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2017

  • 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 - http://agritechisrael.org/

    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."

  • Western Sydney Airport will not fail, minister says

    21 November 2017 / Jenny Wiggins / Australian Financial Review
    Speaker: The Hon Paul Fletcher MP, Minister for Urban Infrastructure & The Hon Andrew Constance, NSW Minister for Transport and Infrastructure

    "Urban Infrastructure Minister Paul Fletcher is "very confident" the new Western Sydney Airport will not end up like failed airports in Spain and Canada because its rival, Kingsford Smith Airport, will eventually run out of capacity."

  • Drink and dream

    21 November 2017 / Richard Ferguson / The Australian
    Speaker: The Hon Paul Fletcher MP, Minister for Urban Infrastructure & The Hon Andrew Constance, NSW Minister for Transport and Infrastructure

    "The Liberal heavyweight was in fine form at a Trans-Tasman Business Circle lunch with his federal counterpart Paul Fletcher."

  • Globalisation of terror is at our doorstep: Pezzullo

    18 October 2017 / Michael Koziol / Sydney Morning Herald
    Speaker: Michael Pezzullo, Secretary, Department of Immigration and Border Protection

    "Pezzullo's speech to the Trans-Tasman Business Circle, first reported by The Mandarin, was peppered with references to popular culture and philosophy."

  • The case for a Department of Home Affairs: Pezzullo on his place in history

    16 October 2017 / Stephen Easton / The Mandarin
    Speaker: Michael Pezzullo, Secretary, Department of Immigration and Border Protection

    "The globalisation of terror, crime, and indeed evil, is becoming much more manifest and apparent to people,” he said, explaining some of the thinking behind the looming machinery-of-government change at a Trans-Tasman Business Circle lunch on Friday."

  • Westpac takes the knife to transaction fees

    11 October 2017 / James Eyers / Financial Review
    Speaker: George Frazis, Chief Executive, Consumer Bank, Westpac

    "We haven't disclosed the amount it is going to cost, but it's not an insignificant decision on our part," Mr Frazis told a Trans-Tasman Business Circle lunch in Sydney on Tuesday, adding it was a "quite significant investment in the short term when it comes to revenue"

  • Banks move to cap ‘outdated’ account fees

    11 October 2017 / Clancy Yeates / Canberra Times
    Speaker: George Frazis, Chief Executive, Consumer Bank, Westpac

    "Products like these are the banking equivalent of the horse and buggy. That’s why we’re taking away those old fees and limits,’’ he said at a Trans-Tasman Business Circle lunch in Sydney."

  • Lenders must win customers’ trust

    11 October 2017 / Cliona O'Dowd / The Australian
    Speaker: George Frazis, Chief Executive, Consumer Bank, Westpac

    "Speaking at a Trans-Tasman Business Lunch in Sydney yesterday, Mr Frazis also warned that the fractious relationship between banks and the public was likely to undermine the nation’s prosperity."

  • Bank executives need to be better leaders

    6 October 2017 / James Frost / Australian Financial Review
    Speaker: Antony Cahill, Chief Operating Officer, National Australia Bank

    "Mr Cahill spoke of the challenges facing banking, both structural and reputational, in a speech to a group of emerging leaders in Melbourne on Thursday at a Trans-Tasman Business Circle lunch in which he urged guests to set the bar higher and stay true to their values."

  • Staying ahead of the disruption curve

    28 September 2017 / Divina Paredes / CIO New Zealand
    Speaker: Sonya Crosby, Chief Innovation Officer, SKYCITY

    "Crosby also shares her insights on innovation and digital transformation with other organisations. Recently, she spoke with government agencies about their activities at the Wynyard Innovation Group and with the Trans-Tasman Business Circle."

  • ANZ digital chief: 'Being awesome at data analytics a no brainer'

    26 September 2017 / Divina Paredes / CIO New Zealand
    Speaker: Maile Carnegie, Group Executive Digital Banking, ANZ Banking Group

    "Carnegie, group executive digital banking at ANZ Banking Group, shares her insights on the common traits of organisations successfully undergoing digital transformation (DX), at a Trans-Tasman Business Circle forum in Auckland."

  • Brexit to spark Boomerang Boom as Australians seek greater trade links

    17 September 2017 / Simon Rowe / Independent Ireland
    Trans-Tasman Business Circle Innovation and Investment Ireland Mission

    "Supported by the IDA and the Trans-Tasman Business Circle, the trade mission marketed the region as a potential trading partner for Irish firms and as a gateway to the growing markets of Asia Pacific."

  • Trust in institutions eroded: Ken Henry

    31 August 2017 / Clancy Yeates / Sydney Morning Herald
    Speakers: Dr Ken Henry AC, Chairman, National Australia Bank and Andrew Thorburn, Chief Executive Officer, National Australia Bank

    "You know it's not just banks. Actually on comparisons across industries, banks are relatively well trusted, believe it or not, compared with entities operating in other sectors," Dr Henry said yesterday at a Trans-Tasman Business Circle lunch in Melbourne."

  • Hi-tech storm to hit jobs: NAB boss

    31 August 2017 / Richard Gluyas / The Australian
    Speakers: Dr Ken Henry AC, Chairman, National Australia Bank and Andrew Thorburn, Chief Executive Officer, National Australia Bank

    "I think there’s going to be very significant displacement from certain industries and professions in the next five to 10 years in Australia,” Mr Thorburn told a Trans-Tasman Business Circle lunch in Melbourne."

  • Boardroom bromance

    31 August 2017 / Ben Butler and Christine Lacy / The Australian
    Speakers: Dr Ken Henry AC, Chairman, National Australia Bank and Andrew Thorburn, Chief Executive Officer, National Australia Bank

    "Yesterday NAB’s top dogs revealed to a Trans-Tasman Business lunch hosted by PwC in Melbourne that their relationship over the years had evolved far beyond bank HQ."

  • Why Westpac built an internal tech university

    15 August 2017 / Allie Coyne / itnews
    Speaker: Dave Curran, Chief Information Officer, Westpac

    "Curran revealed the existence of the ‘university’ during a speech to the Trans-Tasman Business Circle on Tuesday where he warned 35+ year-old workers to adapt or face extinction in the digital revolution."

  • Westpac chief warns of automation career carnage

    15 August 2017 / Paul Smith / Australian Financial Review
    Speaker: Dave Curran, Chief Information Officer, Westpac

    "The bank's chief information officer, Dave Curran, will outline his thoughts on the tech-led changes to Australia's workforce and corporate structure in an address to a Trans-Tasman Business Circle lunch in Sydney on Tuesday, and he will warn that it is not feasible to continue on with the same business structures in place."

