Kia ora.

This is the homepage of the Aotearoa New Zealand Solution Focused Practice Conference.

We are a a group of solution focused practitioners from around Aotearoa New Zealand that arrange an annual Solution Focused Practice conference; We particularly welcome presentations, workshops and ideas from Māori people and groups, people living with disabilities, LBGTQI people and any people from any under represented or disadvantaged group in Aotearoa.

Ngā mihi nui.


Chris Iveson is to be our Keynote speaker in 2020!

The 2020 conference will be held:

Where :- Lifepoint Church: 61 Hopper St in central Wellington, New Zealand.

When :- March 4th, 2020

Time frame:- All day 08.45 for 09.00 sharp start – 16.30 (latest).

Theme: Our Theme will broadly cover working with Trauma

There will be a pre conference workshop and a two day masterclass post conference by our keynote speaker who is…….Chris Iveson

Please also consider leading a workshop in 2020.  More info on how to ‘submit your abstract’ on the ‘Speakers’ page and you can submit your abstract here: https://www.sfp.kiwi/submit-your-abstract/


So, did we achieve our aims in 2019? This is some of the feedback we received from our last conference:

“Excellent, great timing and great content”

“It is great to get together with NZ SF practitioners working with NZ clients in an NZ context.  Thank you again to all the organising team”

“It was very practical and as I relatively new user of solution focused practice it has made me more confident to try”

“Excellent learning thank you, practical steps and advice”

“Awesome day and some really key points to take away and implement into our practice”

“Liked how you had breakout options to choose from, very useful”

“Great pricing which was a big attraction for me as a student, thank you. Learnt lots, appreciate your hard work. :)”

“Great conference/speakers were very engaging/humble with their audience”

We look forward to seeing you again.


About our conferences:

The history of the event, and information about the organising group.

We have run four conferences; Napier (twice), Christchurch and Hamilton. We run these conferences on a not for profit basis. The ‘we’ has included Cate Walton, Nick Drury, Brent Gardiner, Rob Silver and Paul Hanton, Wanda Douglas and Suzana Sagadin. Nick and Brent are no longer on the organising group.

So, how did it start?

Paul Hanton (from Facebook Solution Focused in New Zealand page), 5th January 2014.

“Great to meet a couple of you over the holidays, got me wondering how many SF folk there are in NZ, I know a few in Christchurch, a couple in Hamilton and Auckland….maybe a NZ gathering, cheap, some workshops on a Saturday???”

In June 2015 a bunch of us then met up in Napier at Napier Boys’ High School; Wanda Douglas, Brent Gardiner, Rob Silver and Paul Hanton, with Nick Drury on Skype, being ‘virtually’ in the room. We took the decision to be brave and run a one day, not for profit, low cost SF Practice conference in Napier in March of 2016. Rob Silver was the key person for Napier Boys School which hosted the event.

This day was a huge success and we resolved to have another conference in 2017, in Christchurch and the wonderful Cate Walton became our main contact and ‘doer’ there. Another great success and this time a three and a half day set of events: SF 101 on the Tuesday PM, the conference proper on the Wednesday and then two days training from Elliott Connie on the Thursday and Friday.

The 2018 conference again, had international speakers and created a buzz around the ‘Tron’ (Hamilton).  Paul Hanton was the main contact and doer for this event.  Frank Thomas and Kirsten Dierolf came for overseas as main presenters.  David Steare from England and Jody Merelle from Finland also supported us with much appreciated workshops.  With this event, like the previous two, home grown support for other workshops was essential.

2019 was back in Napier.  Another exciting Three and a half days.  For personal reasons we were unable to host our original key-noter and were very grateful to have Elliott Connie back with us.  Again there were excellent workshops, with outstanding local and organising group support in leading these.  It was also great to have Judy Miller back from Canterbury University to lead a workshop.  Bob Manthei and Harry Averill joined us with very different but equally significant introductory presentations for conference.