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Hybrid or virtual experience

Hybrid or virtual experience

Join our global community of action


Our programme includes a mix of highly interactive workshops and presentations, including posters, lightning talks and panels. We also have a world-class Social Learning programme.

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The IWG World Conference is a highly connected, highly collaborative experience that uplifts mana (your power), stewards forward positive change for women and girls and creates a sense of belonging to a global community.

Our vision is built on three principles

  • Manaakitanga: which means extending aroha (love and compassion) to others, encouraging one another or supporting new connections. Together we will secure the strength of our community.
  • Kaitiakitanga: which means respecting and conserving the earth, being mindful of the impact of your behaviours, and giving back freely.
  • Whanaungatanga: which means creating relationships, kinship and a sense of belonging through shared experiences and working together. It comes with rights and obligations, which serve to strengthen each member of the community.

During the IWG World Conference, we will work to connect our global community of action as a whānau (family) of passionate, committed and engaged members working together for positive and lasting change. We will support knowledge sharing, collaboration, respect and strength through belonging.

“Matariki ahunga nui” – The abundance of Matariki

Our Framework is unique and has been developed under the overall theme, “Change Inspires Change," and aligned to the kāhui whetu (star cluster), Matariki, sacred to the Māori people of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Matariki heralds new beginnings and is a predictor of good fortune, positive change and prosperity. It has been gifted for use by IWG New Zealand from Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, the local Māori iwi in Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland, to help us navigate the programme.

Each of our five conference themes is aligned to a different Mātariki whetū (star). We will assemble under Matariki and these themes, and the contemporary lenses we will examine them through, will form the basis of a unique, social learning programme designed by over 150+ experts in more than 30+ countries.


  1. Leadership | Matariki
  2. Social Change | Ururangi
  3. Active Lives | Waipunarangi – proudly supported by Sport New Zealand
  4. High Performance | Hiwa-i-te-rangi
  5. Visibility & Voice | Tipuārangi – proudly supported by Spark Sport

Each of the five themes will be examined through seven conference lenses:


  1. Indigeneity | Mana Ahurea
  2. Technology, Data and Innovation | Hangarau, Raraunga, Auahatanga hoki
  3. Health and Wellbeing | Hauoranga
  4. Systems, Resource and Investment | Pūnaha, Rawa, Haumitanga hoki
  5. Environmental Sustainability | Toitūtanga Taiao
  6. Human Rights | Mōtika Tangata
  7. Integrity and Accountability | Tapatahitanga, Papanga hoki


Social learning is a powerful tool, and it will support and grow the impact of our global community of action for the future. Enjoy multiple opportunities for korero (conversation) in both the physical sense and in virtual rooms over the next few months, and especially during the event itself.


Informal Couch Chats will be hosted by kaitiaki (guardians / facilitators) in the venue and online. They will put you at ease, make meeting people fun, and support a social learning environment.

  • On Day 1, we will help you meet and connect with as many people as possible from all over the world, and we’ll help give you the tools to reconnect with them again, often, in the coming days.
  • You can deep dive into your favourite whetu (theme) on Day 2. We will help you find a couch that both inspires and challenges your thinking and sets you on a pathway toward launching.
  • You’ll be finding couches of like-minded people or project groups by Day 3. We’ll support you to gather and make meaning of what you are seeing and hearing for use in your own local context.
  • On Day 4, as we collectively launch back into the world, you will leave with new friends and colleagues and a new community of action of your very own to lean on and learn from in future.


Play has the power to spark new ideas and develop imagination; we’ll be using play breaks throughout the physical and virtual events as a way to help you let off steam and absorb new information received.

Some examples of the play you will experience include:

  • Wāiata (song) is incredibly important to the Māori people of Aotearoa New Zealand. For centuries it was how learning and knowledge was passed from one generation to another. In a safe, fun environment, we will teach you the words and ways of our local indigenous peoples.
  • Often used by wāhine Māori during Kapa Haka (traditional dancing), Poi are beautiful hand-made balls attached to flax strings swung rhythmically, often to music, to tell stories. Poi increases dexterity, concentration and agility and is proven to calm and improve the mind.
  • The underlying foundation of the conference is based on the Māori storytelling traditions, represented through Rāranga (weaving). We will show you how to create your own personal weave, helping you put together the ideas you are developing into a pattern unique to you.


Our physical venue, Te Pokapū - The Aotea Centre, is located in the very heart of Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland, less than a 5-minute walk from the City Centre. The venue itself has several gathering spaces over multiple levels, which we will utilise for informal drinks in the early evenings of Day 1, 2 and 3.

If you are joining us virtually, you don’t miss out! We will be hosting online Turn-Up Drinks too, enabling you to join us for online chats on a range of topics and get to know more people from around the world.

Find out more about Te Pokapū - The Aotea Centre here


The largest city in Aotearoa New Zealand and fourth most diverse city in the world, Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland, is our economic and our cultural heart. Those joining us in person will get to see our beautiful city with many new friends and colleagues and will be able to discuss new ideas in a less formal setting.

