Sands New Zealand National Training

Sands Annual Training

Sands New Zealand provides training for its members. The year of conference training may be held the day before conference starts. On the alternate year from Conference training will take place at a location around New Zealand. Generally this is also held in winter.

The structure of this training is similar to that of Conference, however it is purely for Sands Volunteers from their area groups, and not open to the public.

As with Conference, the following aspects are covered:
  • AGM
  • Sharing time for Area Groups displays
  • Workshops and seminars with keynote speakers

The training is generally run over a weekend. 
It is a requirement that all new groups attend training within 2 years of starting their group. It is then recommended that at least one member of your group then attends a training session at least every 2 years. Please refer to member guidelines for more information on training.

The Next Sands New Zealand Training

Sands New Zealand National Training
10-11 November 2018
Hamilton Airport Conference Centre

Living through Grief


Please find information below about the Sands National Training for 2018 which will be held in Hamilton. We will be starting at 9.30am on Saturday 10 November, allowing time for people to fly in on early flights, and finish 1pm Sunday 11 November.
The training fee is $150 per person which includes all training activities plus Saturday lunch, morning and afternoon tea, and Sunday morning tea. Also included in your training fee is a social dinner on Saturday night! We hope everyone will join together for this lovely, social down time. It is a great chance to get to know each other better and strengthen connections.

Starting at 9.30am Saturday, training aims to be filled with lots of information, learning and time to share ideas. A few topics we are planning on covering are:
  • Running a support group
  • Phone support
  • Supporting a bereaved person
  • Supporting a bereaved child
  • Self-care and more...
Training Costs
The cost of the training is $150.00 per person. This includes training cost, Saturday morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, and Sunday morning tea.
Sands New Zealand is applying for funding for training, however funders have changed their approach and there is a preference in funding regionally rather than nationally. Groups are being encouraged to apply for their own funding of groups training costs.
The Hamilton Airport Conference Centre has offered the following special rates for Sands Training attendees. When booking please state that you will be attending the Sands Training.
  • Standard room - $108.00 incl. GST per room per night
  • Executive rooms - $123.00 incl. GST per room per night
  • 1 bedroom apartments - $133.00 incl. GST per room per night
  • 2 bedroom apartments - $153.00 incl. GST per room per night
  • 3 Bedroom apartment - $183.00 incl. GST per room per night

(The above rates are based on up to 2 Adults staying in the room. Extra people will incur an additional $10.00 pp per night surcharge).
To view room types please see their website
Please contact to make any accommodation enquires or bookings.
The venue for Sands Training 2018 is the Hamilton Airport Hotel & Conference Centre which is conveniently located at Hamilton Airport offering conference facilities and accommodation.
For those flying in: Simply fly in and walk across to the venue. The hotel is only a leisurely 80 meter walk from the terminal across the main car park. Baggage trolleys are available at the terminal.
For those driving: There is plenty of free parking onsite.
Memory Sharing
There will be a table (and session) available to display memory items that have been made or brought for our babies. If you have an item and feel comfortable in share, please bring this along to display. If it is purchased the supplies detail would be great for sharing also.
Please ensure you book your own flights and accommodation and fill in the registration below.

Got questions?     If you have any questions please email: Amie Whenuaroa -