  • Six of the best: Martin Hoffman’s frank guide to public service improvement

    11 August 2017 / Julian Bajkowski / The Mandarin
    Speaker: Martin Hoffman, Secretary, NSW Department of Finance, Services and Innovation

    "Speaking at the Trans Tasman Business Circle in Sydney on creating a high performing public service in an age of populism, Hoffman volunteered a list of six core internal challenges the public service in NSW needs to fix to keep progressing and improving the state."

  • 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.

  • Prime Minister Bill English admits wage growth isn't 'hot'; Says businesses need to increase pay significantly before complaining about skills shortages

    26 May 2017 / Jenee Tibshraeny / interest.co.nz
    Speaker: Rt Hon Bill English, Prime Minister, New Zealand Government

    "I'll believe businesses when they tell me they increased the pay significantly and still couldn't find someone", he told those at a Trans - Tasman Business Circle lunch on Friday. 

  • End sledging by applying racism lessons

    17 May 2017 / Russell Gould / Herald Sun
    Speaker: Wayne Schwass, AFL Great, Founder of PukaUp

    Schwass, who yesterday addressed a Trans Tasman Business Circle lunch attended by business and sports administrators including AFL Players’ Association chief executive Paul Marsh, said the league knew what could be achieved when it fully dialled in for change.

  • How does government get away from 'black swan' IT projects?

    11 May 2017 / Allie Coyne / itnews
    Speakers: Catherine Buhler, CISO, BlueScope, Peter Lawrence, CIO, Dept. Defence & Gary Sterrenberg, CIO, Dept. Human Services

    Speaking at a Trans Tasman Business Circle event yesterday, Sterrenberg described the steps he is taking with WPIT to try to avoid it becoming a dreaded black swan project.

    The speed at which new technologies are being developed and put on the market is one challenge that will need to be overcome to prevent WPIT being slapped with this label, he said.

  • Four things that can make or break your organisation’s reputation

    3 May 2017 / Australian Institute of Company Directors / Northern Territory News
    Australian Institute of Company Directors

    Reputation is everything – even Warren Buffet thinks so. This month, in partnership with the Trans-Tasman Business Circle, the AICD invited a group of directors from Australia’s financial, insurance and professional services industries to discuss what boards can do to manage risk before it is no longer than just that: a risk.

  • The keys to tech shift from one of the Commonwealth’s busiest CIOs

    16 March 2017 / Stephen Easton / The Mandarin
    Speaker: Randall Brugeaud, Chief Information Officer, Department of Immigration and Border Protection

    “If something comes out of left field, then you just have to deal with it,” he told the Trans-Tasman Business Circle’s founder Johnny Weiss after giving a speech at one of the group’s business lunches in Canberra last week.

  • Qantas boss says streamlining transtasman border will benefit both countries

    15 March 2017 / Dean Purcell / New Zealand Herald
    Speaker: Alan Joyce, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Qantas

    "There's no reason why the travel between the two countries should be not like travel within New Zealand. It should be the same. It would make it easier for business travellers and it would make tourism a lot easier," he told a Transtasman Business Circle event.

  • Qantas says time to break down the trans-Tasman barriers

    14 March 2017 / Michael Smith / AFR
    Speaker: Alan Joyce, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Qantas

    "There are three areas in particular it will focus on. The first area is on airport charges. We've had a major spiralling up of costs on all of the airport in the region and that means we are less competitive compared to the rest of the world," Joyce told a Trans-Tasman Business Circle event.

  • Qantas CEO wants Aust-NZ border shake-up

    14 March 2017 / AAP / SBS
    Speaker: Alan Joyce, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Qantas

    "We think that Australia-New Zealand should have as seamless access as possible," Mr Joyce told a Trans-Tasman Business Circle event that was held at the Australian High Commission in Wellington on Tuesday.

  • Immigration Department presses on with digital change

    9 March 2017 / Doug Dingwall / The Age
    Speaker: Randall Brugeaud, Chief Information Officer, Department of Immigration and Border Protection

    The Department of Immigration and Border Protection's Chief Information Officer Randall Brugeaud told Canberra's Trans-Tasman Business Circle briefing on Thursday that agency bosses were driving its digital uptake.

  • Cyber head Paul Ash to lead innovation trip to Israel

    3 March 2017 / Nathan Smith / NBR
    Led By: Paul Ash, Director, National Cyber Policy Office

    The visit is planned between June 23-29 to Tel Aviv. Trans-Tasman Business Circle managing director Johnny Weiss says the visit will promote international collaboration in new cyber-security products, services and strategies to enhance and secure New Zealand’s economy.

  • Cyberscurity Delegation to Israel June 2017

    23 - 30 June / Innovation Circle
    Cybersecurity Delegation to Israel led by Paul Ash, Director of New Zealand’s National Cyber Policy Office

    A Cybersecurity Delegation to Israel from 23-30 June 2017 will promote international collaboration in new cybersecurity products, services and strategies to enhance and secure New Zealand’s economy. The visit will coincide with the highly acclaimed Cyber Week in Tel Aviv.

  • CBA keeps TYME to win customers

    31 January 2017 / Richard Gluyas / The Australian
    Speaker: Ian Narev, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Commonwealth Bank

    In an October speech to the Trans-Tasman Business Circle, Narev said it could well be that someone “will stand up here and describe (TYME) as a failed investment”.

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.

  • Top postmen get chemistry right

    23 November 2016 / Damon Kitney / The Australian
    Speakers: John Stanhope, Chairman, Australia Post & Ahmed Fahour, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Australia Post

    It is rare for the chief executive and chairman of a big company to share a stage together. So when Fahour and Stanhope did so recently at a Trans-Tasman Business Circle luncheon in Melbourne, it made for compelling viewing.

  • Qantas may target premium economy in Dreamliners

    17 November 2016 / Fiona Rotheram / NBR
    Speaker: Gareth Evans, Chief Executive Officer, Qantas International and Freight

    Speaking at the Trans-Tasman Business Circle, Mr Evans says the new premium economy seat hadn't been announced yet but would be world leading.

  • AusPost Delivers for Christmas

    17 November 2016 / Damon Kitney / The Australian
    Speakers: John Stanhope, Chairman, Australia Post & Ahmed Fahour, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Australia Post

    At a Trans-Tasman Business Circle lunch in Melbourne yesterday, Mr Fahour said so far this financial year the rate of decline in the group’s letter business was at the forecast 11 per cent, the same rate as over the past 12 months.

  • Post boss says mail reform took too long

    16 November 2016 / Trevor Chappell / SBS
    Speakers: John Stanhope, Chairman, Australia Post & Ahmed Fahour, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Australia Post

    Managing director Ahmed Fahour has told a business lunch that his one regret since taking the helm in 2010 was underestimating how much effort it would take to reform a government-owned company such as Australia Post.

