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Auckland Women Accountants SIG 2021

A connected network for woman who have a broad range of business responsibilities in the commercial or corporate environment. 

The objective of the Woman CAs special interest group is to provide a forum where members can meet on a regular basis, interacting professionally and socially around an interesting and varied programme of speakers.  This years series including Leadership, Governance, Investment, Environment and Wellness. 

Available to attend in person and online. 
Members pay a yearly subscription fee which entitles them to attend all events for the financial year. The group holds six events each year, attendance at group events does not require membership although an annual subscription proves better value than paying for individual events as they are announced. CPD is 2 hours per event, with attendance of all events delivering 12 hours of CPD.

This is a special interest group, run by members for the benefit of members, and we encourage you to join.

Also available on live webcast.


Half-Year Purchase - July-Dec 2021

Member $110
Non-Member $140

Casual Session Purchase
Member $55
Non-Member $69
Topics for 2021

Thursday, 25 February - 5.30pm - 7.30pm - Creating a high-performance finance team
Presented by Helen Zink, Positive Growth Consulting Ltd 

Thursday, 25 March - 5.30pm - 7.30pm - Tax update + Fraud - back to basics
Presented by Susan Tremlett, Managing Director, Arran Chartered Accountants Limited. 
Second Speaker - Callum Hey, Senior Manager in the Technology Risk unit at Westpac New Zealand Limited. 

Thursday, 20 May - 5.30pm - 7.30pm 
Recent Developments in the Kiwi Economy - Presented by Jarrod Kerr, Chief Economist - Kiwibank
Learnings from COVID-19
Presented by Anthony Drake, Partner - Wynn Williams

Thursday, 26 August - 5.30pm - 7.30pm - Developing your governance career panel session Panellists
Ping Liu, Chief Risk Officer, UDC Finance 
Melanie Boudet Hearn CA, MInstD, CEO, Bridgewest Finance NZ
Tayyaba Khan, Founder & CEO, Khadija Leadership Network
Facilitated by
Nurain Janah, Senior Consultant - Turnaround & Restructuring Strategy, EY and  Women Accountants SIG Committee Member

Thursday, 28 October - 5.30pm - 7.30pm - Forum discussion – lessons learned from business and professional leaders
Presented by Louise Unger ex BNZ & Ranjna Patel - QSM 

Thursday, 3 December  - 5.30pm - 7.30pm 
Topic & Speaker - TBC

Topics for 2020

Thursday, 27 February - 5.30pm - 7.30pm - Women in Leadership
Presented by Sharn Rayner, Managing Partner of Business Advisory - POD/AdviceFirst.

Thursday, 2 July - 4.30pm - 6.30pm - Authentic Leadership - be true to yourself
Presented by Joan Mather, Director Mather Consulting & Kate Morton, Leadership Coach & Strategic Consultant at The Transformation Space

Thursday, 27 August - 4.30pm - 6.30pm - Developing your Personal Investment Portfolio
Presented by Dave Lucas, Authorised Financial Adviser & Hannah McQueen, Founder of enableMe

Thursday, 22 October - 5.30pm - 7.30pm - Macro Economics and the current global trends 
Presented by Frank Olsson 

Thursday, 12 November - 4.00pm - 5.00pm - Sharesies' story
Presented by Hannah Bennett, Internal Operations Manager and Company Secretary at Sharesies

Thursday, 3 December  - 5.30pm - 7.30pm - Wellness made really simple - A practical talk for the busy professional
Presented by Faye Lawand, NZ's Trusted Internal Conflict Resolution Expert

Topics Covered in 2019:  

Thursday 21 February - Bridging the Gender Gap in Technology 
An informative panel session on bridging the gender gap in technology. 
Dr Lesley Gardner, Associate Professor - University of Auckland. 
Kristen Lunman Director - Hatch 
Angela Myers - Co-founder of Double Denim 

Thursday,  2 May - 5.30pm - 7.30pm - Gaining your financial freedom 
Emma Mclean, Emma Mclean Coaching - Happiness or Financial Freedom. Is Having Both Just A Dream? 
Peter Lee, C2C Partners - The Long Walk of Life: Seven Steps to Achieving your Goals and Making Work Optional

Thursday, 4 July - 7am - 9am - Entrepreneurship in a Digital Age - Panel Discussion
Christine Woods - Icehouse + Associate Professor in Entrepreneurship & Innovation, University of Auckland 
Miriana Lowe - Founder 1Centre 
Mitali Purohit - Network manager Icehouse & ArcAngels 

Thursday, 29 August - 5.30pm - 7.30pm - Economics and Tax Update
Tax Updates - Presented by John Cuthbertson, Tax Leader, CA ANZ           
New Zealand Economic -  Presented by Anne Boniface, Senior Economist, Westpac. 

