Wellington- Reggio Emilia Inspired Dialogues - REID

REID is a group of Wellington early childhood educators who are influenced by Reggio Emilia pedagogy, which includes: dialogue, listening to children’s “100 languages”, educational documentation, in-depth investigations and parent involvement.

Contact:; P O Box 12-271, Thorndon, Wellington 6144; http//


EVENT CANCELLED:  The event below has been cancelled and refunds will be given to people registered.  This event will be rescheduled.  Our apologies. 

The Language of Dance

A two-part REID symposium in July & September

Never say ‘I can’t’ to dancing with children again


Liz Melchior, Dance teacher in the early childhood, primary and secondary initial teacher education programmes, School of Education, VUW




In part one of this two-part symposium, you will explore the language of dance and develop confidence to use dance creatively in teaching. Part Two is when everyone will come together again and share children's responses to your using the language of dance in new and creative ways.

With a background in primary teaching, Liz trained as a Playcentre supervisor when her own children were small. A passionate advocate for dance in schools and early childhood centres, Liz was a facilitator providing professional development for teachers implementing dance in their classrooms (2000-2005). She founded the Wellington Dance Educators Network (Well Dance), offering workshops for teachers.  She is currently lecturer at VUW, and a Member at Large on the daCi (Dance and the Child International) Executive committee.

Cost: $125 for both parts

Dates and times:

Part 1:  

Saturday 27 July 2019 9.30am - 12.30pm, with morning tea.

Part 2:

Thursday 19 September 2019 with finger food from 5.45pm; sharing children’s dance, 6 15 - 8.30pm.


Te Rito Maioha/ Early Childhood NZ, 191A Thorndon Quay, Wellington. Saturday 2-hr parking!



  Past Events:

REID’s two-part symposium, Winter 2018

Process vs product

in early learning visual arts

A statement made by teachers in early childhood visual arts education contexts in both Australia and New Zealand is that ‘the process is more important than the product’. This presentation aims to generate dialogue and debate about this statement, drawing on John Dewey’s ideas about art education and considering Reggio Emilia approaches to visual arts. The two-part symposium will challenge you to think about how to be an intentional teacher in the visual arts for young children in the context of Te Whāriki2017.

Presenters:        Dr Gai Lindsay, NSW, and Dr Lisa Terreni and

                           Rachel Denee, Victoria University of Wellington

DatesPart 1:  Saturday, 30 June, 9.00am to 1.00pm.

            Part2:   Thursday, 16 August, 5.45 kai. Seminar: 6.15 to 8.15pm 

Venue for  both parts: Te Rito Maioha/ Early Childhood NZ, 

                                    191A Thorndon Quay, Thorndon.

Cost: $125 (incl GST), for both seminars and delicious kai at both.

Flyer: Click Here

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Igniting Play in the Early Years

REID seminar 

4 November 2017

PLD for Primary and ECE teachers

“Igniting play” (in both senses of the words) will be presented by Judith Urry and Hilary Burrows, from Silverstream School, with an introduction and commentary by Dr Anne Meade, a three-time attendee at Reggio Emilia in Italy and co-founder of Daisies EC & C Centre.

Date: Saturday, 4 November, 9.00am to 1.00pm.

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

Cost: $75.00 (incl GST), for the seminar and a delicious morning tea.

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Two-part symposium: 1 July & 14 September 2017

Come and experience how light and shadow can be used as an expressive ‘language’ by children and teachers. The workshop will involve a hands-on art component where participants will use Māori mythology as the provocation for their own creative story making and telling.

“The Language of Light and Shadow Puppets” will be presented by Lisa Terreni, Senior Lecturer, Victoria University, author and editor of the ecARTnz online magazine, with an introduction by Dr Anne Meade.

Dates: Saturday, 1 July, 9.00am to 1.00pm at the Thistle Hall, cnr Cuba and Arthur Streets, Te Aro.

Thursday, 14 September, 5.45 to 8.45pm, Te Rito Maioha/Early Childhood NZ, 191A Thorndon Quay

Costs: $125 (incl GST), includes materials, substantial Saturday morning tea, and light evening meal

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 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. 

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A Pedagogy of Relations:  Materiality and Learning 

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


Reggio-inspired Investigations at Victoria Kids: Voices of Leaderful Learning

Come and join us for this wonderful opportunity to hear about the centre’s journey(s) to support children as ‘leaderful learners’.  

As usual, we’ll have lots of time for discussion and look forward to some great dialogues.

We’ll begin with some light kai at 6.30pm. Look forward to seeing you. 

Date: Thursday 28 July

Time: 6.30 – 8.30pm

Venue: 2-4 Clermont Tce, Kelburn

Suggested Koha: $10

Ann Pairman

Reggio Emilia Inspired Dialogue


Download flier: Reggio_Seminar_REID.docx


Funky Yet Functional Documentation

A Two Part Symposium

Part One: Saturday, 28 May 2016
Time: 9.30am - 1.00pm
Venue: Victoria University of Wellington, Room 101, Boyd Wilson Arena (at the end of Waiteata Road), Kelburn

Lisa Terreni, Anne Meade, and Ann Pairman will facilitate a hands-on workshop exploring what constitutes effective documentation.

Part Two: Tuesday, 9 August 2016
Time: Kai: 5.45 to 6.15pm; Seminar: 6.20 to 9.00pm
Venue: Te Rito Maioha/ Early Childhood NZ, 191 Thorndon Quay, Thorndon

Maree Gray and Claire Jongepier, REID, will facilitate the August evening when participants share examples of their centre’s documentation inspired by the May workshop.

Total Cost:
 138.00 (GST incl) for two workshops, materials, morning tea (28 may) and a light meal (9 August)

Space and numbers are limited. Maximum is three per centre.

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Please note:
 payment via credit card (Visa/ MasterCard) is required to book and confirm your place on this REANZ event. 


Cancellation Policy


Refunds less $25.00 will be given if written notification is received 10 days before the event. There are no refunds after this time, but we will consider substituting names.

Contact Us

If you have any registration queries regarding this event, please contact:


     Lynda Booth
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     PO Box 44195, Pt Chevalier, Auckland
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