    "I underestimated how much time you need to bring everybody on the journey: stakeholders, unions, licensed post offices, employees - number one - and indeed the whole community," Mr Fahour told a Trans-Tasman Business Circle event.

  • Gill Callister: look at education evidence, teacher funding works

    15 November 2016 / David Donaldson / The Mandarin
    Speaker: Gill Callister, Secretary, Department of Education and Training

    The idea of reducing education spending because it’s not achieving enough progress is like calling for “cuts to medical research because we haven’t cured diabetes yet”, she told a Trans-Tasman Business Circle event on Friday.

  • Suncorp CFO says financial services disenfranchised

    11 November 2016 / Jamie Williamson / Financial Standard
    Speaker: Steve Johnston, Group Chief Financial Officer, Suncorp Group

    Speaking on the disconnect between government and business at a Trans-Tasman Business Circle event in Sydney yesterday, Johnston said that while the theatre of politics is often reflected in low consumer and business confidence, those waiting on the political air to clear could be waiting a while and should look to businesses further down the food chain for inspiration.

  • Business must rethink political relationships in a post-Trump world

    10 November 2016 / Michael Smith / Australian Financial Review
    Speaker: Steve Johnston, Group Chief Financial Officer, Suncorp Group

    Steve Johnston - the finance chief at financial services group Suncorp - has taken a different approach on the issue. In a timely speech to a business lunch
    on Thursday, he argued the business community does not properly understand politics or public policy and needs to do something about it.

    "I think you can't argue with the notion that big business and governments of both major parties have taken our eyes off the ball," he told the Trans-Tasman Business Circle.
  • Invest in Israel Conference, Singapore

    8 September 2016 / Produced by 90 Seconds

    Featuring Patrick De Silva, Chief Investment Officer, Pix Vine Capital; Todd Dollinger, Chairman & CEO, Trendlines; Ziva Eger, Director General, Foreign Investments and Industrial Cooperation, Ministry of Economy & Industry, Israel; Alex Frenkel, VP Product, Colu; Bill Foo, Honorary Chairman - Singapore, Singapore Business Circle; Nimrod Kovloski, Partner, Jerusalem Venture Partners; Amrit Lang, Director General, Ministry of Economy and Industry of Israel; Tanya Oziel, Chief Executive, Singapore Business Circle; Joy Phua, Co-Founder and CEO, IZMUS; Yael Rubinstein, Ambassador of the State of Israel; Ron Snir, First Secretary, Economic and Trade Mission, Embassy of Israel in Singapore; Eugene Wong, Managing Director, Sirius Venture Capital

  • CEO Ian Narev's address at the Trans-Tasman Business Circle

    18 October 2016
    Speaker: Ian Narev, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Commonwealth Bank

    An address delivered by CBA CEO Ian Narev at the Trans-Tasman Business Circle.

  • CBA CEO Ian Narev says strong bank profits are 'critical' amid volatility

    19 October 2016 / James Eyers / Australian Financial Review
    Speaker: Ian Narev, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Commonwealth Bank

    As politicians continue to question whether bank profits are excessive and reflect a lack of competition in the sector and the gouging of customers, Mr Narev told a Trans-Tasman Business Circle lunch in Sydney that solid bank profits contribute to economic stability.

  • CBA’s Ian Narev say strong bank profits vital for economy, says

    19 October 2016 / Michael Bennet / The Australian
    Speaker: Ian Narev, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Commonwealth Bank

    Commonwealth Bank chief Ian Narev has stepped up his defence of the industry’s lofty returns, warning “strong predictable profits” were vital to the economy’s health amid heightened concerns around the world.

  • Israel's Tech Ventures

    Channel NewsAsia
    Invest in Israel Delegation to Singapore featuring Joy Phua, Managing Director, Izmus, Ziva Eger, Chief Executive, Invest in Israel Authority, Nimrod Kozlovski, Venture Partner, JVP Cyber Labs and Amer Subhi, Regional Sales Manager, SEA Mobileye

    Israel hopes to leverage on Singapore as a gateway to Asia, as its vibrant startup community goes in search of opportunities abroad. Jonathan Peeris looks at why Israel is brimming with investment opportunities.

  • What’s eating the public sector’s top technologists?

    6 September 2016 / Stephen Easton / The Mandarin
    Speakers: Charles McHardie, CTO, DHS, Peter Lawrence, CIO, Dept Defence & Marie Johnson, Head of Technology Authority, Centre for Digital Business

    When it comes to information technology, how do you keep up with the latest developments at the same time as keeping the lights on? What do you do in-house, when do you outsource and when do you form a blended workforce with external contractors?

    Three senior public sector technologists got the chance to chat about these and other challenges they are facing at a recent discussion hosted by the Trans-Tasman Business Circle. But that’s not to say there were any easy answers.

     

  • ASFA chief Martin Fahy faces argy bargy stymieing superannuation tax reform

    6 September 2016 / Sally Rose / Australian Financial Review
    Speaker: Brad Cooper, Chief Executive Officer, BT Financial Group

    In a speech to the Trans-Tasman Business Circle on Monday Mr Cooper said that decisions about super policy should be taken out of the annual budget cycle and aligned with the five-yearly intergenerational report. 

  • Banks go missing as tap-and-pay apps take off

    25 August 2016 / Michael Bennet / The Australian
    Speaker: Jon Sutton, Chief Executive Officer, Bank of Queensland

    At a Trans-Tasman Business Circle event in Sydney this month, Bank of Queensland chief Jon Sutton said branch usage had declined across all generations for transactional purposes, with a quarter of millennials in Australia, Britain and China used a banking app daily. However, he said smartphones would not replace the “emotional intelligence that an on-the-ground banker or branch manager can provide”.

  • Auckland transport network at 'crunch point,' KiwiRail's Reidy says

    17 August 2016 / Fiona Rotheram / NBR
    Speaker: Peter Reidy, Chief Executive Officer, KiwiRail

    Speaking at a Trans-Tasman Business Circle lunch in Auckland, Mr Reidy said KiwiRail was working with council-owned Auckland Transport, which contracts train operators to run Auckland's commuter train services, and the New Zealand Transport Agency, responsible for an integrated transport system nationwide, to build more network resilience.

  • Banks cling to high ROE

    3 August 2016 / Tony Boyd / Australian Financial Review
    Speaker: Rob Whitfield, Secretary, NSW Treasury

    Whitfield, who is now NSW Treasury Secretary, told a Trans-Tasman Business Circle lunch last week that the high ROE numbers would become a thing of the past. 

