Date posted: 17/04/2019 4 min read

South Island regional news April 2019

Welcome to the April edition of Insight for the South Island.

In brief

  • Recap of recent events/activities
  • Upcoming major member events
  • Introducing our South Island CA ANZ Student Representatives

We start this insight with our next Local Leadership team introduction (remember Nelson/Marlborough was our first last mth) with a profile of the Canterbury/Westland LLT. In Canterbury/Westland we have Kelvin Mason as Chair and the rest of the great team includes David Winter (Ernst & Young), Emily Chin (House of Travel), Michael Washington (St Bedes High School), Sam Cherry (Tabak), Scott Brown (Stuff Ltd), Mark Peterson (Girl Guides Association NZ Ltd) and Karen Long (BDO Christchurch).

Here is a little bit more about the Chair.

Kelvin Mason – Chair of the Canterbury Local Leadership Team

Kelvin has worked at Meridian Energy for the past 15 years in a number of finance and commercial roles.  Prior to this he held a number of key corporate roles in companies in NZ and the UK.  Outside of work he is busy supporting and following his three children in their various endeavours. In addition he is Chair of the St Albans Catholic School, Board of Trustees and is Treasurer for the High School Old Boys junior rugby club.Kelvin joined the Canterbury / Westland local leadership team in 2011, he enjoys working with local members and the regional team to develop and grow engagement between CA ANZ and its members.

Building Resilience – Tuesday 7th May (1 CPD)

Cantabrians have had a rough run lately and we want to offer some support and assistance to our members during this difficult time. Join us for a FREE Wellbeing breakfast event at our CA ANZ Offices. We hope this breakfast presentation will provide resources and strategies to overcome stress, challenges and change.

Emerging Leaders Event Christchurch – 14th May 2019 (1 CPD)

Failing has long been associated with negative connotations. What most successful people often fail to tell you is that failing and coping with failures in one's professional life is a key prerequisite to achieving one's goals. However, as a society we have linked our failings with feelings of being a failure.

This talk looks at both the sociology and psychology of failing and how failing can be so closely linked to our sense of self-worth. Dr. Veer provides some solutions for creating a culture that not just learns to cope with failings but embraces failing as a natural and necessary step towards personal and professional growth. At an individual level, we discuss ways to overcome failing and ensure that one's failings do not manifest themselves as feelings of being a failure.

Southern Primary Sector Update (Invercargill) - Friday 24 May – 8.30am (6 CPD)

This one day conference will focus on the issues, opportunities and challenges facing the primary sector. We'll hear from a range of speakers including:

Keynote speaker Conor English will open the day with thought provoking look at geopolitics, innovation, disruption and opportunity within the primary sector. Asking - are we there yet?;

  • Malcolm Lawson will give an insight into the success of the CRA8 Rock Lobster Fishery;
  • Al McCone asks the question - Good health and safety is good business or good business is good health and safety?;
  • Philip Guscott navigates through the challenges of Succession Planning;
  • Emma Moran gives an insight into The Southland Economic Project;
  • and the Red Meat Profit Partnership and CA ANZ Rural Advisory Committee give updates.

Cameron Bagrie will wrap up the day with an Economic Health check looking at the issues impacting on the Southern Region.

As well as hearing from these leading industry experts, you'll have the opportunity to network with business professionals who work within the primary sector.

Otago Town & Gown Series – Responsible investing with Jeremy – Thursday 2 May - 5.30pm (1 CPD)

The Otago Branch of Chartered Accountants ANZ and the University of Otago, Faculty of Accounting and Finance are delighted to host our annual Town & Gown Event. Join us for drinks and canapés with a presentation from Jeremy Hill, Head of Investment Office ACC. Jeremy will give some insights into the ACC Investment Fund and responsible investing. We will also celebrate our up and coming accounting stars, who will be presented with the 2018 Chartered Accountants ANZ prizes for the top students in 100, 200 and 300 level accounting at the University of Otago.

Otago Milestone Members Lunch – Wednesday 15 May 12pm (The Dunedin Club)

We are delighted to invite members, family and friends to attend a special lunch to celebrate and honour our local milestone members who have attained their 40, 50, 60 and 70 year membership milestones.

Otago Gala Ceremony – Wednesday 15 May 5.30pm (Toitu Otago Settlers Museum)

The Otago office invites you to attend the 2019 Otago Gala and celebrate with our newest members who have attained their full membership and those who are reaching their 25 years of membership in 2019.

Introducing our South Island CA ANZ Student Representatives for 2019!

Our reps do amazing work on campus at their tertiary institutes, out at local high schools and supporting the wider Careers Engagement team. The 2019 crew is fantastic and will do an outstanding job in promoting the CA Brand.

Otago University

  • Daniel Sim Sarah Tiffen
  • George Kenny
  • Samantha Paki Paki

University of Canterbury

  • Abigail Plows

Lincoln University

  • Fiona Pahl


  • Alvi Nanat


  • Matt Beach
  • Neve Williams

Looking forward to a great year ahead!

Some great events coming up and I encourage you all to get involved.


Scott Wagenvoord
South Island Regional Manager

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