Association of Practical Theology in Oceania (APTO)

2023 Association of Practical Theology in Oceania Annual Conference (in partnership with Theology Programme and Centre for Migration Studies, University of Otago)
Tuesday, 28 November 2023 (commencing from 6:45pm NZ time) through to Friday, 1 December 2023 (concluding at approximately 1:00pm NZ time)
The University of Otago - Dunedin, Aotearoa New Zealand or online via Zoom 
On the move! Migration and Practical Theology: Emerging challenges, experiences, and responses from across Oceania
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The focus of the 2023 APTO conference will be migration, which affects millions of people today. Some migrants leave their countries of origin in search of a better life and economic opportunities. Others leave their countries by necessity because of war, conflict, and natural disasters. Some for other reasons. How do we welcome the stranger in our midst? How do we ensure they have what is needed to lead a decent life? How do we right the wrongs of the past? This conference explores the range of theological, cultural, ethical, historical and spiritual issues associated with migration in the region of Oceania. All the disciplines of practical theology will be brought to bear on both an analysis of the issues, and point the way to effective solutions.

Keynote speakers:

Revd Dr Wayne Te Kaawa, University of Otago: Tūpāpakurau – how are we to live in this land?

Dr Therese Lautua, University of Auckland: Tofa sa’ili: Searching for Wisdom Amidst Climate Change Migration and Mental Wellbeing Challenges

Associate Professor Vivienne Anderson, University of Otago: How (not) to welcome strangers: Insights from research with refugee-background young people

Reverend Meewon Yang, Baptist Union of Victoria: Migration & ways of being multicultural churches

More details can be found in the 2023 APTO conference booklet (updated 3 October 2023). 

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Accommodation arrangements are the responsibility of each delegate. Below are a few suggestions of accommodation options close to the university:

Dunedin Motels:

Commodore Motel:

St Margaret's College:

Plus, there are many other options, see:; and,

Please contact the APTO president, Dr Zachariah Duke via email ( if you have any questions about the 2023 APTO conference. 

We look forward to welcoming you in Dunedin!


Researchers, scholars and practitioners of practical theology in Oceania. Working together through scholarship and service to bring the Gospel into dialogue with the diverse cultures of Oceania