  • Unleashing New Zealand’s Potential – Faster! Post Mission Report - August 2016

    8 August 2016 / Foreword by Simon Moutter / Spark
    Delegation Led By: Simon Moutter, Managing Director, Spark

    A discussion on accelerating New Zealand’s entrepreneurial and technological innovation capacity to support higher economic growth.

  • NZ Research & Development Expenditure Summary

    8 August 2016 / Simon Moutter / Spark
    Delegation Led By: Simon Moutter, Managing Director, Spark

    A summary of Research & Development Expenditure in New Zealand Post Innovation Mission to Israel.

  • Spark's Moutter takes lead in rattling cages for venture capital

    8 August 2016 / Paul McBeth / NBR
    Speaker: Simon Moutter, Managing Director, Spark

    Moutter was one of 54 delegates who travelled to Israel earlier this year on a fact-finding mission to help kick-start New Zealand's capacity for smart entrepreneurship and technological ideas, and today outlined the group's post-mission report to the Trans-Tasman Business Circle.

  • McClay plans to make more out of existing free-trade deals

    1 August 2016 / Paul McBeth / NBR
    Speaker: Hon Todd McClay, Minister of Trade, Minister for State Owned Enterprises, Associate Minister for Foreign Affairs, New Zealand Government

    In a speech to the Trans-Tasman Business Circle in Auckland, Mr McClay outlined a planned shift in trade policy strategy...

  • NZ must raise voice on world stage

    1 August 2016 / Fran O'Sullivan / NZME
    Speaker: Hon Todd McClay, Minister of Trade, Minister for State Owned Enterprises, Associate Minister for Foreign Affairs, New Zealand Government

    Trade Minister Todd McClay is expected to stake out the rationale for a trade strategy refresh in an address to the Trans Tasman Business Circle today.

  • Post-Mediscare health needs a long-term plan

    20 July 2016 / Jessica Gardner / Australian Financial Review
    Speaker: Dwayne Crombie, MD Private Health Insurance, Bupa Australia

    BUPA's Dwayne Crombie, Leanne Wells of the Consumer Health Forum, and Toby Hall of St Vincent's Health, at the Trans-Tasman Business Circle

  • Money in the Cup

    15 July 2016 / Helen Trinca / The Australian
    Speaker: Anna Bligh, CEO, YWCA NSW & Former QLD Premier

    Anna Bligh warned the gathering, run by the Trans-Tasman Business Circle, that aspiring leaders must “accept chaos” in their lives.

  • Sharing control: four strategic priorities for the public value pivot

    22 July 2016 / The Mandarin
    Speaker: Kym Peake, Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services VIC

    The future will see governments making a stronger effort to work with clients and the private and community sectors to design and deliver services, Peake told a Trans Tasman Business Circle event in Melbourne on Friday.

  • NZ Super to appoint factor managers, worries about local liquidity

    26 Jun 2016 / Investment News
    Speaker: Fiona Mackenzie, Head of Investments, New Zealand Super

    She told the Trans-Tasman Business Circle gathering that the NZS had “some concerns about the future prospects for liquidity in the NZ market”.

  • Aussies poaching our firms - NZX boss

    23 Jun 2016 / Christopher Adams / New Zealand Herald
    Speaker: Tim Bennett, Chief Executive Officer, NZX

    Speaking at a Trans-Tasman Business Circle panel event in Auckland this afternoon, Tim Bennett called on Kiwis to be more nationalistic about this country's sharemarket.

  • Top New Zealand Executives Visit Israel for Inaugural “Innovation Mission”

    07 Jun 2016 / Israel21c / The Tower
    Led By: Simon Moutter, Chief Executive Officer, Spark

    The Trans-Tasman Business Circle, which organized the trip along with the Israel Trade Commission, previously has led several Australian business missions to Israel. 

  • NZ struggling to commercialise good innovation, Israeli entrepreneur says

    31 May 2016 / Fiona Rotheram (In Israel) / NBR
    Speaker: Isaac Bentwich, Chief Executive Officer, CropX

    Speaking to the first ever New Zealand innovation mission to Israel, Bentwich said when he was in New Zealand he was blown away by two things – the quality and quantity of innovation.

  • Spark chief to lead innovation expedition to Israel

    28 May 2016 / Fran O'Sullivan / New Zealand Herald
    Speaker: Simon Moutter, Managing Director, Spark

    Moutter told the Weekend Herald he was approached by the Trans-Tasman Business Circle to lead the mission.

  • Key gets tough on Auckland with new policy forcing councils to release land

    27 May 2016 / Maria Slade / Stuff.co.nz
    Speaker: Rt Hon John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand

    In a post-Budget speech on Friday, Prime Minister John Key said the Government was about to put in place a National Policy Statement making councils free up land for urban development.

  • FMA boss: 'culture shock' for some overseen firms

    25 May 2016 / Hamish Fletcher / New Zealand Herald
    Speaker: Rob Everett, Chief Executive, The Financial Markets Authority

    Five years on from when the market watchdog was set up, Everett made a speech in front of the Trans - Tasman Business Circle on where the organisation was headed.

  • The Aussie dollar is crumbling after RBA governor Glenn Stevens opened the door for more rate cuts

    24 May 2016 / Greg McKenna / Business Insider
    Speaker: Glenn Stevens, Governor, Reserve Bank Australia

    In remarks at the Trans - Tasman Business Circle boardroom briefing in Sydney, Stevens said the RBA is “very committed to the inflation targeting monetary policy framework”.

  • Marks & Spencer clocks up record Australian online sales

    19 May 2016 / Sue Mitchell / Sydney Morning Herald
    Speakers: Nick Baker, RedBalloon; Gareth Jude, Telstra; Faye Ilhan, Dan Murphy's; Michael McCafferty, Marks and Spencer

    "If they're too low you're not offering them the possibility of trying it on," Mr McCafferty told a retail function hosted by the Trans-Tasman Business Circle, BDO and DemandWare in Sydney on Thursday.

  • Renee Leon: crowdsourcing and ideas ownership in policymaking

    26 April 2016 / Stephen Easton / The Mandarin
    Speaker: Renée Leon PSM, Secretary, Department of Employment

    “The department will use them as trials to build an evidence base, and possibly use successful ones more broadly in future,” secretary Renee Leon explained to members of the Trans-Tasman Business Circle at its recent briefing.

  • Got gravitas? You could be NSW's first whole-of-gov CDO

    15 Mar 2016 / Paris Cowan / IT News
    Speaker: Martin Hoffman, Secretary, Department of Finance, Services & Innovation NSW

    Head of NSW Finance Martin Hoffman told the Trans-Tasman Business Circle on Friday he wanted someone with the experience, "runs on the board, and the scars on the back” to lift the profile of the state’s digital transformation agenda.

