Get your Early Bird registration for SSPA Conference 2018 

Auckland – Monday and Tuesday, 29 and 30 October 2018

 Be inspired by new thinking and perspectives. 

Conference 2018 will help ensure we are well-placed to deal with the challenges at a time of rapid change. 


Programme Highlights


Taking leadership to the next level - hear some of the country's top performers talk about what's worked for them.

Co-designing for success - collaborate with leading government agencies on ways to improve social service delivery.

Having the right people in the right place - the workforce development project, a Careerforce / SSPA partnership.

The full programme will be available soon.

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Henare O'Keefe

Opening keynote speaker

Henare O'Keefe brings together warmth and drive to support people to make positive change in their own lives. He has dedicated himself to combating family violence, mentoring youth and assisting in the reintegration of prisoners. Henare’s hands-on approaches are spearheading practical initiatives to build community and reverse negative stereotypes. He and his wife Pam have fostered more than 200 children, many of whom have gone on to achieve their goals.

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Grainne Moss

Keynote speaker

Grainne Moss is the chief executive of Oranga Tamariki the Ministry for Children and needs little introduction. She was a guest speaker at SSPA Conference 2017 and promised at the time to take part in our next conference. We are pleased to welcome her back to SSPA Conference. 


Registration Fees


Registration category

Early bird

(28 June - 31 Aug)


(1 Sep - 24 Oct)

 2 days SSPA members

$305 +GST 

$350 +GST 

 1 day SSPA members

$160 +GST

$180 +GST 

 2 days non members

$380 +GST

$430 +GST 

 1 day non members

$200 +GST 

$220 +GST 

 2 days Student

$100 +GST

$100 +GST

 1 day Student

$60 +GST

$60 +GST 

 Dinner ticket on 29 Oct

$80 +GST 

$80 +GST



Our registration fees do NOT include accommodation. To assist you with booking accommodation SSPA has negotiated exclusive rates at the hotels below (applies to 28 - 30 October 2018). Please arrange your accommodation directly with your preferred hotel. Rooms can be booked on availability and SSPA is not responsible for any bookings made by delegates.

Pullman Auckland

Superior King Room - $270 (incl. GST)
City Life Auckland Website and
quote Booking Code SOC300818.


City Life Hotels Auckland

171 Queen St (10mins walk from Pullman Auckland)
Superior room - $195.00 (incl. GST)
One bedroom Executive suite - $245.00 (incl. GST)
Room rate includes 2GB WIFI per day – 24 hours

Go to City Life Auckland Website, choose your dates and enter Promo Code SSPA2018 to redeem the rates.


Copthorne Hotel Auckland City

150 Anzac Avenue (5mins walk from Pullma Auckland)
Superior Room, Doubles/Twins - $179 (incl. GST)

Go to Copthorne Hotel Auckland Website, choose your dates and enter Group Code SSPA18 to redeem the rates.

Other options in the area are:
Ibis Budget - from $169, Website
Quest Apartment on Eden - from $159, Website


Pullman Auckland
Corner Princes Street and Waterloo Quadrant, Auckland
Tel: +64 9 353 1000 

Pullman Auckland is one of the largest inner-city conferencing and banqueting hotels in Auckland, located only a short walk to Britomart and Queen Street.

Access from the Airport:
SKYBUS Airport to City transfers take approximately 40-60 min. Times can vary depending on traffic conditions.

$18 Adult One Way
$34 Adult Return

Book tickets online at for discounted fares and to find more information about cash fares, timetables and bus routes. The closest bus stop to Pullman Hotel is Britomart (stop 7018).

Pullman's carpark is owned by Wilson's Parking. Early Bird parking deal is available from Monday to Friday. Check their website for details. Pullman Auckland offers valet parking at $40 per day.


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