Wellington- Reggio Emilia Inspired Dialogues - REID

REID is a group of Wellington early childhood educators who are influenced by Reggio Emilia pedagogy, which includes: dialogue, listening to children’s “100 languages”, educational documentation, in-depth investigations and parent involvement.

Contact:; P O Box 12-271, Thorndon, Wellington 6144; http//

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REID Seminar - Saturday 21 March 2020

9.30am - 1.00pm

Te Whekenui a Muturangi:

Using visual arts, music and dance to explore and enrich a local Māori legend



Judith Urry, Associate Principal at Northland School

Judith will introduce the Reggio Emilia concept of children’s “one-hundred languages”.

She’ll explore the legend using music and sound, one of the “hundred languages”.

Lisa Terreni, lecturer at VUW

Lisa will use visual art as a means of unpacking key elements of the legend.

Nancy Fulford, dance and drama teacher at Wellington East Girls College.

Nancy will pull expressions of the legend together through creating dance scenarios with you.


Different Place (for REID): Wellington East Girls College, Austin Street, Mt Victoria

(Parking available at the school)


Participants: Kaiako/ teachers in early childhood services and schools

School News, Feb 2020: “Teachers hope to end “near death” of arts in schools. They recognise that a narrow curriculum neglects the full range of significant human capacities”


Cost: $75 (incl GST).  Register now to explore and connect to the arts in education.

No cheques. Payment must be made by e-banking to: REID (ANZ a/c): 060582-0002291-25, no later than 6pm, Thurs, 19 March 2020.

When: Saturday, 21 March 2020, 9.30am - 1.00pm


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  Past Events:


  “A Māori perspective on Reggio-inspired                    practices in Aotearoa”                                                                                       

REID seminar, Saturday, 9 November 2019

Brenda Soutar likens Reggio Education to He Taniwha Kiku Roa!

The allegory of the taniwha with its long tail is symbolic of Reggio education and its ever-increasing international following. It also relates to our individual settings where we create a sense of belonging with others to magical projects and fantastic places.  Brenda will unpack the Reggio Emilia principle of ‘Participation’ and draw upon her experience to share what this principle looks like through a Māori lens.


Facilitator: Brenda Soutar, who is the Kaiarahi / Maori Adviser to REANZ and a Reggio Emilia Manawatu (REM) committee member. Brenda Soutar likens Reggio education to                       He Taniwha Hiku Ro

Where?                               Te Rito Maioha/ Early Childhood NZ, 191A Thorndon Quay 

                                           Note: Saturday parking on Thorndon Quay is for a maximum of 2 hours

What                                 Half-day seminar

Date and time?                    10.00am to 1.00pm, Saturday, 9 November

Cost?                                    $80 (incl GST), covers morning tea and costs for Brenda


To register from 27th September


REID’s two-part symposium, Winter 2018

Process vs product

in early learning visual arts

A statement made by teachers in early childhood visual arts education contexts in both Australia and New Zealand is that ‘the process is more important than the product’. This presentation aims to generate dialogue and debate about this statement, drawing on John Dewey’s ideas about art education and considering Reggio Emilia approaches to visual arts. The two-part symposium will challenge you to think about how to be an intentional teacher in the visual arts for young children in the context of Te Whāriki2017.

Presenters:        Dr Gai Lindsay, NSW, and Dr Lisa Terreni and

                           Rachel Denee, Victoria University of Wellington

DatesPart 1:  Saturday, 30 June, 9.00am to 1.00pm.

            Part2:   Thursday, 16 August, 5.45 kai. Seminar: 6.15 to 8.15pm 

Venue for  both parts: Te Rito Maioha/ Early Childhood NZ, 

                                    191A Thorndon Quay, Thorndon.

Cost: $125 (incl GST), for both seminars and delicious kai at both.

Flyer: Click Here

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Igniting Play in the Early Years

REID seminar 

4 November 2017

PLD for Primary and ECE teachers

“Igniting play” (in both senses of the words) will be presented by Judith Urry and Hilary Burrows, from Silverstream School, with an introduction and commentary by Dr Anne Meade, a three-time attendee at Reggio Emilia in Italy and co-founder of Daisies EC & C Centre.

Date: Saturday, 4 November, 9.00am to 1.00pm.

