The 43rd One Stop Update for the Accountant in Business

Enabling Future-focussed approaches to finance

22 - 23 May 2018The Grand Millennium , Auckland
14 - 15 May 2018Te Papa, Wellington
16 - 17 May 2018The Chateau on the Park , Christchurch
Event Details


Registration and coffee
Opening remarks from the Chair
Opening Keynote: Responding innovatively while navigating uncertain disruptive waters

The world is in a period of significant change, and many leaders are unsure how to respond.
In this presentation Roger Dennis will talk about frameworks that will help you understand how to think
about the future, discuss some of the fastest changing areas and show how this is impacting the world today.

Roger Dennis, Strategic Innovation Expert
Leveraging cognitive technology in the race for accounting and finance back-office transformation

• Tracking the rise of NLP, RPA and AI as a disruptor to back-office functions
• The immediate business benefits and risks for payroll, audit and reporting as well as business ownership transactions such as due diligence
• Driving competitive advantage to support execution of strategic business initiatives

Morning break
The One Stop employment law update: Tracking upcoming changes across employment law
For the first time in close to two decades, several major changes are expected that shift the balance back to the employee rights.  This high-level overview discusses:
·         upcoming changes into employment legislation
·         dealing with workplace harassment
·         protecting business information
·         health & safety rules considering remote-working and volunteer arrangements
·         examining the latest gains in pay equity and equal pay 
Amanda Douglas, Partner, Wynn Williams
The One Stop Taxation Update: The top 10 on tax

This session will highlight the findings from the Government’s Tax Working Group and the new Coalition Government including:
• Operational aspects of payday reporting of PAYE and on FBT for 31 May filing
• An update into the IRD’s Business Transformation Programme and other new business tax rules
• GST developments including coverage of Australia’s low-value goods rule and its impact for NZ businesses

Jess Wheeler, Associate Director, Deloitte
Alex Robinson, Associate Director, Deloitte
Lunch Break
The One Stop CFO Interview: Changing the game - Finance as a key catalyst to organisational growth

• Building commercial insight into decisions that affect financial performance
• Identifying the areas in the business or outside the business for innovation and growth
• Assessing investment strategies to drive performance
Plus stories of finance as a partner to the business:

Tim will shed light on his team’s efforts to help support CIAL’s rapid expansion and award-winning energy efforts

Tim May, CFO, Christchurch International Airport
The One Stop Economic Update: Geopolitical and economic impacts on New Zealand Business

Join Tony as he provides insight into the geopolitical and economic landscape, and discusses the top key economic trends
and topics affecting NZ businesses and communities.
• The global geopolitical playing field and the political shift around the world
• Examining trade agreements and their implications for NZ businesses
• Upcoming policy announcements and their impact on the economic climate

Tony Alexander, Chief Economist, BNZ
Afternoon Break
Revolutionising risk – Understanding and embracing risk with confidence

Understanding how risk fits in with the
organisation’s strategy
• Proactively exploring risk mitigation
strategies to build resilience
• Building a pragmatic risk culture
that enables business agility and
responsiveness to opportunity
• Gaining mandate on the risk narrative
and defining boundaries clearly

Shaun Dowers, Head of Risk and Audit, Christchurch City Council
Executive Address: Leading by challenging the status quo

• Encouraging you to challenge old ways to make a difference and have an impact
• Being brave enough to lead by example and inspire others to do better and think bigger
• Believing in your abilities to make a difference and learning from the experience

Michelle Sharp, CEO, Kilmarnock Enterprises
Summary remarks from the Chair and Networking Drinks
Welcome from the chair
Creating authentic, market relevant and accurate forecasts in an age of volatility
  •     Using non-financial metrics to predict forecast variables
  •     Continuously refining and updating forecast input data
  •     Ensuring business ownership of input data
Andrew Harte, CFO, Coupland's Bakeries
Generating actionable insights to drive business growth through financial analytics

• Growing predictive and prescriptive capabilities on data
• Strategically mining unstructured data to gain insights into
new opportunities and risks
• Empowering information access and cost savings through
self-service analytics

Noel MacDonald, Chief Data Officer, Cookie Time Ltd
Morning break
Using integrated reporting to add insight into decision-making

• Measuring non-financial performance indicators as key
inputs into decision-making
• Achieving optimal disclosure protocols on strategy and
operational performance
• Deriving value from reports to enable storytelling in real time
• Strategising investor communication to manage multiple
stakeholder expectations

Kelvin Mason, Financial Controller, Meridian Energy Ltd
Championing an all-round positive customer experience from the accounting and finance function

•Why is Customer Experience so important?

                •How can we link CX and ROI?

                •How can finance teams provide crucial support to CX teams?

                •What's the bottom line outcome?

Susanne Stevenson, Director Customer Futures and Insights, IAG
The One Stop Accounting Standards Update – Tackling transition to new accounting standards

• Exploring key issues transitioning to IFRS 15 and IFRS 9
• Analyse how the new IFRS 16 changes the balance sheet and
impacts performance metrics
A quick refresher on IFRS 17 and projects under consideration

Lunch Break
The One Stop Excel and PowerBI Update

• Key modelling tricks and tips enable ease of reach of data
• Advanced analytics with Microsoft PowerBI to understand
different ways to look at your data
• Working with PowerBI desktop, mobile and other apps
• Using PowerPivot and PowerQuery to aid data manipulation
• Creating reports that allow ease of information access by
several user groups

Philip Healy, Senior Trainer, Auldhouse
Afternoon Break
Masterclass: Creating value on conversations with boards and executive leadership teams

• Approaching conversations on balancing growth with ROI
with CSR
• Techniques to make communication more succinct, relevant
and clear
• Cultivating your presence when presenting to executive
• Building in “buffers” to create more initial flexibility in
• Making relationship building a habit to enable humanised
approaches to problem solving

Simon Moor, Regional Partner, Rightway Chartered Accountants
The One Stop Inspirational Close - Business and governance lessons from marathons

Kiwi accountant Tracy Hickman joins the small group of people running marathons across the 7 continents including Antarctica. An accountant at heart, Tracy draws comparisons to business and governance as she goes through her inspirational story and emotional, mental and physical journey, training and successfully completing a few of the most gruelling races in harsh, extreme weather conditions.

Tracy Hickman, Director - Corporate Advisory Services, Staples Rodway
Closing remarks from Chair and Close of conference
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