Friday 9th September, 11:00am - 12:30pm

‘Hohou Rongo’ Making Peace - Beyond the Apology
- David Moko

Ko Te Arawa te Waka, ko Tapuika te Iwi ko Mātaatua te waka ko Ngāti Pūkenga ki Maketū te iwi are David’s tribal affiliations.

Born in Te Puke, David grew up in Tokoroa. As a committed Jesus follower, he has a deep interest in national and international missions, developed strategic relationships living and working in 49 countries that helped shape him in a full-time career pathway in Christian ministry his whole adult life.

David values relationships and connectedness.  He’s an includer and a bridge-builder of people, a philosophy around which he orientates his life. David’s passionate about decolonising theology as an educational, spiritual, and material project rooted in indigenous histories, context and ontologies. 


Spiritual Self Care
- Susannah Connolly

Kia ora Susannah Connolly here.  I offer Spiritual Direction, counselling and supervision, Debriefing and silent retreats at Peacemakers Retreat. I am married to Andrew Connolly, and we have two adult children, one daughter in law and have this year welcomed our first grandchild. 

Today I invite you to an exploration of Spiritual Self Care in your practice and life.  I will look at how our spirituality connects and disconnects with our work, and how to engage in ways that might be new to you. I will offer wisdoms from my master’s Thesis: opening dialogue about Spiritual Abuse.   Questions:  What is S.A.?  How have I experienced this?  How have I done this?    How does this affect my faith?  Can I live in harmony and intimacy all the time?  How to live in our world peacefully among joys and fear?  How does my Spiritual self-care need to increase, be re-created, deepen into the contemplative?


The Gift of Peace
– Gina Siaosi

Gina Siaosi is a NZ born Samoan raised in Mangere, South Auckland, from the villages of Sapapalií, Fugalei, Saumatau and Faleasiu. She has an adult married daughter and three wonderful teenage grandchildren.  Past Christian ministry experience over the past 30 years has mostly been in Church leadership, Missions, Prayer ministry and Women’s Ministry. She is the founder of the Pacific Women’s Christian Association which has afforded her the privilege of serving women in the Pacific region, Pacific diaspora in Australia and USA, Scandinavia, Greenland and other Inuit women located in the Artic Circle.

Gina is staff with Laidlaw College as the Pasifika Ambassador. She is passionate about discipling the next generation of Pacific diaspora here in Aotearoa and abroad to faithfully live out the Christian covenant forged by our ancestors in our Pacific homelands in their national contexts.

John 14:27 (The Passion Translation) “I leave the gift of peace with you—my peace".

What did Jesus mean when he said I leave my gift of peace with you? This workshop outlines a theological understanding of what Jesus’ peace is, how it differs to the world's peace, its’ unique qualities, benefits and impact upon an increasingly broken society. 

This workshop will include a practical component on receiving and imparting peace. An invitation will be given to participants to receive prayer ministry as a practical guide on ways to impart peace to others. The workshop will also include examining other spiritual practises that help to build and maintain internal peace as well as creating external atmospheres of peace.

Friday 9th September, 1:45pm - 3:15pm

Impact of Covid & Restoration of Peace
– Jo McGrath

I am a lecturer in the School of Health and Counselling at M.I.T.  I teach Counselling Theory and Practice A which is where counselling students go out on their first practicum. I am also the Academic Team Lead Support where I support students through their study if they have personal issues such as a sense of feeling overwhelmed due to personal issues such as financial stress, bereavements, having Covid, struggling with long term Covid.

My presentation is on the effects of Covid on student counsellors, particularly their practicums, using my own observations from my classes, and how this affected their motivation and ability to study the course. I would like to consider such factors as the use of personal counselling, attending group supervision as a class, other class members' support and the support of me as their lecturer.  I will include the importance of understanding my own journey as the lecturer journeying through Covid and how this was used to help students.  Further, we can explore together some things we as educators and supervisors can consider to help to restore some peace in student's practice and study during these rocky times.


Sau e Siva
– Matalena Tulisi

Matalena Tulisi has been offering Siva Samoa classes to the community in West Auckland since 2015 under Sau e Siva West Auckland. She offers classes for young teine tama’ita’I (girls) as well as adults. Matalena ensures that Siva Samoa, being our ‘measina’ (treasure) is kept alive and that the knowledge and stories are passed on.

