What is conference?

The annual conference is the premier event of the year for NZMSA. A select number of delegates will attend a weekend filled with enlightening speakers, workshops, panels, and social events. The conference in 2019, Empower, will be held at the Crowne Plaza in Auckland City from the 7-9th of June 2019.

Our goal for the conference this year is to support and inspire our delegates to empower themselves and help them to become better future health professionals. Thanks to our sponsors, Empower will be subsidised for all attendees. With educational speakers and unforgettable nights, Empower is an event not to be missed.

Any medical students at either the University of Auckland or University of Otago are welcome to apply for a place at Empower 2019, just click “Apply” in the top right hand corner of this page.

What do I need to know about conference?

The conference will start at 1pm on Friday the 7th of June 2019, where delegates will meet at the Crowne Plaza for the Amazing Race, and the Welcome Soiree that evening.

Saturday and Sunday will be filled with seminars and breakout activities during the day, with the Gala Dinner on the evening of the Saturday.

As part of the application process for Empower, you have the choice of three delegate packages: the Bare Bones, Just Crash Here, or the Full Monty. Each of these packages have a different registration fee that delegates will be asked to contribute in order to confirm their place at the conference.


The “Bare Bones” delegate package includes the following:

  • Admission to all academic sessions and panels

  • Morning tea and lunch during academic days

  • Admission to the Amazing Race including lunch during the event

  • Admission to the Welcome Soiree

  • Admission to the Gala Dinner

The “Just Crash Here” delegate package includes all of the above as well as:

  • Two nights accomodation at Crowne Plaza Hotel

  • Buffet breakfast on both Saturday and Sunday

The “Full Monty” delegate package includes all of the above as well as:

  • Return flights to Auckland including baggage and carry-on

  • Transport between Auckland Airport and the conference venue