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Registrations closed 1st August 2015

More information and an updated Programme will be emailed out to attendees shortly


NZOIA is pleased to announce that the 2015 Symposium will be hosted by Peel Forest Outdoor Centre.

The NZOIA National Training Symposium aims to encourage the continual professional development of our ‘on-the-ground’ instructors and has a practical focus. The Symposium combines Refresher Workshops to meet instructor revalidation requirements and a smorgasbord of interesting, stimulating and challenging Training Workshops. It is a forum to network, upskill, train and revalidate NZOIA qualifications. People come from all over to attend the Symposium, including overseas. One factor that makes the Symposium such a great event is that everyone has at least one thing in common - a love for the outdoors, making this a super fun and exciting time for all. Want to get in touch with Symposium attendees prior to the Symposium? Try contacting them though our facebook page.Facebook Icon

Dates    |    Venue    |    Registration Options    |    Pricing    |    Diversity Scholarship    |    Budding Instructor Award    |    Getting There   
 The Programme    |    Refresher Workshops    |    Training Workshops

> When is it? Dates... 

The Symposium starts the evening of Thursday 1st October and finishes 12.30pm (ish) on Sunday the 4th October.
The Assessor's Conference is on the 1st October, and if you are a new assessor, the Assessors Training is on the 30th September.

Registration closes on the 1st August 2015
- this is a popular event so get in quick, spaces are limited!

> The Venue

Peel Forest is ideally located for a symposium with a wide variety of outdoor venues close by for the Refresher and Training workshops. Using a mixture of accommodation options, Peel Forest Outdoor Centre is able to cater and accommodate 150+ people, and has a fantastic supporting staff.

To find out more about the centre, click here.

> Registration Options

One of the factors that makes the Symposium such a success is having a group of likeminded and fun people together at the same venue.

We want the Symposium to be a relaxed event without the need for policing who has paid for what. We don’t think it is fair when people pay for the full package while others piggy back on the networking and social opportunities that having a big group provides. For this reason we have simplified the registration options and removed the non-residential rate for 2015.  Remember the full residential package includes: 2 days of workshops (training and refresher), accommodation (tent site or bed), food (snacks, 9 meals including an extra special feed on Saturday night, tea, coffee and other beverages for the duration of the event), transport to and from workshop locations and space for you to all socialise, network and have a bit of fun. Where else can you get all that for $400 or less?

Full Registration

                This year, there are 2 accommodation options available: 

                      1. Bed: Bunkroom style accommodation, with shared bathroom facilities. Beds are limited so get in quick! (To help keep costs down we will not be employing cleaners - you will need to leave the place how you found it).
                      2. Camping: Campers will bring their own tent and set-up at the local campground. There are communal toilets and showers for use.


Saturday Night Dinner & Social Function only

Can’t make the whole Symposium but want to catch up with some people over dinner, watch the NZOIA awards ceremony and have a bit of a dance on the Saturday night? For $50 and we’ll give you a glass of bubbles, dinner & dessert and the opportunity to have a great time on the d-floor or chat the night away with your buddies.


How do I Register? 

Registration for the 2015 is an online process thanks to the use of ActiveReg online. This makes it easy for people to submit all their information online, without having to scan/fax/post anything in. It also allows to you to sign back into your registration change your preferences, contact details and select training workshops (once I put them on there!) without having to contact NZOIA. When you go through the registration process you can choose to pay online with your credit card, or select another payment method such as direct credit, cheque or request an invoice. You will need to choose a password - it will need to be one of those annoying one's that require a minimum of 8 characters, and a mixture of uppercase & lowercase letters and a number. I intensely dislike those passwords too,  but how about Symposium2015? Symp2015? Sympos15? 2015Symposium?  You get the idea... 


> Pricing

Registration Type

   Member - Earlybird*   

   Member - Normal       Non-Member    
Full Registration - Bed $390 $440 $550
Full Registration - Camp $350 $400 $510
Saturday Dinner & Social Function n/a $50 $50

* Earlybird Rate applies to NZOIA Members only. The earlybird rate only applies when members have completed all registration documentation AND payment by the 31st May 2015. If either is incomplete as at the 31st May you will be required to pay the normal rate.


