Update: 24 January 2022

Rescheduling of the CENNZ Conference to 2023

Kia ora koutou,

It is with regret that we have made the decision to reschedule the 29th College of Emergency Nurses Conference until 2023. This decision reflects the new situation that we find ourselves in, as emergency nurses, in this omicron Covid world that we live and work in. As a result of the traffic-light setting change to red, we cannot run the conference because we would have more than 100 people present. As we know you understand, these are unprecedented times, and COVID-19 is anticipated to be a 5-year event. The focus for all EDs must, and should, be the preparation and best use of our resources and personnel to manage this situation. Significant staffing shortages (on top of our usual staffing challenges) will occur in these coming months, they cannot be avoided for most departments. With a reschedule until 2023 we hope to have experienced the worst of this wave of the pandemic and be in a more predictable situation.

The option of an online offering has been ruled out; it has been made clear that it will not work for us with our number of attendees. We will have the opportunity to truly enjoy our conference if we reschedule, and over the next while the organising committee will be working on the new dates for 2023.

Kia kaha, noho ora mai
Stay strong, stay well, look after yourself.

The CENNZ organising committee


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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