2021 Annual Conference and AGM

Preparations are well under way for our 2021 conference and AGM. This year we are having a change of venue and the event will be happening at the Rydges Hotel 75 Featherston Street Wellington 6011 on the weekend of 14 and 15 August.

This year, as we head into registration of the profession under the HPCA Act,  our chosen theme is "Foundations for the Future". The strong foundation we have in the classics and the skills that have been handed down over generations are the perfect foundation for the months and years ahead as we take our profession through to new levels of professionalism and integration into the overall health care system of New Zealand.

In the past we have been fortunate to invite many wonderful international presenters, but this year with the shadow of Covid-19 still hovering, we are staying with an entirely local event. We are blessed here in New Zealand to have an enormous depth of knowledge, skills and experience amongst our own membership. Our plan is to bring to the conference a balance of lectures, workshops and opportunities to share - all of which can be taken back to the clinic on Monday and put into action. See our listed presenters below.

Join us for the weekend and hear the latest about registration under the HPCA Act, all about the changes with ACC as well as to learn new skills and take your knowledge to greater heights with the presentations from our very talented group of presenters.

Delegate Registration Form

Save the form to your own computer, complete it then email it back to the office. No need to print it to complete or to scan it to send it back.


Dr Mary Garvey PhD - "The Importance of Classical Formula Strategies for Clinical Practice Today"

Robin Kerr - "What a Year!"

Pengde (George) Cui  - Get up and get moving. Taiji.

Dr Mike Armour PhD - "Partnerships, co-design and community research: strategies for moving forward."

Phillip Mettrick - "Knees: Troubles, tests and treatment techniques"

Guangyi (Dawson) Huang - "Common Patterns in Gynecological disorders and management with acupuncture and herbal medicine "

Dr Debra Betts PhD - "Online platforms: a reset for clinical mentoring and post graduate education"

San Yeom - "An Introduction to Sa-am Acupuncture"

Dr Kate Roberts PhD and Pauline Joe - "Identification and management of mental health within clinical practice."

Jessica Marshall MHSc(Ac) - "Who's making 'Gains'?  Unexpected outcomes of CM in strength training".  

ACC - Emma O'Loughlin

Presenter Bios and Abstracts

This list will continue to be updated as more information comes available.

Trade Exhibitors

As usual we will also be welcoming our trade exhibitors to join us for the weekend. The conference is a great opportunity to actually see what products and services are available and to get to know the suppliers that you may have only spoken to or emailed up until now.

Trade Exhibitors Registration Form

Save the form to your own computer, complete it then email it back to the office. No need to print it to complete or to scan it to send it back.

 William Wong Doo Award 2021

The award was established in 2012 to annually recognise a member of AcNZ who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession. The award is named in honour of William Wong Doo, the founding member of Acupuncture NZ. Last year the William Wong Doo award went to Jin Hong Thomas Lin.
The successful 2021 recipient will be announced at the Acupuncture NZ Conference dinner on August 14.

To nominate who you think should receive the 2021 award,, simply save the nomination form to your own device, complete it and email it back to the AcNZ office.Nominations must be received by close of business on Friday 23 June 2021.

Nomination Form


When booking accommodation at the Rydges, make sure you mention that you are attending the Acupuncture NZ conference. Quote the block code R-ACN0821 to book your accommodation.

Contact the hotel direct on reservations_rydgeswellington@evt.com or 04 499 8686 

Alternative accommodation may be at the James Cook Hotel on Lambton Quay where we have negotiated a 10% discount for Acupuncture NZ members. You must book directly with the hotel to access this deal, not through a third party.

Telephone: +64 (4) 4999 500 or 0800 27 53 37 (toll free in NZ)
Email: reservations@jamescookhotel.co.nz

If you are wanting to share with friends or colleagues then also close by are the Quest on Johnstone Apartments