Fees Refund Policy

Your registration fees do not cover the full cost of the event, NZOIA absorbs over 40% of the cost for the Symposium.

When a participant withdraws:
- Before the event closing date (i.e. before the 1st August): NZOIA will deduct a $50 administration fee, the balance can then be refunded or transferred to another event.
- After the closing date: The fee is NON-REFUNDABLE. It is transferable (minus a $50 administration fee) under exceptional circumstances (e.g. bereavement, medical reasons), medical certificates/other evidence may be required.
- Fees for missed meals / late arrivals / early departures will not be refunded.


> 2015 Symposium Diversity Scholarship

The NZOIA Symposium is an invaluable opportunity for the outdoor instruction and leadership community to come together to collaborate and expand its collective knowledge and technique. In order to continue to be relevant and remain groundbreaking the symposium needs representation from a broad selection of people and we recognize that there are barriers that impede this. While not all these barriers can be removed, it is exciting to be able to offer two scholarships that cover the registration. These scholarships have been sponsored by NZOIA Member and Assessor Matthew Bennett. For eligibility criteria and conditions please click here: 2015 Symposium Diversity Scholarship

> 2015 Budding Instructor Tertiary Award

If you are a student of an outdoor programme at one of NZOIA's MOU organisations (NorthTec, AUT, OPC, Whitireia, NMIT, TPP, CPIT, Aoraki, Otago Polytech) then ask your tutor about the Budding Instructor Tertiary Award. We would like to encourage young people to attend the 2015 Symposium and get behind NZOIA as an organisation. This award is aimed at sutdents who have a passion for outdoor instruction and show great potential for further involvement in the industry beyond their studies. For criteria and elgibility information click here: 2015 Budding Instructor Tertiary Award

> Getting There

Peel Forest Outdoor Centre is easy to find, located on the edge of Peel Forest alongside the Rangitata River. Just pop 1222 Peel Forest Road, Peel Forest into Google Maps for driving directions.

Christchurch is the closest airport. Drive time from the airport to the centre is approximately 2 hours. There will be shuttles available - See timetable and information below.

Shuttles are $20 each way. To use the shuttles you will need to pre-book, this is on your registration form. 

Please note: 
- If a shuttle has no one booked on it, it will be cancelled.
- If you book a shuttle, please don't changed your mind at the last minute (i.e. the day before or once you get to the airport!), the shuttle logistics will have already been arranged and the driver will be waiting for you.
- Evening shuttles (i.e. 6.30 & 6.45pm) will not make it in time for dinner, you are responsible for supplying your own meal in these circumstances.
- Times given below are when the shuttles will be leaving. The Sunday shuttle aims to arrive at Christchurch Airport by 2pm.

    Wednesday     Thursday      Friday       Saturday     Sunday  
Christchurch Airport 6.30pm



no shuttle no shuttle

leaves PFOPC
at 12.00pm 


> The Programme

The Symposium programme is extremely varied as we try to cater for a range of interests. Training Workshops and Refresher Workshops will run concurrently at the Symposium. Refresher workshops are a full day (8am-5pm generally) and Training Workshops vary from a couple of hours to a full day. If you are at a Refresher workshop you will not be able to attend a Training workshop on the same day. 

The Programme is almost finalised. Attendees will be emailed a link to register for Training Workshops shortly.  Check out the last programme here: Symposium Programme 2015

> Training Workshops

The Training Workshops will run alongside Refresher Workshops at the Symposium. The Training Workshop Programme in almost finalised. Check out the last programme here: Symposium Programme 2015 

> Refresher Workshops

Refresher workshops for the 2015 Symposium are now closed.

To attend a Refresher Workshop you will need to apply SEPARATELY from your Symposium Regsitration Form. Check out this page for information on how to do this: How to apply for a Refresher Workshop.

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