Date posted: 25/05/2018 7 min read

Wellington Regional Update - May 2018

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

In brief

  • Mike's corner
  • Recent events and activities
  • Upcoming events in the Wellington region

Mike's Corner

2018 Fellowship nominations are OPEN

Once again your opportunity to recognise outstanding achievement in the accounting profession is open. The 2018 Fellowship process opened in April and will remain open until 16 July 2018. 

Fellowships are our most prestigious award and recognise outstanding achievement in the profession and significant contributions to academia or the community. Attached are the forms and guidance notes. If you have any questions or need assistance each region’s Local leadership Team (LLT) form a subcommittee to manage the nominations and are available to guide you. 

To get in touch with your Local Leadership Team Chair, please contact them on the following email addresses:

To find out more information, about the Fellowship Nominations for 2018, including guidelines and nomination forms, click here. Nominations will close on the 16th of July 2018.

Stand up and be counted

All CA ANZ members have the opportunity to have a say in how their professional body serves them through getting involved in our governance network.

If you think the time is right for you to get involved with your professional body and give something back; please see this interview and video from our president, Jane Stanton.

You can view the video and article here.

In other news

After an extremely busy end to the April month and another busy May, we have some exciting post-event snippets to provide you all this month from the events team. June is shaping up to be filled with lots of networking and developmental events, so make sure you check them out.

Post-event scope

First ever New Zealand Charity Law, Accounting and Regulation focused conference

Location: Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington

A first ever conference of its kind was held in New Zealand at the end of April with more than 200 attending the event at Te Papa over two days. The cross-disciplinary event was called “Perspectives on Charity Law, Accounting and Regulation in New Zealand”. It brought together people from different sectors that all are involved with charities in New Zealand – including lawyers, accountants, charities, regulators, academics, judiciary, social enterprises, impact investors and more. The aim of the conference was to encourage conversations and sharing of different perspectives. The conference was organised by people who were members of three organisations – the Charity Law Association of Australian and New Zealand (CLAANZ), the Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand and Charities Services at the Department of Internal Affairs (the New Zealand charities regulator).

With 12 sessions and 40 speakers (including international speakers from Ireland, Canada, Australia and England) there were many different points of view provided through individual presentations and panel discussions. One highlight was the presentation by the Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector, Hon Peeni Henare, who provided the keynote address and gave an update on the review of the Charities Act 2005 as well as the focus for the Government in this area and his views on the role of volunteers, charities and social enterprises. 

Some of the topics included: 

  • Are there too many charities in New Zealand?
  • Charity law and accounting in Te Ao Maori
  • How to build public trust and confidence in the charitable sector
  • Perspectives on social housing and charity
  • The interplay of judge-made and statute law
  • Tax issues and charity
  • Overview of new financial reporting standards implementation
  • Funding, Social Enterprise and the intersection with charities who operate business, and
  • Who we are as a sector, why are we here and what do we hope to achieve?

There were lots of thought provoking discussions started and perspectives shared as each session featured time for questions and answers and interaction with the audience.

The intention of the conference was to foster collaboration and sharing of perspectives so the materials from the sessions (videos, academic papers, powerpoints) have been made available at no charge on the CLAANZ website.   

Stay tuned because the Conference will be back for another exciting edition in 2019!

Gaylene Hughes: “Leadership is a Choice”

Location: Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand – Wellington Office

The Women’s Wellington Accounting Group continues to inspire and empower women working in accounting across the Wellington region. The group hosted a “Leadership is a Choice” presentation, lead by committee member Gaylene Hughes last month and it attracted a large number of participants. Throughout the session, attendees were engaged and challenged with new tools to help develop their leadership skills with businesses and clients.

Gaylene provided insight into reiterating important messages in the workplace and educated on working and playing 'above the line’. There was a recurring theme throughout the presentation about the importance of learning leadership and that it was an ongoing process.

We thank Gaylene for her continued efforts within the Wellington Women’s Accounting Group and we look forward to future presentations lead by the committee.

Upcoming events

We have a busy second half of the calendar year, and here are a few events you can begin to register for or save the date and await further information.

