Kia Ora,

On behalf of myself and the CINZ team, I would like to invite you to join us in Hamilton for the CINZ Annual Conference and AGM for 2016.

It is great to be showcasing the region and some of the key elements of the offering. It never ceases to amaze me what is on offer, from the Hamilton Gardens, Waitomo Caves, Hobbiton, the Avantidrome, Rowing on Karipiro, Mystery Creek, Claudelands or the Cambridge Stud.

I am thrilled that we will spend time in the region and enjoy the venues that we are showcasing and of course the region itself. Claudelands as the Conference venue is worldclass and able to cater for almost anything. The Zealong Tea Estate for our Welcome Function is not quite what you would expect in the Waikato but truly special. Of course a visit in this region is not complete without the Hobbiton experience. You will love it when we go there for our Conference Dinner.

Our theme this year is “The Art of Collaboration”, building on our conference in Christchurch in 2015 and the need to keep making sure that as an industry we are listening to what is happening overseas and how we as an industry, can continue to grow.

Education forms a large part of this, again we are providing you with relevant opportunities to better yourself or your business. It is important that you take time from your busy schedule to “get your eyes up”, look at what is happening around you, in the sector and of course offshore.

Keynotes will look to run workshops, which gives you the opportunity to “deep dive” more into these topics. The programmes are designed for you to walk away from the Conference with at least 5 learnings. Learnings that can better you or your business, remembering the value of your personal brand.

A conference would not be successful if there was not the opportunity to find a new friend at a networking function. Build on those relationships that have developed over the years and bring into the fold, the newbies, as you enjoy a glass of wine at the end of the day. The range of morning activities are designed to get you out and about and delegates are invited to explore the Hamilton & Waikato region on pre or post famils.

I look forward to seeing you in Hamilton at Claudelands in October.

Nga Mihi
Sue Sullivan