Welcome to this year’s workshop in the beautiful setting of Martinborough. Our range of workshop events and guest speakers have been carefully chosen for their valued contribution to our industry. We hope you enjoy!

Thursday 10th March


11:30 am — Te Waihinga Centre

Open for registrations


1:00 pm — Te Waihinga Centre

Opening act

Kuranui College Jazz Band


1:15 pm — Te Waihinga Centre

Official welcome

Paul Turner – Convenor


1:20 pm — Te Waihinga Centre

Welcome to new members

Carl Fox – CSNZ Chairperson


1:30 - 1:45 pm — Te Waihinga Centre

Jayne Albiston

Survey and Spatial


1:45 - 2:45 pm — Te Waihinga Centre

Ashley Church

Property Commentator and CEO of Survey and Spatial.

An expert in his field Ashley will focus initially on addressing S+SNZ strategies. Following on from this he will give his inspirational and inciteful interpretation of the current property market.


2:45 - 3:00 pm — Te Waihinga Centre

Liz Blake

CSNZ Annual Practice Review Feedback


3:00 - 3:30 pm — Te Waihinga Centre

Afternoon tea


3:30 - 4:30 pm — Te Waihinga Centre

Rodney Dickens – economist

Keynote Speaker

Rodney will be discussing the major economic drivers of demand for residential land: identifying them, showing how they impact, assessing the outlook for them and some brief regional insights.

Former ASB Group Strategist and Head of Research, former Chief Economist at a New Zealand commercial bank and New Zealand Head of Research at two international investment banks. Has founded Strategic Risk Analysis Limited in 2006, he analyses and forecasts economic growth, consumer spending, residential building, house prices, the labour market, interest rates and the exchange rate. His enviable track record is a tribute both to the rigorous forecasting framework he has developed and to his passion for supplying clients with valuable insights; insights he also uses in his investment decisions.


4:30 - 4:55 pm — Te Waihinga Centre

Management Committee

Introduction to Topics for Discussion


4:55 - 5:00 pm — Te Waihinga Centre

House keeping 


5:00 - 5:20 pm — Te Waihinga Centre


Hosted by: Colin McElwain


5:00 - 8:00 pm — Te Waihinga Centre

Succession Planning and Networking Session

Invitation to attendees and their partners 

The intention is to have guest speakers on a panel representing small to large organisations discussing options of how to sell down, sell out and plan for succession. Stay on for the evening and enjoy a finger food dinner and further networking with each other to further share stories.

Description of the session

Wikipedia tells us that:

“Succession planning is a process for identifying and developing new leaders who can replace old leaders when they leave, retire or die. Here the planning is usually a close process, so that those who have been selected are not likely to know that they are on a succession list or chat”. Is this thinking a bit old school?

Perhaps this is a more accurate and modern description:

Succession planning and management is an essential component of the broader human resources planning process. It involves an integrated, systematic approach for identifying, developing, and retaining capable and skilled employees in line with current and projected business objectives.

Or in reality

Succession planning allows company owners to find willing buyers so they can sell their businesses/shares and free themselves up for other more fun opportunities.

Whatever your motivation to consider selling out (or buying in as the case may be) we have a panel of surveyors that will explain how they did or are managing the process, the high’s, low’s, pitfalls, success stories and the ‘no one prepared me for this’ stories.

Friday 11th March


8:00 am - 4:00 pm — Te Waihinga Centre

Creating a People Plan

Hosted by topic specialists from HR experts, Humankind.

Attracting, retaining and growing the best employees in the business is critical to the success of your business. We all know this to be true, but so many of us don’t know how!

Humankind is a team of consultants who are experts at building successful workplaces, to attract and retain top talent. If you want to know how to create a workplace culture that both your employees and your bottom line will love you must join us on Day 2 of our 2021 conference.

The team from Humankind is facilitating a day of learning that will have you hungry for more! The sessions will help you to understand and work on:

  • Your people plan – understanding the employee journey – what parts are critical to get right!
  • Designing your onboarding process and career pathways
  • How to bring new roles into your team – a process to give you clarity and confidence
  • How to support your employees through change – whose workplace isn’t changing rapidly?
  • Modern ways of working – how to tackle working from home and other flexible working with your employees

You won’t want to miss this day! Humankind will be sharing valuable tools and resources that will help you stay ahead of the pack. If you want to attract and retain the best in the business – enrol today!

Sam Gadd Founder/CEO
Jenny Williams Chief Client Officer
Ilze Walton Director People and Culture


2:30 - 4:00 pm — Te Waihinga Centre

Break-out option

How to grow a business on limited resources

This is an alternative option to the 2:15pm session with Humankind.

During this session, we will look at topics such as:

  • ‘Lessons Learnt’. ‘XXX changed my work life
  • Support for businesses and helping them understand what funding they can get to help grow their businesses.
  • Ideas to manage cashflow
  • Thinking ahead, GST, tax, ACC
  • Know your margins
  • Invoice on time
  • Software to make life easier
  • Thinking about succession

There will be time for sharing of ideas, questions and answers.

Please don’t hesitate to contact Fiona if you have any topics you’d like covered off.



4:00 - 4:15 pm — Te Waihinga Centre

Richard Hemi

Uni update ZOOM

Otago University, Survey School update
  • Update on how Covid and international student numbers may affect numbers coming through the Survey School over the next 2-3 years.
  • Update regarding the Tertiary sector update plans – who are offering technician courses, Review of Vocational Educational (RoVE), the current state of the NZDS and NDS, how could this merge into the RPSurv, CPD pathways reviews being undertaken by Survey + Spatial

4:15 - 4:45 pm — Te Waihinga Centre

Management Committee update


4:45 - 4:55 pm — Te Waihinga Centre

Special general meeting for members


4:55 - 5:00 pm — Te Waihinga Centre

House keeping

Saturday 12th March


7:30 - 8:20 am — Village Café



8:30 - 9:30 am — Te Waihinga Centre

Martin Bosley

Keynote speaker

The story of my work in Remutaka Prison, working with long-term inmates to produce a menu for the Wellington on a Plate food festival.

Gate to Plate is now in its tenth year, and remains the hottest ticket in the festival. Tickets sell out so fast, that guests now enter an electronic ballot to get selected. The work with the prisoners has changed their lives and mine. It’s a story of redemption and food as an agent of change. It’s an engaging, personal and powerful presentation, emotional at times, about something that we need to talk about – the hard truths of life in jail and of the belief that people can change.


9:30 - 10:30 am — Te Waihinga Centre

Panel discussion Yo Pro’s

Facilitated by Nicola Todd, Director Cuttriss Consultants Limited.

Young Professional representatives: Emma Cook, Sarah Duggan, Liam Parker and Nicola Trott from Wellington.

The panel discussion will look at two topics:
  1. The Young Professionals will bring their perspective to the table on the topic of ‘engagement’ and what it means to them. Looking into the future just what is going to instil values of loyalty, trust and long-standing commitment to their roles. Conversely what are business owners looking for in the younger generations, are we that far apart?
  2. Let us have a conversation about how we encourage Maori and Pasifika, amongst others, into our profession. Why will this be important to the Surveying profession?

10:30 - 11:00 am — Te Waihinga Centre

Morning tea


11:00 - 11:15 am — Te Waihinga Centre

Michelle Blicavs

CEO, Association of Consulting Surveyors (Australia).

How our two groups can collaborate for mutual benefit, and what that might mean for our members.


11:15 am - 12:15 pm — Te Waihinga Centre

Topics for discussion