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
  • 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.  Hear from the experts about the imperative policies that will shape workplace regulation.

  • Responding to MBIE Audits under the Holiday’s Act 2003
  • Upcoming changes with collective bargaining and union access and engagement 
  • Examining the latest gains in pay equity and equal pay 
Johanna Drayton, Partner, Dyhrberg Drayton Employment Lawyers
Kim Lennie, Senior Associate, Dyhrberg Drayton Employment Law
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 
Robyn Walker, National Technical Director, Deloitte
Rebecca Osborn, 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

Kieran will discuss the effects of the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake on business and how finance supported the business in its recovery efforts

Kieran Sweetman, CFO, CentrePort
The One Stop Economic Update: Geopolitical and economic impacts on New Zealand Business

Tony will provide 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
Paul Barton, General Manager - Risk and Compliance, Medical Assurance Society
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
Louise Aitken, CEO, Ākina Foundation
Summary remarks from the Chair and Networking Drinks
Summary of Day 1 and Welcome from the Chair
Morning Masterclass: Preparing your financials for IFRS 16
  • Key changes to the upcoming Leases standard and how it differs from the old
  • Calculating future lease liability payments on the lessee and lessor balance sheet
  • Prepping technology and systems to bring off-balance sheet leases into the financials
  • Manging the impact of IFRS 16 on company performance metrics
  • Examining stakeholder communication under the transitory phase
Jason Stinchcombe, Partner, RSM New Zealand
Morning Masterclass: Using integrated reporting to augment decision-making
  • Measuring non-financial performance indicators as key inputs into decision-making 
  • Achieving optimal disclosure protocols on strategy and operational performance
  • Strategising investor communication to manage multiple stakeholder expectations
  • Deriving value from reports to enable storytelling in real time 
Judy Ryan, Annual Report Programme Manager, Z Energy
Session Break
Producing financial models to drive strategic value
  • Designing dynamic models for scenario planning
  • Creating financial models to inform decision-making
  • Building flexibility into financial models to accommodate variables and changes in the business environment 
Alex Gordon, Financial Modelling Consultant
Championing an all-round positive customer experience from the accounting and finance function
  • How finance can provide crucial support to customer experience teams
  • Enabling markets and communities to tell your business’ success stories
  • Supporting the business to evolve as customers and their needs evolve 
David Boyd, Customer Experience Leader, Greater Wellington Regional Council
Morning break & refreshments
The One Stop Accounting Standards Update – The latest projects within PBE Standards
  • Making accounting judgements when recognising liabilities and expenses – examining guidance under model financial statements
  • Issues with accounting for grants under new PBE standards
  • Revisiting the exchange versus non-exchange transaction discussion
Enabling a positive psychology toward change
  • Creating a compelling narrative around the need for change
  • Developing a co-ordinated leadership approach to change and cultivating executive support
  • Being inclusive and gaining feedback for buy in
Roy Connolly, NZ Lead, Change Management Institute
Session Break
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 
Erica Voss, Manager of Analytics Reporting, ACC
Taking a structured approach to tackling cybercrime and information security
  • Assessing internal controls for real-time monitoring of IT processes and data governance
  • Trust and credential management on privileged accounts
  • Working with the CIO and tech team to provide input into governance strategies and policy
  • Creating defences against hackers, ransomware and phishing attacks
Lunch Break
Afternoon Masterclass: 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
Afternoon Masterclass: Cultivating valuable 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
  • Refining your presence when presenting to executive leadership
  • Building in “buffers” to create more initial flexibility in messaging
  • Making relationship building a habit to enable humanised approaches to problem solving 
Simon Moor, Regional Partner, RightWay Chartered Accountants and Former CFO
Afternoon break
The one stop inspirational story - business and governance lessons from marathons

Join Tracy as she shares her inspirational story about training for and successfully completing some of the most gruelling
marathon races in the world.

Tracy Hickman, Director - Corporate advisory services, Staples Rodway
Closing comments and end of conference
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