Date posted: 19/03/2018 5 min read

Wellington Regional Update March 2018

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

In brief

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

There are a lot of opportunities coming your way in the next two months with various roadshows rolling through the region.  In addition to these there are some other real highlights coming through CLAANZ and WCOA – and don’t we love a new acronym.   CLAANZ is the Charity Law and Accounting Australia & New Zealand and WCOA is the World Congress of Accountants.

CLAANZ - Charity Law and Accounting Conference

The Charity Law Association of Australia and New Zealand in conjunction with Chartered Accountants ANZ are delivering a conference titled Perspectives on Charity Law, Accounting and Regulation in New Zealand.

The conference being held at Te Papa, Wellington on Thursday 26 and Friday 27 April will cover topics on both the legal and accounting issues associated with the charitable sector with the aims of;

  • informing and educating on important topics for charities
  • strengthening links, contacts and collaboration within the sector community; and
  • sharing of lessons learnt and best practice that have worked for others, both within New Zealand and beyond.

Register for the event

We see a fantastic take-up for this event early. We already have well over 100 attendees already signed up so get in early to grab a seat before they're all gone

Access here


WCOA is a global event traditionally attended by delegates from across the globe.  The Sydney event expects to attract 6,000 attendees with a significant number of CA ANZ and CPA members.  I have heard it described as a “once in a career opportunity” and having seen an early draft of the sessions and the quality of the international speakers it looks to be exactly that.

For members in the Wellington & Central Region the prices are competitive and broken down into day packages (at $500 /day approx. and up to 9 CPD hours) and the travel to Sydney is easy.


Fellowship nominations will open again shortly and these are our traditional way of acknowledging great service to the profession, academia or the community.  If you know someone that you think fits some of these criteria please engage with a member of your Local leadership Team (there are LLTs in Whanganui, Manawatu, Wairarapa and Wellington). 

  • Fiona Cameron, Wairarapa:
  • Justine Street, Manawatu:
  • Brent Hood, Whanganui:
  • Peter Scholtens, Wellington:

The LLT member can guide you through the process, including the gathering of information and the required consents – let’s celebrate success. 

The March presentations in our region and what’s coming up


Forthcoming in the Wairarapa is the annual gala event being held this year on Thursday 19 April at the Horseshoe Room, Masterton. This gala event acknowledges and celebrates both new members and those 25, 40, 60, 70 year members from across the region. We have 12 members to recognise, commend and encourage all existing members to come and meet the newly appointed members.

Join us in applauding the Milestone achievers

Register your attendance for the event and come along to the Horseshoe Room.

Learn more


International Women’s Day, Thursday 8 March was celebrated by the Wellington Women’s Accountancy Group via a Live stream presentation from Parliament. Featuring Keynote speakers:

  • Barbara Williams, President, UN Women National Committee Aotearoa, NZ
  • 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
  • Minister for Women, Julie Ann Genter
  • Dr Gill Greer
  • Zonta Governor, Janet Hope

The live stream opportunity was organised by the @UNWomenANZ UN Women National Committee Aotearoa New Zealand, and @zontaclubofwellington the Zonta Club of Wellington. A political panelist live stream event which was broadcast to women’s groups across the country from the Parliament Buildings, and the Women’s Accountancy group held their breakfast event in the stunning New Zealand Fine Art Academy.

View the live stream

A well-attended event by members, great food and inspiring discussion that you can view via the live stream on Youtube.

Back to work Breakfast meeting

We’ve had three back to work events in the region and all have been well attended. Starting in Manawatu with Kererua Savage, Area Business Development Manager for Westpac NZ primarily dealing with commercial Maori entities and businesses in the North Island. Kererua has a background in government, and was heavily involved in Treaty settlement negotiations for the likes of Treasury, Te Puni Kokiri and the Office of Treaty Settlements and was also the principal advisor at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment developing the Crown Maori economic development strategy.

Then Wellington heard from Minnie Baragwanath is the CEO and founder of Be.Accessible a social change agency shifting Aotearoa from disability to possibility. In 2017 Minnie received the Women of Influence Diversity Award (sponsored by Chartered Accountants ANZ) and in that same year was placed as a top 10 finalist for the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Award.

The final event in Kapiti saw Sarah Todd an experienced strategic business growth specialist, passionate about working with businesses to build and broker profitable new partnerships present. She has worked with over 200 companies to help them identify and secure business growth across international markets. We hope that these three speakers inspire our members in 2018.

On the radar

'Tax Roadshows'

Be at the forefront of the profession with expert insights into the latest business tax changes.  CA ANZ’s Leadership and Advocacy tax team will update you on changes to the taxation of companies, employees, individuals and trusts.  The team will look at topical land tax issues, plus an update on the Tax Working Group and the latest on Inland Revenue’s business transformation. 

Refine your tax knowledge and expertise to maximise outcomes for your clients or organisation with this exclusive update.  In addition to equipping you with tools to add value to your clients and organisation, the team will inform you about the work being undertaken with government and Inland Revenue to support members. 

Locations and dates

  • Wairarapa (Masterton), Tuesday, 8 May 2018, 1pm - 4pm
  • Paraparaumu, Wednesday, 9 May 2018, 9am - 12pm
  • Wellington, Thursday, 10 May 2018, 9am - 12pm

Primary Sector Conference

As trusted business advisors, primary sector practitioners have a unique opportunity to help their clients drive growth, productivity and profitability to primary sector businesses. Get equipped with knowledge of the latest practices, trends and innovations in order to build a formula for business success.

The Conference on 23 to 25 May will expose you to thought leadership on how innovation is transforming the future of agri-business, emerging technologies and their practical applications, the current and future state of the economy, and the critical issues facing the sector today. 

Join us at Palmerston North Conference and Function Centre to connect and collaborate with fellow rural practitioners and engage in debate about the future for rural accountants.

Save the dates

  • Wairarapa Gala Cocktail Function 19 April
  • Wellington New Members Ceremony 2 May
  • 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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