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, Coopers Brewery

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. as she 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​
Speaker: TBC
Facilitator: Stacey Davies, Partner, Grant Thornton New Zealand

Stacey Davies, Partner, Grant Thornton will bring to us an intergenerational family business story via interview style.

Stacey started her chartered accounting career in 1993, before relocating to Sydney, Australia in 1998 where she worked in a global mid-tier chartered accounting firm. Whilst in Australia she also gained her Australian Chartered Accountant qualification. She joined Grant Thornton New Zealand in 2002, after four years in Sydney, and became a Partner in 2009.

Stacey’s experience covers a variety of ownership structures, with a diverse range of sizes from small entrepreneurial start ups to established multi-nationals. Most of these are owner operated or family enterprises, which is an aspect of the job she particularly enjoys.

Stacey values the importance of building strong relationships with her clients, helping to cut through the complexity and challenges of a growing business and working together with them to achieve their business goals.

Her clients are across a number of business industries including IT, professional services, healthcare, not for profit and construction which provides variety and insight across many sectors.

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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: The 12 dynamic principles - the key doctrines that guide us in life 
Speaker: Sir Graham Lowe (Lowie)​

Sir Graham Lowe (Lowie), has forged a reputation that transcends his position as a football coach and rugby league icon. From a sport which places a premium on macho image and physical rather than emotional prowess, Graham has moved beyond traditional masculine boundaries to appeal to a broad cross-section of New Zealand society, well outside the game of rugby league.

Graham began his coaching career in New Zealand in the late 1970s before rising to prominence at the helm of Brisbane Norths. He was the Kiwis' national coach from 1983-86 and spent three years at Manly (1990-92) and a season at North Queensland (1996).

Graham founded the Lowie Foundation which uses Lowie’s 12 Dynamic Principles to deliver a literacy and numeracy programme to 12 -19 year olds from disadvantaged backgrounds. His observations and general life lessons (from dropping out of school at 14 years old to surviving a series of strokes, heart attacks and brain aneurysms) has led to the formation of his 12 Dynamic Principles. These are the key doctrines that guide his life.
In 2018 Graham started working with the Department of Corrections New Zealand and developed the Kick for the Seagulls programme which uses sporting language to teach people in prison reading, writing and maths. In recognition of his contribution to New Zealand, in 2019 he was knighted for his services to youth and education.

Lowie will share with us his 12 Dynamic Principles and how this could be applied to a family business structure. He will also speak on leadership and teamwork in the workplace, how to build resilient teams and what it looks like to leave a legacy for the next generation.

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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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