Hon David Parker

Born in Roxburgh in 1960, David grew up in Dunedin and has a BCom (Acctg) and LLB from the University of Otago.
He was a litigation and managing partner in law firm Anderson Lloyd and was a co-founder of the Dunedin Community Law Centre.
David is an experienced CEO and company director in a range of industries and has experienced both success and failure. He was involved in a number of start-up businesses in the agri-biotechnology field including A2 Milk, and BLIS Technologies which he managed from start-up to the main board of the NZX.
He held various Ministerial portfolios in the last Labour-led Government including Attorney-General, Energy, Climate Change, Transport, Land Information and State Services. In 2008 he was named by the Listener magazine as Environmentalist of the Year for his work as Minister of Energy and Climate Change. He pioneered New Zealand’s emissions trading scheme, then described by many as the most significant environmental reform in NZ for decades.
In opposition his roles included Deputy Leader of the New Zealand Labour Party and spokesperson on Finance, Trade and Export Growth.
After the 2017 election, David was named a minister in the Jacinda Ardern-led government. He was appointed Attorney-General, Minister for Economic Development, Environment, Trade and Export Growth, and Associate Minister of Finance but Minister Phil Twyford assumed the Economic Development role in a minor reshuffle in July.
He maintains strong interests in the protection of civil liberties, as well as economic and environmental policy.
David pursues policies which both enhance economic growth and address the growing extremes between rich and poor in New Zealand, while protecting the environment.
David is a keen tramper and skier.


NEXT:  Thriving in the Decade of Disruption.  Matt Church VIRTUAL

The next 10 years are expected to be some of the most challenging we have experienced across every industry and sector. From robots to outsourcing and disruptive business models our world is changing rapidly: how schools are run, money is made and teams of people work together is all up for grabs. Massive technological and social shifts are demanding that we all turn up as the best version of ourselves. This session explores the imperative for all of us to be more human in a world technology is turning upside down.  Matt’s presentations are high energy, interactive and top-rated.

Matt, leadership expert, founder of Thought Leaders and author of ten leadership books so far.  He communicates with deep focus, commercial clarity and a razor sharp wit on three things: removing fear and replacing it with confidence, removing confusion and replacing with certainty and mobilising people in pursuit of a better future.  His presentation will be smart, funny and thought provoking.

In 2014 he was inducted into the professional speaker Hall of Fame having received the service, education and excellence awards from the professional speaker’s association. Globally the International Federation of Professional Speakers recognised him as one the top 21 most influential people in the industry on the planet. E-Speakers, the largest industry marketplace puts him as one of the Top10 motivational speakers globally.

Update on the Economy.  Kevin Stirrat, Forsyth Barr


What you need to know…

Kevin Stirrat joined Forsyth Barr in 2005. He has over 35 years of experience in the areas of money market research, trading and sales, liability management, fixed income distribution, balance sheet management and asset management.

Kevin is the Director/Strategy, Wealth Management Research for Forsyth Barr. He provides dedicated research on global macro themes for New Zealand based investors including key asset allocation implications. He has specific responsibilities for firm wide tactical asset allocation and currency hedging decisions. He also leads the investment strategy discussion within the Forsyth Barr Investment Committee.

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Hot Topic Procurement.  Tara Macmillan, Waka Kotahi NZ  Transport Agency

Tara is passionate about unlocking the ability of Procurement teams to add greater value within organisations through early involvement; driving innovation through the development of new methods and approaches; leveraging procurement to deliver and realise greater outcomes, including social outcomes for New Zealand; and attracting and growing procurement capability across all public sector in New Zealand.

Tara will share her thoughts on the challenges faced by the infrastructure sector in New Zealand and what Waka Kotahi is doing to address these challenges through a significant shift in procurement approach.

Tara Macmillan is the Senior Manager Procurement for Waka Kotahi NZ  Transport Agency and has had over 15 years’ experience in Supply Chain and procurement-related disciplines across Australia and New Zealand.
Over the past 14 years Tara has held senior supply chain and leadership roles across a number of industries, including grocery, mining, electricity and – more recently – infrastructure. Tara joined Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency to lead the procurement function through a period of unprecedented change, with a key focus on capital infrastructure procurement.  

Hot Topic Energy Remix.  Keith Turner

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Update on the NZ Infrastructure Commission.  Dr. Alan Bollard


Dr Bollard will provide an update on the NZ Infrastructure Commission

Dr Alan Bollard is a Professor of Practice at Victoria University of Wellington. He has extensive experience as a senior public servant. He has previously  held  roles  as  the Executive  Director  of  the  Asia  Pacific  Economic  Cooperation  (APEC)  Secretariat, Governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, and Chief Executive and Secretary to the New Zealand Treasury.
He holds a PhD in Economics and an honorary Doctor of Laws from Auckland University.



Panel | Our Future Workforce.  Dr Alan Bollard, Pete Hodgson and Peter Silcock


Dr Alan Bollard is a Professor of Practice at Victoria University of Wellington. He has extensive experience as a senior public servant. He has previously  held  roles  as  the Executive  Director  of  the  Asia  Pacific  Economic  Cooperation  (APEC)  Secretariat, Governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, and Chief Executive and Secretary to the New Zealand Treasury.
He holds a PhD in Economics and an honorary Doctor of Laws from Auckland University




Peter Silcock is the chief Executive of Civil Contractors New Zealand or CCNZ the organisation representing over 600 companies that build and maintain New Zealand’s Infrastructure. He has been a strong advocate of the need for a more reliable pipeline of work and improved procurement practices to enable contractors to build their capability and capacity.
Peter has also been involved in the rollout of CCNZ Civil Trades Apprenticeship Scheme and the development of CCNZ’s EPIC Careers in infrastructure campaign.



Hon. Pete Hodgson is a retired veterinarian and politician. He was a Cabinet Minister from 1999 –2008. His portfolios included Climate Change Policy, Commerce, Economic Development, Education (tertiary), Energy, Fishing, Forestry, Land Information, Health, Science and Innovation, Statistics and Transport. 
He chairs the Southern Partnership Group for the Dunedin Hospital project, is chair of Callaghan Innovation Ltd, and is on the board of Otago Innovation Ltd and two biotechnology start ups. He is the NZ independent Chair of the Australia and New Zealand Council for the Care of Animals in Research and Teaching (ANZCCART).



Dr Caroline Orchiston  

Caroline’s background in both earth and social sciences involves research on aspects of tourism disaster resilience and recovery, community and business resilience, and scenario planning for impacts to critical infrastructure and emergency management during earthquake disasters. Her PhD and Postdoctoral research investigated tourism in areas of high seismic risk (Southern Alps and Canterbury, New Zealand), focussing on pre-disaster planning and preparedness (Alpine Fault zone) and post-disaster impacts and recovery amongst tourism enterprises and stakeholders (Canterbury earthquake sequence). Since 2010, Caroline has also been involved in a longitudinal study of community preparedness and awareness to natural hazards in Washington State, USA in collaboration with GNS Science, Washington State Emergency Management and the United States Geological Survey. She is an Affiliate Researcher at both the Joint Centre for Disaster Research (Massey Wellington and GNS Science) and Resilient Organisations (Christchurch).

Caroline’s passion is for applied research that makes a different to our society, particularly in building social capital through networks and connections, and working with communities to build resilience.