Date posted: 9/02/2018 3 min read

Wellington regional update February 2018

Wellington, Wairarapa, Manawatu and Whanganui are back with events and conferences to assist your professional development in 2018.

In brief

  • Stay tuned to Mike
  • Kicking off the year with exciting events
  • Save the dates for key events in the Wellington region

Welcome back to the challenges and opportunities that 2018 will bring for us all. Chartered Accountants ANZ will be bringing our usual suite of events including, Special interest Groups, Roadshows and Milestone events. The milestone events can be combinations of New Members, 25, 40, 50 and 60 year membership celebrations, Fellowships and Gala dinners. 

Expect a new look and feel in these events this year. We have been listening to your feedback and looking at how we can refresh the delivery of our events. In 2017 we trialed delivering new Member Events in Wellington through cocktail-style events and are now looking to extend this to other New Member and Gala events.

These events usually run for about 2 hours, in the early evening, which allows members to mix more at the event, receive their awards, but finish early enough that they can go to dinner bookings in town with their practices, family or friends.

It still means you can be acknowledged for your achievements and celebrate with the people that matter to you.

Stay tuned to Mike

January was a relatively quiet month for the Wellington & Central Regions so we took the opportunity to start some planning. Here is a taste of some of the events we are working on for you for the New Year:

  • Wellington 26 & 27 April we are helping the Charity Law and Accounting Group with their two-day conference at Te Papa. See details below
  • There are eight new Fellows in the Wellington & Central Regions that will receive their certificates in ceremonies with the President in August
  • Manawatu is hosting the bi-annual Primary Sector Conference in 23 – 25 May
  • Wairarapa is continuing with their arrangements to deliver a destination conference for later in the year
  • Many of the Special Interest Groups have pencil booked their annual calendar of events.

Kicking off the year

On Tuesday 13 February the Wairarapa Special Interest Group kicked off their year of events with a presentation from Heath Gair, Director of Palliser Insolvency on ‘Encountering Insolvency’. A topical issue within the retail industry with overseas competition and online shopping continuing to grow. Heath has been an insolvency practitioner for the last seven years providing advice to companies and their stakeholders about insolvency options and undertaking formal appointments.
It is important to have a basic understanding of the processes and consequences to ensure any pitfalls are avoided and the best course of action is taken. The next session being held in Masterton comes from Sarah Cantwell an Account Director at Humankind who will be presenting on the future of work in New Zealand and how you can build the best workplaces in the world.

The Capital CFO kicked off the year with an event on Tuesday 20 February 2018 with Tim Barnett from The Building Financial Capability Trust talk about personal budgeting and how to help people turn the corner. The Building Financial Capability Trust is a new nationwide organisation dedicated to serving and strengthening New Zealand's network of budget advice agencies. Those local services support people facing urgent and deep financial problems to manage their debts and successfully find ways to turn the corner away from poverty towards a future of sustainable financial independence.

The Not-for-Profit Special Interest Group had a join lunch event with the Fundraising Institute of New Zealand on Wednesday 21 February 2018. They were delighted to host Asa Cox from Intela AI to hear more about the fascinating world of data science and in particular about Intela's project to help charities predict donor churn / turnover. For many charitable organisations, donors are an integral part of fundraising, so understanding more about this valuable group can help a charity predict their needs and decision making processes. In turn, this may assist in implementing targeted marketing and customer experience strategies.
See save the dates below for dates.

What's coming up next - get in quick and book a space

Inland Revenue are offering a series of regional seminars to share information about myIR and legislative changes coming in April 2018.  They will identify what they will mean for you as a Tax Agent. The great news is that IR are coming to lots of our centres and in some places putting on multiple events. The usual big centres are included but IR are adding Dannevirke, Whanganui, Levin, Lower Hutt, Wairarapa and Kapiti.

Registration forms

Please select a region below to be taken through to the relevant registration form:

International Women’s Day Breakfast Wellington

On behalf of the Hon Julie Anne Genter, Minister for Women, the Wellington Women Accountants Group this year we will be celebrating International Women’s Day with an interactive breakfast with a  live stream being broadcast to women’s groups across the country from the Parliament Buildings, Wellington on Thursday, 8 March 2018 at 7am - 9am.

Keynote speakers include:

  • The Right Honourable Helen Clark ONZ SSI, Prime Minister of New Zealand (1999-2008)
  • Her Excellency, The Right Honourable Dame Patsy Reddy GNZM, QSO Governor-General of New Zealand

The live stream opportunity is organised by the @UNWomenANZ UN Women National Committee Aotearoa New Zealand, and @zontaclubofwellington the Zonta Club of Wellington.

Register for the event

We welcome you to extend this invite to your key clients and colleagues and join the Wellington Women Accountants Group at the New Zealand Academy of Fine Art from 7am until 9am.

Access here

On the radar

Coming up in April, the “Perspectives on Charity Law, Accounting and Regulation in New Zealand” Conference.

At the end of April a unique conference will be held at Te Papa for the first time in New Zealand.  This conference will be distinctive as it is focused on all those involved in the charitable sector rather than being targeted at any one group (such as lawyers, charities, regulators, funders, or accountants).  Instead it is a conference promoting collaboration and discussion across the sector and different disciplines.  It is being organised and targeted to be inclusive and appeal to all those who have a stake in the sector ranging from charities to lawyers, accountants, the regulator, IRD, social enterprises, funders, standard setters, and others.

The organising committee itself is made up of representatives from the Charity Law Association of Australia and New Zealand, the Chartered Accountants Association of Australia and New Zealand, and Charities Services, as well as legal practitioners and accountants.

This will be a two-day conference which dives deep into the issues that matter with a variety of key note talks as well as many panel discussions so that a variety of voices can be heard.  The key themes are: Measuring, Defining, Taxing, Regulating, and Funding Charities, as well as a look to the Future.

Among the speakers are both leading figures from New Zealand and overseas, including: the Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector Hon Peeni Henare, Professor Matthew Harding from the University of Melbourne and chair of the Charity Law Association of Australia and New Zealand, Louise Aitken the CEO of Ākina Foundation, and leading academics and practitioners from New Zealand and overseas.

Register for the event

The conference will provide a great chance for those in the sector to network, discuss and learn about issues that affect everyone. Registration and further information about the program, costs and dates is available here.

Access here

Save the dates

Wellington Women Accountants Group ‘International Women’s Day breakfast’ 8 March

  • Manawatu International Women’s Day 8 March
  • Wairarapa Gala Cocktail Function 19 April
  • Wairarapa ‘Tax Roadshow’ Tuesday 8 May
  • Kapiti ‘Tax Roadshow’ Wednesday 9 May
  • Wellington ‘Tax Roadshow’ Thursday 10 May
  • Manawatu Primary Sector Conference 23 - 25 May 

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