Examples of the local adventures we will work to schedule into the programme include:

  • A ferry ride and winery tour on beautiful Waiheke Island
  • A hosted visit to a local Marae on the UNITEC Campus
  • Snorkelling at our local Goat Island Marine Reserve
  • Climbing up one of our many extinct Volcanic cones
  • A tour of Eden Park, host to three Women’s World Cups
  • A visit to world famous Piha beach, home to the Women’s Pro Surf
  • A hosted bike tour along “The Bays” on Auckland waterfront
  • A visit to the Parnell, Clevedon or Hobsonville Farmers Markets
  • A cultural experience at the Auckland War Memorial Museum

Find out more about Tāmaki Makaurau, Aucklandhere.

Participant Information

Covid-19 Information
  • The New Zealand government announced that borders will be fully open by October 2022, the month before the 8th IWG World Conference on Women & Sport. From now the border will open gradually for various visa groups, and by July 2022 it will be open to anyone from Australia and visa-waiver countries such as the U.K and many European countries, Canada and the USA, the U.A.E and Qatar, and many Asian countries. Read the full update here
  • Please follow the Official Government advice - this website is regularly updated as circumstances change.

If you are a New Zealand citizen, you can enter MIQ in New Zealand whether or not you are vaccinated.

Non-New Zealand citizens who are eligible to travel to New Zealand must have proof of vaccination to enter New Zealand, and can enter MIQ.

PLEASE NOTE: This may change due to COVID-19. Please follow the Official Government advice - this website is regularly updated as circumstances change.

Passports & Visas

When you arrive, you’ll need to ensure your passport is valid for at least three months beyond your intended departure date, and if required, have a valid New Zealand visa.

You do not need a visa to visit Aotearoa New Zealand if you are:

  • A New Zealand or Australian citizen or resident, or
  • A UK citizen and/or passport holder (you can stay up to six months), or
  • A citizen of a country that has a visa waiver agreement with Aotearoa, New Zealand (you can stay up to three months)

If you don’t meet the criteria above, then you will need to apply for a Visitor Visa.

PLEASE NOTE: This may change due to COVID-19. Please check this page and official New Zealand Government advice prior to booking your travel.

If you require visa support (e.g. letter of invitation), please email us at


Aotearoa New Zealand is a land of immense and diverse landscapes. You’ll experience natural wonders and unique culture here that you won’t find anywhere else in the world.

  • Find out more about Aotearoa New Zealand here and watch videos about our wonderful country here.
  • Looking for some guidance on itinerary planning? Read more here.
  • Aotearoa New Zealand has myriad different events throughout the year, from sports fixtures to cultural festivals. Add one to your itinerary before or after your conference. Find out what is on here.
  • Make the most of your visit to Aotearoa New Zealand with the official Essential New Zealand travel guide app. Access up-to-date information offline.

We look forward to seeing you in Aotearoa New Zealand soon!

Explore the North Island:

Experience vibrant cities, serene beaches, geothermal hotspots and our awe-inspiring Māori culture in New Zealand’s North Island.

  • Northland
  • Auckland
  • Hamilton-Waikato
  • Bay of Plenty
  • Rotorua
  • Lake Taupo
  • Hawkes Bay
  • Wellington

Explore the South Island:

Venture to the South Island and you will be met by lofty mountains, stunning lakes, fiords and glaciers – the landscapes here are famous the world over.

  • Nelson
  • Marlborough
  • West Coast
  • Christchurch-Canterbury
  • Wanaka
  • Queenstown
  • Dunedin
  • Fiordland
  • Southland

Explore Stewart Island:

More than 85% of Stewart Island is National Park.

  • Stewart Island

Our team has put together a range of options designed to support the requirements of small and large groups. Contact us at

i-SITE New Zealand

i-SITE is Aotearoa New Zealand’s official visitor information network. There are currently 80 i-SITE locations found throughout Aotearoa New Zealand where you can speak to a travel expert for local knowledge and bookings throughout New Zealand. Find out more here.


Whether you are looking for places to stay, things to do or ways to get around, Qualmark – New Zealand Tourism’s official quality assurance organisation – provides a trusted guide to quality travel experiences. When you see the Qualmark, it means that those businesses have been independently assessed against a set of national quality standards. Find out more about Qualmark here.

Smartphone app

The free Essential New Zealand travel app from Tourism New Zealand is available from the App Store and Google Play. Access up-to-date information about hundreds of selected travel experiences while you're in Aotearoa New Zealand without the need for an internet connection. Find out more here.

Time Zone

Aotearoa New Zealand is one of the first places in the world to see the new day, 12 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time). Find out more here.


New Zealand's electricity supply runs at 230/240 volts and uses angled two or three-pin plugs (the same as Australia and parts of Asia).

Internet & phone coverage

Staying connected in Aotearoa New Zealand is easy with a little forward planning. Find out more here.

Currency & costs

The currency used is the New Zealand Dollar (NZD). Find out more here


The weather varies throughout Aotearoa New Zealand by region and by season. Find out more here.


In order to protect Aotearoa New Zealand and its environment, certain items are not allowed to be brought into the country, have restrictions for entry, or must be declared if they are deemed to present a biosecurity risk. These include food, plants, animal products and outdoor recreational equipment. You may risk a fine if you fail to comply.

Find out more here.