Institute of Certified NZ Bookkeepers

Bookkeepers Leading the Way

We are a true profession, and are exceptionally essential in business

Bookkeepers are leading the way. We lead the way in our client's businesses by working alongside them as thought leaders to help them make effective business decisions. We stay ahead and relevant as industry experts, also leading our own businesses and teams to success.

For the first time, we are pleased to bring #Bookkeepcon to the South Island, where our fantastic association started in Christchurch!

#Bookkkeepcon19 is dedicated to helping you continue to grow and develop as a bookkeeper and business leader.

Key topics   

  • Hear from the Minister of Small Business, Hon. Stuart Nash
  • Updates from IRD, ACC and NZBN
  • The latest on AML
  • Breakout sessions for new bookkeepers on topics such as growing in your career, your bookkeeping business and marketing to help attract clients
  • Breakout sessions for advanced bookkeepers on topics such as advisory, value add services, running an efficient business and leading your teams
  • Everything ICNZB
  • Hear from our sponsors and strategic partners on the latest in our industry.

Members interaction

  • Members forum
  • Multiple opportunities to network with exhibitors and sponsors
  • Networking drinks on both evenings
  • Saturday evening Awards Dinner
  • Providing an opportunity for your reflection and input into the year that was, and the years to follow


We are looking forward to another fantastic conference this year and hope to see you there!


In order to allow attendees to plan travel to the event, we advise the below timings:

Day 1 – 26 July 2019Day 2 – 27 July 2019
  • 8:00am registrations
  • 9:00am start of conference
  • Morning and afternoon tea, and lunch will be provided
  • Conference will conclude at 5:00pm
  • Networking drinks from 5:00pm – 6:00pm
  • Conference resumes at 9:30am
  • Morning and afternoon tea, and lunch will be provided
  • Annual General Meeting will be held at 3:30pm
  • Conference will conclude at 5:30pm
  • Free time between 5:30pm – 6:30pm
  • Networking drinks from 6:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Seated awards dinner will be from 7:30pm

Our official agenda will be released in due course, please check back when we announce its release


Event tickets include attendance at all sessions across both days, networking drinks and the gala dinner. Ticket pricing is GST inclusive.

Ticket typeEarly bird valid until 16 June 2019Normal rate
Members  $395  $495
Non-members $495 $595
Additional gala dinner guests N/A $99

Group discount

Company bookings for 3 or more staff members from the same organisation may get a 10% discount on their booking. Please contact to register as a group.

This is a great opportunity for members to bring along their business partners who may not yet be members to take advantage of networking opportunities, or for those thinking of joining our community to find our first hand from our members the benefits of what we can offer.

Registrations close 14 July 2019

This year's conference will take place at the Chateaux on the Park, Christchurch. Please use the group code GCEHL when making your booking.

Located on the edge of tranquil Hagley Park on a 5-acre property – boasting a vineyard, a beautiful rose garden, heated outdoor pool and a modern fitness room… and all only 2.9km from the city. Accomodation also includes complimentary shuttle to select CBD locations.

Parking: The venue has over 160 car parks

Other close by accommodation options: The Towers on the Park, Parkview on Hagley, Ashley Court Motel.

Things to do and shopping:

Join MC Leanne Berry at #Bookkeepcon19

Do not miss the chance to attend and meet executives from key players in the New Zealand bookkeeping market. Join us as we host leading experts from premium providers, as well as topical break out sessions from knowledgeable presenters.

Day 1 | Friday, 26 July 2019

Time                               Session
8:00am - 9:00am Registrations
9:00am – 9:15am Opening from President - Di Crawford-Errington
9:15am – 9:30am

Xero address

Presenter - Melanie Morris, Xero

9:30am – 10:00am Keynote Address  
Minister of Small Business Hon. Stuart Nash

The Minister will join us to talk about his priorities for the Small Business portfolio and an update on what government is doing to support small businesses.
10:00am – 10:45am

Government agencies

ACC, IRD and NZBN will share the latest on what’s happening in their agencies plus changes that are relevant to small business and bookkeepers.

Presenters - Beth Williams, Cheryl Newcombe, Rochelle Cole, and Tiri Connell

10:45am – 11:15am Morning Tea
11:15am – 12:00pm

Preparing your bookkeeping practice for a digital future

The future may indeed be disruptive for bookkeepers, but it also represents an opportunity that needs to be harnessed to drive innovation and fuel growth.

How do you ready your practice against disruption in a digital age? How do you maintain and grow your client base while delivering an exceptional experience?

Come and understand how technology can be used to drive innovation in your practice and its importance in realising efficiencies in business processes. 

We believe that innovations in cloud technologies and the availability of data are the catalyst to drive new opportunities and practice growth. The marriage of technology change and compliance changes - such as Pay Day Filing – will become the new standard via data integration with the Government and we need to get on top of this now.

As a Bookkeeping practice owner, you are in the driver’s seat and have more tools than ever before, such as the simplicity & choice offered through the Reckon One solution. But tools alone are not enough, how can training and enablement play a vital role in this journey? We’ll show you, alongside a host of new ways to do business as a modern bookkeeping practice.

