Tuesday 20 August 2019


Registration opens


Opening remarks from the Chairperson

Jane Parker, HRM and Employment Relations, School of Management, Massey University


Introduction from the Event Partner

Kenny Addison, NZ Country Manager, New Zealand. ELMO Cloud HR & Payroll


KEYNOTE SESSION – How to be a successful leader

Karen Walker CNZM is one of New Zealand’s foremost fashion entrepreneurs, presiding over an international business empire. In this inspiring and empowering keynote, she will share rare insight into how she achieved personal and professional success.

  • How to be a resilient and agile leader
  • Tips for being a strong female leader
  • Developing the mindset for professional success

Karen Walker, Entrepreneur & Fashion Designer


Preventing bullying and harassment in the workplace

Addressing conflict has become a rising concern in the workplace. As mediators, how can we successfully prevent and prepare to handle workplace bullying and harassment?

  • What resources and tools can employees and managers use to deal with bullying and harassment?
  • Best-practices of implementing anti-bullying programs
  • How to manage existing long-term issues of mistreatment
  • Communicating incidents within the organisation

Karen Didovich, Director of HR and Organisational Development, NZ Blood


Morning tea


PANEL: Powering your performance management programs

In this thought-provoking panel, HR leaders from three very different organisations will share their experience in changing the way they measure, evaluate and recognise employee performance.

  • Leveraging technology for check-ins and continuous feedback
  • Coaching managers to deal with difficult conversations
  • Gleaning insights from performance data

Toby Cooper, Head of People Experience, Kiwibank
Estelle Curd, Group CRM, HR and Health & Safety Manager, Armstrong Motor Group
Fiona Masson, Group Human Resources Manager, Lifewise NZ
Ashley Siddall, Regional Director, Gallup NZ

James Warren, Special Counsel, Kensington Swan


Engaging employees by transforming their digital experience

Employees today expect the same level of functionality from workplace technology as they have in their everyday lives. With everything from professional development to performance management now relying on employee and manager self-service tools, where does this leave HR?

This session will cover:

  • What employees, HR and executives expect technology to deliver
  • How self-service functionality has changed HR service delivery
  • Enhancing the employee experience (EX) with technology
  • How to refine on-demand HR services using personalised “nudges” that benefit both the employee and the organisation

Kenny Addison, NZ Country Manager, New Zealand. ELMO Cloud HR & Payroll


Networking lunch


Case study: Leading cultural transformation using data 

Ebeny will discuss cultural transformation and how it starts with behavioural insights, specifically around the need to identify dysfunctional workplace behaviours before you can correct them.  By extracting the answers you need from your internal communications and collaboration data, you can identify the behaviours that help — and hurt — your bottom line. We will explore examples of using data to:

  • Improve efficiencies and maximise the most precious resource — time
  • Reduce job-related stresses that undermine business performance
  • Simplify complex practices and eliminate process friction
  • Increase employee engagement, accountability and retention

Ebeny Firth, HR Lead, New Zealand, Microsoft


PANEL: How to win the war for talent

Employers in New Zealand are locked in competition to employ and develop the best talent. What’s the secret to engaging top performing candidates? What are the key strategies for retaining and developing talent once it’s in the door?

  • What are the best apps and tools for sourcing top candidates?
  • Using technology to deliver a competitive candidate experience – smarter, faster
  • and seamless
  • Compensation, total compensation and rewards – how to provide a compelling total package whatever your budget
  • New approaches for retaining talent
  • Fostering leadership in talent through ongoing training programs

Shehzad Lalwani, General Manager, Human Resources – Global Consumer & Food Services, Fonterra
Shirvani Mudaly, Chief People Officer, Vend
Claire McManus, Regional HR Director, APAC, Edelman
Lenore Stevenson – Comer, People Capability Manager, Connetics

Jane Parker, HRM and Employment Relations, School of Management, Massey University


Afternoon refreshment & networking break


Employment law: Mitigating risks surrounding the Holidays Act 2003

The Holidays Act 2003 continues to create systemic compliance issues in the workplace due to its payroll system implementation and rigid structure that fails to reflect the current employment landscape. How can organisations remain compliant and avoid legal implications?

  • Common mistakes in calculation and how to avoid them
  • Updates on case law – what can we learn from recent cases?
  • What legislative changes can we expect in the coming years?

Charlotte Parkhill, Partner, Kensington Swan


PANEL: Meet the trailblazers of data-driven HR

New Zealand’s leading HR data innovators will share their success strategies in developing the infrastructure, teams and processes to collect and analyse data that informs their leadership decision-making.

  • Choosing the right tools to collect reliable, accurate data
  • Accuracy and data integrity – overcoming issues of honesty and transparency
  • Comparing various data mining tools – which solution is best?
  • Flexible reporting versus customised reports – choosing the right reporting method
  • At what scale can we generate useful meta-reports?
  • Developing the technical and human infrastructure to capitalise on data
  • How to create beautiful, useful, customisable and dynamic HR data sets


Ryan Ghisi, General Manager, Global People Programs, Xero
Digna Toresen, HR Director, New Zealand, IBM
Katie Williams, Head of HR Centres of Expertise, Vodafone
Amy Archer, Workforce Strategy and Analytics Manager, Auckland Council

Jane Parker, HRM and Employment Relations, School of Management, Massey University


Closing remarks from the chair and end of conference