be integrated into Matariki celebrations. This will be facilitated by REANZ South committee members.

Dates: Workshop 1 - Saturday, 17 February 2018 (Invercargill only)

             Workshop 2 - Sat 16 June (Invercargill)

                               - Thurs 14 June (Arrowtown)

Time: Workshop 1 - 9.30am – 2pm (times for workshop 2 to be confirmed)

Venue: Otatara Community Centre, Dunns Rd, Otatara Arrowtown venue tbc

Catering: Lunch will be provided

Cost: $125 – includes both workshops, some materials and kai
($30 for students, $110 pp for schools/centres with more than 4 people registering)


Register online by Friday 9 Feb 2018


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Big Day Out

Thank you to everyone who joined us in Arrowtown for our Big Day Out. Mandy's presentation about her work with toddlers on 'storying' was so inspiring and certainly recharged a lot of batteries! It was a privilege to listen to her and her focus on finding the extraordinary in the ordinary & her reassurance that doubt and uncertainty are essential and healthy. Brilliant - thank you so much Mandy.
A huge thanks to the teachers from both Arrowtown Preschool sites for being such fabulous hosts and presenting their environments in such a beautiful way for us all - most appreciated.



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Inspiring presenters from Rolleston School!


Wow, what a Saturday morning in the Deep South thanks to these inspiring presenters from Rolleston School! They held the audience of 60 primary and kindergarten teachers spellbound for 4 hours with the telling of their Reggio inspired journey over the last 5 or so years. Provocations gave us all so much thinking to take away: 

"Each day should be a surprise-surprises make learning exciting. Surprises allow children to drive the learning. This sort of teaching makes for outstanding learning.




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Allow yourself the gift of time to think about your own work as a teacher.

Children's outpouring of ideas is their fuel for learning.

Listen with your ears, your eyes, your heart to what children have to offer"......................


We learnt about ChiL, we heard the story of the Sensory Room, we listened to stories about projects and documentation, we went on an EXPRESS time discovery. 

Thank you so much Andrew and Jade - you are an inspiration to us all and one of the best examples ever of how a Reggio inspired approach can be implemented in the context of the NZ education system.

-       21 May 2016



Bronwyn Blackstock Travel Fund.

It is with much pleasure that we announce the inception of the Bronwyn Blackstock Travel Fund. REANZ South are setting up this fund in memory of Bronwyn and her enthusiasm for travel and for things Reggio. We will offer $500 on alternate years to help the recipient with Travel costs to a Reggio inspired event of their choice. It is hoped to have this ready by the end of 2016 for the recipient to travel in 2017.

For more information on application click here:

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