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


Contiki Holidays

Ms Katrina Barry, Managing Director

25 Jul Sydney

NZTech and FinTechNZ

Kiwibank Limited

New Zealand Government

Mr Mitchell Pham, Chair

Mr David Boyes, Chief Transformation & Technology Officer

Hon Jacqui Dean, Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs and Minister for Small Business

27 Jul Auckland

New Zealand Government

New Zealand Government

Hon. Simon Bridges, Minister for Economic Development, Minister of Transport, Minister for Communications

Hon Steven Joyce, Minister for Finance, Minister for Infrastructure

27 Jul Wellington

Department of Education and Training

Dr Michele Bruniges, Secretary

3 Aug Canberra

NSW Department of Finance, Services and Innovation

Mr Martin Hoffman, Secretary

10 Aug Sydney

Australian Trade Commission Singapore

AustCham Singapore

‎Australian High Commission

Mr David Campbell, Senior Trade Commissioner

Mr Ian Cummin, President

Mr Bruce Gosper, Australian High Commissioner to Singapore

10 Aug Sydney

The Westpac Group

Mr Dave Curran, Chief Information Officer

15 Aug Sydney

Financial Services Council

Australian Women's Sevens Olympic champions

Carnival Australia

Australian Rugby Union

Greater Sydney Commission

Ms Sally Loane, Chief Executive Officer

Mr Tim Walsh, Head Coach

Ms Ann Sherry AO, Executive Chair

Mr Cameron Clyne, Chairman

Ms Lucy Turnbull, Chief Commissioner

17 Aug Sydney

Department of Health

Mr Daniel McCabe, First Assistant Secretary - Information Technology Division

18 Aug Canberra

New Zealand Government

Hon. Dr. Jonathan Coleman, Minister of Health, Minister for Sport and Recreation

23 Aug Auckland

Ministry of Social Development

Department of Human Services

Department of Social Services

Mr Brendan Boyle, Chief Executive

Ms Kathryn Campbell CSC, Secretary

Mr Finn Pratt AO PSM, Secretary

24 Aug Canberra

Macquarie Graduate School of Management

The Hon. Kristina Keneally, Director, Gender Inclusion

24 Aug Sydney

Panellists to be confirmed - The power of the citizen as a connected customer

30 Aug Wellington

National Australia Bank

Richmond FC

National Australia Bank

Mr Andrew Thorburn, Group Chief Executive Officer

Ms Peggy O'Neal, President

Dr Ken Henry AC, Chairman

30 Aug Melbourne

New Zealand and Australia Innovation Delegation to Ireland

12 Sep Dublin

Publicis Australia

Mr Andrew Baxter, Chief Executive Officer

14 Sep Sydney

Panellists to be confirmed - Building a Powerful Brand in the Age of Disruption

14 Sep Auckland

Department of Health

Ministry of Health, New Zealand

Mr Mark Cormack, Deputy Secretary - Strategic Policy and Innovation Group

Mr Chai Chuah, Director-General and Chief Executive

19 Sep Canberra


Mr Derek McCormack, Vice-Chancellor

20 Sep Auckland


Ms Sonya Crosby, Chief Innovation Officer

21 Sep Auckland



  • Customers Will Dictate Online Identity Credentials: NSW Digital Chief

    20 July 2017 / Julian Bajkowski / The Mandarin
    Speaker: Damon Rees, Chief Digital and Information Officer (CDIO), NSW Government

    “Our customers will decide where it goes. I think it’s too early to obviously call out,” Rees said when asked about the launch of Australia Post’s digital identity credential at a Trans Tasman Business Circle speech in Sydney.

  • Faces who will lead a brave new world

    1 July 2017 / Alexandra Smith / Sydney Morning Herald
    Speaker: Mark Scott, Secretary, NSW Department of Education

    Mr Scott this week gave a speech to the Trans-Tasman Business Circle in which he outlined publicly for the first time his vision for education of the future. It was the springboard for the launch of work being done within the
    department to prepare students for a fast-changing world.

  • How can public sector executives get back their ‘ICT mojo’?

    21 June 2017 / David Donaldson / The Mandarin
    Speaker: Steve Hodgkinson, ‎Chief Information Officer, Department of Health and Human Services VIC

    Major stuff ups with big technology projects in government have become common enough that executives now lack confidence, the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services chief information officer told a Trans Tasman Business Circle lunch on Monday.

  • Businesses over-egg the power of corporate tax cuts, says English

    29 May 2017 / Greg Bowker / New Zealand Herald
    Speaker: Rt Hon Bill English, Prime Minister, New Zealand Government

    Prime Minister Bill English talks with media after speaking at the Trans-Tasman Business Circle lunch on Friday.


  • 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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