Presenter - Sam Allert

12:00pm – 12:45pm AML
12:45pm – 1.45pm Lunch
1:45pm – 2:30pm

Breakout 1

New Bookkeepers | Leading the way in your career

Now you’re certified, now what? What is your why? What are the different pathways open to you? Own your own business, work in a practice, or become a contractor. A panel will discuss the pros and cons of each and what you need to know and have in place, how to identify your knowledge gaps, checklists and resources available to you, personal growth, where to get further experience, support, education and building key relationships.

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Advanced Bookkeepers | Running a LEAN business

What is lean thinking and how can it help my bookkeeping business, and my clients’ businesses? Learn the fundamentals of lean to improve business results and better serve your clients.

Presenter – Stephanie Crawford, Business Headspace

2:30pm – 3:15pm Xero
Humans developing AI for humans

Want to learn about how to embrace new technology to maximise your bookkeeping skills? Join Melanie as she explores how artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning will transform the world of bookkeeping. You’ll also get to learn about the financial services transformation journey and what to expect in the future.

Presenter - Melanie Morris, Xero
3:15pm – 3:45pm Afternoon Tea
3:45pm – 4:30pm Everything ICNZB

Everything ICNZB in a nutshell. We’ll be talking Badges, CPD, Regional Director’s, webinars, member benefits available to you and our Bookkeeper Roadshows.
4:30pm – 5:30pm Members Forum

The members forum is your chance to have your say. It’s for members to discuss anything about the Association and ask any questions you may have. You can submit questions ahead of time as answers may require some research, otherwise the team will do their best to answer them on the day.
5:30pm – 6.30pm Drinks sponsored by Stephanie Crawford - Business Headspace

Day 2 | Saturday, 27 July 2019

Time                                 Session
9:30am –10:15am The Skills Organisation - Principle Conference Sponsor
10:15am - 10:45am

Startup, Scale to Succession: Tales from the Front Line

This fireside chat session hosted by Mel Power, Founder of Kickstart for Bookkeepers Program, features four NZ bookkeepers all at different stages of their business share their real-life experiences and lightbulb moments around how they achieved success in their businesses. What were the key things that links these four brilliant women together in success even though they had totally different businesses? Make sure you are this session to find out, and we will have time for open Q&A.

Presenter - Melanie Power

10.45am - 11:15am Morning Tea
11:15am – 12:00pm NZ Payroll Practitioners Association

Hear the latest updates on legislation and payroll issues with the Holidays Act and learn about our newly formed relationship with NZPPA and the release of the new payroll training courses.

Presenter - David Jenkins, NZPPA
12:00pm – 12:45pm MYOB
How to price payroll

Scot will discuss the different methods for pricing payroll services and the pros and cons of each based on his work with Bookkeepers around NZ. He will also be sharing advice for having pricing conversations with clients, and tips on how to sell the value bookkeepers provide beyond the transactional payroll processing.

Presenter – Scot Meek, Payroll Solutions Consultant, MYOB
12:45pm – 1:45pm Lunch
1:45pm - 2:30pm

Breakout 2

New Bookkeepers | Marketing and building your online presence

In this session you’ll learn how to create a one-page marketing map that works for your business and understand the essentials of what makes an effective website, with Simple steps to getting found online and converting visitors to clients.

Presenters: Grant Johnson, Rocketspark and Scott Wilson, Digital Influence

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Advanced Bookkeepers | Leading your clients with advisory and consultancy

Is it a natural progression that a “Professional Bookkeeper” will deliver advisory or consultancy services to clients? If you are wanting to add value to clients beyond compliance, then this session, taken by a panel of our very own bookkeepers, is for you. Know your client, understand their business, and demonstrate your value!

2:30pm – 3:15pm

Breakout 3

New Bookkeepers | Getting ready for leading a team

Learn the differences between management and leadership and having a director mentality for expanding, getting ready for the growth and setting up the foundations for having a team.   

Presenter - Lisa Martin, Go Figure 2005

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Advanced Bookkeepers | Leading your teams and organisational values

A great Accounting/Bookkeeping “Technician” is not always a great Manager or Leader. Important skills need to be learned or coached and take time to build, often over years. In this session you will learn about workplaces that work, building healthy teams, growing your human capital and cultivating a winning team culture for success.

Presenter – Cathy Shepperd, BSI People Skills

3:15pm – 3:45pm

Afternoon Tea

3:45pm – 4:15pm

Personal wellness  

We must first and foremost take care of ourselves so we can lead our businesses well and be our best possible selves. Lifestyle management, work-life balance, preventing burnout, stress management, handling your emotions, confidence, tackling obstacles and general wellbeing.

Presenter - Kathryn Jackson, Career Balance

4:15pm – 4.45pm

Conference close and prize draws (by exhibitors)

4.45pm - 5:45pm

Annual General Meeting

5:45pm – 6:30pm

Free time

6:30pm – 7:30pm

Drinks sponsored by Flexitime

7:30pm to 11:00pm

Awards Dinner


Please note: changes may be made to this program right up until the event.

ICB Conference App

See the below video on how to set up the ICB Conference App before you attend the conference. 

The ICB Conference App will give you detail on the Agenda, Exhibitors and Speakers prior to the day, as well as access to Q&A and Live Polls on the day. 

For downloadable instructions, please click here.