Tauranga harbour at night

NZBA Annual Conference 2021 - Advocacy Now: Law in Extraordinary Times (8.5 hrs CPD)

10:00am Friday, 10 September 2021
11:45pm Saturday, 11 September 2021
Trinity Wharf
51 Dive Crescent
TAURANGA, Bay of Plenty 3110
New Zealand

The New Zealand Bar Association will be hosting its annual conference at Trinity Wharf Hotel, Tauranga on 10-11 September 2021.  Our conference website is now live.

This is an exciting time for the legal profession, with significant changes ahead.  Our conference is designed to provide some insight into these developments.

The judiciary is leading the way with its learnings about tikanga Māori, and recent case law has signalled the development of a unique jurisprudence for Aotearoa/New Zealand. The conference will help members to catch up with these changes. Meantime, if we have learnt nothing else from 2020, the value or scientific advancement has been reinforced. But how far can we rely on novel science in criminal cases?  Should we suspend basic principles of law for the good of the many? What is an advocate’s role when faced with extraordinary times and situations, such as pandemics and the dangers of climate change?

We look forward to you joining our panellists as they address these topics. We are building time into our sessions so that we can hear your thoughts and look forward to an exchange of ideas and opinions.   

Our conference is extremely collegial, with opportunities to network and gather at social events on both conference days. The conference venue is stunning, being Trinity Wharf Hotel, a stunning waterfront hotel built on three piers that stretch over the water’s edge. There are panoramic water views that bring the tranquil elements of the outside world indoors.

Conference Overview:

Friday 10 September 2021, Day 1: 

A mihi whakatau will be followed by kai (morning tea). Formal sessions include:

  • Keynote address (Hon. Justice Goddard)
  • Climate change and the law
  • Novel evidence- can we trust it?  and
  • Institutions and concepts of Maori law

The AGM will be followed at the end of the day by social drinks and nibbles by the beautiful waterfront at the hotel. Most of the NZBA Council will be present and looking forward to welcoming you. 

Saturday 11 September 2021, Day 2: 

We begin our day with sessions on:

  • The role of tikanga in the development of the law in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Emergency powers and the law - the role of the advocate in a pandemic
  • Keynote - the  post-pandemic world (Alex Hagen from Melbourne)

After lunch, delegates are invited to take part in a range of optional activities. There are options for thrill-seekers who want to burn energy, as well as for those who just want to sit back and enjoy the scenery.   These will be followed by a formal dinner in the evening.

Your conference registration ticket is all-inclusive. Partners are welcome to purchase tickets for the Friday social function, Saturday afternoon activities and the Saturday formal dinner.

Earlybird pricing available until 23 June 2021

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For more information contact 

General enquiries
Lisa Mills  

Registration, accommodation and optional activities  
Nicky Remkes  

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