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Auckland Focus on Management SIG 2024

Monthly meetings focused on sharp thinking for CAs in senior management or governance roles on the second Thursday of each month from February.
This group is targeted at members and non-members who have moved beyond traditional financial accounting roles and have an interest in business-related issues.

Annual subscription February - December (includes GST):
Member: $200
Non-Member: $290

Casual registration:
Member: $55
Non-Member: $65

Meeting dates for 2024:

Thursday, 8 February 2024
Thursday, 14 March 2024
Thursday, 11 April 2024
Thursday, 9 May 2024
Thursday, 13 June 2024
Thursday, 11 July 2024
Thursday, 8 August 2024
Thursday, 12 September 2024
Thursday, 10 October 2024
Thursday, 14 November 2024
Thursday, 12 December 2024

Past Session Topics and Presenters
(Future sessions are confirmed a week or two ahead of each event date). Below gives a taster of what the SIG offers:


Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Recruitment | Craig Malcolm, Director, Cultivate

What is AI and how will it change the future of work? | Troy Gerber, COE Lead, Azure Ai & Copilot, Fusion5

Employment market update for 2024 | Loic Lallement Senior Manager Accounting, Robert Walters Auckland

Kia a tau ki te pae - Reaching toward the horizon | Richard Jefferies, CFO, Tainui Group Holdings


UK-NZ Relationship & Free Trade Agreement Update | Stephen Cartwright, Consul-General at the British High Commission

Insurance Update | Mark Jones, Chief Broking Officer, Crombie Lockwood

4 Day Week | Charlotte Lockhart, Founder & Managing Director, 4 Day Week Global

Business Update | Alan McDonald, Head of Strategy & Advocacy, EMA

Economic Update | Finn Robinson, Economist, ANZ Bank

Surf Life Saving, Its role in the community and how it provides such an incredible service | Matt Williams, CEO, Surf Life Saving Northern Region

Employment Law Update | Anthony Drake, Partner, Wynn Williams
NZ Budget, Inflation & Productivity | Kirk Hope, Chief Executive, BusinessNZ

Business technology | Bain Hollister, Executive Director, ClearPoint

Budget 2023 Tax Update | Louis McLennan, Partner - Tax & Private Business, PwC

Port of Tauranga connecting New Zealand with the world | Simon Kebbell, CFO, Port of Tauranga Limited

Economic Update | Henry Russell, Economist, ANZ Bank

Current Top Challenges in New Zealand Infrastructure | Nick Leggett CEO Infrastructure New Zealand

Directing Capital to Sustainable Solutions | Ben Taylor, Senior Manager ESG Advisory and Hannah Paterson, Senior Associate Sustainable Finance, Westpac

Queenstown Airport – Investing in the future | Glen Sowry, Chief Executive Officer, Queenstown Airport

Economic & Political Update | Bernard Hickey, financial and political journalist

Telecommunications 2023: Resilience, equity and where to from here | Paul Brislen - CEO, New Zealand Telecommunications Forum (TCF)

The winds of change | Anthony Drake, Partner, Wynn Williams

Tax Update | Ross McKinley, Partner - Tax, KPMG & Robert Grignon, Director - Tax, KPMG

Economic Update with post election reflections | Henry Russell, Economist, ANZ

Challenges and Opportunities for the Retail Industry - presented by Greg Harford, CEO, Retail New Zealand
Fair Pay, Pay Equity and more - presented by Anthony Drake, Partner, Wynn Williams
Putting Business on a Sustainable Footing - presented by Bill Bennett, Business and Technology Journalist
Fraud Management - presented by Wayne Bryant, CEO and Founder 3rdegree
A practical, business focused Tax update - presented by Tom McCallum and Nigel Jemson, PwC
The year(s) everything changed - presented by Bernard Hickey, financial and political journalist
Economic Update - presented by Finn Robinson, Economist, ANZ
Mercury Energy - presented by Lucie Drummond, GM Sustainability, Mercury Energy
The future of finance: what happens when Bitcoin grows up and gets a real job? - presented by David Corbett, CEO, P^werFinance
Talent and the importance of people experience - presented by Brett O’Riley, CEO, EMA
The economy and financial markets in 2022 - presented by Mark Lister, Head of Private Wealth Research, Craigs Investment Partners
A look into the future of the workforce and the way we work - presented by Anthony Drake, Partner, Wynn Williams
City Rail Link Limited – “The second half” - presented by Patrick Brockie, CFO, City Rail Link Limited
Innovative lending for businesses - presented by Tim Wixon, CFA, Head of Technology Industries, Bank of New Zealand
Telco Update for 2022 - presented by Paul Brislen CEO of the Telecommunications Forum
Budget 2022 - presented by Alex Wondergem, Partner at PwC NZ

Via LIVE Webcast

Select meetings will also be held at (advance notice will be given):

Chartered Accountants ANZ Conference Centre
Level 5
8 Tangihua Street
Auckland 1010


Denise Bovaird

Scott Kerse

David Worth


Topic: Member Regional Events

Sub-Topic: Building Knowledge, Business intelligence, Special Interest Group

Format: Seminar

Proficiency Level: Advanced

CPD: Upto 22 hours