Venue: Te Rito Maioha/ Early Childhood NZ, 191A Thorndon Quay, Thorndon, Wellington. 

Cost: $75.00 (incl GST), for the seminar and a delicious morning tea.

 Register now

 Download a Flyer:   Igniting Play 



Two-part symposium: 1 July & 14 September 2017

Come and experience how light and shadow can be used as an expressive ‘language’ by children and teachers. The workshop will involve a hands-on art component where participants will use Māori 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, author and editor of the ecARTnz online magazine, with an introduction by Dr Anne Meade.

Dates: Saturday, 1 July, 9.00am to 1.00pm at the Thistle Hall, cnr Cuba and Arthur Streets, Te Aro.

Thursday, 14 September, 5.45 to 8.45pm, Te Rito Maioha/Early Childhood NZ, 191A Thorndon Quay

Costs: $125 (incl GST), includes materials, substantial Saturday morning tea, and light evening meal

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Register Click Here:    Spaces are limited

 Traces of Utopian Thinking

... from courses in Reggio Emilia, Italy

A week in Reggio Emilia provokes Utopian dreaming about better opportunities for playful learning for tamariki in early childhood education in Aotearoa New Zealand that is woven with deep thought. Dreams like, “Won’t it be wonderful when ...?”

Anne Meade and Claire Jongepier returned with recharged ideas of how amazingly capable and competent infants, toddlers and young children are in expressing themselves in “100 languages”.

Videos, images and practices from the settings they observed in Reggio Emilia and from their settings will help explain why and how the Italian educators inspire teachers from around the globe. 

More Information

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A Pedagogy of Relations:  Materiality and Learning 

The REANZ network is pleased to offer teachers across New Zealand the opportunity to hear from and engage with Margo Hobba and Chris Celada.  Margo and Chris bring to our shores a wealth of wisdom and in-depth understanding of the principles of Reggio Emilia, the notion of epistemology- ‘building knowledge’ -and the way in which children build their knowledge and carry out research.  They have both had long careers in early childhood and tertiary education. Based on their studies around the educational project in Reggio Emilia and working on from their previous project Teachers IN research with children they will be facilitating:


A Pedagogy of Relations:  Materiality and Learning 

A series of evening workshops across New Zealand


Reggio-inspired Investigations at Victoria Kids: Voices of Leaderful Learning

Come and join us for this wonderful opportunity to hear about the centre’s journey(s) to support children as ‘leaderful learners’.  

As usual, we’ll have lots of time for discussion and look forward to some great dialogues.

We’ll begin with some light kai at 6.30pm. Look forward to seeing you. 

Date: Thursday 28 July

Time: 6.30 – 8.30pm

Venue: 2-4 Clermont Tce, Kelburn

Suggested Koha: $10

Ann Pairman

Reggio Emilia Inspired Dialogue


Download flier: Reggio_Seminar_REID.docx


Funky Yet Functional Documentation

A Two Part Symposium

Part One: Saturday, 28 May 2016
Time: 9.30am - 1.00pm
Venue: Victoria University of Wellington, Room 101, Boyd Wilson Arena (at the end of Waiteata Road), Kelburn

Lisa Terreni, Anne Meade, and Ann Pairman will facilitate a hands-on workshop exploring what constitutes effective documentation.

Part Two: Tuesday, 9 August 2016
Time: Kai: 5.45 to 6.15pm; Seminar: 6.20 to 9.00pm
Venue: Te Rito Maioha/ Early Childhood NZ, 191 Thorndon Quay, Thorndon

Maree Gray and Claire Jongepier, REID, will facilitate the August evening when participants share examples of their centre’s documentation inspired by the May workshop.

Total Cost:
 138.00 (GST incl) for two workshops, materials, morning tea (28 may) and a light meal (9 August)

Space and numbers are limited. Maximum is three per centre.

Click the button below to download the the event flyer and map.

Please note:
 payment via credit card (Visa/ MasterCard) is required to book and confirm your place on this REANZ event. 


Cancellation Policy


Refunds less $25.00 will be given if written notification is received 10 days before the event. There are no refunds after this time, but we will consider substituting names.

Contact Us

If you have any registration queries regarding this event, please contact:


     Lynda Booth
     Icon Conference & Event Management Ltd
     PO Box 44195, Pt Chevalier, Auckland
     Phone: +6498455550" +64 9 845 5550<
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