Master of Ceremonies
Winner of “Female Comedian of the Decade” at the 2010 NZ Comedy Guild Awards, Michèle A’Court is a stand-up comedian, writer, social commentator and corporate MC.
Michèle is a frequent voice on RNZ National’s “9 to Noon” and “The Panel”; and she has been writing a weekly newspaper column on social issues since 2008, which is published in “Your Weekend” magazine with the Press, the DomPost and Waikato Times, and also on the Stuff website.
She has written two bestselling books: “How We Met” (2018) and “Stuff I Forgot To Tell My Daughter” (2015) both published by Harper Collins.
Her international experience as a stand-up comedian includes work in the United States, Canada, the UK, Australia, Papua New Guinea and East Timor. She has been working as an after-dinner speaker, event host and conference MC for more than 20 years.
Michèle is Chair of “The Aunties” Trust, a grassroots charity for women and children in need. She is also Patron of the Moving & Handling Association of NZ (MHANZ) which cares for carers in the health sector. Michèle is a proud member of Actors’ Equity, and a Life Member of the NZ Comedy Guild.
"A payroll update from NZPPA"
Friday, 30 July 2021 at 1:15pm
David Jenkins is the founder and CEO of the New Zealand Payroll Practitioners Association (NZPPA). With more than twenty-five years of consulting experience at a senior level in New Zealand, Australia, and globally, he specialises in payroll and human resource management, employee relations, personnel learning and development, and information technology (payroll and HRIS). As a well-respected industry professional in the field of payroll, David is known for providing engaging and dynamic informational sessions on all aspects of payroll.
"Creative SMarketing: How To Improve Profit. Promotion. Productivity"
Saturday, 31 July 2021 at 2:15pm
You are going to love this session with free, easy and resourceful ideas and tips for you to improve your business success. client acquisition and retention. Without fluff or filler, Debbie will give you tip after tip to:
- Grow your income.
- Use Google to improve your online presence
- Free up time
All from minimal effort.
Entertaining and practical, Debbie is one of the worlds leading business productivity experts as well as one of the most sought after results oriented speakers and trainers in Australasia.
Like you, Debbie is a parent, a partner, heavily involved in business. Debbie’s achievement is that as a mother with a young family, she started a business from scratch, grew it to a 6-figure annual income, built an enviable international reputation, became a bestselling author of sixteen books, a media columnist – all in a short timeframe and on a miniscule budget.
You will not only be inspired and motivated - you will learn fabulous tips to become much more effective and efficient.
Neil Bhattacharya and Rob Gilmore, Tax Management NZ
"TMNZ is Provisional Tax"
Saturday, 31 July 2021 at 11:15am
TMNZ has been helping small businesses over a decade to manage cashflow better and help save thousands by using tax pooling. We will show you how this works, how this benefits your client and, adds value to your client conversations. We are in the business of making paying tax easier. This session is presented by Neil Bhattacharya, a customer success strategist heading client services and delivery at TMNZ and Rob Gilmore, who leads the team at TMNZ responsible for managing the majority of smaller accounting firms including bookkeepers.
"Getting a Grip on Time for Over-worked Bookkeeping Professionals"
Friday, 30 July 2021 at 1:15pm
Business people everywhere say they don't have enough time. You know the constant time challenges - life is fast-paced, everything seems to be rapidly changing, you’ve got ridiculous amounts of email to handle daily, interruptions are non-stop, the open-plan office might be driving you nuts and it's a constant struggle to balance work, family, and other interests.
If you’ve ever felt that there’s never enough hours in the day, that life is just too busy, and you wish you could get more time for the activities and people you love to be with, you’ll look forward to spending time with international time management specialist Robyn Pearce CSP. Bring your questions for this interactive session.
Steven Mayo-Smith, Independent Business Consultant
"Don’t Get Hacked! How to Protect Yourself"
Saturday, 31 July 2021 at 1:30pm
While attacks on large organizations make the news, approximately 46% of all attacks are aimed at small businesses with a high success rate.
How can you trust that the email you get from a regular client is actually from them? It could be a disguised virus.
Is your business, like so many others, unprepared and particularly susceptible to hacks and breaches?
This session will help you to protect yourself and your business.
Steven is an independent business consultant, working with a range of business on their technology transformation and growth strategies. Previously he led Digital and Health High Impact Programmes for New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and is well versed in the topic he is presenting for our delegates.