The Sturt Lectures

Laidlaw College’s School of Social Practice warmly invites you to The Sturt Lectures, with keynote speakers Chris Clarke (former CEO, World Vision) and Dr Sue Bagshaw (Collaborative Trust, Christchurch School of Medicine).

Much of the work of counselling engages with the wellbeing of children and young people. New Zealand has long struggled to address the ever-increasing issues children and young people face as they grow up. In 2016, the suicide rate in NZ was the highest it has been since provisional records were first collected in 2007/08.1 59 of these were children or young people under the age of 20.2,3 This is perhaps the starkest evidence that our future generations are struggling. This conference hopes to bring counselling theory and practice together with relational theologies and offer practitioners encouragement, and new ways of working with children and young people on behalf of wellbeing.

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Where COMMODORE HOTEL, 449 Memorial Avenue, Christchurch, New Zealand
When 8:30am - 5:00pm
Cost Please check the Cost section below
RSVP Register online at the link provided below by 25 August (earlybird) or 21 September

The Sturt Lectures are a conference series inspired by John and Agnes Sturt, who were influential in the early development of holistic counselling in Aotearoa New Zealand. They were also leaders in the Christian Faith.

1 https://coronialservices.justice.govt.nz/assets/Documents/ Publications/2016-provisional-coronial-suicide-stats-mediarelease.pdf
2 https://coronialservices.justice.govt.nz/assets/Documents/ Publications/2016-provisional-suicide-figures.pdf
3 119 under 25



General – Earlybird (until 25 August): $110
General (from 26 August onwards): $140
Students: $85
Laidlaw Alumni: $110


AM session: $70 (lunch not included)
PM session: $70 (lunch not included)


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Download a registration form here.

Send the completed form by Thursday 21 September to:

Jeanette Cole, School of Social Practice Administrator
Email: jcole@laidlaw.ac.nz
Laidlaw College, Private Bag 93104, Henderson, Auckland 0650 ATTN: Jeanette Cole

Please note: No payment options are available on the day. Payment must be organised and paid prior to the event.
Any cancellations made after Thursday 21 September will not be refunded.


Morning/Afternoon Tea and lunch* provided
*(Lunch not included in ‘Half Day’ option)

Venue and Accommodation

Commodore Hotel - mapCOMMODORE HOTEL
449 Memorial Avenue,Christchurch, New Zealand

Situated only 1.5 km from Christchurch Airport, with free car parking available.

For delegates from ‘out of town’ staying overnight in Christchurch, Commodore Hotel offers the following accommodation rates:

Premium (Single or Twin Share) at $210 or
Business Level at $253 inclusive of GST per room per night.
This also includes a complimentary shuttle transfer to and from the Christchurch Airport.

If you would like to book accommodation, please contact Commodore Hotel and specify you are attending The Sturt Lectures conference.


(within NZ): 0508 COMMODORE (266 663)
(within Australia): 1800 628 357
Email: reservations@commodorehotel.co.nz

Other accommodation options:

Alternatively, other accommodation options in the area include:

Airport Stableford B&B
+64 3 358 3264 | stableford@xtra.co.nz

Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport
+64 3 358 3139 | reservations@sudimachristchurch.co.nz

Airport Gateway Motor Lodge
Freephone (NZ only): 0800 242 839 | +64 3 358 7093 | info@airportgateway.co.nz

Airport Palms Motel
+64 3 358 3078 | airportpalmsmotelchch@xtra.co.nz

Airport Delta Motel
Freephone (NZ only): 0800 800 825 | +64 3 358 0969 | info@airportdelta.co.nz

JUICY Snooze Christchurch
Freephone (NZ only): 0800 427 736 | +64 3 903 0070 | christchurch@juicysnooze.co.nz

Keynote Speakers

AM Session

Chris ClarkeChris Clarke joined World Vision (NZ) in January 2010 as CEO. Previously, Chris spent 22 years in health management in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and with the World Health Organisation in Europe. His most recent prior position was as the CEO for the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board. His qualifications are in law and commerce and his current area of interest is executive leadership development. Chris holds a number of community roles in trusts and Tertiary Students Christian Fellowship. As CEO of World Vision Chris has travelled to many parts of the world, including a number of refugee camps. He is a thought provoking public speaker, drawing on his life experience to engage audiences, and is passionate about alleviating poverty. Chris is married to Karen and they have two young adult sons.

PM Session

Sue Bagshaw works as a primary care doctor specialising in adolescent/youth health at a one stop community youth health care centre for 10-25 year olds. She is a senior lecturer in adolescent health in the department of Paediatrics at the Christchurch School of Medicine, and she is the Director of the Collaborative Trust. She started her spiritual development at the age of 18 with Operation Mobilisation. She started her working development with four children then worked 25 years for the Family Planning Association in Christchurch and ten years on the Methadone programme in Christchurch: which is why she has interests in common with young people – sex, drugs and rock’n’roll!