If you need further information or have a specific question, please email us at

A select numbers of rooms are still available for accommodation. Please check the Accommodation tab below for details.




Conference fees

Conference fees cover conference sessions for two days, two lunches, morning and afternoon teas, and the conference dinner.  The early bird price options (up to March 31, 2019)  are:

Standard                                                      NZ$434 plus GST
Institutional members                               NZ$360 plus GST
Overseas members                                 NZ$360 plus GST
Student registration/One day registration   NZ$210 plus GST

Institutional members in 2018 are: Victoria University of Wellington, AUT, EIT, Massey University, University of Waikato, Unitec, Wintec.

Two ways to register:
a) Register online and pay by credit card in the same process.
After registration, you will receive a GST tax receipt that contains all information needed for reimbursement of fees or by your institution for their records.
b) Receive invoice and pay direct to bank account or by cheque
Contact to request an invoice.

For any options other than the above, contact


NZACE Accommodation for conference
West Plaza Hotel, Wellington
NZACE Arrangement with West Plaza Hotel in Wellington for a conference rate of $165 per night for a Queen room for Monday April 15th and/or Tuesday April 16th.  The rate includes GST and Wifi.  (This is lower than the rates being quoted on their website for those dates as at today).

A limited number of rooms are ‘on hold’ until Monday March 18th after which they will be released for general booking. Bookings made after this date will be subject to availability and on the best available rate of the day.

To book quote:  New Zealand Association for Cooperative Education
# 449829

To make a booking:
Please phone – 0800 731 444 or Email – and quote the above confirmation name or number.

West Plaza is situated between the Beehive and Te Papa – about 10 min walk to Te Papa and 20 minute walk to the Beehive.

Trinity Hotel, Wellington
Another good accommodation option is Trinity Hotel  – longer walk to Te Papa

Call for Papers for 2019 NZACE Conference

Conference 2019 is at Te Papa in Wellington opening 10am Tuesday April 16 and closing 4pm Wednesday April 17

Key dates are as follows:

  • Abstracts due 17th December 2018
  • Papers for proceedings  – end of February, 2019
  • Abstracts for student posters – end of February, 2019

General aims of conference:

➢ to report research in work-integrated learning(WIL)/cooperative education in New Zealand
➢ to debate topical issues
➢ to report on good practice & innovative features
It also is intended the conference may help practitioners involved in work integrated learning and NZACE members enhance their research and publishing capability.

Conference streams:
➢ Research papers
➢ Topical issues/Good practice papers
➢ Student posters
Presentations can be either Quick Pitch (10 minutes plus 5 minutes for questions) or Full Presentation (20 minutes plus 5 minutes for questions). A Quick Pitch presentation is available for topics more suited to a short presentation. All presenters are encouraged to submit a paper for the proceedings.
Papers will be accepted for the program on the basis of a short ‘structured’ abstract. Abstracts need to be submitted using the headings on page 2 or 3, with a maximum of 400 words. References are not needed.
The conference is using the Easy Chair online conference management system. All abstracts and papers are submitted to this system. Reviewer feedback is returned to authors using the system. Instructions on logging into Easychair and submitting abstracts are attached to this call and will also be available on our website or from
Papers for the proceedings can be either a short summary paper or the full conference paper. Papers will be refereed and published in the conference proceedings. Papers need to be at least 1,200 words and must not exceed 1,800 words (excluding references). Authors may be encouraged to produce a more substantial paper for publication in a journal such as International Journal of Work-Integrated Learning (IJWIL) (formerly the Asia-Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education).
Presenters are asked to bring a copy of the slides for their presentation on a memory stick at the time of registration.

Key dates are as follows:
➢ Abstracts due 17th December, 2018
➢ Papers for proceedings due end of February, 2019
➢ Abstracts for student posters due end of February, 2019

Easy Chair submission link
Student posters:
Student posters can be displayed at the conference. An abstract can be submitted for inclusion in the Abstract booklet and inclusion on the NZACE website. Alternatively just bring the Abstract to the conference.
Each poster must accompanied by someone registered for the conference. Posters can demonstrate visually the work a student has undertaken or can demonstrate reflection about their placement in co-op/work-integrated learning. Laminated poster minimum size of A2 and maximum of A1. Examples of previous posters available on request.