  • Optus calls for broadband contract cuts as NBN rolls out

    2 Mar 2016 / David Ramli / Brisbane Times
    Speaker: Paul O'Sullivan, Chairman, Optus

    Speaking at a Trans-Tasman Business Circle event in Sydney on Wednesday, Mr O'Sullivan said there was a lack of sufficient competition in the broadband market thanks to Telstra's success and the NBN would not fix the problem.

  • Optus calls for telco competition inquiry

    2 Mar 2016 / Andrew Sadauskas / IT News
    Speaker: Paul O'Sullivan, Chairman, Optus

    During the speech at a Trans-Tasman Business Circle lunch in Sydney today, O'Sullivan said the federal government's decision to adopt a multi-technology mix model had inadvertently had an adverse impact on competition.

  • Queensland solar homes are using more grid electricity than non-solar, says Energex boss

    25 Feb 2016 / Joshua Robertson / The Guardian
    Speaker: Terry Effeney, Chief Executive Officer, Energex

    Speaking on the future of electricity distribution at a Trans-Tasman Business Circle lunch in Brisbane on Wednesday, Effeney said south-east Queensland’s 300,000 rooftop solar systems represented “the highest level of saturation anywhere in the world”.

  • NZ PM John Key backs rising China to have our back

    19 Feb 2016 / James Eyers / AFR
    Speakers: The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull, MP, Prime Minister of Australia & Rt Hon. John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand

    "China is going to be even more important to Australia and New Zealand than we already think," Mr Key told a Trans-Tasman Business Circle lunch, attended by 1000 business leaders.

  • Aust could learn from NZ, Turnbull says

    19 Feb 2016 / AAP / The West Australian
    Speakers: The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull, MP, Prime Minister of Australia & Rt Hon. John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand

    With a less complex system of government, New Zealand is often able to do things more quickly and more efficiently, Mr Turnbull told a Trans Tasman Business Circle luncheon he attended with NZ counterpart John Key in Sydney on Tuesday.

  • Rt Hon Hugo Swire at Victoria University

    18 Feb 2016 / Media Produced by Steve Cochran / Victoria University of Wellington
    Speaker: Rt Hon Hugo Swire, Minister of State at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Government of the United Kingdom

    Rt Hon Hugo Swire, Minister of State at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office at Trans-tasman Business Circle briefing hosted at Victoria

  • Wellington 'needs more leadership and collaboration' for economic growth

    17 Feb 2016 / Collette Devlin / Stuff.co.nz
    Speakers: Cameron Bagrie, Chief Economist, ANZ Bank; Chris Whelan, Chief Executive, WREDA; Mark McGuinness, Managing Director, Willis Bond & Co

    The issue was discussed during a Trans-Tasman Business Circle event on Wednesday, which saw representatives of the public and private sectors talk about growth opportunities in the region.

  • PM to welcome his New Zealand Counterpart

    17 Feb 2016 / Darcy Daley / WAMN
    Speakers: The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull, MP, Prime Minister of Australia & Rt Hon. John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand

    According to a press release from the Prime Ministers office, the two leaders will hold discussions about the business link between the countries at a Trans-Tasman business circle lunch.

  • PM to visit Australia for annual Leaders’ talks

    15 Feb 2016 / Scoop Media / Scoop.co.nz
    Speakers: The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull, MP, Prime Minister of Australia & Rt Hon. John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand

    Mr Key will be accompanied by a delegation of senior business leaders. During the visit, the two Prime Ministers will speak to business leaders from both countries at a Trans-Tasman Business Circle event.

  • Streuth! Aussie professionals moving to New Zealand in droves

    14 Feb 2016 / Marika Hill / Stuff.co.nz
    Melinda Lim, Partnerships Manager, Trans-Tasman Business Circle

    She shocked friends when she made the decision to swap her hometown of Sydney for Auckland two years ago, having no friends or family in the city. But after initially taking up a fixed-term contract at Trans-Tasman Business Circle two years ago, she is now planning to buy a house here.

  • Malcolm Turnbull, John Key double act descends on Sydney

    21 Jan 2016 / Will Glasgow / AFR
    Speaker: The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull, MP, Prime Minister of Australia & Rt Hon. John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand

    Hats off to Tanya Oziel's Trans-Tasman Business Circle for organising the February 19 event. Consider this our confirmation.

2015

  • Rachel Smalley: Quotas needed to diversify NZX boards

    30 Nov 2015 / Rachel Smalley / Newstalk ZB
    Speaker: Rachel Smalley, Host, Newstalk ZB

    I moderated a panel on Friday at a get-together of the Trans-Tasman Business circle -- it was on leadership and diversity and there were some interesting suggestions about how we could bring about change in our boardrooms.

  • IAG CEO warns of disruption

    26 Nov 2015 / Jordan Lynn / Insurance Business Online
    Speaker: Peter Harmer, CEO and Managing Director, IAG

    Organised by the Trans-Tasman Business Circle, Harmer used the discussion to warn the industry and brokers in particular, that disruption could have big effects on the industry.

  • A Joint Council CEO Panel

    25 Nov 2015 / Media Produced by 90 Seconds
    Speakers: Stephen Town, CEO, Auckland Council; Dr Kevin Lavery, CEO, Wellington City Council; Dr Karleen Edwards, CEO, Christchurch City Council

    The Trans – Tasman Business Circle are delighted to have hosted the Chief Executive Officers of the 3 major cities and economic hubs of New Zealand.

  • IAG wary of tech appeal to SMEs

    20 Nov 2015 / Ruth Liew / Australian Financial Review
    Speaker: Peter Harmer, CEO and Managing Director, IAG

    "My fear is that our current models, our current advice models, aren't capable of serving that segment properly" IAG's new chief executive, Peter Harmer, said at a Trans-Tasman Business Circle lunch in Sydney on Thursday. 

  • No Success without Risks - Qantas Chief

    19 November 2015 / Damon Kitney / The Australian
    Speaker: Alan Joyce, Chief Executive Officer, Qantas

    “The Australian press and some of the investment community, they don’t like failures and risk taking. You know if you are going be creative and generate new businesses, some of those are going to fail,’’ he told a private Trans-Tasman Business Circle function in Melbourne on Tuesday evening.

  • Commonwealth Bank wants to boost green energy loans – and favours a carbon price

    13 November 2015 / Clancy Yeates / Brisbane Times
    Speaker: Kelly Bayer Rosmarin, Group Executive, Institutional Banking and Markets, Commonwealth Bank

    "Our appetite for lending to the renewables sector is unlimited and we are actively seeking to grow our portfolio, as long as they are good, viable, commercially-backable projects, and they are bankable," she said at a Trans-Tasman Business Circle lunch in Sydney. Ms Bayer Rosmarin also said the bank would hold a forum allowing people from the "cleantech" and "fintech" sectors to work together.

