Welcome from the Chairs of IALP Auckland 2023

The New Zealand Speech-language Therapists’ Association, together with the New Zealand Audiological Society, wish to entice you to New Zealand – the ‘Land of the Long White Cloud’ for the 2023 IALP Congress. New Zealand, also called Aotearoa, offers a unique experience that will inspire and exhilarate whilst you connect with your colleagues from around the world.

Haere, haere, haere (welcome, welcome, welcome) to our home.

As a small island nation located in the Pacific Ocean, New Zealand is one of the most gorgeous countries on earth, with a lot of history, culture, and attractions to experience. New Zealand is known for its stunning national parks, dynamic Māori culture, incredible hiking trails, and world-class skiing and surfing. Home to around 5 million people located in the Pacific Ocean, New Zealand is famous for its indigenous Maori culture and its picturesque landscape. We pride ourselves on our ability to collaborate and innovate – this congress will be a true celebration of this.

This starts with the leadership group – a collaboration between two well  established associations, the New Zealand Speech-language Therapists’ Association and the New Zealand Audiological Society. This partnership brings together the talent and experience of each group. In addition to this collaboration, New Zealand hosts three speech-language therapy programmes: the University of Auckland, Massey University and the University of Canterbury. Those involved in organising this Congress will include representation from these three universities together with speech-language therapists and audiologists from the field.

Being the first country to grant women the vote in 1893, a country which has a living treaty signed between the Māori tribes of New Zealand and the Sovereign (te tiriti o Waitangi, 1840), and a country which claims Ernest Rutherford, Jean Batten and Sir Edmund Hilary as its children – New Zealanders have innovation and inspiration running through their blood.

Hosting the IALP Congress in Auckland, New Zealand would enable us to: share our educational and clinical innovations, inspire others through sharing our cultural journey and celebrate the fabulous work that speech-language therapists and audiologists over the world are doing every day.

Come and join us in Auckland, New Zealand for the 32nd IALP Congress in 2023, and we promise an unforgettable experience.

An experience that will connect, inspire and exhilarate all who join us.

Na to rourou, na taku rourou, ka ora ai te manuhiri.
With your basket of knowledge and with my basket of knowledge, the people will prosper

No reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.

Philippa Friary and Karen Pullar
Co-chairs, IALP 32nd Congress