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


A.T. Kearney Australia

Transport for NSW

GJK Facility Services

Australia Post

Ms Kate Hart, Vice President ANZ

Mr Glenn Johnston, Director, Procurement Sustainability Procurement - Finance & Business Services

Mr Steve Taylor, Executive Chairman

Mr Thomas King, General Manager Procurement and Environment

24 Sep Melbourne

Paper Plain

Ms Julia Suh, Chief Executive Officer

26 Sep Sydney

The Straits Trading Company

Standard Chartered Bank

Ms Gek Khim Chew, Executive Chairman

Ms Judy Hsu, Chief Executive Officer

27 Sep Singapore

New Zealand Government

Christchurch City Council

Westpac New Zealand

Hon Grant Robertson, Minister of Finance, Minister for Sport & Recreation, Assoc. Minister for Arts, Culture & Heritage

Hon Lianne Dalziel, Mayor

Mr Andrew Bashford, Head of Corporate & Institutional Relationships

9 Oct Christchurch

New Zealand Post Group

Air New Zealand

Aura Information Security

Duo NZ Ltd / PS DUO Ltd

Mr Ray Chow, Head of IT Risk and Security

Mr Michael Wallmannsberger, Chief Information Security Officer

Mr Peter Bailey, General Manager

Ms Kendra Ross, Chief Executive Officer

15 Oct Auckland

Soul Machines Limited

IBM New Zealand Limited

Mr Greg Cross, Chief Business Officer

Isuru Fernando, Chief Technology and Design Officer

17 Oct Auckland

Enviro-Mark Solutions Limited

New Zealand Government


Z Energy

Dr. Ann Smith, Chief Executive Officer

Hon Eugenie Sage, Minister of Conservation and Minister of Land Information

Mr David Morgan, Partner

Mr Mike Bennetts, Chief Executive Officer

18 Oct Auckland

NSW Treasury

Mr Michael Pratt AM, Secretary

22 Oct Sydney

Australian Federal Police

Red Hat Asia Pacific Pty Ltd

Ms Leanne Close APM, Deputy Commissioner National Security

Mr David Egts, Chief Technologist

23 Oct Canberra

Foundation North

The Treasury

Westpac New Zealand

Te Putea Whakatupu Trust

Mr Peter Tynan, Chief Executive Officer

Mr Bryan Chapple, Acting Deputy Secretary, Budget and Public Services

Mr Dominick Stephens, Chief Economist

Ms Karleen Everitt, General Manager

23 Oct Northland

The Centre for Social Impact (CSI) at UNSW

Professor Kristy Muir, Chief Executive Officer

24 Oct Sydney

Tainui Group Holdings

Westpac New Zealand

The Treasury

Mr Chris Joblin, Chief Executive Officer

Mr Dominick Stephens, Chief Economist

Mr Tim Ng, Chief Economic Adviser

24 Oct Hamilton

Investigative Journalist & Author

Ms Pamela Williams

24 Oct Sydney

The Treasury

Westpac New Zealand

Stacey Wymer, Director of the Living Standards Implementation Programme Office

Mr Dominick Stephens, Chief Economist

25 Oct Palmerston North

Twitter Australia

The Big Red Group


ANZ Banking Group Limited


Ms Suzy Nicoletti, Managing Director

Ms Naomi Simson, Co-Founder & Entrepreneur

Ms Pip Marlow, Chief Executive Officer

Simone Tilley, Head of Broker Distribution

Ms Sunita Gloster, Chief Customer Officer

28 Oct

ANZ Banking Group Limited


AGL Energy Limited

Newcastle Permanent Building Society

Ms Catriona Noble, Managing Director Retail Distribution Australia

Ms Pip Marlow, Chief Executive Officer

Ms Dayle Stevens, Chief Data Officer

Ms Samantha Martin-Williams, Non-Executive Director

29 Oct

Queensland Government

The Hon. Kate Jones, Minister for Innovation and Tourism Development and Minister for the Commonwealth Games

30 Oct Brisbane

Australian Bureau of Statistics

Mr David Kalisch, Australian Statistician

1 Nov Sydney

NSW Customer Service

Mr Glenn King, Secretary

4 Nov Sydney

E-invoicing delegation - Singapore Exchange Summit, 5-8 Nov

5 Nov Singapore



  • Westpac’s Dave Curran warns of “Trust Gap” Hovering Over Digital Identity, Open Banking

    21 November 2018 / Julian Bajkowski / itnews
    Dave Curran, Chief Information Officer, The Westpac Group

    “If you are going to move to a more open data-connected world, which we clearly are – open banking being the start, but we're going to see it across, and technology's going to create that – you have to solve the problem of digital identity,” Curran told iTnews at a recent Trans Tasman Business Circle speech.

  • Westpac's Curran Warns Big Tech Companies Lagging Behind

    23 October 2018 / Oliver King /
    Dave Curran, Chief Information Officer, The Westpac Group

    Speaking at the Trans-Tasman Business Circle late last week, he told the audience that there is an urgent need for everyone involved in the sector to come together and help drive necessary progress.

  • Westpac CIO Curran Warns ‘Big Tech’ is Out of Step

    22 October 2018 / Julian Bajkowski / itnews
    Dave Curran, Chief Information Officer, The Westpac Group

    "Addressing the Trans-Tasman Business Circle in Sydney on Friday, Curran’s equivalent of a 30-year career valedictory saw the highly-regarded technologist caution Australia’s business community, regulators, government and educators must urgently coordinate their efforts much better to stop the nation from falling behind of the skills and capability front."

  • Westpac CIO Dave Curran Warns of Risks as Open Banking and Skills Shortage Looms

    21 October 2018 / Paul Smith / The Australian Financial Review
    Dave Curran, Chief Information Officer, The Westpac Group

    In a colourful address to a Trans-Tasman Business Circle event on Friday afternoon, the influential tech executive laid bare the challenges facing institutions caused by impending open banking rules and yawning technology skills shortages, and warned the country risks being left behind in the tech-driven world without better co-ordination.


  • 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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