     

  • Integrating tax collection and accounting software will 'save businesses time'

    11 Nov 2015 / Tom Pullar-Strecker / stuff.co.nz
    Speaker: Hon. Todd McClay, Minister of Revenue, New Zealand Government

    The annual pay threshold above which businesses must file PAYE returns online rather than on paper might be halved to $50,000, McClay told a meeting of the Trans-Tasman Business Circle

  • IRD's business transformation project to come in under budget

    11 Nov 2015 / Paul McBeth / NBR
    Speaker: Hon. Todd McClay, Minister of Revenue, New Zealand Government

    The IRD had initially scoped the project's cost at $1.3-1.9 billion and has revised that after it discovered it can use Colorado-based Fast Enterprises' out-of-the-box software, which is already running in other countries, Revenue Minister Todd McClay told the Trans-Tasman Business Circle in Auckland.

  • Myer to have 3,000 more staff at Xmas

    16 Oct 2015 / AAP / Perth Now
    Speaker: Richard Umbers, CEO, MYER

    "This will come to life this year with our 'giftorium' - I'm calling it Mark II - because it's bigger, better and more engaging than ever before," Mr Umbers said in an address to the Trans-Tasman Business Circle on Friday.

     

  • Myer chief Richard Umbers hails ‘new openness’ on economic reform

    16 Oct 2015 / Eli Greenblat / The Australian
    Speaker: Richard Umbers, CEO, MYER

    Speaking at a Trans-Tasman Business Circle lunch in Melbourne today Mr Umbers also said work practices had to adapt to the new realities of online shopping, where customers were making demands on stores after traditional closing hours.

     

  • Bill English - New Zealand Economic and Fiscal Outlook

    15 Oct 2015 / Hon Bill English Speech / Scoop Media
    Speaker: Hon Bill English, Minister of Finance, NZ Government

    "It's a pleasure to speak to the Trans-Tasman Business Circle again..."

  • Finance Minister Bill English: Further surpluses unlikely

    15 Oct 2015 / Isaac Davison / NZ Herald
    Speaker: Hon Bill English, Minister of Finance, NZ Government

    In a speech to the Trans-Tasman Business Circle in Wellington this afternoon, Mr English said the surplus target had been effective "when the books needed a sharp improvement from an $18.4 billion deficit".

  • Disruption - More than a buzz word?

    28 Sept 2015 / Media Produced by 90 Seconds
    Speaker: David Havercroft, Chief Operating Officer, Spark

    David Havercroft, Chief Operating Officer, Spark speaks to the Trans - Tasman Business Circle on ‘Disruption - More than a buzz word?'

  • The Future Economy

    22 Sept 2015 / Media Produced by 90 Seconds
    Speaker: Greg Davidson, CEO, Datacom

    Greg Davidson, Chief Executive Officer, Datacom speaks to the Trans - Tasman Business Circle on Strategic Leadership in a world of accelerated change.

  • Westpac Chief Brian Hartzer predicts services boom

    17 Sept 2015 / Clancy Yeates / Sydney Morning Herald
    Speaker: Brian Hartzer, CEO, Westpac

    "There's been a lot of talk recently about slower growth in the Australian economy. Some even suggest we might be heading for recession. We don't see it that way," Mr Hartzer said at a Trans-Tasman Business Circle lunch in Sydney.

  • Bank bosses flock to Trans-Tasman Business Circle

    14 Sept 2015 / James Eyers / Australian Financial Review
    Speaker: Brian Hartzer, CEO, Westpac

    Each of the current CEOs of the big four banks have used the Circle to sketch their vision and to define banks' role in the national polity.

  • Pressing need for basic infrastructure overtakes Christchurch 'smart city' plan

    01 Sept 2015 / Jonathan Underhill / NBR
    Speaker: Marko Bogoievski, CEO, Infratil

    Infratil [NZX: IFT] chief executive Marko Bogoievski cited lessons learned in attempting to incorporate intelligent infrastructure into the core rebuild of Christchurch in a speech to the Trans-Tasman Business Circle in Wellington today, entitled Infrastructure for the New Economy.

  • NSW digital drivers licence scheme faces obstacles

    01 Sept 2015 / Andrew Colley / The Australian
    Speaker: Glenn King, CEO, Service NSW

    However, speaking at a meeting of the Trans-Tasman Business Circle in Sydney last week, Mr King conceded that getting digital drivers licences up would require a multi-jurisdictional approach and may not even be feasible.

  • Vero asks Wellington: Are you prepared?

    20 August 2015 / Scoop Media / Scoop Business
    Speaker: Gary Dransfield, Chief Executive, Vero Insurance

    The question was posed by Vero chief executive Gary Dransfield in an address to dozens of Wellington businesses and government organisations gathered at an event held by the Trans-Tasman Business Circle in the capital today.

  • Boat policy secrecy no spin, says Immigration head Mike Pezzullo

    27 August 2015 / Stefanie Balogh / The Australian
    Speaker: Michael Pezzullo, Secretary, Department of Immigration & Border Protection

    Mr Pezzullo, who once served as Kim Beazley's deputy chief of staff and is now an influential and respected department secretary, was speaking at the Trans-Tasman Business Circle in Canberra. 

  • Social bonds expanding in NSW, says visiting state premier

    18 August 2015 / Fiona Rotherham / NBR
    Speaker: Mike Baird, Premier, NSW

    On his first official visit to New Zealand, Baird told a Trans Tasman Business Circle lunch in Auckland that Australia's first two social benefit bonds, pioneered by the NSW government in 2013, had proved successful though it was "still early days".

  • Awards the cheapest way to employ people in this country

    19 August 2015 / Luke Malpass & Misa Han / Australian Financial Review
    Speakers: Peter Harris, Australia Productivity Commission & Murray Sherwin, New Zealand Productivity Commission

    Life goes on and the markets work their way through. The New Zealand labour market has actually been pretty good at employing people," New Zealand Productivity Commission chair Murray Sherwin said at a Trans-Tasman Business Circle event.

  • Take super out of the budget system and link it to the intergenerational report cycle

    1 August 2015 / Sally Rose / Australian Financial Review
    Speaker: Brad Cooper, Chief Executive Officer, BT Financial

    BT Financial Group Chief Executive Brad Cooper said the retirement age and the super preservation age should rise automatically with increases in life expectancy to "allow our system to adapt itself to Australia's changing demographics and not be reliant on the politics of the day to make changes".

