Recent events

Speakers at branch events often make their presentations available for members who would like to view them or were unable to attend the event. Photos from recent events are below and you can view presentations by clicking on the link to the presentations page.

2017 events


11 December – evening with Professor Mervyn King of South Africa (joint event with Governance New Zealand)

Presentation - How to be a good corporate citizen in the changed world of the 21st century.

5 December – lunch with Grant Spencer, RBNZ


21 November - Welcome Cocktails

16 November – breakfast with Peter Beck, CEO and Founder of Rocket Lab.


5 October - Breakfast with Colin MacDonald, CE, Dept Internal Affairs
Breakfast with Colin MacDonald, CE, Dept Internal Affairs. Colin's slides together with his notes can be viewed by clicking on the link below. Should you have any queries, please email him at
Colin MacDonald presentation


20 September – Director Accelerator Lunch

19 September – FirstBreak evening panel and networking meeting

12 September – Lunch at Orakei Marae with John Tamihere and David Farrar

11 September – Breakfast with Adrian Littlewood, CEO, Auckland Airport


29 August – Welcome cocktails and presentation of branch 2017 Emerging Director Award


7 July – Breakfast with Lions Tour Manager John Spencer


27 June – Breakfast with Ross Buckley
To view Ross' presentation, click the link below:

Future Trends and Impact on Business

23 June – Lunch with Prime Minister Rt Hon Bill English

21 June – Cyber Risk Panel

14 June – Welcome Cocktails and branch AGM

6 June – Next Generation Director Evening Workshop


9 May – Director Accelerator Lunch


19 April - Christopher Luxon breakfast

12 April - Marsh Risk Panel breakfast


7 March – Breakfast with Graeme Wheeler, Governor, RBNZ.
Related links for information on Mr Wheeler’s speech:
International and domestic uncertainty 
February 2017 Monetary Policy Statement 


14 February – breakfast with Joan Withers and panellists Tony Carter, Dame Paula Rebstock KNZM and Michael Stiassny

2016 events


24 November – Christmas breakfast with Sir Ralph Norris KNZM


31 October - Welcome cocktails and presentation of Auckland Branch 2016 Emerging Director Award.

14 October – breakfast with Mark Ratcliffe, CEO of Chorus.
Read Mark’s Workplace engagement notes here


22 September – Director Accelerator Lunch at The Northern Club

20 September – breakfast and interactive Cyber Risk panel discussion

14 September – Breakfast with Rob Waddell – Lessons from high performance sport and how they can connect with other areas in life.

7 September – FirstBreak evening panel and networking meeting


31 August – Lunch with Minister Hon Amy Adams – High-level overview of Cyber Risk
Read summary of the Minister’s talk

29 August – Evening meeting with Lord Michael Hastings of the UK
Read more about Lord Michael Hastings here

16 August - Evening panel: Driving diversity throughout your business, from the boardroom to the shop floor
Read Liz Coutts' introduction
Read the panel questions

9 August – Next Generation Director evening workshop


5 July - Director Accelerator Lunch

4 July- Monitoring what matters in Health and Safety lunch


22 June - Cocktails with Auckland Mayoral Candidates

16 June - Welcome Cocktails evening

9 June - Breakfast function with Barbara Chapman
Read a summary of Barbara's talk

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1 June - FirstBreak Evening Panel and Networking Meeting


20 May - Breakfast function with Claudia Batten

17 May - Iwi Maori Governance Panel breakfast

10 May - Director Accelerator Lunch


29 April - Breakfast function with Chris Liddell

19 April - Breakfast function with Andrew Little


Thursday 31 March – breakfast and IPO panel

21 March - Director Accelerator Lunch

Tuesday 15 March - Breakfast with Graeme Wheeler

Tuesday 8 March - FirstBreak evening panel and networking meeting

Thursday 3 March - Lunch function with Todd McClay



Tuesday 16 February - Welcome new members event with 2015 Emerging Director Award winner presentation

Thursday 11 February - Breakfast with Tony Carter

2015 events


20 November 2015: Ngaire Best lunch function

19 November 2015: Brent Impey breakfast function


2 November 2015: Evening panel meeting - engaging with executive search


30 October 2015: Fraser Whineray breakfast function


6 OCtober 2015: New member cocktail function


12 August 2015: Mike C'Donnell breakfast function

5 August 2015: Mai Chen lunch function

4 August 2015: Director Accelerator Lunch


24 June 2015: Una Jagose breakfast function

19 June 2015: Breakfast function with Ross Buckley


8 May 2015: Breakfast function with Tony O'Brien


15 April 2015: Breakfast With Shamubeel Eaqub


25 March 2015: The Director Accelerator lunch held in Auckland.

24 March 2015: FirstBreak Panel and Networking Meeting

19 March 2015: The Prime Minister presented at this very well-attended breakfast in our Auckland branch


18 February 2015: Graeme Wheeler breakfast function where Graeme presented on The New Zealand Economy

16 February 2015 :2014 Emerging Director Award presentation with Nicky Duggan and Dr Lisa Docherty

2014 events


20 November - Distinguished Fellow Award Luncheon in honour of Denham Shale.


11 November - Next Generation Directors Evening workshop.


16 October - Breakfast function with a cyber risk panel and Distinguished Fellow Award to Brian Corban.


13 October - New and aspiring director lunch.



29 September - Welcome cocktail evening.


26 September - Breakfast function with guest speaker Stephen Town.



25 August - Breakfast function with guest speaker Colin James. 


14 Aug - Breakfast function with Rob Everett speaking on the topic of 'Directors - a call to arms'. 


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29 July - Connecting Next Generation Directors evening panel and networking event. Panel discussion led by Sirs John Wells, Selwyn Cushing, and Ron Carter on Getting your first break. 


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25 July - Rod Drury - Designing a future for New Zealand.

Links of interest
NZ Herald article


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9 July - David Hisco.


18 June - New and aspiring director lunch.


8 May - Chris Moller.



20 March - New and aspiring director lunch.

Emerging Director Award

Nikky Duggan speaking at the Auckland Branch event to welcome new members and the presentation of the 2014 Emerging Director Award

Nicky Duggan, 2013 winner of the IoD Auckland Emerging Director Award, talks about her experience of the award. Interview with Simone Iles.