Sau e Siva! Come and dance - This workshop is an introduction to the art of Siva Samoa. We will use basic movements and steps and explain the how and why. You will also learn a full choreographed siva to take away with you. Although aimed at beginners, all levels are welcome to join and take part.


Sensory Regulation Strategies
– Adele Arleith

Born and raised in Wellington, I now call Hamilton my home. That being said, my bones are from Northern Ireland and I look forward to someday visiting the country my Great Nan emigrated from in 1926.

I have been practicing since late 2015 and have developed a passion for working with people of all ages who are facing challenges that hold them back from living their best life, particularly those with neurodevelopmental diagnoses such as autism and ADHD.  My master’s thesis focused on working therapeutically with young people who have neurodevelopmental diagnoses, and emotional regulation was understandably a significant factor in this research, as was family involvement in the therapeutic process.  

This experiential workshop will demonstrate how to invite clients and their families to explore and experiment with sensory regulation strategies that empower them to begin growing in the area of self-regulation.

That being said, these strategies, and the process we will utilise in the workshop, can be used across age ranges and has also provided many of my adult clients with the confidence to effectively manage stress, anxiety, and low mood.

This will not be a sit down and listen workshop, rather participants will be moving around the room to explore a number of stations. Please inform the conference committee if you have mobility challenges so that we can ensure you are able to fully engage in the activities.

Saturday 10th September, 11:00am - 12:30pm

Making Supervision Super
– Jeremy Le Comte

60 minutes, 59, 58, … ops 4 minutes and I’ve still got that important thing to discuss…

I finished my counselling training in 2007 and completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Professional Supervision in 2014. 

I’ve been very fortunate to experience supervision in a variety of ways; as a supervisee and as a supervisor, one:one/peer/group, internal line management/externally, face:face/online and am fascinated as to how to enhance supervision however it is provided. If you have been thinking, how do I maximise supervision that I receive as a supervisee or provide as a supervisor then you won’t want to miss this workshop.


Sensory Regulation Strategies (rerun)
– Adele Arleith

Born and raised in Wellington, I now call Hamilton my home. That being said, my bones are from Northern Ireland and I look forward to someday visiting the country my Great Nan emigrated from in 1926.

I have been practicing since late 2015 and have developed a passion for working with people of all ages who are facing challenges that hold them back from living their best life, particularly those with neurodevelopmental diagnoses such as autism and ADHD.  My master’s thesis focused on working therapeutically with young people who have neurodevelopmental diagnoses, and emotional regulation was understandably a significant factor in this research, as was family involvement in the therapeutic process.  

This experiential workshop will demonstrate how to invite clients and their families to explore and experiment with sensory regulation strategies that empower them to begin growing in the area of self-regulation.

That being said, these strategies, and the process we will utilise in the workshop, can be used across age ranges and has also provided many of my adult clients with the confidence to effectively manage stress, anxiety, and low mood.

This will not be a sit down and listen workshop, rather participants will be moving around the room to explore a number of stations. Please inform the conference committee if you have mobility challenges so that we can ensure you are able to fully engage in the activities.


Spiritual Self Care (rerun)
- Susannah Connolly

Kia ora Susannah Connolly here.  I offer Spiritual Direction, counselling and supervision, Debriefing and silent retreats at Peacemakers Retreat. I am married to Andrew Connolly, and we have two adult children, one daughter in law and have this year welcomed our first grandchild. 

Today I invite you to an exploration of Spiritual Self Care in your practice and life.  I will look at how our spirituality connects and disconnects with our work, and how to engage in ways that might be new to you. I will offer wisdoms from my master’s Thesis: opening dialogue about Spiritual Abuse.   Questions:  What is S.A.?  How have I experienced this?  How have I done this?    How does this affect my faith?  Can I live in harmony and intimacy all the time?  How to live in our world peacefully among joys and fear?  How does my Spiritual self-care need to increase, be re-created, deepen into the contemplative?

Please note that opinions expressed in workshop sessions are not necessarily those of NZCCA.