Combined Branch Meeting Programme

Sunday, 1 December 2019

Monday, 2 December 2019

Chateau Tongariro Hotel, Mt Ruapehu

Sunday, 1 December 2019 (optional)


6.15 pm - Networking and pre-dinner drinks

Ngauruhoe Window


7.00 pm - Dinner “All that glitters” – Sponsored by Civic Assurance

The Atrium


Monday, 2 December 2019

Tongariro Room – Sponsored by Datacom


8.45 am – Tea/coffee


9.00 am –  Welcome

Tanya Winter – SOLGM Midlands Branch President

Hamish Waugh – SOLGM Central Branch President


9.15 am –  Keynote speaker: Sarah Ulmer, ONZM and former Olympic Cyclist - Sponsored by Tompkins Wake

What is it like to smash world records and win NZ’s first cycling gold medal at the Olympics? Then how does a world class athlete make the transition from being on the world stage to being a parent and contributing back to the very communities that supported them? Sarah Ulmer will take us on her inspirational personal journey from 2004 in Athens to today in Cambridge where she is a mum to two gorgeous girls, Lily and Emily, and an ambassador for the NZ Cycle Trails.


10.15 am – Freshwater reforms

Marianne Mackintosh – Tompkins Wake

Marianne Mackintosh will give us an update on the latest government proposals for freshwater reforms.


10.45 am – Developing an ethical culture

Jane Arnott – Institute of Business Ethics

If you were lucky enough to attend Jane’s session at the recent SOLGM Summit in Napier, then you already know how engaging she is as a presenter and how interesting this topic is. If you have not heard Jane speak before, you are in for a treat!

If compliance is the priority focus, are we overlooking the role of values in building an ethical culture, warding off reputation and conduct risk and enabling positive engagement as we work to serve communities? The session will draw on two NZ research based publications - ‘Setting the Tone: A New Zealand Perspective on Ethical Business Leadership,’ – co-authored by Jane, and ‘Ethics at Work’ a country based survey, that interviews NZ employees about their place of work, their beliefs and their behaviours.

In this session Jane will cover:

About IBE – scene setting and very brief

Ethics at Work – key insights

Ethics and Compliance – why ethics can enable compliance but how compliance alone may not enable ethics

Speak up – why it is critical and a hallmark of an ethical culture, why training is essential and what other tools can help.


11.30 am – Quiz time

Graham Bunn, Ōtorohanga District Council

Let Quizmaster Graham lighten up the day with some fun and brain teasing questions that stimulate both the mind and the appetite!


12.00 noon – Buffet lunch – Sponsored by AskYourTeam

Upstairs Ruapehu Room


12.45 pm – Lifting the bar on diversity and inclusion, to create diversity of thought and cultures of involvement

Jen McKay – AskYourTeam

Diversity and inclusion is a hot topic in HR right now, but has anyone really cracked it in terms of building a truly diverse and inclusive organisation?  Jen McKay, Client Services Director at AskYourTeam, argues that realising the diversity dividend requires a new understanding of diversity that extends beyond demographic differences to embrace diversity of thinking as well.  In her presentation Jen will lead us into how different thinking styles can complement each other and what styles makes the best leaders.  She says it’s time to move away from command and control leadership towards a new model that’s based on leadership by involvement. The key to building this new model into the DNA of our organisations requires, is not just a shift in leaders’ attitudes, but an intelligent use of technology to support these cultures of involvement.


1.30 pm –  Te Ara Wai – pathways through Waipa history – proposed new museum and interactive journeys product

Debbie Lascelles - Waipa District Council


2.15 pm –  Group photo

Put on your best smile for a photo against the stunning backdrop at the Ngauruhoe Window!


2.30 pm –  Pecha Kucha (Google it!)

What can five Chief Executives do with twenty slides and twenty seconds per slide?


3.15 pm –  Close of meeting