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.
After the 2020 election, he is now the Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment, Minister of Revenue, Minister for Oceans and Fisheries, and Associate Minister of Finance.
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 Eliminating COVID-19: The NZ experience and wider implications. Prof. Michael Baker

Michael Baker is a public health physician and Professor in the Department of Public Health at the University of Otago, Wellington. 
He is a member of the Ministry of Health’s Covid-19 Technical Advisory Group (TAG).  Michael has taken a leading role in formulating New Zealand’s elimination strategy against this pandemic. He has established a programme of research on the epidemiology, prevention and control of Covid-19 in New Zealand and internationally (Co-Search) with support from the Health Research Council of New Zealand.
Michael has long-standing research interests in infectious diseases, environmental health, and housing and health. His research has contributed to improvements in infectious disease control, immunisation, food safety, and housing conditions.
He is an active media commentator and member of New Zealand’s Science Media Centre Advisory Board.  He has worked internationally with the World Health Organisation on a range of projects including the International Health Regulations, and Measles and Rubella elimination.

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, Hon Pete Hodgson, Sanchia Jacobs and Peter Silcock

This Panel is being brought together to provide an opportunity for thought provoking discussion on challenges in resourcing New Zealand’s infrastructure sector.

Our national infrastructure sector is facing a challenge due to a large increase in predicted forward workload. This has been brought on through major infrastructure projects, a growing surge of planned work, increasing public expectations, and the changes created through significant regulatory reform.

The Panel will look at the number and nature of the skills we are going to require, and how we are going to find, train and retain these people. A strong labour resource, made up of people of all ages and related professions will be needed. The Panel will discuss the role required of the various infrastructure organisations and sectors, with consideration given to the changes in the procurement and delivery of projects that may be likely, or beneficial. Inefficiencies in delivering projects will be discussed. And importantly, the Panel will reflect on what will make the infrastructure industry an enjoyable and challenging career from an individual’s perspective, and the soft skills that will be required.


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



Sanchia Jacobs – CEO Central Otago District Council, VP Society of Local Government Managers, Local Government Advisor to the Auditor-General, NZ Eisenhower Fellow.
Sanchia is an experienced public service leader whose career has traversed the globe, primarily in international, economic and operations roles. She has worked in both central and local government – a New Zealand diplomat and trade negotiator prior to taking up a series of leadership positions at Auckland Council, including as the Manager of Global Partnerships and Strategy, and the senior role of Executive Officer Operations. When she began leading Central Otago District Council she became an infrastructure professional by default. Something she only really clicked to after the fact!

Sanchia is driven by a desire to effect positive change and leave a legacy for future generations. Her reputation is as a strategic leader committed to building a vibrant local government sector. She is committed to helping design the future of local government – ensuring enhanced service delivery and a forward-looking workforce that is change responsive, and equipped with the right skills for the dynamic environment in which they work.

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).




More than pipes and concrete– engineers putting people first for best outcomes. Dr Caroline Orchiston 

These days it isn’t enough to simply design a functional bridge or build a waste water plant. Engineers need to have their finger on the pulse of the community, and understand their unique motivations and challenges. Acknowledging these issues is vital in meeting expectations and delivering fit-for-purpose projects. But how can this be achieved? Caroline will share some of her recent experiences of co-creating with interdisciplinary teams to deliver AF8 [Alpine Fault magnitude 8] science into practice to improve the South Island’s resilience for a future major Alpine Fault earthquake.

Dr. Orchiston is Deputy Director of the Centre for Sustainability, University of Otago, and Science Lead for Project AF8. Her background is in earth science, and has transitioned over the last decade into applied hazard social science. Her recent work has involved close collaboration with Civil Defence Emergency Management for AF8 (Alpine Fault magnitude 8), which aims to improve our collective response capability for a future South Island earthquake, and to outreach the science to improve risk awareness and preparedness. She is funded by Resilience to Nature’s Challenges (National Science Challenge) and QuakeCoRE for various projects investigating aspects of societal resilience to disasters, including heritage precincts in Oamaru, Wellington CBD cordoning and rural resilience in multi-hazard environments. In her spare time Caroline has three children and a busy family life, and occasionally does the garden and plays her guitar.