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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 eleven 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.




REANZ 2020 Conference



Titiro whakamuri kia anga whakamua  

Look into the past in order to go forward  


Friday 17th– Sunday 19thJuly 2020 

St Cuthbert’s College, Auckland



Come and celebrate the centenary of Loris Malaguzzi’s life and work with a wide range of speakers, including a Reggio Children representative from Reggio Emilia.  


Join us to generate new thinking and pathways forward by reflecting on the political and pedagogical essence of the Reggio Emilia Approach in relation to the rich history and unique bi-cultural heritage of early years education in Aotearoa New Zealand. 





Reggio Emilia Study Tour 2020 

Online registrations opening now - reserve your space!

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Reach Across the Tasman Conference & Study Tour 2019

  Dates:  Sunday 1st September - Saturday 7th September

 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”.

Cost:- $2700, share twin room in an apartment.   $3100 Single room sharing in an apartment. includes:

  •  Flights ex Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland (the travel agent will be in contact once the registration numbers confirmed)
  • Insurance (extra may be charged to cover pre-existing conditions)
  • Group transfers from and to Melbourne airport
  • Accommodation is at Punt Hill Apartments, Flinders Street. This is a 4 star establishment.
  • All costs of the study tour including transport and lunches

We have new accomodation in the heart of the city. Apartments on Lygon are no longer offering short term stays and we have been fortunate to secure  a group booking at Punt Apartments. It is a 4 star establishment and costs associated with accomodation for the study tour, reflect this change.

A deposit of $1,000. is to be paid to secure your place. The balance to be paid before 1st July. You will have two facilitators with you to support unpacking and creating meaning from the experiences you encounter.

2019 REANZ Co-Hosts Glenys Waller and Bridgette Towle

Please click this link to register.

Lorraine Manuela the REANZ International Representative in Reggio Emilia

Having lunch with the teachers and cooks at Martiri de Sesso Preschool, our linked corresponding school in Reggio Emilia. The cooks son had played rugby in NZ, so we had a very special meal prepared for us, accompanied with local Processco. 

 An extraordinary week listening, sharing and being surrounded by incredible thinkers in early childhood education. They inspire, they challenge and they offer exchanges whilst sharing co-participatory research between adults and children.  They view this as a daily praxis, an attitude that lets them get closer to reality, investigate it and comprehend it. 


Lorraine Manuela, Des Hugo, Ruth Wallbridge, Tessa Browne & Jan Millikan

Attending the Reggio Children International Network Meeting in Reggio Emilia 2019.


When your dance and my dance are entwined

Clare Battersby, TAPAC, Auckland, New Zealand Contact:

Elizabeth Battersby, Education Consultant, Auckland, New Zealand Contact: 

This project dialogue examined how an emerging sense of dance identity might enhance a child’s awareness of and feeling of belonging in the world. It presented interviews with children that explored Clare Battersby’s long-held belief that children’s evolving sense of self develops and is empowered through their experience of an inclusive approach to dance. Here they are challenged and experience joy and success. This approach is rooted in contemporary dance theory, educational pedagogy, and theatre performance. It has no syllabus or examinations, but, rather, a co-constructed emergent curriculum. Every child is welcome in the class, which caters to their interests and abilities through collaboration between the teacher and participating children. 

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