Kia ora

On behalf of myself and the CINZ team, I would like to invite you to join us in Dunedin for the CINZ 41st Annual Conference and AGM for 2017.

Dunedin was my home for several years and returning recently, I was pleased to see that the history has not been lost. The city still has some of those wonderful old buildings I remembered, standouts being the Railway Station and Larnach Castle. Of course there are some great new buildings and facilities as we would expect. The Forsyth Barr stadium is one that deserves a mention and you can’t not visit Baldwin Street, the steepest street in the world...

As with all Conferences, we know you come to learn, network and refresh yourself before you head back to your home town and workplace.

The 2017 theme is all about mash ups. Putting different styles together to meet the different ways we learn. There will be traditional plenary sessions with international Keynotes; shortened workshops - giving you the opportunity to ask the 5 Whys and learn just that bit more. There will be TED talks, shorter speaking sessions, panels and we are looking to bring more of the region into the Conference with some local identities adding their flair.

Well-being remains topical within conferencing both here in Aotearoa and overseas. It is our intention to have this as part of what we do, be it in the food offerings, session length or the opportunity for you to begin your day with an exercise session that delivers to your requirements.

As we continue on our educational theme of “eyes up”, looking beyond Aotearoa New Zealand to the world, Tourism New Zealand have supported us by hosting Deborah Sexton CEO of Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA). Deborah will both inspire and challenge. I am confident you will come away with learnings both personal and business related to allow you to make changes to how you currently operate and begin on the path of asking the 5 whys.

We look forward to seeing you at the Dunedin Town Hall in October 2017.

Nga mihi

Sue Sullivan