Too often the technology can blind people to the underlying information issues, so at the conference we looked at how organisations deal with retrieving and extracting data and turning it into information that impacts both individuals and society as a whole. We also looked closely at the organisation and structure of IT and the pervasive influence of the World Wide Web.
Delegates heard about latest developments in the NZ, Australian and US marketplaces from top local and international speakers. Our UniForum NZ conferences are famous world-wide for their presentations, large attendances and enthusiastic audiences. So it's not surprising that we welcomed back a number of overseas colleagues who had presented papers at past conferences. In some cases they begged us to invite them back, they had had such a good time, and we were more than happy to do so. People like Carl Cargill, Anne Buzbee, Michael Condry, Berny Goodheart, and Roger Fraumann had delighted past audiences. We were also pleased to welcome new presenters such as Frank Crawford, Paul Mockapetris, John Terpstra, Rolf Jester and Brenda Parsons. Plus of course our own excellent kiwi presenters.
Unusual entertainment, great food and wine are hallmarks of UniForum NZ conferences and 1996 was no exception. Delegates dressed up to our "Magix" theme dinner (what else could we have had for conference number 13?) -- witches, warlocks, phantoms, ghouls, vampires -- and cast a friendly spell on fellow delegates! Prizes were awarded for the best costumes and most inventive spells.
While in Rotorua, conference delegates also took advantage of the many local scenic wonders -- the geysers, mud pools, lakes and scenic areas provide a wonderful opportunity to get away from it all. Some brought family and enjoyed the local attractions such as golf, forest walks, thermal areas, fishing, the Agridome and, of course, the Luge.
Rotorua's Quality Hotel in Fenton Street was an excellent venue, with great conference and social facilities. Guests enjoy the heated swimming pool, sauna, spa pools, tennis court, gymnasium and children's playground.
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