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Te Puna Aurei LearnFest

Learnfest red banner - higher education symposium with wavy logo

Thanks to everyone who joined in our symposium 24 November 2021 and made it a great day. We hope you can join us again in 2022.

For your convenience, video recordings of LearnFest 21 sessions have been made available. View 2021 recordings 

Conference programme
Conference session details

Te Puna Aurei LearnFest is an annual symposium organised by Te Puna Ako Centre for Tertiary Teaching and Learning at the University of Waikato.

Questions? Please contact us at [email protected]


What does Te Puna Aurei mean?

Te Puna Aurei, the name gifted by Associate Professor Tom Roa,  means a spring of intertwining knowledge. A puna is a spring of water and aurei is concept of threading things together. LearnFest is about threading together people, learning, research and current or emerging pedagogies.

This name also refers to the University's sculpture Aurei by Waikato Alumnus Rangi Kipa (pictured below). The sculpture sews together the past to the future aspirations. At a deeper level Aurei was inspired by a whakataukī (Māori proverbial saying) from the first Māori king, Kīngi Pōtatau: Kotahi to kohao o te ngira e kuhuna ai te miro mā, te miro pango, te miro whero meaning there is but one eye of the needle which the white thread, black thread and red thread must pass.

What kind of sessions have been done before?

You can watch video recordings of selected sessions from previous symposiums run by the Centre for Tertiary Teaching and Learning and Waikato Centre for eLearning (WCEL). View 2021 recordings and previous years.