Postponement notice to 4-5 March 2022


The last 21 months have been the toughest many of us have known in our personal and professional lives as Covid-19 has upended so much of what we’ve taken for granted. This includes our annual CENNZ hui / conference which we were unable to run in 2020.

Right now our emergency nursing whānau in Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland are doing extra hard mahi on behalf of all of us. Getting together in person has been something we’ve all been looking forward to doing as an emergency nursing family and we will, just not yet. Our priority is to keep you and our CENNZ whānau safe.

Vaccinations.  In line with the recent Public Health Response Order, all attendees at the CENNZ Conference in March 2022 will need to show confirmation on arrival they are fully vaccinated or have an exemption.  If unable to provide confirmation, admission will be declined.  This includes all delegates, sponsors, speakers and venue staff.

Despite our hopes that restrictions would ease to make the November conference dates feasible, we’ve now made the difficult, albeit unanimous, decision to postpone the CENNZ conference until 4-5 March 2022.

There are several reasons, including ongoing uncertainty about Covid alert levels and the numbers of delegates who could attend in person. One reason that weighed most on our minds was our wish to ensure our Tāmaki Makaurau whānau could be with us in person.

On behalf or the organising committee we really hope you will be able to attend the March conference / hui and we remain committed to providing a vibrant, engaging conference.

Ngā mihi nui,

Polly Grainger

CENNZ Conference Chair


Welcome to Christchurch!


The 29th College of Emergency Nurses New Zealand (CENNZ) conference is being held at Rydges Latimer, Christchurch on Friday 4 to Saturday 5 March 2022.

Our conference theme is 'Ready to Respond - Kia Mataara', something emergency nurses embody every day. Our aim is to provide delegates the best possible experience, comprising presentations by speakers and posters from throughout Aotearoa / New Zealand and an excellent trade exhibition, showcasing the best clinical products available. Where participants request it, we will provide guided tours of our newly built department with all of its new equipment. This will be on a first come - first served basis as there will be limited capacity.  Our theme and aim fits with the CENNZ vision that is to promote excellence in emergency nursing with Aotearoa / New Zealand, through the development of frameworks for clinical practice, education and research. 

It has been 12 years since CENNZ nurses have joined together in the Garden City of Christchurch to celebrate our passion for emergency nursing and the return of this meeting to Christchurch is much anticipated. We therefore invite you to participate in this special event. With Professor Brian Dolan OBE as our conference MC and with exciting keynote speakers confirmed we welcome you to join other inspiring emergency nurses, acute care health-workers, and renowned experts for the benefit of all.  We will celebrate Emergency Nursing through posters and presentations.  By sharing our stories and hearing one-another we can grow stronger together.

The Rydges Latimer is our conference venue, and provides accommodation onsite.  Rooms have also been reserved at the BreakFree on Cashel Christchurch. For those wanting exercise each day, both include a fitness centre, plus there is the Avon River and Hagley Park nearby to stretch your legs. Consider extending your stay to enjoy all the city can offer. Check out Things to DO, SEE and STAY in Christchurch.

Event Details


Rydges Latimer Christchurch
The Garden City, Christchurch Central


Collaborate | chat to peers about our biggest issues affecting ED Nursing. Share learning | Share and hear achievements and lessons learned. Have fun | you deserve to.


Join your ED and Urgent Care advanced nursing collegues for our AENN study day, or join our CENNZ Nurse Educators or Nurse Managers half day workshops.

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