The first day of conference is over. I have to admit that it was a bit of a blur - it seemed to be nothing but people smiling and hugging, heads nodding, a bit of singing, a bit of eating and lots and lots of talking and laughing.
Thanks to Newton school who came for the powhiri. They were fantastic. During afternoon tea they performed another set of songs and haka. Brilliant! Those kids are very talented. Thank you also to 'Uncle' Grant who represented the committee during the mihi.
The Welcome drinks in the exhibition area went very well. It's a nice to space to wander around. I spotted a few stands that I'll have to get back to. There was a lovely warm vibe, very welcoming and everyone had a good time.
There were a few dinners last night - I'm reliably informed that the J.B. Bennett dinner was excellent.
What's on today? Professor Mason Durie and Mark McCrindle will be giving their Keynote speeches. Also today we'll be splitting out to separate sessions. Hopefully everything will work and you'll be able to follow along via our CoverItLive coverage. If you have any questions please ask them. Later on this evening there are the LIANZA awards.