  • NAB chief executive Andrew Thorburn says bank has done 'heavy lifting' on capital

    15 July 2015 / James Eyers / The Sydney Morning Herald
    Speaker: Andrew Thorburn, Chief Executive Officer, NAB

    NAB's decision to raise capital at its May results "was a prudent, appropriate move" given bank capital is moving higher, Mr Thorburn said on Wednesday. 

    "We still believe we are well paced and we still believe we absolutely did the right thing in May to get ahead of that" he said at Trans - Tasman Business Circle lunch in Sydney.

  • ANZ's Mike Smith warns on cheap-credit risks

    11 June 2015 / Clancy Yeates, Shaun Drummond and Jonathan Shapiro / Sydney Morning Herald
    Speaker: Mike Smith, Chief Executive Officer, ANZ

    The boss of the country's third largest bank on Wednesday highlighted the growing risks unleashed by ultra cheap credit, including in the $1.3 trillion mortgage market, which is a key worry for the country's top regulators.

  • Suncorp bank chief John Nesbitt says outsourcing to India helps protect Aussie firms, Finance Sector Union slams overseas contracting

    16 May 2015 / Liam Walsh / The Courier-Mail
    Speaker: John Nesbitt, Chief Executive Officer, Suncorp Bank

    John Nesbitt, speaking at a Trans-Tasman Business Circle function in Brisbane on Friday, described how firms had masses of data but needed overseas partner companies who could crunch that data in different ways.

  • Three things that make New Zealand better

    16 April 2015 / Frank Chung / News Limited
    Speaker: John Key, New Zealand Prime Minister

    Johnny Weiss, CEO of the Trans-Tasman Business Circle, disagrees. “The CER has delivered to Australian businesses another market roughly the size of Queensland,” he says. “A significant number of Australian exporters make their first move to New Zealand as a testing ground for export markets and then grew from there.

  • What do you do when 900 startups are targeting your service?

    11 June 2015 / Divina Paredes / CIO New Zealand
    Speaker: Caroline Ada, Country Manager, Visa

    “Our role is to create an environment or ecosystem for any party to innovate with us,” says Ada, who spoke at a forum on ‘Payments Evolution’ by the Trans-Tasman Business Circle.

  • Transtasman allies must look to future

    04 March 2015 / Fran O'Sullivan / The New Zealand Herald
    Speakers: John Key, NZ Prime Minister & Tony Abbott, Australia Prime Minister

    There was plenty of good-humoured banter when the two Prime Ministers earlier addressed the 10th meeting of the Australia New Zealand Leadership Forum - a 160-strong group of leading business people.

  • Ten tips for Australia business success

    07 January 2015 / Bella Katz / The New Zealand Herald
    Speaker: Kiwi Bella Katz is a Melbourne-based brand and marketing consultant.

    If you're a young company, pick Sydney or Melbourne. ... NZTE, NZVBG, Trans-Tasman Business Circle - networks created with you in mind. 4. Do the ...

2014

  • NZ Prime Minister reminds Australia of China’s importance to both countries

    07 February 2014 / Mo Hong’e / Ecns.cn
    Speaker: Hon Tony Abbott, Prime Minister, Australia & Rt Hon John Key, Prime Minister, New Zealand

    The big game in global commerce for Australia and New Zealand is China, visiting New Zealand Prime Minister John Key told business leaders and members of parliament (MPs) in Australia on Friday.

  • Fran O’Sullivan: Australasian love-in but rocky marriage

    08 February 2014 / Fran O’Sullivan / The New Zealand Herald
    Speaker: Hon Tony Abbott, Prime Minister, Australia & Rt Hon John Key, Prime Minister, New Zealand

    More than three quarters of business leaders believe productivity improvement will come from a macro and micro economic level, according to a new survey.

    Conducted by the Trans-Tasman Business Circle and Newport Consulting, the survey found that 76 per cent of the 150 business leader respondents believe productivity gains are best addressed through private and public means...

  • Is Australia really open for business?

    05 March 2014 / Marion Williams / Asia-Pacific Banking & Finance
    Speaker: David Hisco, CEO, ANZ Bank NZ

    The mining boom has papered over cracks in the Australian economy that resemble those New Zealand was forced to face some 30 years ago, so the lucky country could learn something from the plucky country.

    New Zealand has overtaken Australia in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness, jumping five places to rank number 18 in the world while Australia slipped one rung to number 21 due to higher cost structures, large regulatory burdens and labour market rigidity....

  • Productivity needs all sectors: survey

    06 May 2014 / Alexander Liddington-Cox / The Australian
    Speaker: David Hand, Managing Director, Newport Consulting

    More than three quarters of business leaders believe productivity improvement will come from a macro and micro economic level, according to a new survey.

    Conducted by the Trans-Tasman Business Circle and Newport Consulting, the survey found that 76 per cent of the 150 business leader respondents believe productivity gains are best addressed through private and public means...

  • Australia Post boss floats user-pays mail delivery

    06 May 2014 / Patrick Durkin / Sydney Morning Herald
    Speaker: John Stanhope, Chairman, Australia Post

    Australia Post chairman John Stanhope said a user-pays postal system was a viable option after the company's letter operations ­suffered a $218 million loss last year because the public had sent fewer letters than ever.

  • City needs ‘visitor strategy’

    16 August 2014 / Stuff.co.nz
    Speaker: Malcolm Jones, Chief Executive, Christchurch Airport

    Christchurch lacks a visitor strategy and things for tourists to do, the city's port and airport chiefs say.

    Christchurch Airport chief executive Malcolm Johns, Lyttelton Port of Christchurch chief executive Peter Davie, and NZ Transport Agency regional director southern Jim Harland discussed transport issues in Christchurch yesterday as part of a Trans-Tasman Business Circle discussion....

  • Vodafone boss rails against Telstra's NBN bounty

    21 August 2014 / Paul Wallbank / Technology Spectator
    Speaker: Inaki Berroeta, Australian Chief Executive, Vodafone Hutchison

    Vodafone Hutchinson Australia chief executive Iñaki Berroeta has raised concerns about the level of compensation Telstra stands to receive from the rejigged National Broadband Network (NBN) deal with NBN Co.

    Speaking at the Trans-Tasman Business Circle lunch on Wednesday, Mr Berroeta delivered a harsh assessment of the domestic market, saying that the competitive landscape was still geared to give Telstra maximum advantage...

  • Google not looking at Australian banking

    21 August 2014 / Clancy Yates / Technology Spectator
    Speaker: Maile Carnegie, Australian Managing Director, Google

    Google has no plans to take on the nation's big banks in payments by launching its "digital wallet" in the domestic market, says Australian managing director Maile Carnegie.

    Unveiled to much hype in the United States in 2011, Google Wallet sought to replace credit cards by allowing customers to pay for purchases with their smartphones.

