Symposium 2021 Registration Information


Music Therapy NZ Symposium 13-15 August 2021

In partnership with the University of Canterbury

UC School of Music, Arts Centre, 3 Hereford Street, Ōtautahi Christchurch

Theme: Collaboration

Music Therapy New Zealand’s Symposium 2021 will be held in partnership with the University of Canterbury, UC Music, and with the support of the local Canterbury Music Therapy community.  All Symposium venues are in the same complex – the Christchurch Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora, entrances from Worcester Boulevard and UC Arts from Hereford Street.  Here is an entrance video for UC Arts.

The theme for 2021 is Collaboration which commences with an invitation-only free event on Friday night at the prestigious Great Hall at the Arts Centre. Built in 1882, The Great Hall, a UNESCO heritage landmark designed by Benjamin Mountfort, was extensively strengthened, repaired and restored post-earthquake and reopened to the public in June 2016. A special feature of the building is the Memorial Window designed by Martin Travers and originally installed in 1938. It comprises of 4,000 individual pieces of glass and was rededicated to the memory of all staff and students who served in World War One.

The Official Welcome will include presentations on music therapy in New Zealand as well as background music from a UC music student. The aim of this event is to attract members of the Christchurch community who would like to learn more about music therapy. You must register for this invitation–only free event. Saturday morning will also be held in the Great Hall when the renowned Cantabrainers Choir will hold an interactive workshop.

Saturday and Sunday programme will feature presentations from music therapists, related professionals including academic staff from UC. The AGM will be held on Sunday morning and although not an election year is an opportunity for members to hear from the Council and put forward their views.

Saturday night will feature a dinner at Fat Eddies (cnr Hereford St and Oxford Tce), a local venue that provides live music as well as delicious food. The cost is $30 per person and includes a set menu of canapes, walk ‘n fork and petite fours. Any beverages are to be purchased by individuals at the venue.

The YMCA, located across the road from the Arts Centre, has offered MThNZ a special discount of 10% for those registered for the Symposium.  Accommodation name is Hotel Give and the code is MTNZ.  See here for other Christchurch information see.

Registration is online for the Symposium registration, including your choice of presentations, and the Saturday evening dinner. Click here and follow the prompts where you can also print your ticket. Early bird registration closes on Friday 9 July. Regular registration closes on Friday 6 August.

Enquiries to:

Registrations will be accepted in date order and in the event of a Level 2 COVID event, only the first 100 will be able to attend. Refunds would apply to those registered after the 100-limit is met. See COVID information below.

Note: In the event of a covid 19 level change the following will apply:

Level 4: anywhere in NZ: Symposium cancelled and those registered would receive 80% refund and will receive access to pre-recorded presentations where this has been possible to cover cancellation fees and administration costs.

Level 3: Christchurch – Symposium cancelled and those registered would receive 80% refund and will receive access to pre-recorded presentations where this has been possible.

Level 3: elsewhere, excluding Christchurch – symposium would continue, and above option for those in the restricted area (refund and pre-recorded presentations). 

Christchurch would operate under Level 2 in the above situation and all COVID19 requirements would be adhered to. 

It is the clear expectation from MThNZ that members and others registered to attend, will not attend from an area above Level 2, in respect of the health of those that can attend.  The cancellation/refund policy will apply and pre-recorded sessions will be available where that is possible.

Level 3 guidance on the site states amongst other criteria:

  • People instructed to stay home in their bubble other than for essential personal movement – including to go to work, school if they have to, or for local recreation.
  • Gatherings of up to 10 people are allowed but only for wedding services, funerals and tangihanga. Physical distancing and public health measures must be maintained. 
  • Inter-regional travel is highly limited (e.g. for critical workers, with limited exemptions for others).

MThNZ is grateful to the Canterbury Local Organising group who are hosting this conference in conjunction with MThNZ and UC Arts; your support and enthusiasm is much appreciated. We look forward to seeing you at the Symposium and ask that you please forward the poster and programme (or provide the link to the website: to colleagues and any other potentially interested individuals in your wider professional