National Conference 2019


The one event any credit professional would never miss is the NZCFI National Conference. This is one of the largest gatherings of credit professionals in New Zealand.

As a national organization with members throughout New Zealand, the NZCFI hosts its conferences in various locations. With leading experts on the most recent developments in the credit industry, this is an educational opportunity that is un-equaled in New Zealand. But the conference is more than learning, it also provides an opportunity for relaxation and networking, with the conference gala dinner on the evening of the first day.




Venue: Marlborough Convention Centre, Blenheim

DAY 1 – 12th September 2019




8.15 AM  to 10.30 AM

Arrival, Registration, Networking, Morning tea with Exhibitor Stalls open for Delegates



10.30 AM to 10.50 AM

Welcome to Blenheim

Conference welcome

–         Local Mayor – John Leggett

–         NZCFI National President


10.50 AM to 11.30 AM

“From Early Beginnings”


–         Ranjna Patel ONZM, QSM, JP


11.30AM – 12.10PM

Privacy 2020 – What will privacy law changes mean for the credit industry?

–         John Edwards Privacy Commissioner

12.10 PM to 12.50 PM

Consumer Debt Collection in the Fair Trading Act and CCCFA

–         Dot Benson, Commerce Commisson

12.50 PM 2.00 PM


2.00 PM to 2.40 PM.

The NZ Economy: from Rockstar to Easy Listening

–         Nathan Penny – ASB Economist

2.40 PM to3.20 PM

Recent Construction Sector Insolvencies and their Learnings

–         Andrew Bethell, BDO

–         Iain Shephard BDO

3.20 PM to 3.40 PM


3.40 PM to 4.20 PM

Managing the Generational Gap

–         Eileen Oliver-Free, The Skills Organisation



6.00pm – till late



DAY 2 – 13th September 2019




8.30 AM to 9.00 AM

Exhibitor Stalls open for Delegates



9:00 AM to 9:45 AM

Artificial Intelligence – hype or reality

–         Mark Rowley, Centrix


9.45 AM to 10.30 AM

Business Recovery After The Earthquakes

–         Stuart Smith MP for Kaikorua


10.30 AM Tot10.50 AM


10.50 AM to 11.35 AM

Personal debt – Statistics and Insolvency Trends

 –        Shaun Adams – Debtfix Limited

11.35 AM to 12.20 PM

Technology Driving Business Change and Performance Improvement

–         Beth Williams, MBIE

12.20 PM to 1.30 PM




1.30 PM to 2.15 PM.

The Urgent Need For Reform; What Happened to South Canterbury Finance?


–         Chris Lee – Author

2.15 PM to 3.00 PM

NZCFI Board Discussion with Members of the Institute


–         NZCFI National Board

3.00 PM to 3.20 PM


Our biennial National Conference this year will be held in the Marlborough Convention Centre on the 12th and the 13th of September 2019. This conference includes many guest speakers including Commerce Commission Senior Manager, Dot Benson;; the Privacy Commissioner John Edwards, ASB economist Nathan Penny; a joint presentation featuring Andrew Bethell and Iain Shephard from BDO; Mark Rowley from Centrix; Shaun Adams from Debtfix, Chris Lee, Author; Stuart Smith MP for Kaikoura, with more still to be confirmed. John Leggett, Mayor of Blenheim will welcome delegates to the wonderful Marlborough district.

Conference opening speaker has been confirmed. Ranjna Patel OMNZ, QSM, JP.

The conference is split over two fully packed days with talks from industry leaders and entrepreneurs. NZCFI has also organised a gala dinner for guests to attend, which includes entertainment and a chance to mingle with others in the credit and finance industry.

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Ragavan Rengachariar - NZCFI Auckland Branch President

Michael Wright - NZCFI National President

Simon Moutter, MD - Spark

Simon Moutter, MD - Spark

Mark Rowley, Director - Centrix

Steve Lawrence MC, Principal - PKF

John Edwards, NZ Privacy Commissioner

Dot Benson - Commerce Commission

Lynne Van & Joey James - Anthony Harper

David Broadmore, Partner - Buddle Findlay

Eileen Oliver-Free, Head of Commercial - Skills

Ronnie Tan, Director - CreditWorks

Chris Murphy, Country Manager - Euler Hermes

Zoe Wallis, Senior Economist - Kiwibank

John Fisk, Managing Partner - PwC Chairman RITANZ

Laurie Brenssell, Credit Consultant

Laurie Brenssell, Credit Consultant

Paul Murray & Kathleen Morrison - Meredith Connell

Peter Degerholm - Calderglen Associates

Jennifer Cherrington Mowat - Genesis Energy

Gold Sponsors

Catering Sponsor

Ali Harper MC
Our MC for the NZCFI Conference 2019 joins us from The Professional MC Company. Award-winning, multi-talented Ali Harper is a professional actor, singer and stage performer and is making a name for herself as top-flight professional MC. With a performance history in stage, theatre, film, TV, voice and more, Ali honed her speaking skills as a broadcaster during her time with Wellington’s Classic Hits, and is looking forward very much to joining members, sponsors, partners and supporters for this year’s NZCFI Conference in Blenheim as our Master of Ceremonies.

NZCFI has organised accommodation options which reside near the convention center. These options will be provided to you once you have purchased a ticket to the event.

Below are the ticket options that are currently available for this conference