  • NZX has bubbly on hold in case

    28 August 2014 / Michael Foreman / Stuff.co.nz
    Speaker: Tim Bennett, Chief Executive, NZX

    The stock exchange is headed for a record year, but it could be a while before we see a repeat, NZX chief executive Tim Bennett says.

    So far this year there have been 11 new listings on the NZX, which have collectively raised almost $1.4 billion.

  • Google Australia's Maile Carnegie accepts the #icebucketchallenge

    21 September 2014 / Google Australia's Maile Carnegie
    Speaker: Phil Chronican, CEO Australia,ANZ

    Google Australia's Maile Carnegie accepts the #icebucketchallenge and tags panel members at Trans – Tasman Business, The Digital Age and The Next Era of Banking Panel featuring Phil Chronican, CEO Australia,ANZ

  • ANZ’s Andrew Geczy: Get over China & (sic) starting looking at the rest of Asia

    10 September 2014 / Richard Gluyas / AFR
    Speaker: Andrew Geczy, Chief Executive of International and Institutional Banking, ANZ Bank

    South-east Asian nations should be considered as important to Australia as China, a senior ANZ banker told a lunchtime meeting of leading business figures today...

  • Making Banking Better

    26 September 2014 / Andrew Cornell / bluenotes.anz.com
    Speaker: Andrew Geczy, Chief Executive of International and Institutional Banking, ANZ Bank

    Banking, according to ANZ's CEO of International and Institutional Banking Andrew Gezy, is just as much about monetising insight as it about capital.

    Speaking exclusively to BlueNotes on video, Andrew, now a year into his role at ANZ, says relationship banking is about providing clients with financial captial and intellectual capital...

  • Now, getting back to business

    09 October 2014 / David Ramli / AFR
    Speaker: Rt Hon John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand

    Exclusive Despite a landslide victory, New Zealand's PM and Finance Minister haven't taken their eyes off the importance of ongoing economic reform...

  • Telstra is too big to rein in: O’Sullivan

    09 October 2014 / David Ramli / AFR
    Speaker: Paul O’Sullivan, Chairman, Optus

    SingTel-Optus chairman Paul O'Sullivan has claimed that all sides of politics are letting Telstra get away with damaging competition because they need its help to build the national broadband network.

    Mr O'Sullivan called on the government to introduce a raft of legislation that would specifically target Telstra and forcibly split the company as the NBN rolled out...

  • Summer of the Boot

    10 October 2014 / Jason Clout / AFR
    Speaker: Michael Brown, Chief Executive Officer, 2015 Asian Cup

    There's lots to keep fans entertained this season, with the Asian Cup hot on the heels of A-League.

    The A-League returns this weekend but this season it won't be the only major football competition, as the Asian Cup looms large in January...

  • Is Splitting Up NBN the Best Option?

    17 October 2014 / Marc Howe / sourceable.net
    Speaker: Paul O’Sullivan, Chairman, Optus

    In the absence of Labor’s full FTTP-solution, the break up of the NBN into competing entities could be the best means of expediting the long-term growth of Australia’s telecommunications infrastructure...

  • “BNZ boss Anthony Healy’s 5-point plan”

    23 October 2014 / Richard Meadows / Stuff.co.nz
    Speaker: Anthony Healy, Managing Director and CEO, The Bank of New Zealand

    The Bank of New Zealand's boss says knee-jerk responses to foreign investment betray a ''close-mindedness'' at odds with the country's image as a diverse and tolerant nation.

    Recently appointed executive Anthony Healy gave his first major speech this afternoon, addressing the Trans-Tasman Business Circle in Auckland.....

  • “BNZ boss backs efforts to clean up polluted waterways”

    23 October 2014 / Christopher Adams / The New Zealand Herald
    Speaker: Anthony Healy, Managing Director and CEO, The Bank of New Zealand

    BNZ chief executive Anthony Healy has thrown his weight behind efforts to clean up New Zealand's polluted waterways in his first speech since taking the bank's helm five months ago....

  • Now is the time for less talk and more action on regulation

    20 November 2014 / Jennifer Sexton / Daily Telegraph
    Speaker: Grant O’Brien, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Woolworths Limited

    WOOLWORTHS boss Grant O’Brien has called for competition reviewers to stop the endless analysis and instead urged governments and regulators to act. “Calls for change in areas such as trading hours, planning, liquor licensing laws are not unique,” Mr O’Brien told a Trans-Tasman Business Circle lunch in Sydney yesterday.

  • Woolies steps up anti-effects test campaign

    20 November 2014 / Sue Mitchell / Australian Financial Review
    Speaker: Grant O’Brien, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Woolworths Limited

    Woolworths has stepped up its campaign against the proposed introduction of an effects test in competition law, warning the government against making laws while "looking through the rear view mirror". Woolworths chief executive Grant O'Brien said the effects test recommended in the Harper competition law review's draft report would create uncertainty, chill investment, hurt the economy and potentially lead to higher prices for consumers.

  • Supermarkets playing the lottery

    27 November 2014 / Frank Chung / news.com.au
    Speaker: Grant O’Brien, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Woolworths Limited

    WOULD you want to see lottery tickets and scratchies sold at the supermarket check-out? It could be happening very soon, if Tatts gets its way.
    A moratorium on the practice in NSW is set to expire in April next year, and newsagents fear Tatts has quietly cut deals with Coles and Woolworths ahead of time.

  • Rebooted NBN shuts down full fibre dream

    28 November 2014 / Suprati Adhikari / Business Spectator.com.au
    Speaker: Bill Morrow , Chief Executive Office, NBN Co

    NBN Co chief executive Bill Morrow is hoping that he will be whistling a far more upbeat tune by this time next year. A tune that lets him cast the National Broadband Network (NBN) in a whole new light.
    The deals with Telstra and Optus will be set in stone, millions of premises will be on the network and NBN Co just might start leveraging the fixed wireless and the satellite component of the network to carve out new revenue streams.

  • Mental health in the workplace is costing business $11 billion a year

    01 December 2014 / Anna Patty / The Sydney Morning Herald
    Speaker: Professor Allan Fels, Chairman, National Mental Health Commission

    New research has highlighted the huge workplace cost of poor mental health and isolated key strategies to address the issue, writes Anna Patty.

  • NZ retirement worries loom large: AMP

    04 December 2014 / Richard Meadows / Stuff.co.nz
    Speaker: Craig Meller Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, AMP

    Kiwis should work into their 60s and 70s and be forced to save more money, in order to avert a looming retirement savings crisis, AMP's chief executive says
    Craig Meller was speaking at a Trans-Tasman Business Circle event in Auckland this afternoon.

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