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Disability Inclusive Pathways Conference Information

Main conference

  • Date: Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th August 2024
  • Venue: Novotel Rotorua Lakeside

Pre-conference masterclass

  • Date: Monday 5th August 2024
  • Venue: Novotel Rotorua Lakeside

About the conference

The New Zealand Disability Employers’ Network (NZDEN)(opens in a new tab) ‘Disability Inclusive Pathways’ Conference is a uniquely New Zealand event relating to the employment of disabled and neurodiverse people and business in Aotearoa. The only one of its kind.

This year’s conference will consist of a main symposium, pre-conference masterclass, dinner, social and networking opportunities. The conference presents an exceptional opportunity to establish connections with other organisations dedicated to advancing disabled and neurodiversity career paths and outcomes, and fostering a truly inclusive Aotearoa.

This year's conference theme, 'Orchestrating a Disability Inclusive Workplace Culture' is about coordinating the elements of workplace cultures to facilitate the inclusion of disability and neurodiversity.  Together we will explore the purpose of disability and neurodiversity inclusion, the opportunities that disability inclusion provides, and the success that it brings to the organisation, the disabled community, and the individual. 

Central to this theme is the idea that by orchestrating a disability-inclusive culture, organisations will enhance the well-being of all employees, recognise and appreciate the value disabled individuals bring to the table, and exhibit leadership within their organisations and across their industries.

Pre-conference masterclass

Join us for an engaging pre-conference masterclass(opens in a new tab) led by the esteemed Susan Scott-Parker OBE, world-renowned for her expertise in promoting disability inclusion and equality in organisations.

In this transformative session, Susan will share invaluable insights on creating meaningful connections with senior leaders and effectively establishing change models within your organisation.

Why attend the 2024 Disability Inclusive Pathways Conference

  • Uncover strategies to create an inclusive culture which supports and empowers disabled and neurodiverse New Zealanders in employment.
  • Explore the profound impact of cultivating a robust disability and neurodiversity inclusive workplace culture, benefiting both organisations and the broader community of Aotearoa.
  • Share insights and connect with a dynamic network of business leaders, diversity, and human resources professionals, industry experts, and influencers across public, private, and for-purpose sectors.
  • Gain insights from a diverse range of presenters and panels with prominent disability experts, seasoned practitioners, and individuals with lived experience, featuring local and international guest speakers.
  • Experience a uniquely New Zealand event focused on the employment of disabled and neurodiverse individuals and business in Aotearoa.
  • Learn tested and pioneering practices facilitating the employment, retention, and inclusion of disabled and neurodiverse people in the workforce.
  • Take away practical, effective strategies applicable to your organisation's diversity and inclusion initiatives.
Delegates at the 2023 Disability Inclusive Pathways Conference immerse themselves in thoughtful discussions, capturing valuable takeaways.
A myriad of post-it-notes line the walls of the Disability Inclusive Pathways Conference room. The notes containing outcomes from an interactive workshop session.
Empowering Voices: The Young Neurodiversity Champions Panel takes centre stage at the 2023 Disability Inclusive Pathways Conference, sharing their raw and honest perspectives on transitioning into the workforce as neurodiverse university graduates.

A word from our Chief Executive

I extend a warm welcome to join us in supporting and championing the disabled and neurodivergent communities at our 2024 Disability Inclusive Pathways Conference.

This year, our event focusses around the theme of “Orchestrating a Disability Inclusive Workplace Culture.” Over the course of three days, we will delve into the essence of disability and neurodivergent inclusion, and explore ways to harmonise the elements of workplace cultures to foster true inclusivity.

2024 sees us returning to the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua. Our decision to return to Rotorua aligns with the NZDEN’s commitment to support regional New Zealand. Additionally, by convening in Rotorua from across the motu, we embrace the profound Manaakitanga of the region - a concept deeply rooted in the values of care, hospitality, and mutual respect.

Hosting the conference in Rotorua allows for our attendees full immersion in the valuable hosted sessions, and also provides a conducive environment for meaningful connections between employers, disabled and neurodivergent people, and others in the wider community. Here, amidst the incredible backyard of ancient forests, rich Māori culture, glistening lakes, and geothermal wonders, attendees will have the opportunity to be present and engage in invaluable networking sessions, forging connections that transcend mere professional affiliations.

We look forward to connecting you to thought-provoking perspectives, topics and discussions that need to be on the radar of every organisation.

A portrait photo of a caucasian man (Phil Turner) with short hair and glasses, wearing a pale blue shirt. He is smiling at the camera.

Phil Turner

Signature Phil Turner

Chief Executive
NZ Disability Employers' Network

This year’s Disability Inclusive Pathways conference will consist of a symposium, pre-conference event, dinner, social and networking opportunities.

Sponsoring this event is a unique and valuable way to demonstrate your organisation’s commitment to initiatives that support inclusion of disabled and neurodiverse people.

See our Sponsorship Opportunities page for more information on sponsorship and advertising.

Our speaker line-up is carefully constructed to provide a mixture of NZ and international experts, Disabled and Neurodiverse people, and people who have excelled at putting advice in to practice.

Check out our Speakers and Panellists page for more information on the list of announced speakers and panellists.

Tickets and registration

Early-Bird tickets are now available through the Humanitix booking system.

See the Ticket and Registration information page for ticket prices, registration details and inclusions.


Accommodation is available at discounted rates to conference attendees at the Novotel Rotorua Lakeside and Ibis Rotorua.

See the Accommodation page for more information.


Accessibility is at the heart of our organisation and we will do what it takes to make this a great event for all.

See the Accessibility page for more information.

Getting there

The conference venue is the Novotel Rotorua Lakeside (opens in a new tab)
Address: Lake End, Tutanekai Street, Rotorua 3010.

Located in central North Island, Rotorua is less than 3 hours drive from Auckland and 90 minutes from Hamilton.

See our Getting there page for more information.

Terms and Conditions

Please see our full conference Terms and Conditions page, to read or download our Terms and Conditions.

The room of delegates at the 2022 DIPC conference applaud a speaker using NZ Sign Language.
Fostering Connections and Conversations: Discussions thrive during an afternoon tea break at the Disability Inclusive Pathways Conference. A trio of delegates share insights and camaraderie.
Phil Turner holding the microphone for an attendee
Phil Turner holding the microphone for a delegate during the 2021 DIPC Conference.
WordsWorth NZ Sign Language interpreters at work during the 2023 Disability Inclusive Pathways Conference.
Stew Sexton speaking from the stage during a Disabled Persons Panel, DIPC 2022.
Morning tea at the 2022 conference.
Delegates at 2023 conference