The 43rd One Stop Update for the Accountant in Business

Enabling Future-focussed approaches to finance

Event Details


Registration and coffee
Opening remarks from the Chair
Dr Angela Liew PhD CA CPA, Lecturer in Forensic Accounting, University of Auckland
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
The Exponential CFO - How you can become your organisations biggest asset

We all know that we are living in a world where the pace of change is increasing at a rate never before seen in history. Fueled by exponential technologies that are doubling in capability and halving in cost every 18 months, we are all under increasing pressure to deliver results from our existing business models, and yet at the same time transform our organisations to respond to this fast paced and disruptive world. Yet, for almost all organisations, despite investing more than ever on a vast array of initiatives, and making significant gains, they are still struggling to keep up let alone get ahead. And yet a very select few have worked it out, and they are opening up a huge gap on the rest, which are getting left behind far faster than they realise. For finance, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to keep up and respond to the fast pace of change within and external to our organisations. And frustratingly, despite the promise of how new technology will finally shift us to spend less and less time looking in the rear view mirror, and more plotting the course forward for the organisation, the reality is often disappointingly different. In the midst of this complexity, a new breed of CFO is emerging. One that not only thinks exponentially, but one that is capable of mobilising their entire organisation to act exponentially, and as a result, is achieving much bigger & faster results than their competitors. Ant will share real world examples from across Australasia of how leading organisations are doing this, and how this new breed of CFO is re-establishing themselves and their teams as their organisations biggest asset.

Anthony Belsham, Chief Executive Officer, Fronde Systems
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 
Kim Wild, Senior Associate, Dyhrberg Drayton Employment Law
Jordan Boyle, Lawyer, 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
Sarah Kennedy, 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
Creativity in spreadsheet modelling
• Tracking and analyzing operational metrics and performance with Excel
• Designing dynamic dashboards to communicate clearly
• When to use Excel and when to consider other software/tools instead
Alex Gordon, Director, Clare Capital
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 – An introduction to digital currencies and accounting for them under IFRS

We take this year's IFRS update to the next level as the NZ XRB and PwC team discuss the accountant's practical perspective to digital currencies and their treatment under IFRS.  

David Bassett, Deputy Director - Accounting Standards, New Zealand External Reporting Board
Jade Kennedy, Director, PwC
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
Keith McGregor, Director, Personal Psychology New Zealand
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
Peter Bailey, General Manager, Aura Information Security
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
Brent Knauf, Senior Trainer, Auldhouse
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, Chartered Accountant
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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