Conference 2018

LDANZ Conference 2018, July 6 – 8: It’s Time to Make a REAL Difference

It is nearly 50 years since a group of concerned educators, health professionals and parents began raising awareness and providing understanding and assistance to those with SLD, such as dyslexia, in New Zealand. Much has been done since then with many hundreds of teachers trained, largely by voluntary organisations, to make a difference to the lives of thousands of students and their families. However, with the government’s announcement of plans to overhaul the education system, it’s time to consider how a REAL difference can be made for those who haven’t been reached.

The Conference, to be held in Masterton at Solway Copthorne, begins on the evening of Friday, July 6 and concludes on Sunday afternoon in time for attendees to catch the 4.50 train to Wellington. A block booking with very reasonable rates has been made for those who wish to stay at the Copthorne.

Conference registration is the same as last year ($225 for LDANZ members; $275 for non-members)

The programme will be opened by the Hon Tracey Martin, Assoc Minister of Education, and will feature:

  • On Friday evening families, including students, as well as local teachers will join with attendees to meet and hear Matthew Strawbridge from Dyslexia Potential.
  • Saturday - breakfast meeting for delegates from Member Organisations; speakers during the day will include Professsor James Chapman from Massey University and representatives from NZQA; there will be a celebratory dinner that night.
  • Sunday - forums with speakers, a meeting of the LDANZ Council, and the LDANZ AGM.

Accommodation at Solway Copthorne

To make a booking please phone the hotel direct on 0800SOLWAY (0800 765929) or email

Either quote the group booking reference number 70058 or state that you are attending the LDA Conference in July.

Each person making an accommodation booking will need to confirm the nights they are staying and provide credit card details to secure the booking. (The hotel does not deduct any funds from the credit card – it is just held to secure each booking.)

At this stage the following room types are being held. (See the hotel’s website for more details.)

Rates for the Conference are:

Standard rooms:  $135.00 per room per night
Deluxe Standard rooms:  $145.00 per room per night
Junior Suites:  $165.00 per room per night

All rates are inclusive of GST and are for a maximum of up to 2 adults per room except for the Junior Suites. More than 2 people sharing a Junior Suite would be charged at $35.00 per person per night. The rate for single occupancy is the same as for twin/share.

How to get to and from Masterton by train: (The journey takes 1 hour, 35 mins)

From Wellington, Monday to Friday: am - 8.21; pm - 12.55; 4.25; 5.30; 6.22; 10.25
                         Saturday & Sunday: am – 9.55; 6.55
From Masterton to Wellington on Saturday and Sunday: am – 7.50; pm – 4.50

Newsletters and the LDANZ website will give more details about the full programme, speakers and registration in the coming weeks.