Thank you to our Sponsors and Supporter who helped make ELF19 possible.

Principal Sponsor

SmartNet acknowledges the support of our Principal Sponsor who has helped make this event possible.

Otago Polytechnic is proud to be a leader in high quality, career-focused education with some of the best student achievement and satisfaction results in New Zealand.

Employers love our graduates because they are work-ready, confident and solution-focused. We believe our people make a better world and our alumni are global citizens who care about making a difference.

We have been given the highest possible quality ratings from Government and, as educators, we offer innovative ways for our learners to study so they can build their capability and realise their potential.

With online tools, blended delivery options and pathways from foundation through to postgraduate, time, distance and previous learning are no barriers to gaining the education you want. We can even give credit for knowledge gained in your career and now offer a digital micro-credentialing process where learners can be assessed and ‘show what they know’ without undertaking a formal qualification.  Find out more at our website:


SmartNet acknowledges the support of our Sponsor who has helped make this event possible.

Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu (Te Kura) is New Zealand’s state distance education provider. We provide learning programmes from early childhood through to NCEA Level 3. With over 20,000 enrolments a year, the school’s roll is diverse and dynamic. Learners include dual tuition for face-to-face schools, students who are geographically remote, students excluded from face-to-face schools or unable to attend for reasons such as high-health needs or involvement in high-performance sports or arts. Te Kura is a free school of choice for learners aged 16-19. We also teach adults.

Te Kura  has recently made the essential and transformative shift to online provision, from the postal provision of our past as The Correspondence School. Our award-winning online learning environment “My Te Kura” provides engaging, accessible learning opportunities.   This digital development has enhanced Te Kura’s personalised learning approach. We have adapted the international Big Picture learning approach to our learners’ context. We are committed to one student at a time in a community of learners.  Our students engage in real life learning opportunities. The learners’ passions and interests are at the centre, and their whānau and community are connected to their learning. The use of digital technology has greatly enhanced teaching and learning, in terms of access, engagement and learner agency. Our learners are developing skills and enjoying a relevance to their learning that extends well beyond the traditional concept of the classroom.  Find more at  our website 


SmartNet acknowledges the support of our Supporter who has helped make this event possible.

Working closely with local businesses, industry organisations and the media, Enterprise Dunedin markets the city as an intriguing and supportive place to live, work, visit and study, with the advantages of a sustainable, productive economy. They also work with local businesses at every level: strategic partnerships, collaborative branding and events, sector networking, start-up incubators, student and graduate employment projects, business coaching and mentoring.


SmartNet acknowledges the support of our Supporter who has helped make this event possible.

We’re the Government’s lead advisor on New Zealand’s education system. We shape direction for education agencies and providers, and contribute to the Government’s goals for education through:

The Ministry of Education strives to shape an education system that delivers equitable and excellent outcomes for all. We deliver policies, programmes and services focused on improving the community’s knowledge of and participation in the education system.

As a part of our strategic leadership and support for teachers, we’ve revised the technology and hangarau learning areas in the national curriculum to strengthen opportunities to learn with and about digital technologies. The goal of this change is to ensure that all learners have the opportunity to become digitally capable individuals. This change signals the need for greater focus on our students building their skills so they can be innovative creators of digital solutions, moving beyond solely being users and consumers of digital technologies.

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