For further information contact:

Structured Abstracts

Research Stream
Presentations for the research stream must report original research. The presentation can consist of preliminary findings, but should include a comprehensive review of the literature, a good description of the method, the basis or justification for the work. The presentation should also discuss the implications of the research and how it might inform or improve WIL practice generally.
Abstracts need to be submitted through the Easy Chair conference management system. It is recommended that authors prepare the abstract in a Word documents and then copy and paste into the system.
For each author, the system requires the following information
The abstract needs to be copied and pasted in a box. The following headings are needed in the abstract for a research abstract. Maximum 400 words, excluding the title.
Please do not submit the Abstract as a Word document. Later, if submitting a paper, this is submitted to Easy Chair as an attachment. Instructions will be given for accepted abstracts.

Click the download button in the image below for a PDF version of details:


Instructions for EASYChair for NZACE Conference

If you have any queries, during the process, please contact
EasyChair is an online conference management system used for NZACE Conferences. In order to
submit papers to the conference you must first create an EasyChair account.
Note: If you have used EasyChair for a previous conference your existing username and password will
work for the current NZACE conference – go to Paper Submission instructions on page 2.
EasyChair Account Creation
1. Go to the EasyChair NZACE Conference page using the link in the email.
2. Click the sign up for an account link
3. Enter the re-CAPTCHA text (this is to stop automated programs from misusing EasyChair)
4. Fill in the form and click Continue
5. You should now get an account creation email from EasyChair. Follow the link provided in the email
and complete the Account Creation form and click Create my account.

NZACE EasyChair Abstract Submission

1. Go to the current EasyChair NZACE Conference page using the link in the email
2. Sign in using your EasyChair User name and Password
3. Selected New Submission from the menu bar
4. Complete the form with the author and submission details. Then
Please copy and paste Title and Abstract into the box (NZACE prefers that abstracts are up to 400
words rather than the 500 allowed by Easy Chair).
Enter Keywords
Select Topic (Type of Abstract – see instructions for authors for definitions of presentation types)
5. Click the Submit button
At this stage a file with the abstract should not be uploaded. This is for papers at a later date. Just
ignore this part of the screen when submitting an abstract.

Click the download button below for the PDF version:


2019 Student Guest Speakers

Student Speakers for NZACE Conference DinnerPlease join us as we welcome Callum Smith of Massey University and Karishma Patel of Victoria University as the evening speakers for this year's conference dinner. We are excited to have them joining us to share their...

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2019 Conference Keynote Speaker Announced

2019 Conference Keynote Speaker Announced

Keynote Speaker for NZACE Conference 2019 Announced Please join us as we welcome Hon Grant Robertson, Minister of Finance, Minister for Sport and Recreation, Associate Minister for Arts, Culture, and Heritage, and MP for Wellington Central as the keynote speaker for...

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Institutional Research Award

Institutional Research Award

Malcolm Rees, Manager of the Student Survey and Evaluation Unit, Massey University, recently received the 2018 AAIR Institutional Research Award at the Australian Association of Institutional Research (AAIR) conference in Melbourne. Mr. Rees’ presentation focused on...

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Who We Are

NZACE is a non-profit organisation that promotes cooperative education/work-integrated learning to education providers, workplaces and government in New Zealand.
Our membership consists of staff from institutions around New Zealand who facilitate student work experience in business, research institutes and industry as part of students’ educational programmes.
We initiate, support and publish research in cooperative education and provide guidelines for institutions seeking to establish cooperative education programmes. We have links with overseas cooperative education institutions for research and student exchanges.
Every year we host an annual conference for cooperative education practitioners to present research and new programmes.
The following outlines key contributions NZACE and associated members have made, and are continuing to make, in the national and international arena of cooperative work-integrated education.Read More
Employers, students and educational institutes benefit from participation in NZACE…Read More

NZACE Welcomes Catalyst as a Major Sponsor

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How to make the most of Work-Integrated Learning

How to make the most of Work-Integrated Learning

Work Integrated Learning

Everyone Benefits


  • Skilled, motivated temporary staff
  • Projects completed cheaply
  • Easy recruitment
  • Reduced training costs
  • Access to tertiary institution personnel and facilities
  • Enhanced corporate profile
  • Involvement with tertiary institution programs


  • Real life learning experiences
  • Enhanced career prospects
  • Develop personal and interpersonal skills
  • Combine work with study

Education Institutes

  • Motivated students
  • Learning supplemented by work place experiences
  • Enhance community profile
  • Improve industry links