Finance Minister to speak at inaugural Waikato Business Summit


Minister of Finance Steven Joyce speak with Waikato’s business leaders at this month’s inaugural Business Summit in Hamilton.

Joyce will speak about what the National-led Government is doing for businesses before then taking questions from the audience.

Business leaders will attend the Summit to listen to a who’s who of business give their insights into how New Zealand and global economies will fare over the next 10-30 years.

The Business Summit 2017, on February 22, is a joint collaboration between ANZ, BDO Waikato, Chartered Accountants NZ, Tainui Group Holdings, and Xero. The event will be held at the Hamilton Gardens and makes use of the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival infrastructure; the summit will be located in the Pacific Crystal Palace on the Governer’s Lawn.

It will see key industry figures speak about infrastructure in the upper North Island region and its impact on business; collaborative working relationships between New Zealand’s largest cities; business disruption and the IT revolution; and identification and minimisation of business risks.

BDO Waikato managing director Bernard Lamusse said it was important for business people to hear outstanding speakers and to spend time networking with each other to rejuvenate their businesses.

“We have an outstanding line-up of speakers who will offer valuable insight into our local and global economies and will contribute to discussions about key issues facing our region in terms of business growth,” said Lamusse.

Hamilton mayor Andrew King will be joined by Auckland deputy mayor Bill Cashmore, Tauranga deputy mayor Kelvin Clout, Tainui Group Holdings chief executive Chris Joblin and Hamilton City Council’s general manager city growth Kelvyn Eglinton for a panel discussion about the collective strengths of the upper North Island.

“The panel will examine issues that the business sector in the ‘Golden Triangle’ are facing, such as pressure on the housing market, infrastructure growth, attraction of skilled labour, and environmental concerns,” said Lamusse.

ANZ’s chief economist Cameron Bagrie will give his insights on Brexit, the election of Trump, and a host of other issues.

Anna Curzon, managing director of Xero New Zealand, will discuss the impact of the changing IT environment and other disruptors of business.

Break-out sessions will delve further into the upper North Island’s collective strengths, business risks and cyber security, market strategy, and sustainable business.

Business Summit 2017 is on Wednesday, February 22 at the Pacific Crystal Palace, Governer’s Lawn, Hamilton Gardens. Registrations open at 11.15am, followed by a networking lunch at 11.30am. Presentations begin at 12.30pm.

Tickets are $150 and includes lunch, afternoon tea, canapés and refreshments with live music from 5pm.


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