Thursday, 24 October - 7am - 9am - Developing your personal brand
Succeeding as a Woman in a Man's World - Presented by Catherine Newton
Creating an Authentic Personal Brand - Presented by Ritika Singh 

Thursday, 5 December - 5.30pm - 7.30pm - Good Nutrition in a Corporate Lifestyle 
Presented by Emma Wylie, Nutritionist - My Food Bag 

Topics covered in 2018:

Thursday 22 February - Pathways to Directorship
An informative panel session on Pathways to Directorship, facilitated by Kirsten Patterson, Chief Executive at Institute of Directors, joined by the following panelists;
Henri Eliot, Founder & CEO at Board Dynamics
Rachel Hopkins, Establishment Board Member at The Women's Fund
Deirdre Mellamphy, Financial Consultant, Oceanus Limited

Thursday 3 May - Economic & Tax Update        
The Economic & Tax Update was provided by John Cuthbertson, Tax Leader, Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand and Kim Mundy, Economist, ASB Bank.

Thursday 28 June - Mindfulness/ Resilience
An informative session on Mindfulness and Resilience was given by Carli Dillen (Resiliensce) and Kristina Cavit (Mindfulness).

Thursday 30 August - Cyber Security/ AI
An informative session on Cyber Security and AI was given by:
Philip Whitmore, KPMG – Cyber Security
Janine Jackson, Suncorp NZ - AI
Nicola Debezancon-Ballaigues, Suncorp NZ - AI
Jonathan Cain, Suncorp NZ – AI

Thursday 25 October - Leadership in a Diverse World
An informative panel on leadership & diversity was given by:
Lauren Peate, Ally Skills NZ
Rob Campbell, Chairman SKyCity Board
Wyndi Tagi, WE Accounting

Thursday 6 December - The Secrets of Success
A Q&A style event was held with Nick Roberts, CEO, Momentum Consulting Group and Caroline Rawlinson, CFO, Trade Me where they had a Q&A style conversation with each other where they shared stories on their journey, secrets and lessons charting their rise to senior roles.

Topics covered in 2017:

Thursday 23 February 
Ranjna Patel, Founder and Director of Nirvana Health Group and winner of the 2016 Deloitte Top 200 Visionary Leader Award

Thursday 4 May - Resilience in the Workplace:       
 Aurelie Le Gall, Business Director, Corporate Divisions, Hays

Thursday 29 June - Panel Discussion: Emerging Women Entrepreneurs

Theresa Gattung, leading New Zealand Business personality and author of the best-selling autobiography Bird on a Wire.
Kendall Flutey, founder of Banquer App
Debbie Chester, founder of RimPro-Tec
Angie Judge, founder of Dexibit

Thursday 31 August - Economic Update & Tax 
Tony Alexander, Chief Economist, BNZ 
Lindsay Ng, Senior Tax Advocate, Chartered Accountants ANZ

Thursday 26 October - Personal Finances - managing mortgages, retirement, kids and moneyHannah McQueen, founder of EnableME

Thursday 7 December - Thoughts about Things
Michele A'Court, international stand-up comedian.
Chartered Accountants ANZ Conference Centre
Ground Floor, Carlaw Park
12-16 Nicholls Lane
Auckland 1010

Committee Members

Leanne Simmons

Shashi Kumar 
Nurain Janah 
Janetta Kermani 
Rolanda van Amsterdam 
Sugenthy Thomson


Topic: Member Regional Events

Sub-Topic: Special Interest Group

Format: Seminar

Proficiency Level: All

CPD: Upto 6 hours