The organising committee wish to thank all delegates, key note speakers, invited speakers, workshop facilitators and sponsors for making the 2019 Winter Symposium in Rotorua such a success. We had 345 participants which is a record for an ACEM Winter Symposium. Our two amazing Keynote speakers Tim Parke and Jan Bone did us proud. With their own individual styles - they 'rose to the challenge', informed us, entertained us, challenged us and even made us cry.
We believe we remained honest to the theme of 'Te Wero' and responded to the many challenges facing our specialty, our community and both our countries.
The opening ceremony will be remembered for the Pohiri and talented local Raukura kapa haka group. Even the men invited to learn and perform the haka can be proud of their efforts! Tame Iti gave a powerful opening address.
Many will remember the first key note address from Jan Bone and Dominic Fleischer for years to come. This was a fitting tribute to the horrific events of 15th March but also to the resilience of the people of Christchurch and the dedication of the emergency services who responded to an unprecedented act of mindless terror. Both speakers received a spontaneous standing ovation.
A formal 'Te Wero' took place the night before the conference with the ACEM President Simon Judkins accepting the challenge from the local warrior. Although the Te Puia geyser did not put on much of a show for us at the Welcome reception the venue show cased the remarkable local geothermal scenery and then delegates were able to mingle and catch up with old friends with plenty of liquid entertainment and substantive canapés.
The Millennium hotel proved to be a great venue for both plenary and concurrent sessions. Initial feedback has been complimentary about the variety of topics and interesting presentations. Who will forget Tusha Penny and her powerful message?
We hope that delegates got out to enjoy the lovely weather that Rotorua put on and had fun at the Blue baths gala dinner. There was an impressive array of 1930's styles and a fantastic band to dance to.
ACEM Winter Symposium 2019 Convenor
on behalf of the Organising Committee and ACEM