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National Conference

We are proud to host Aotearoa’s only conference for caregivers and those in the caregiving sector. Our two day conference is held biennially (once every two years) and attracts diverse and engaging speakers from around the world, as well as from our very own backyard! 

Our next national conference, ‘Picking up the PACE’, is being hosted this year in Christchurch on 24-25th September. 













Picking Up the PACE 

2024 National Conference

We’re thrilled to be bringing our national conference to Christchurch this year in September. Hosted at The Rydges Latimer, with a line up of knowledgable speakers from around the world, Picking Up the PACE is bound to be an enriching and insightful experience for all those who attend.


Keep your eyes peeled, as registrations will be opening up very soon!

In the meantime, check out some of the photos and feedback below from our last national conference in 2022.






Jennifer Kinsella Memorial Fund

Financial support for caregivers to attend conference

This year for our national conference, we are thrilled to introduce the Jennifer Kinsella memorial fund, named after our previous Marketing and Communications Manager, who we sadly lost last year.

Jen was the mastermind behind our previous conferences, running them with amazing efficiency. She was also passionate about our conference appreciation fund, which provided financial assistance to help caregivers attend our conference.

In honour of Jen and her dedication to the appreciation fund, we commit to continuing and growing this fund in her name.  With her family’s permission, we have named this the Jen Kinsella Memorial Fund. So, we remember Jen at every conference, not with sadness but with appreciation for her contribution to care families across New Zealand.  So, her generosity, kindness, and desire to do good will live on in a way that we believe she will like.

Applications are now open for the Jen Kinsella Memorial Fund. If you are a caregiver member of ours you are eligible to apply for this funding to assist you in attending our September 2024 Conference in Christchurch.

Please email your completed application form to events@caringfamilies.org.nz by Sunday 16th June 2024.

It's inspiring, reinvigorating

Can’t wait for the next one. So much to take away and implement with continued support

Very rewarding Conference.

Much learning acquired in the cultural and connection presentations. Thank you.

Excellent MC!

Great vibe, and so much practical help. I’ve had a great time.

Enjoyable workshops and people

Great to be back altogether. Always look forward to your Conference’s.

100% worth it

I was well cared for, loved the enthusiasm of the staff. Everything for me was perfect. Very informative.