Wellington Public Sector Special Interest Group: Webinar Series - begins Thursday 16 August

Gain the knowledge and skills you need to succeed as a business partner in the public sector. This comprehensive new education series is designed specifically for public sector accountants to benefit from a connected network of CAs to develop sharp business thinking. Learn and apply fundamental principles to create positive and effective business partner relationships in your organisation.

Business Partner series aim

Implementing Business Partnering is difficult. As we all know, things go wrong. Yet, Business Partnering is the future of accountants in the public sector. This course series will give you the skills and support you need to learn drivers of cost, risk and value and develop the ability to integrate, apply and communicate successfully in the public sector.

Unique programme approach

This programme is designed differently to others. It will run over a ten month period with a combination of self-driven monthly 90 minute sessions, theory webinars and practical sessions. The small team structure of four-six people facilitates peer group knowledge sharing and extends your professional network so you can support each other in planning strategies to play a more effective role in your public sector organisation. Three sessions will be held at Chartered Accountants House and the rest will be facilitated by your group.

No grazing

This is a programme where you need to commit to the full package running from August 2018-May 2019. One fee of $350 will cover all seminars including all ten facilitated sessions, with three in-house sessions at Chartered Accountants House and other meetings at times and places to be mutually agreed upon by your group. You will be eligible for a generous 25 hours of CPD by participating in all sessions.

Register now by following this link.

Wellington Milestone Members Event – Wednesday 20 June at the Intercontinental

Join us to celebrate our Milestone Wellington members at the 2018 Wellington Milestone Members Ceremony Luncheon. We have over 100 local members who have attained 25, 40, 50, 60 and 70 year memberships. Certificates will be presented by Peter Vial, New Zealand Country Head.     

This is a wonderful opportunity to reconnect and celebrate with your peers, colleagues, past work mates and family. If you are a recipient don't miss the opportunity to have your certificate presented on stage with our professional photographer capturing that special moment.  The photographer will also be available for photos with family and friends throughout the lunch.  

Tickets are priced at $99 and include a two course lunch and beverages, please register here.

Fellowship Dinner – Wednesday 15 August at the Intercontinental Hotel Wellington

On Wednesday 15 August Chartered Accountants ANZ will celebrate the five new Wellington Fellows, named last year.  Fellowship is a very prestigious awards that recognises a significant contribution by the recipient to the profession, and further, a significant contribution to either the community, business or academic side of the profession.

As with other years each of the recipients will be invited to gather their friends, family and work colleagues to celebrate with them. 

This year’s recipients come from public sector, public practice and academia. The New Wellington FCAs are:

  • Geoff Blaikie FCA – Lead EY New Zealand tax practice 
  • Robert Cox FCA – Director and Head of Accounting, Audit New Zealand
  • Graeme Edwards FCA – National Managing Partner – Audit, KPMG
  • Dr. Lisa Marriott FCA – Associate Professor, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Bruce Simpson FCA – Chief Financial Officer, Ministry of Social Development

Take the Opportunities, A Wairarapa Destination Conference - Friday 21 September at Brackenridge

The Wairarapa Local Leadership Team are proud to bring you their 2018 Wairarapa Conference: “Take the Opportunities”.

Prepare to be engaged and challenged throughout the day as you hear from a range of inspiring and motivating professionals from all walks of life. During the day, you can expect to:

Hear from successful entrepreneurs who have started their own businesses

Get taken on a journey into the minds of talented New Zealanders who have utilised the opportunities and have developed tools and tricks to make a difference

Network with other like-minded professionals and interact throughout the day with other businesses

Be challenged in your way of thinking and provided skills to stimulate healthy intellect and mindfulness

Spend a day in the heart of the Wairarapa at this wonderful destination conference

Join us for a day that is guaranteed to make a difference and will leave you with a new skill set moving forward to enable you to maximise every opportunity for your business and your clients. Save the date, and more information on how to register will follow soon.

Save the dates

  • Wellington Women in Business  -Wednesday 6 June
  • Wellington Milestone Lunch Ceremony - Wednesday 20 June
  • Wellington Fellowship dinner - Wednesday 15 August
  • Wellington Public Sector Webinar Series – Begins 16 August
  • Wairarapa Destination Conference “Take the Opportunities” - Friday 21 September

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