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Family Business New Zealand is proud to present the Family Business Insights New Zealand Conference on Tuesday, 21 June 2022 at the Hilton Auckland.


Bringing together the New Zealand family business community, immerse yourself in this half-day premier event as you connect, share and grow with your peers.


Boasting an unrivalled conference program, be inspired by high calibre speakers and a keynote presentation exploring topics including the importance of succession planning and transitioning to the next generation, corporate social responsibility, and what measures to put in place to create a sustainable business and lasting legacy.

Conference Agenda:

Optional  Leading Women in Family Business Morning Tea: 10.00am - 11.30am - click here for more detail 

Conference Registration: 11.30am - 12.00noon

Family Business Excellence Awards Lunch: 12:00noon - 1:00pm

Conference Program: 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Networking Drinks: 5:00pm - 6:00pm 

Family Business Excellence Awards


This year we will also be announcing and celebrating your local Family Business Excellence Awards winners over a two-course seated lunch before the program begins.

The Family Business Excellence Awards are proudly sponsored by FBNZ's National Gold Partner, Crombie Lockwood

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Conference Program:

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Keynote Session: 
​Topic: Coopers: 160 Years Strong
Speakers: Melanie Cooper & Andrew Cooper, Coopers Brewery
Facilitated by: Brad Scott, Managing Director, EWM Group

Coopers is a brewing family. It’s in their blood. Their passion for brewing has kept the family together and helped the business through economic recessions, wars, government imposts, changing tastes, pandemics and the occasional hostile takeover bid for over 150 years. 
With the incumbent generation in their 50’s and 60’s, it’s time to plan for the next transition. Australia’s leading family of brewers has restructured its senior management to enable the 5th generation to transfer from commercial to custodial roles while the upcoming 6th generation find their feet. The role of non-family executives will be key to this process. 
Join us as 5th Generation family member, Melanie Cooper AM, Director of Finance and Corporate Affairs, Company Secretary, Chair Coopers Brewery Foundation Inc and 6th Generation family member Andrew Cooper Export Beer and On Premise Manager,  as they share her insights on:
·       How the business is transitioning from the 5th to the 6th generation
·       The measures they have put in place to future-proof the business 
·       What it feels like to be the custodians of the Coopers legacy  

Family Business Interview​

Topic: Integrating Sustainability - working together on tomorrow
Speakers Michael Worth, Partner, and Environment & Sustainability Leader, Grant Thornton and Simon Lunjevich, Operations Director, Dempsey Wood
Facilitator: Stacey Davies, Partner, Grant Thornton New Zealand

Establishing a well-developed sustainability plan can bring tangible and intangible benefits to a family business.

A well-developed sustainability plan will help your company to mitigate risk and will position it to leverage opportunities for value creation. Sustainability is particularly relevant for family-owned businesses, which are strongly connected to communities and are oriented toward preserving wealth and ensuring success for future generations.

Michael Worth, Environment & Sustainability Leader at Grant Thornton will bring us quickly on board with understanding economic sustainability and how we can do our part to support the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development - to keep the planet flourishing, 30% of Earth needs protection by 2030.

Stacey Davies, Partner, Grant Thornton will then open up the conversation with family business member Simon Lunjevich, Managing Director, Dempsey Wood who will speak to how their earthworks and construction business has integrated sustainability into their business model. 

Simon will share some of the environmental compliance they have done to support their full circle construction business and how it fits into their long term strategy, alongside how the business now has reporting in place to link commercial gains to their sustainability efforts.

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Family Business Session: ​

Topic: Six Generations of Sparkle: A 200 Year old Jewellery Dynasty

Speaker: Grant Partridge, Managing Director, Partridge Jewellers

Facilitator: Iain Blakeley, Chairman, Family Business New Zealand

Few businesses in New Zealand can claim to have as prestigious a history as Partridge Jewellers. Family-operated since the 1800s, with the sixth generation now working in the business, it is a veritable dynasty —a fact that isn’t lost on its current leader, Grant Partridge. 


The business has a unique story spanning two countries and covers six generations. There is a common theme of family unity, the passing of knowledge and values from one generation to the next, and the highest commitment to craft, quality and service. 


Hear from Managing Director, Grant Partridge (5th Generation) as he discusses with FBNZ's Chairman, Iain Blakeley topics such as; how the Partridge family values and principals are at the forefront of business decision making, managing family and business dynamics and how family members and non-family work together in harmony.

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Keynote Session
Topic: Punching above your weight
Speaker: Dave Letele, Founder, BBM Program

Dave Letele’s life has been one of rise and fall, and in sharing the tough times he’s motivated thousands of New Zealanders to get fit and healthy. A retired professional boxer, he more recently is known for his own weight loss story and setting up the Brown Buttabean Motivation (BBM) programme in Manukau, Dave’s gyms provide a space to get fit, and is entirely free.


Understanding the financial barriers many people face, Dave also started the BBM FoodShare with the support of corporate sponsorship, signing a lease for a permanent standalone foodshare to help up to 700 whānau per week with food parcels. More recently, he has opened a community kitchen to help educate whānau and vulnerable people. His determination to see people well has led to the expansion of BBM with a new site in West Auckland.


Dave has created a non-judgmental atmosphere to encourage physical wellbeing through activity, giving a push-start he’s helped thousands to lose weight and live well. Dave shares with us how to build resilience in yourself and your teams, how family is at the centre of his life (and work) and what it means to leave a legacy for the next generation.


This keynote session is proudly sponsored by:

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Networking Drinks

Continue the celebrations after the conference program wraps up with networking drinks, canapes and to raise a glass to the 2022 Family Business Excellence Award winners.

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Optional Session
Leading Women in Family Business Morning Tea
10.00am - 11.30am

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Guest Speaker:
Bernice Mene, Former Silver Fern, Board Executive & Youth Advocate.


Former Silver Ferns captain Bernice Mene is inspiring in more ways than one! She’s got a degree in linguistics, has taught language at secondary school, sits on multiple national boards, and moves between the not-for-profit and corporate sectors, helping grow NZ’s next leaders!

Bernice Mene represented New Zealand playing netball for the Silver Ferns for 10 years, playing 78 tests. She captained the domestic team the Southern Sting from 1998 to 2003, with the team winning the National Bank Cup each year she captained except for 1998.

In 2003, Bernice was made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to netball. Bernice is also a TV host and reporter! She works as a netball commentator for Sky Sports alongside some of her old teammates, and you can find her show Healthy for Life on TVNZ on Demand. Bernice was appointed to the Netball New Zealand Board in July 2018.


A qualified secondary school languages teacher, Bernice was a Career Counsellor for Elite Performers, contracted to Paralympics NZ, Sport Auckland and Sport NZ, worked on numerous government projects, held television commentary and presenting roles, is a keynote speaker and most recently manages Hyundai NZ’s Pinnacle Programme.


Bernice will speak to:

  • Growing New Zealand’s next leaders

  • The parallels between her life as a young athlete and the next generation of female leaders

  • Leadership and decision making – the challenges in progressing towards gender equality

  • Barriers for female leaders and overcoming adversity


FBNZ Member (early bird)   $395

FBNZ Member (standard)    $495 

Non Member                           $540

Table of 8                                  $3,100

Leading Women in Family Business morning tea - $40 per person


Special accommodation rates are available at the Hilton Hotel - please contact the hotel directly using the code FBNZ to receive a discount.


Thank you to our sponsors and supporters

Conference Gold Sponsor

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Major Conference Supporter


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National Gold Partners

National Silver Partners

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