Programme – agenda at a glance:

The day was interactive and energetic!

Mihi Whakatau and welcome

Whakawhanaunatanga | Exploring the landscape

An interactive session to develop connections and grow our understanding of the power of talk

The power of talk: Setting the scene |Alison Sutton, Director Talking Matters

Opening address | Judge Andrew Becroft Childrens' Comissioner 

Confessions of a childhood stutterer: All roads lead back to talk in the early years

Key New Zealand evidence |Short sessions on key evidence and research
Insights from the field

What's the story: Table conversations to share and map local insights and experiences
on early language

The power of home and heart languages when talking to our babies
Dr Rae Si'ilata, Lecturer in bi-literacy, Faculty of Education, University of Auckland

Lunch | Poster session
Displays and networking

Panel discussion | Early language is everyone's business

Representatives from four sectors will discuss the challenges and possibilities of extending the quality and quantity of talk and interaction with young children and the roles that families and communities can play.

  • Stephnie Roberts, Cross-sector investment Ministry of Health
  • Maryanne O'Hare: National Practice Adviser, Communication, Ministry of Education
  • Professor Tania Ka'ai: Professor of Māori Innovation and Development, Director of Te Ipukarea- the National Māori Language Institute, AUT University
  • Anne Purcell: community activist and parent advocate, Tamaki community


ACTION STATIONS | WORKING AFTERNOON TEA| Dynamic topic-oriented group discussions about Talanoa, books, storytelling, talk and values, school transition space, parents, communities and more... 

SPOTLIGHT ON COMMUNITY ACTION:  Talking to you matters to me: How data from LENA recorders gives power to parents

Focus forward | Getting the message across and mobilizing action
Poroporoaki/farewells
Networking and drinks | Mingling with drinks 5.30- 6.30pm


Talking Matters partners and supporters

Talking Matters is led by COMET Auckland with seed funding from the NEXT Foundation. The partners and supporters of the 2017 Summit are: