The Trans - Tasman Business Circle is a strategic growth partner for the region’s leading organisations in the private and public sector.
The Circle partners with our clients to build their strategic relationships, business insights and profile by developing customised programs for stakeholder engagement.

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Forthcoming Briefings


Virgin Australia

Mr Rob Sharp, Group Executive Virgin Australia Airlines

27 Sep Sydney

Westpac Institutional Bank

Ms Lyn Cobley, Chief Executive, Westpac Institutional Bank

5 Oct Sydney

Sembcorp Industries Ltd

Mr Matthew Friedman, Chief Digital Officer

8 Oct Singapore

BlueScope Steel Limited

BlueScope Steel Limited

Mr Larry Howard, Chief Information Officer

Ms Catherine Buhler, Chief Information Security Officer

16 Oct Melbourne

Maori Women's Development Inc

New Zealand Transport Agency

Kai Ora Honey

Ms Teresa Tepania-Ashton MNZM, Chief Executive Officer

Ms Parekawhia McLean, Regional Director Waikato & Bay of Plenty

Ms Blanche Morrogh, Chief Executive Officer

17 Oct Auckland

Oracle Corporation Australia Pty Limited

Victoria University of Wellington


Mr Rowan Tonkin, Senior Director, HR Transformation

Prof. Ian Williamson, Pro-Vice-Chancellor & Dean of Commerce

Ms Holly Norton, Director & Co-Founder

18 Oct Wellington

The Westpac Group

Mr Dave Curran, Chief Information Officer

19 Oct Sydney

Singapore Start Up Nation Delegation to Israel - honouring the Peres Centre for Peace & Innovation (22 - 28 October 2018)

22 Oct Tel Aviv-Jaffa

National Australia Bank

Ms Glenda Crisp, Chief Data Officer

23 Oct Melbourne

Ramsay Health Care

Mr Craig McNally, Chief Executive Officer

25 Oct Sydney

Department of Transport & Main Roads QLD

Mr Neil Scales, Director-General

26 Oct Brisbane

SKYCITY Entertainment Group

SKYCITY Entertainment Group

Mr Rob Campbell, Chair

Mr Graeme Stephens, Chief Executive Officer

29 Oct Auckland



Mr Graham Bradley AM, Chairman

Ms Catherine Tanna, Chief Executive Officer

30 Oct Melbourne

IBM New Zealand Limited

Isuru Fernando, ‎Analytics & Digital Innovation

30 Oct Auckland

NSW Department of Finance, Services and Innovation

Mr Martin Hoffman, Secretary

31 Oct Sydney


Westpac New Zealand

Statistics NZ

Russell McVeagh


Ms Lillian Grace, Chief Executive Officer

Mr Dawie Olivier, Chief Information Officer

Ms Liz MacPherson, Government Statistician & Chief Executive

Joe Edwards, Partner

Ms Leigh Angus, Director, Prompt & Head of Innovation, ASB

31 Oct Auckland

The Digital Revolution - Transforming New Zealand Sport

Speakers to be confirmed

2 Nov Auckland

Suncorp Group

Mr Gary Dransfield, Chief Executive Officer Insurance

9 Nov Sydney


Dr. Zulfikar Ramzan, Chief Technology Officer

12 Nov Auckland

Bank of Singapore

Ms Ashley Low, Managing Director

13 Nov Singapore



  • Innovation bearing fruit - Lessons from Israeli AgriTech

    23 August, 2018
    Authors: Marco A. Ciobo, Partner - Consulting - Strategy lead, Deloitte | Xavier Rizos, Westpac Innovation Entrepreneur in Résidence, Westpac Banking Corporation | Sharron Lloyd, General Manager New Zealand, Trans – Tasman Business Circle

    Australia and New Zealand Agritech Delegation to Israel
    4 – 11 May 2018

  • New Zealand will axe departure cards in November 2018

    27 August 2018 / David Flynn / Australian Business Traveller
    Speaker: Alan Joyce, ‎Chief Executive Officer, Qantas

    "We think that Australia-New Zealand should have as seamless access as possible" Joyce told a meeting of the Trans-Tasman Business Circle in Wellington".

  • Jean Claude Van Damme Returns to Israel

    20 June 2018 / Amy Spiro / Jerusalem Post
    Delegate: Jean Claude Van Damme

    "The action movie star and martial-artist is visiting Israel as part of the Trans-Tasman Business Circle's hi-tech delegation of leaders from Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore".

  • Employers set to give earnings data to Centrelink

    8 June 2018 / Sally Whyte / Canberra Times
    Speaker: Renee Leon, Secretary, Department of Human Services

    "In an address to the Trans-Tasman Business Circle, Human Services Secretary Renee Leon said the trial was designed to be more efficient for Centrelink recipients, the agency, and the employer".


  • Becoming a trust superpower - Taking New Zealand's Cyber Security to the Next Level

    4 December 2017 / Paul Ash, Director, National Cyber Policy Office, Department of the Prime Minister & Cabinet
    Delegation Led By: Paul Ash, Director, National Cyber Policy Office, Department of the Prime Minister & Cabinet

    New Zealand and Australian Cyber Security Delegation to Israel
    23-27 June 2017

  • Inquiry will put off investors, raise recession risk: Westpac

    30 November 2017 / Michael Roddan / The Australian
    Speaker: David Lindberg, Chief Executive, Business Bank, Westpac

    "Speaking at the Trans-Tasman Business Circle in Sydney yesterday, Mr Lindberg said a royal commission could ignite a drought in global investment in Australia, adding to similar warnings from Westpac chairman Lindsay Maxsted and National Australia Bank chairman Ken Henry."

  • Fonterra to lead Agritech Delegation to Israel

    28 November 2017 / Innovation Circle
    Delegation Led By: Miles Hurrell, Chief Operating Officer - Farm Source, Fonterra New Zealand

    New Zealand agriculture will have the chance to tap into advanced agricultural innovation when Fonterra leads a delegation to Israel from 4 – 11 May 2018, coinciding with the triennial Agritech Israel Exhibition and Conference in Tel Aviv -

    The delegation, led by Fonterra’s Chief Operating Officer Farm Source, Miles Hurrell, is being organised by the Trans - Tasman Business Circle under its Innovation Circle and will promote international collaboration.

  • ANZ heralds Apple advantage in payments

    28 November 2017 / Paul Smith / Australian Financial Review
    Speaker: Gerard Florian, Group Executive, Technology, ANZ

    "Speaking with The Australian Financial Review after addressing a Trans-Tasman Business Circle lunch event in Sydney on Friday, ANZ's group technology executive, Gerard Florian, said he was surprised that none of the other big four banks had sacrificed a slice of payment revenue to sign on with Apple Pay, and that ANZ was delighted it took the plunge in April 2016."


  • Mike Smith returns to IBM following 17 years in the ICT industry

    13 December 2016 / Ashton Young / IT Brief
    Speaker: Mike Smith, Managing Director New Zealand, IBM

    Recently we brought Jason Leonard, Director, IBM Watson Asia Pacific, to New Zealand to meet local clients and speak to the Trans-Tasman Business Circle.

  • Australia Can Learn Key Lessons

    6 December 2016 / Luke Malpass & Aaron Patrick / Australian Financial Review
    Featuring John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand

    Key has been held up as a model for Australian conservatives, to his first speech, when it was clear that he would defeat Tony Abbott as Liberal Party leader in September last year, Malcolm Turnbull singled out Key for praise. At a Trans-Tasman Business Circle lunch in February, Turnbull described Key as "a great role model for me and for any leader".

  • PM hailed for lifting NZ's economy

    6 December 2016 / Damon Kitney / The Australian
    Featuring John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand

    Trans-Tasman Business Circle CEO Johnny Weiss pointed out how Mr Key was able to resonate with everyday New Zealanders and “take the people with him”.
    “He gave the people self-belief and pride. We are now perceived by Australian businesspeople, who come to visit, as innovative, smart and nimble,’’ he said, also noting how Mr Key had driven the growth of the nation’s tourism sector.

  • The new hot spot for Australian start-ups

    26 November 2016 / Catherine Armitage / The Sydney Morning Herald

    Up to 40 Australian trade delegations have visited Israel this year: "a record for sure", says commissioner Ethy Levy of the Israel Trade and Economic Commission in Australia. NSW Premier Mike Baird led one in April; Greater Sydney Commission chief commissioner and prime ministerial spouse Lucy Turnbull led one in May.

    A further deluge of Australians hit in late September, coinciding with the city's annual DLD Innovation Festival in Tel Aviv where start-ups, governments, multinationals and venture capitalists from all over the world congregate in search of deals. At least six separate delegations including from Telstra, the AMP, Visy Industries and the Trans-Tasman Business Circle toured the start-up capital's innovation ecosystem.


The Trans - Tasman Business Circle is a strategic growth partner for the region’s leading organisations in the private and public sector.

The Circle partners with our clients to build their strategic relationships, business insights and profile by developing customised programs for stakeholder engagement.


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