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Family Business Insights Conference 2023 - New Zealand

Family Business Association is proud to present the Family Business Insights Conference in Auckland on Thursday 14 September 2023 at the Rydges Auckland.

Bringing together the New Zealand family business community and our Australian counterparts, immerse yourself in this half-day premier event as you connect, share and grow with your peers.

Boasting an unrivalled conference program, be inspired by high calibre speakers and a keynote presentation exploring topics including the importance of succession planning and transitioning to the next generation, family business governance, and what measures to put in place to create a sustainable business and lasting legacy

Program Outline

Family Business Excellence Awards

This year we will also be announcing and celebrating your local Family Business Excellence Awards winners over a two-course seated lunch before the program begins. 

We will be announcing the recipants of the NZ Family Business Excellence Awards in our Emerging, Established and Legacy award categories.

Who should attend 

  • Current and future leaders of Family Businesses
  • Advisors to family Businesses

Meet our speakers

We are pleased to announce our speaker program including:

  • Iconic Australian and New Zealand Family Business Kennards Hire - a session with Angus Kennard (3rd generation family member)
  • Insights from the 2023 Family Business Survey - presentation by Michael Worth, Sustainability Lead, Grant Thornton
  • The heart of a family business - an interview with the Bowan Family of Heartland Chips
  • Inspirational keynote session with husband and wife duo - Matt & Sarah Brown MNZM - My Fathers Barber and InnerBoy + She is Not Your Rehab

    Cam, Angus and Andy Kennard, Kennards Hire

    Multi-generational family-in-business - celebrating 75 years

    From humble beginnings in the rural town of Bathurst in Australia, the Kennards Hire business is now the largest family-owned equipment hire business in Australia and New Zealand, with over 190 branches and sites and over 1,800 team members.

    Renowned as a premium supplier of quality equipment and expert advice, Kennards Hire is proud to be at the forefront of industry safety innovation and customer experience and celebrates 75 years in business this year.

    Angus Kennard, third-generation leader will share their family succession journey and his own experience working in and on the business. Angus held the role as CEO role for three years from 2016-2019 and now holds executive leadership roles on the board of Kennards Hire, Keneco and the Kennards Hire Foundation.

    Michael Worth, Sustainability Lead, Grant Thornton NZ

    What does sustainability mean for your family business - insights from the family business survey

    The sustainability and environmental impact of all businesses is now front and centre for investors, executives, audit committees, boards, and of course – consumers. Climate change is driving transformation across all industries. As access to non-renewable virgin product reduces, and accountability increases, the imperative for businesses to review and future proof their operations has never been more pressing.

    So, what does this mean for your organisation and how are family businesses faring in the ESG and sustainability space? 

    Michael Worth leads this area at Grant Thornton New Zealand and will share some initial findings from this year’s family business research, as well as some tools and insights to help you along your sustainability and impact journey. 

    James, Raymond, Adrienne & Charlotte Bowan

    From Farm to Factory - The family behind Heartland Chips

    What started as an after school job and evolved into a lifelong dream has gone on too become a true Kiwi success story for the Bowan family.

    Heartland chips  owned and operated by the Bowan Family is the only NZ 100% owned and operated potato chip company. The potato chips are made from potatoes grown by a New Zealand farmer, in a New Zealand paddock and processed in a New Zealand-owned factory. It's fair to say that a potato chip doesn't get more Kiwi-made than that.

    South Canterbury farmer Raymond Bowan grew up around potatoes. As a young lad he earned his pocket money digging up spuds on the neighbouring property, returning home after a long day’s work with mud on his boots, dirt under his nails and a satisfied grin on his face. Years later, when the local chip factory closed its doors, Raymond seized the opportunity to fulfil a lifelong dream, and Heartland Chips was born.

    To this day the potatoes we use are grown on the Bowan family farm at Fallgate, just outside of Timaru, South Canterbury. When they leave Fallgate the potatoes are transported 30km down the road to the Heartland Chip factory, where they’re sliced, cooked, packaged and distributed to outlets throughout New Zealand, Singapore and around Australia.

    Hear from the Bowan family as they share with us their family story based on innovation and sheer grit.

    Matt & Sarah Brown MNZM, My Fathers Barber and InnerBoy + She is Not Your Rehab

    The Kaupapa of Mr and Mrs Brown

    Matt Brown,
    is a New Zealand born Samoan author and renowned communicator who works to eradicate domestic violence by supporting those who perpetrate violence, to heal. A survivor of family violence and childhood sexual abuse himself, he originally started his domestic violence advocacy work by sharing his story with the men who frequented his busy barbershops as a way to foster vulnerability, healing, and connection. Matt believes his true calling lies in his work to redefine societies view of masculinity and to help end the cycle of domestic violence plaguing families all over the world.

    For over a decade Matt has hosted free men’s anti-violence support groups from locations like barbershops, construction sites, gang pads, prisons and in indigenous spaces. He has facilitated multiple programs inside men’s and youth prisons and was named a Corrections NZ patron in 2020. 

    Sarah Brown is a writer and producer who is passionate about the mandate of ‘creating violence free communities’ and has worked alongside Matt to tell re-define the way we communicate about family violence with creativity and innovation. 

    Together they will share their kaupapa. The couple co-founded She Is Not Your Rehab and launched the concept in Matt’s 2019 TEDx talk. They released their first book; a NZ #1 Bestseller She Is Not Your Rehab, with the goal to encourage intergenerational healing in 2021. Both Sarah and Matt became members of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2022 and were awarded a Commonwealth Points of Light award by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, as Head of the Commonwealth before she passed. 

    This keynote session is proudly sponsored by: 

Registration Costs

Early bird rates close on the 31 August 2023.

FBNZ Member (early bird) - $396*

FBNZ Member (standard) - $495*

Non Member - $594*

Table of 8 - $3,010*

All registrations for the conference include the seated two-course Family Business Excellence Awards lunch, full conference program and post-event networking drinks and canapés.

* prices above are quoted in New Zealand dollars including GST

Venue and Accomondation

The Confence will be held at:

Rydges Auckland
59 Federal Street,
Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010

Special accommodation rates are available at the Rydges Hotel.

To receive the conference discounted room rates at the Rydges please book using the instructions below:


1.      Enter your dates and number of people and click ‘GO

2.      Click ‘I have a code’

3.      In the ‘Corporate ID’ field enter your booking code: FBNZ23

4.      Click ‘UPDATE’

5.      Your special rates will appear on the rates screen

6.      Available for stays between 12 September and 15 September 2023 (inclusive)

Family Business Assocation NZ | Rydges Hotels & Resorts

Contact the FBA NZ Office on 0800 249 357 or if you require assistance with your registration.

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