The 45th One Stop Update for the Accountant in Business

Enabling adaptability for the finance professional in the business environment


Registration and coffee
Opening remarks from the Chair
Prof. Adrian Sawyer, Professor of Taxation - UC Business School, University of Canterbury
The One Stop Global and Local Economic Updates
Global Update: Rain or shine – Exploring Brexit and current geopolitical events’ implications for New Zealand businesses

Explore the effects that Brexit and other geopolitical shifts are having for businesses in New Zealand, including:

  • Outcomes so far due to Brexit and China-United States Trade War
  • Geopolitical events and international trade agreement upheavals challenging New Zealand businesses
  • What will the most probable effects be in the coming years and how can organisations prepare for them?
Stephen Jacobi, Executive Director, New Zealand International Business Forum & Executive Director, New Zealand China Council
Local Update: Analysing the domestic trends shaping New Zealand’s economy

Join Tony as he discusses the latest and biggest movements on the economic and business landscapes in New Zealand.

  • Current and developing domestic risks that businesses need to be aware of
  • Upcoming business and financial policy announcements and changes and how these will affect the NZ economic climate
Tony Alexander, Chief Economist, BNZ
Morning Break
Special Tax Update: An inspection of the outcomes of the Tax Working Group

A review of the findings and final recommendations of the Tax Working Group and how these will affect the balance and structure of the tax system over the next decade.

Geordie Hooft, Partner, KPMG
The One Stop Tax Update: Recent and upcoming developments in taxation

An overview of the most recent and upcoming developments in taxation that apply to businesses, including:

  • GST developments including the upcoming implementation of online GST collection laws
  • Inland Revenue’s ongoing transformation and simplification of the taxation system
Alex Robinson, Associate Director, Deloitte
The One Stop Employment Law Update: Staying abreast of employment law legislation
  • An overview of legislative changes including:
    • Employment Relations Amendment Bill 2018
    • Employment Relations (Triangular Employment) Amendment Bill
    • Privacy Bill
  • Recent developments in pay equity, equal pay and collective bargaining agreements
  • Upcoming changes to the leave entitlements including upcoming Paid Parental Leave changes
Amanda Douglas, Partner, Wynn Williams
Lunch Break
Making it easier to do business with smoother, secure invoicing–NZBN enabled e-Invoicing

Making it easier to do business with smoother, secure invoicing–NZBN enabled e-Invoicing

  • The New Zealand Business Number (NZBN) is enabling e-Invoicing to help smooth business transactions and save businesses even more time and money, both locally and globally
  • A look at what the NZBN is, the planned roadmap and key dates for e-Invoicing, and how your business can take advantage of these new business opportunities
Beth Williams, NZBN Manager, Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment
Rachel Munro, Business Readiness Manager, e-Invoicing, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
The adaptive accountant – Transforming the way you work
  • Methods for building and nurturing successful agile accounting teams
  • Proactive agile innovation and its role in maximising business potential
  • Top tips for avoiding the most commonly encountered pitfalls
Kirsty Allott, Director + Senior Consultant, Vargo + Lewis
Fraud watch – Detecting and resolving instances of fraud
  • Telltale signs of and proactive ways to counter 
  • employee fraud, customer fraud and loss in the supply chain 
  • Ways to encourage and better manage whistle blowing 
  • How to prevent a toxic work environment from developing during a fraud investigation 
Michael Leightley, Manager - Forensic Services, PwC
Afternoon Break
Changing times, changing standards – Redefining workplace ethics and relations
  • How #metoo and recent cases of workplace impropriety are changing expectations of workplace ethics
  • Subtle methods of fostering office culture change and gaining buy-in from staff
  • Rebuilding office trust and redefining ethics standards when set expectations have been breached
Alison Ogier-Price, Well-being Relationship Manager, Workplace Support
An interview with the CFO – Embedding sustainability into long-term forecasts
  • How technology will and already is changing the finance and accounting scene
  • Extended external reports and the role they play in sustainability planning decisions
  • Biggest business challenges and how the role has changed
  • Assisting with growth achievement through supporting board decisions
  • What skill sets do CFOs value and how can you upskill?
Kelvin Mason , Group Financial Controller, Meridian Energy
Innovation Case Study: Ekos
Sean Weaver, Executive Director, Ekos
Summary remarks from the Chair
Welcome back from the Chair
Prof. Adrian Sawyer, Professor of Taxation - UC Business School, University of Canterbury
The One Stop Accounting Standards Update: Recent and upcoming changes to your reporting requirements
  • New IFRS accounting standards and amendments effective for 2019 year-ends.
  • Other recently approved IFRS accounting standards and amendments.
  • Current accounting standards in development
Anthony Heffernan, Director of Accounting Standards, External Reporting Board
Gali Slyuzberg, Project Manager, External Reporting Board
Special Employment Law Update: Holidays Act review
  • An overview of what the Taskforce has recommended to date
  • If implemented, how will these proposals affect businesses?
  • What steps can be taken now to provide for a smooth implementation of any changes to the Holidays Act
Robert Thompson, Principal, IR Thompson Associates
Morning Break
Master Class: Extend External Reporting – Methods for reporting greater business value beyond just the finances
  • Identifying the data sets and measurements that best reflect the actual status and value of a business
  • Cost effective integrated reporting – ways to make it a team effort, where to source the required data and tools that can assist with creating the report
  • Driving long term value generation through extended external reports
  • A critique of the ‘best practices’ – both locally and globally
Simon Harvey, Executive Director, Proxima Consulting
The One Stop Tech Update: Shift Left – practical lessons learned from the IT world
  • What is the “shift left” concept and how can it be applied to financial systems
  • Exploring how this thinking can improve efficiency and engagement
  • Using “shift left” thinking to uncover errors in accounting faster
  • Applying these principals to pay day filing
Chris Mar, General Manager – Product and Compliance, Datacom Payroll
Lunch Break
The ripple effect - Reviewing how recent and proposed government reforms could affect business

Join Kirk Hope in a discussion focusing on key regulatory changes affecting businesses in New Zealand, and how these could affect the accounting and finance professional.

Kirk Hope, Chief Executive, BusinessNZ
Master Class: The One Stop Excel and PowerBI Update
  • Methods for efficiently storing, organising and analysing data
  • Techniques on how to get the most out of Excel
  • Exploring PowerBI’s the ability to analyse and summarise trends
  • Using PowerBI to give better visual representation to collected data
  • Important recent and upcoming updates for Excel and PowerBI
Danny Bedingfield, Trainer, Ace Training
Afternoon Break
The One Stop Health & Well-being Session: Building healthy work-life habits and preventing workplace burnout
  • Advice on creating opportunities for beneficial downtime outside of work
  • Techniques for reducing anxiety and stress, taking control and improving your mental well-being
  • Strategies for the moulding the work environment and culture to improve the well-being and productivity of all employees
Dr David Beaumont, Medical Director, Fit For Work
Closing remarks from the Chair and end of conference
Copyright © 2019 Conferenz Ltd.