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Final reminder about the Redefining Family Conference taking place 13-14 January 2016

24 Dec 2015 4:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Kia ora and greetings from AUT,

As you prepare for that much needed and welcomed holiday break, I wanted to send you one final reminder about the Redefining Family Conference: Growing families through adoption, donor conception and surrogacy, being held on the AUT city campus, 13-14 January 2016.

This conference is significant as it marks the first time that researchers, practitioners, lawyers, and policy-makers from the fields of donor conception, surrogacy and adoption, will all come together as speakers and attendees. At the same time, this conference is for people who have used—or are thinking of using—these modern methods to form their families.

The confirmed conference programme and timetable is now available and attached for your information. I’m very excited about the breadth and diversity of speakers and topics, which collectively brings personal experience, research evidence, a practical touch, and even policy/government input.

For those wishing to attend for a single day only, we have arranged the timetable with you in mind. All of the surrogacy topics are on Wednesday, 13th January; the donor conception talks are on Thursday 14th January; and the adoption-related sessions, which slightly outnumber the other streams, have been placed across both days.

And we have extended the deadline for the standard registration rate, which is now available until 1 January 2016.

For interested persons living outside of Auckland, we have arranged special rates at a local hotel and backpackers (to accommodate moderate and low budgets), both within walking distance of the AUT campus. The establishments, their contact details, and promo codes are listed below:



Promo Code



The Rendezvous Hotel

71 Mayoral Drive


+64 9 366 3000+64 9 366 3000

click HERE

Base Backpackers Level 3, 229 Queen Street


+64 9 358 4877+64 9 358 4877

click HERE

AUT Student Accommodation   

8 Mount Street, Grafton


0800 288 9720800 288 972

click HERE


If you have any other questions, please let me know. And finally, I wish for you and yours a joyful, fulfilling and safe holiday.

With sincerest regards,

Dr Rhoda Scherman

Chair – Redefining Family Conference


If you have clients or customers that you think would be interested in this conference, send us an email and we’ll gladly post out some flyers for you to pass out.


If you or your company are interested in exhibition opportunities, please send an email to info@redefiningfamilyconference.co.nz and we’ll send you a prospectus.

Redefining Family Conference Programme_AUT_13-14 Jan 2016.pdf 

AUT events_January 2016.pdf

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