About

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

We have run three conferences; Napier, Christchurch and Hamilton. We run these conferences on a not for profit basis. The ‘we’ is Cate Walton, Nick Drury, Brent Gardiner, Rob Silver and Paul Hanton, previously the group also included Wanda Douglas.

So, how did it start?

Paul Hanton (from Facebook Solution Focused in New Zealand page)

5 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.