7-8 August 2019
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    Richard Wyles

    Chief Executive Officer, Totara

    Before co-founding Totara, Richard played a leading role in the dramatic rise of Moodle as the e-learning technology of choice in his home country New Zealand and internationally. He has led large government-funded Moodle projects including the very first enterprise-scale deployment of Moodle in 2004. In 2006 he co-founded the Mahara project, the popular open source e-portfolio system.  That year Richard also co-founded Flexible Learning Network, now part of the City & Guilds Kineo group of companies. Richard manages the global operation of Totara Learning from the company's head office in Wellington, New Zealand. 

  • Josie Itayi - Braemar Hospital - Totara Customer

    Josleen Itayi

    Perioperative Nurse Educator & PDRP Coordinator, Braemar Hospital

    Josleen has been a registered nurse for 26years, with 13 as an educator predominantly in private surgical hospitals. She is the site administrator for Totara and Mahara at Braemar Hospital, where she successfully led the systems' implementation in 2018. Josleen describes her role as vast, autonomous and adaptable.

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    Kelvin Hylton

    Technical Training Manager, VTNZ

    Kelvin Hylton is the Technical Training Manager at the Vehicle Testing New Zealand (VTNZ) Support Office. He has been with VTNZ for over 10 years and has worked his way up through the ranks.

    Kelvin was heavily involved in the major reconstruction of how learning is communicated across the organisation and has been the key driver to the Learning Centre's success. 

  • Nana Jones - Kiwibank - Totara Customer

    Nana Jones

    Learning Designer, Kiwibank

    Nanais a Learning Designer at Kiwibank. She has been dubbed the ‘Generalist' from her peers due to her knowledge in Instructional Design, Digital Development, and LMS administration. Nana is passionate about creating interactive learning experiences that are engaging and effective -and provides great reporting!

  • Jeanette Sasse -Kiwibank- Totara

    Jeanette Sasse

    Learning Designer, Kiwibank

    Jeanette is one of Kiwibank's newest Learning Designers. With a background in 3D animation, production coordination, and the tertiary education sector, she brings a unique combination of skills to her work. Jeanette is a strong advocate for taking action and utilising feedback to achieve great learning outcomes.

Totara Learning is excited to announce a Totara User Conference in central city Wellington, New Zealand on 7-8 August 2019 at Cliftons, Majestic Tower, with panoramic views over Wellington Harbour.

The New Zealand Totara Government User Group would also like to welcome anyone travelling into the Conference on 6th August to take part in some optional networking seminars. These are open to all users from all sectors.

This Totara User Conference will bring together the Totara Community from a wide variety of industry sectors to collaborate and to learn from each other's experiences. All current Totara users and potential future users are invited to secure their spot today.

You'll get the chance to hear directly from the Totara Team about product innovations and what's in store for the future, as well as share practical Totara product advice, how-tos and best practice tips across multiple industries from across Australasia.

All attendees will be awarded a Totara User Conference Open Badge.

We look forward to welcoming you to Wellington! 


Pre-Conference Seminars - 6th August

If you're arriving into Wellington early, you may be interested in attending the pre-conference seminars, hosted by the Totara Government User Group at the Ministry for Business, Innovation & Employment.

Starting at approximately 11 am, several free seminars will be available across the day, giving you even more opportunities to network and learn from other Totara Users.

Further details are available on the booking pagePlease select the seminars you would like to attend, as seats are limited.

NZ Totara User Conference Day 1 - 7th August

Morning registration for Day 1 of the Conference opens at 8.15am, with the day itself a series of Totara Partner-run workshops covering a range of hot topics.

Choose one of the two available workshops in each stream - full details available when you select "Tickets" from the booking page.

  • Conference Opens

  • Stream 1

    • Workshop 1 - Hosted by Catalyst IT

      H5P, saying goodbye to SCORM: an introductory session for content creators to the open source plugin for Totara called H5P.
    • Workshop 2 - Hosted by Kineo

      People insights: using people data to drive learning impact: develop an understanding of L&D’s relationship with data and how to use it more effectively within L&D and across your organisation.
  • Stream 2

    • Workshop 3 - Hosted by Catalyst IT

      Find the Audience superhero in you: develop a special set of superhero skills and use your superpowers to plan and manage Audiences.
    • Workshop 4 - Hosted by Synapsys

      Out the Box; The Art of Configuration. Further details coming soon.
  • Stream 3

    • Workshop 5 - Hosted by LearningWorks

      Working smartly with course custom fields: how to use course custom fields with courses, programs, course catalogue and to create great reports.

    • Workshop 6 - Hosted by Androgogic

      Experience API: A practical application solving real-world problems.


NZ Totara User Conference Day 2 - 8th August

Day 2 of the User Conference begins with registration at 8.30am, with the Conference itself opening at 9am and closing for networking drinks at 4.30pm.

  • Registration, Tea & Coffee

    Sign-in and get settled with a drink

  • Conference Opens

    Opening presentation by Rob Howarth from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

  • Client Case Studies & Roundtable Discussion

    Building Learner Engagement - Nana Jones & Jeanette Sasse, Learning Designers, Kiwibank

    How can we start to embed a Growth Mindset in our organisation? How can we create a visual path to mastery to support our employees learning? In this session, Jeanette and Nana will explore why the Course Activity Display Plugin was developed for Kiwibank and how it has been implemented to create learning pathways which encourage employees to own their learning and development.

  • Networking Tea & Coffee break

  • Totara Product Platform Strategy - What's Next?

    Find out what the Totara development team are currently working on and what you can expect from our upcoming release, along with all the latest details on our new product ecosystem.

  • Client Case Study & Roundtable Discussion

    Josie Itayi shares the story of how Braemar Hospital onboard new staff with the help of the On-The-Job training plugin ahead of a roundtable discussion on the topic of onboarding.

  • Totara Community & Academy Update

    Hear from our Team about the latest updates and courses available to members of the Totara Community.

  • Networking Lunch

    Time to tuck into some lunch, network with attendees and the Totara Team, and visit content partner GO1's Expo from 13:10 (optional)

  • Shared Practice Breakout Sessions

    Choose from:

    Session 1 - Kelvin Hylton, VTNZ
    Using Audience Visibility to create diverse learning experiences for different learner groups

    Session 2 - Ange Robinson, Family Planning
    Extending and tailoring your LMS; how Family Planning uses smart low-budget customised solutions to meet our needs. 

  • Networking tea & coffee break

  • Case Study Breakout Sessions

    Session 1 - Tina Griffin, Ministry for Primary Industries 
    Our journey to a new theme

    Session 2 - Paul Trowell, Tourism New Zealand
    Real world experience of using Totara for global travel agent certification.


  • Updates from the User Community in the APAC region

  • Closing Remarks and Networking Drinks

Additional Information

As we appreciate that many attendees may not be local to the area, here are some handy links to help you prepare and organise your trip that you may find useful:

If you're planning to make a longer trip out of your visit, we also recommend you check out the New Zealand Touring Map and Tourism New Zealand Holiday App.

If you have any further queries, get in touch with the team at [email protected] And don't forget to use #TotaraUserConf to share your thoughts and let your network know you're attending on social media.


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Cliftons Wellington
Level 28, 100 Willis Street
Wellington 6011
New Zealand