17 August 2018

2018 NZAMI Annual Conference

Date: 17 August 2018 Start: 8.30 am
Venue: Eden Park,Level 5 Lounge North Stand, Mt Eden, Auckland Entry at Gate B

8.00 am                Registration

8.30 am                Opening by MC – Mark Sainsbury  

8.40 am                Welcome by the 2017/2018 NZAMI Chairperson - June Ranson, NZAMI Chairperson 

8.50 am                Keynote AddressThe Honourable Iain Lees-Galloway, Minister of Immigration 

9.30 am                Resetting the Immigration New Zealand & NZAMI relationship - Greg Patchell, Deputy Chief Executive, Immigration New Zealand

Greg will talk about the new era of the INZ and NZAMI relationship and the collaborative approach both organisations are taking.  He will also cover off the new engagement framework and some initiatives already underway as well as providing an update on the implementation of the new Visa Services operating model.

10.15 am              Morning Tea and Sponsor Tables

10.45 am              Immigration’s role in New Zealand’s Changing Economy - Tony Alexander, Chief Economist, Strategy & Business Performance, BNZ  

11.45 am              How a similar size economy to New Zealand can perform better than we doDr Oliver Hartwich, Executive Director, The New Zealand Initiative  

New Zealand is a small and remote nation.  But that does not mean we cannot be world-class in our ambitions.  By learning from the best countries in the world, we can lift our game.   All it requires is curiosity, openness to change and good leadership.

12.30 pm              Lunch and Sponsor Tables

1.30 pm                Anything is Achievable - Pic Picot, Amazing Entrepreneur   

2.15 pm                Managing the Cultural Differences Encountered in our Immigration work - Dean Foster, Founder DFA Intercultural Global Solutions (

An interactive exploration of how effectively managing cultural differences in our day-to-day work can mean the difference between succeeding or struggling in achieving our mission. 

Dean will provide critical strategies for leveraging cultural differences for greater success that can be implemented every day in our work with various global cultures.

3.15 pm                Afternoon Tea and Sponsor Tables

3.45 pm                Changing attitudes to implement policy – Speakers will discuss the role that should be played by New Zealand, a country built by migrants and will feature lively discussions with speakers chosen for their first-hand knowledge and views on the effectiveness of immigration policies.  Are the policies recognising the significant impact migrants make on the economy through contributions as workers, taxpayers and consumers.  They will explore the varied causes of the current crisis and the unique challenges that come with migrants.

Peter Elms, Assistant General Manager, Business & Specialist, INZ 

Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Massey University 

Alejandra Mercado, INZ’s Operational Policy Manager 

FACILITATED by June Ranson, Licensed Immigration Adviser   

4.45 pm                Changes to Australian Immigration – What can they expect now? - Amanda Tinner, Registered Migration Agent, Visa Executive Pty Ltd 

Another year of change has seen further movement in the migration program. We will highlight the changes that have happened and pin point those that are currently in play such as the proposed tightening of citizenship requirements, temporary parent visas, 2 step partner visas and occupation lists.  Job growth is on the rise and unemployment decreasing but does this have anything to do with the migration program changes – it depends on who you listen to.

5.30 pm                Closing - Mark Sainsbury, NZAMI Conference MC 

5.40 pm                Networking Drinks

Closing date for registration and ordering DVD Pack is 13 August 2018

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Upcoming NZAMI CPD and Events 2018

This calendar is still subject to change and times for the Webinars are still to be advised.

WORKSHOPS - due to the format of all Workshops, there is a strict number of attendees for each Workshop and bookings will be closed early.  As soon as registration is open, an email will be sent and it will be on a first come first served basis (NZAMI members will be offered places early).  Please also note due to confidentiality, Workshops will not be recorded.

WEBINARS - everyone who registers to attend a Webinar will also receive a link to access the recording at no extra cost!






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As a guide only, Seminars provide you with 4 hours CPD, Webinars 1 1/2 hours CPD and Workshops 4-6 hours CPD.

This guide can change dependent upon length of event.


NZAMI Cancellation Policy

The NZAMI retains the right to cancel any event, CPD or Conference.  If an event is cancelled the Association will immediately inform registered participants and issue either a refund or credit note.


NZAMI Refund Policy

Due to the NZAMI CPD capacity restrictions, unfulfilled registrations take up valuable places in NZAMI CPD events.

Reimbursement or the issuance of credit notes for those who fail to attend is entirely at the discretion of the NZAMI and will only be considered IF the NZAMI office is advised at least 7 business days prior to the event they cannot attend.

Orders cannot be changed from 'attending' a seminar to the MP4 or livestream of said seminar without at least 7 business days notice directly to NZAMI prior to the Seminar date.  The fee difference will also need to be paid.