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Reggio Emilia Aotearoa New Zealand (REANZ)

REANZ is a charitable trust that has been in existence since June 2009. There are ten trustees of REANZ, each of whom bring a considerable breadth of expertise and experience:  practitioners working in the early childhood and primary sector, tertiary educators and those in other roles related to ECE. REANZ is committed to providing opportunities for teachers to critically engage with the pedagogy of Reggio Emilia within the cultural content of Aotearoa. One of the main aims of REANZ is that the knots and complexities that can emerge from these encounters with Reggio pedagogy and practice will cause educators to look more closely at their own ideas about education.

Traces of Utopian Thinking

.. from courses in Reggio Emilia, Italy

A week in Reggio Emilia provokes Utopian dreaming about better opportunities for playful learning for tamariki in early childhood education in Aotearoa New Zealand that is woven with deep thought. Dreams like, “Won’t it be wonderful when ...?”

Anne Meade and Claire Jongepier returned with recharged ideas of how amazingly capable and competent infants, toddlers and young children are in expressing themselves in “100 languages”.

Videos, images and practices from the settings they observed in Reggio Emilia and from their settings will help explain why and how the Italian educators inspire teachers from around the globe.

Chase away those winter ‘blues’, as you participate in a workshop rich in images and ideas directly from Italy, and made relevant for Aotearoa New Zealand.


Who: Anne Meade has spent two weeks in Reggio Emilia (in 2010 and 2016) at an introductory course and an in-depth course. Claire Jongepier went to a Reggio Emilia course in 2013.

Where: Te Rito Maioha/ Early Childhood NZ, 191A Thorndon Quay, Wellington

When: Kai from 5.45pm. Workshop from 6.15pm to 8.30pm, Thursday 4 May 2017

Cost: $57.50 (including GST)

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The Melbourne Study Tour

Sunday 3rd September to Saturday 9th September 2017

Reggio Emilia Aotearoa New Zealand (REANZ) brings you this Exciting opportunity to visit Early Childhood Centres and schools that are implementing innovative curriculum.

 As a participant on a past  tour said...

“This has been the most effective professional development that I have been involved in during 25 years in education”.

For more information:

Primary Provocations Seminar

25 February 2017, Auckland

Re-imagining Power, Intent and Practice in the Primary Years of School

Jill McLachlan

The Compass Not the Road - One School’s Journey Towards Emergent Curriculum

Andrew Morrall and Jade Bell

Reflection by Liz Battersby, April 2017

It has been intriguing to reflect on this thought-provoking day with Jill, Andrew, and Jade. They have each found ways to embrace Reggio-inspired practice in their different educational roles. Jill is an early childhood teacher and education consultant in NSW. Andrew is principal at Rolleston School in Christchurch. Jade is one of the early “pioneer” teachers involved in implementing a Reggio-inspired approach at Rolleston. I know from personal experience how powerfully encounters with the Reggio Emilia project can shake up teachers’ thinking, capture the imagination, offer tantalising glimpses of what could be, and reward us with children’s deep involvement in learning. Jill, Andrew, and Jade have experienced this shaking up, while taking their own Reggio journeys. Their ultimate joy in what they have discovered and their transformed practice would encourage any motivated educator who is seriously considering travelling this road. The benefits to children’s learning are profound.



A Pedagogy of Relations

The REANZ network is pleased to offer teachers across New Zealand the opportunity to hear from and engage with Margo Hobba and Chris Celada.  Margo and Chris bring to our shores a wealth of wisdom and in-depth understanding of the principles of Reggio Emilia, the notion of epistemology- ‘building knowledge’ -and the way in which children build their knowledge and carry out research.  They have both had long careers in early childhood and tertiary education. Based on their studies around the educational project in Reggio Emilia and working on from their previous project Teachers IN research with children they will be facilitating:

A Pedagogy of Relations:  Materiality and Learning 

A series of evening workshops across New Zealand

These evening workshops will be organised by REANZ Trust and hosted by our regional network groups in

Auckland, Manawatu and Christchurch in June 2017. 

They will all run from 6.00 pm to 9.00 pm with a cost of $75.00 per person including GST. 

 For Further information:  Go to Events page for Registrations 


The Big Day Out in Arrowtown

Thank you to everyone who joined us in Arrowtown for our Big Day Out. Mandy's presentation about her work with toddlers on 'storying' was so inspiring and certainly recharged a lot of batteries! It was a privilege to listen to her and her focus on finding the extraordinary in the ordinary & her reassurance that doubt and uncertainty are essential and healthy. Brilliant - thank you so much Mandy.
A huge thanks to the teachers from both Arrowtown Preschool sites for being such fabulous hosts and presenting their environments in such a beautiful way for us all - most appreciated.


 Go to REANZ South page


Regional Networks & Events

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Click on the links below or in the map to connect to the Regional Networks' newsletters, events information and event registration.


You are invited to become a ‘friend’ of REANZ which is a group of people committed to disseminating and discussing the pedagogy within Reggio Emilia. REANZ has a membership of over 1400 members.

Join now and receive information about:

  • seminars and conferences
  • centre visits
  • workshops
  • study tours to Melbourne and Reggio Emilia
  • information about Reggio Children

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