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1st February 2018.

Dear Co-operative Business NZ Members and Supporters,

Invitation to attend Cooperative Business NZ Leader’s Forum and Dinner, Tuesday, 27th February 2018, Fonterra’s Offices, 109 Fanshawe St, Auckland.

The co-operative sector in NZ is made up by over 100 businesses and organisations which currently generate around 20% of our GDP, most of these entities being Members of Cooperative Business NZ. We can all learn from each other as part of that strong co-operative and collaborative spirit that exists amongst our Members as well as across the co-operative sector globally.

On behalf of Cooperative Business NZ it is my pleasure to extend an invitation to you to attend the above event, the program of events being as follows:

9.30 am: Morning tea and registration, Fonterra Auditorium, Ground Floor, 109 Fanshawe St, Auckland CBD.

10.00 am: Welcome

10.05 am: Digital marketing and social media session (20 mins each)

  • Fonterra, Komal Mistry, (General Manager Fonterra Ventures)
  • Socialites, Wendy Thompson, (Founder and CEO)
  • World Travellers, Eden Stevenson, (CEO)
  • Fonterra, Dominic Quin, (Director Digital Transformation)

11.25 am: Break

11.35 am Panel discussion (above 4), questions from the audience

“How can NZ businesses best leverage technology in providing more effective consumer marketing locally and globally, and how effective is business disruption becoming and we seek to operate successfully in an ever changing world?”

12 noon: Guest speaker: Shaun Quincey: a kiwi entrepreneur with a recent success story to tell

12.40 pm: Lunch

1.15 pm: Breakout session, option 1: Agri-producer session, topics:

Presentation from NZ Trade and Enterprise (NZTE), and Ministry for the Environment (MfE) for 20 minutes each on the following topics:

  • How can we best establish, develop and grow agricultural exports globally with particular emphasis on China and USA?
  • What support is provided by NZTE to smaller agricultural exporters including new start-ups?
  • Key environmental issues for NZ’s agri-producer co-operatives as the country seeks to achieve 90% swimmable rivers by 2040.

Panel discussion attended by:

  • NZTE, Alan Koziarski (Director Coalitions)
  • MfE, Cheryl Barnes (Deputy Secretary, Water)
  • Fonterra, Mike Cronin (MD Corporate Affairs)
  • Murray Taggart (Chairman, Alliance Group; Director, Ballance Agri-Nutrients; irrigating farmer)

“What are some of NZ’s key future agricultural export opportunities, how does NZTE best support new agri-producer start-ups, and how can NZ’s agri sector lead the way in work effectively within environmental regulations so that goals are met”.

1.15 pm Breakout session, option 2: Non-agri co-ops, mutuals and societies, topics:

Presentation from the Ministry for Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) for 30 minutes on the following topics:

  • Key issues and opportunities for NZ’s co-operatives following the recent change in NZ government.
  • How is statutory policy and commercial law formed by our government?
  • How to improve productivity
  • How to foster an ambition to grow businesses
  • How can we best foster and further develop innovation across NZ business?

Panel discussion attended by:

  • MBIE, Karl Woodhead (Manager of Enterprise Policy, Labour, Science & Enterprise)
  • Southern Cross Health Society, Nick Astwick (CEO)
  • SBS Bank, Shaun Drylie (CEO)
  • NZPM, Rob Kidd (CEO)

“What changes are ahead of us with the Labour-led coalition now in power, how can our Members best influence the setting of statutory policy and commercial law, and how can we best drive productivity, business growth and innovation?”

2.30 pm: Break

2.45pm: Presentations from NZTE and MBIE

  • NZ overseas export trade – patterns and opportunities.
  • NZ economy – growth rates by sector, protection and commercial opportunities.
  • NZ business – marrying employment and productivity with innovation and growth opportunities.

Questions from the audience.

3.30 pm:  Afternoon tea

4.00 pm: Presentations from Corporate Associate Members (5 minutes each)

  • Baycorp NZ, Victor Jamieson (Co-head General Manager)
  • Buddle Findlay, Alastair Hercus (Senior Partner)
  • Deloitte, Andrew Boivin (Partner)
  • LBMX Inc., Greg Dinsdale, (President and CEO)
  • Sheffield, Ian Taylor (Executive Director)
  • Syndex, Ross Verry (Managing Director)
  • Westlake Governance (Richard Westlake, Founder)

Questions from the audience.

5.00pm: Co-operative Business NZ Review / Wrap up of the day

5.20pm: Drinks in Fonterra’s Atrium

6.30pm: Seated in Auditorium for entrees

6.45 pm: Hon David Parker, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for the Environment, Minister for Trade and Export Growth.

7.15 pm to 10.00pm: Dinner in Fonterra’s Auditorium.

The cost of this event will be:

  • Daytime session only: $595 plus GST
  • Dinner only: $150 plus GST
  • Both events: $695 plus GST

Attendees will need to arrange and meet their own travel and accommodation costs.

Please advise if you are able to attend this event by clicking on the link attached, RSVP date being 15th February 2018. We have limited spaces available resulting in tickets being allocated on a first in, first served basis.

Thanks and we look forward to hosting you next month!


Craig Presland


Mobile: 021 800 387

Email:  craig.presland@nz.coop