Institute of Certified NZ Bookkeepers

Taking Care of Business

#Bookkeepcon21 is being held at the Rotorua Energy Events Centre on 30 and 31 July with a predicted attendance of 200+ delegates.

The event promises to be an exciting and insightful event, offering a great opportunity to meet with leading professionals in the industry while delivering a diverse and innovative programme.

Themed “Taking Care of Business”, #Bookkeepcon21 aims to recognise the significant contribution and assistance that bookkeepers in New Zealand have provided following the struggles of business arising from the global pandemic.

Bookkeepers in New Zealand have been at the heart of small and medium businesses, supporting them at a grass roots level. They ensuring their clients systems and processes are robust and current, provide accurate data with which clients can make sound business decisions with, and assist businesses with their compliance obligations. This position has shown bookkeepers are uniquely placed to facilitate the recovery of small to medium enterprises in New Zealand in the wake of the halt on trading imposed during the Alert Level 4 lockdown in early 2020. It demonstrates that bookkeepers are “Taking Care of Business”.

Energy Events Centre

Located in the central North Island, the Rotorua district has a multi-cultural population of approximately 77,000 people.

A city of spirit and adventure — Rotorua is an iconic international  visitor destination renowned for its Maori culture, geothermal activity and sensational outdoor activity environment. Only a short drive from magnificent mountains, a host of lakes and  the Pacific Ocean coastline, Rotorua offers a vast array of activities  and a comprehensive range of accommodation.

Downtown, there are over 250 shops and a selection of more than  50 restaurants to choose from. The majority of the city’s 13,000+ accommodation beds are within walking distance of our leading venues.

This premier tourism destination is well connected to the rest of  New Zealand and the world through a network of air and road links and is a leisurely 2.5 hour drive, or 40-minute flight from Auckland.  The Rotorua International Airport, is a mere 15-minute drive from the  city centre.

Rotorua is a city filled with adventure and excitement with endless choices to suit every itinerary.

Accomodation for delegates

Millennium HotelICNZB have partnered with Millennium Hotel in Rotorua to offer a discounted accomodation price for delegates of #Bookkeepcon21

Next to mystical Lake Rotorua and just a brief stroll from the city centre, Millennium Hotel Rotorua is an eco-friendly destination.

From here, experience Rotorua’s rich history, explore the thermal hot pools or the native bush, and even squeeze in a round of golf at one of Rotorua’s international golf courses. Their 227 rooms and suites feature residential-style decor with views of Lake Rotorua or the native garden. They also have accessible rooms for guests with special requirements. 7 meetings and event spaces are available and ideal for up to 400 people.

Perhaps the most unique feature there is its heating, provided by harnessing the hotel's natural geothermal resource. Take a dip in the heated pool or relax under the expert hands of our therapists in The Spa Rotorua.

There's free off-street parking and child-friendly facilities including a toddler pool. Millennium Rotorua is a Qualmark 4 Star Plus rated hotel with an Enviro-Gold status for its sustainability practices. Guests are invited to join the hotel in its endeavour to reduce waste to landfill.

A member of the Tourism Industry Aotearoa Sustainability Commitment, and the hotel embraces the Tiaki Promise to care for New Zealand.

Discounted accomodation rates

To book a discounted room rate online, please follow the below booking directions:

  • Go to -           
  • Under “Book a Room” enter stay dates, number of guests then click on “Advanced Search”
  • Enter ICNZB21 in the “Use a Group Code” field
  • Click “Book Now”
  • This will then show room types available to book and agreed discounted rates
  • Proceed with booking

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Meet the key sponsors and partners of #Bookkeepcon21

The Association is fortunate to have secured the support of the following key sponsors to help make #Bookkeepcon21 an event to remember.

These key sponsors will also be in attendance in our Trade Hall, which provides you with a a great opportunity to talk to them and learn all about what they do as valuable members in our industry.

We also acknowledge the Association's Founding Sponsor and Strategic Partner for their ongoing support of this event.


Key Event Sponsor

 crystal payroll

Event Sponsors



Event Partners

To be announced


Meal sponsors

 To be announced


Photobooth sponsor




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We are pleased to confirm the following exhibitors at #Bookkeepcon21


Crystal Payroll

The Crystal Payroll team is focused on the goal of making our customers’ lives easier by saving them time, streamlining their processes and reducing their stress levels. They continually strive to deliver the most secure, functional and straightforward online payroll system.



TMNZTMNZ is New Zealand’s leading IRD approved tax pooling provider. They are trusted by thousands of small and medium-sized businesses as well as some of New Zealand’s largest banks, state-owned enterprises and well-known corporate names. TMNZ sets the very highest security standards for reliable and secure management of their clients’ tax payments.



FlexitimeFlexiTime builds software that simplifies employment. They offer a range of integrated payroll, rostering and billing solutions to help their clients manage and pay employees. Their flagship payroll system, PayHero, makes payday super easy and gives you and your clients peace of mind by following MBIE’s latest Holidays Act guidance.



FundTapFundTap solves your businesses cash flow. They turn your outstanding invoices into cash now so you can run and grow your business. FundTap links with your accounting software (Xero, MYOB, QuickBooks, Reckon) to painlessly provide the finance you need. The application process takes 5 min and they can have funding to you within minutes.


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Michele A’Court

Master of Ceremonies

Michele ACourt

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.

David JenkinsDavid Jenkins, New Zealand Payroll Practioners Association

"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.

Debbie Mayo-SmithDebbie Mayo-Smith,

"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 BhattacharyaNeil Bhattacharya and Rob Gilmore, 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. 

Steven Mayo-SmithRobyn Pearce,

"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-SmithSteven 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.