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Activate is the premier event for the sector - the place where social service leaders and practitioners come together and connect with decision makers.

The conference will have an exciting mix of keynote speakers, expo sessions, workshops, table talk, open space, and an Unconference session. There will be lots of opportunities to network, share ideas, generate ideas and plan action, hear from experts and sector leaders, and share and learn together. The conference will deliver information to get you up to date on the latest developments in government policy, social service practice, workforce development and a host of other topics.

With a programme ranging from changing demographics and what that means for culturally competent services, to deep dive workshops, you will leave the conference informed and inspired and ready to take ideas for action back to your organisation.


Click here for the full programme.


Click here for details of our workshops.  

 Keynote Speakers

We're honoured to welcome distinguished keynote speakers Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Hon Poto Williams; Tā Mark Solomon, Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Kurī; Professor Paul Spoonley; emerging young leader Josiah Tualamali'i; and Gráinne Moss, CEO of Oranga Tamariki.  Read more about our engaging range of speakers

 Sponsorship and Exhibitor Packages

Activate is an ideal opportunity for organisations that work with the social services sector to engage with its leaders and make connections. SSPA is happy to discuss the sponsorship packages and to tailor a package to meet your needs.  If you would like an exhibitor space, please get in touch. 

Click here to download the sponsorship packages 

To discuss sponsorship, please contact SSPA National Manager Brenda Pilott, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 027 430 6016. 


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