Oct 18, 19 & Nov 1 2017 – Internet of Things

Who’s running your business – you or your fridge?

Fridges are restocking themselves. Inanimate objects are problem solving. Talking Barbie dolls are memory-making and information-gathering. Welcome to The Internet of Things – don’t fear it, embrace it!


The role of the Internet of Things in everyday life continues to evolve, enabling communication between physical objects offering unlimited potential to change our lives.


It also has huge effects on your business; not only will it streamline your business practices, it will grow new markets, give you better consumer insight and radically change the landscape you operate in.

Virtual just became reality! It’s time to understand just how IoT can benefit your business.


PwC Herald Talks


Our thought provoking business networking series moves into its third year in 2017 & hits the road – with events travelling from Auckland to Wellington and Christchurch.  PwC Herald Talks is designed to give you the knowledge, insight and strategies to grow and diversify in the ever-changing landscape of New Zealand business.

These breakfast events discuss current & upcoming trends in business, including innovation, the internet of things, leadership, sharing economy and global & local business.

Join us and key thought leaders to connect, share knowledge, and be inspired to grow your business.

Keynote Speaker:

Ulrich Frerk – CEO & Founder, Adroit

Ulrich Frerk is an entrepreneur who seeks to not only create world-leading IoT technology, but seeks to change the world and the way people interact with it.

By the time the acronym ‘the Internet of Things’ was created in 2016, Adroit was already in operation, developing devices that would allow ‘dumb’ appliances like brewing machines and spa pools to be IoT capable – allowing them to be controlled intelligently and learning how to control themselves through Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.

For Ulrich, it is all about improving human life, energy efficiency in homes and businesses and making our spaces more interactive, more welcoming and more human.


Samantha Ramlu – Managing Director and Co-Founder, Method

Sam is the Managing Director and co-founder of Method – an award winning creative innovations agency, and recently formed M Theory – an AR/VR experience agency.

Since 2003 Method has worked with agencies and clients to create unique and compelling digital experiences that engage and inspire. Method has been at the forefront of digital and interactive technology marketing in NZ since its inception.

An excellent strategist, innovator, thought-leader, and storyteller with extensive knowledge in the digital space, Sam is passionate about creating experiences and stories that connect with audiences.

She has successfully planned, implemented and produced innovative experiences for local and international brands across a range of industries and sees technology as a driver and enabler in making these experiences engaging, fun, immersive, and results driven.

Adrian van Hest – National Cyber practice leader, PwC


Adrian is PwC’s Cyber Leader. He’s focused on improving cyber security in New Zealand, and is a board member of the award winning New Zealand Internet Task Force.

With over 22 years of international business and IT experience, Adrian has spent significant time working in the IT security industry helping clients with risk assessments, compliance, policy, threat mitigation, architecture, and strategy.

His key areas of interest are security, technology, and innovation as well as market, product, and service development. Adrian’s specialities include risk assessment and management; governance; IT security strategy and architecture; business and information systems strategy and planning; enterprise and security architecture; disaster recovery, contingency planning and crisis management.

Russell Craig – National Technology Officer, Microsoft 

Auckland & Christchurch

Russell Craig is Microsoft New Zealand’s National Technology Officer (NTO). Based in Wellington, he works with both public and private sector stakeholders on matters related to technology strategy and policy.
Russell brings significant public sector and private sector experience to his role. From the mid-1990’s he worked at the State Services Commission where he played a lead role in development and implementation of the New Zealand e government programme.
He also worked in the NZ Ministry of Health where he was responsible for development of health sector information strategy and policies, as was the privacy officer for the national health information collections.
Russell also spent 2004 & 2005 working in Paris as part of the OECD’s e Government project.
In 2007 Russell joined Cisco Systems. Based in Hong Kong and then London, he worked as a strategic business consultant and trusted advisor to the company’s top public and private sector customers, with a significant focus on cloud-enabled innovation.
In 2014 Russell and his family returned to New Zealand and he took up the NTO position at Microsoft – the ideal role to allow him to bring his experience to bear in support of Microsoft’s customers, partners and stakeholders in New Zealand. In his role, Russell focuses on helping customers understand and realise the broad transformational opportunities enabled by Microsoft’s cloud platform, on working with policy makers and regulators requiring assurance about cloud services, driving cloud-enabled innovation, and addressing matters related to cybersecurity at both a customer and national level.

Hamish Mitchell – Chief Strategy & Growth Officer, Loyalty NZ

Wellington & Christchurch

Hamish joined Loyalty NZ in September 2014. In his role as Chief Strategy & Growth Officer he is responsible for leading the company’s transformation from a pure play rewards programme operator to a customer lead data and loyalty products business. Key to the achievement of this ambition is the development and delivery of the technology capability, data and loyalty products propositions and the engagement with the NZ market.

Hamish is responsible for business strategy and planning, product management and development, business development and the brand strategy and experience. Within this remit Hamish is responsible for the data and analytics products and services offered by Loyalty NZ through its Lab 360 business.

An accomplished senior leader with a proven track record of delivering tangible business results across a variety of functional disciplines including Technology, Marketing, Advertising and Communications, Product Management, Strategy and Planning in a diverse array of industries Real Estate, Public Sector, Oil, Retail and Marketing, Data Business Process Outsourcing.

Loyalty NZ is a $100 million revenue business and is owned by Foodstuffs, BNZ, IAG and Z Energy. Loyalty NZ owns and operates the Fly Buys programme which has 2.5m active customers participating in the programme and 55 participant businesses. Loyalty NZ also owns and operates Lab360 a data and analytics business. Loyalty NZ has been operating since 1996 and through Fly Buys enjoys 76% household penetration in the NZ market.

Stephen England-Hall  – Chief Executive, Tourism New Zealand


Stephen joined Tourism New Zealand as Chief Executive on 3 April 2017, before joining Tourism New Zealand Stephen was Chief Executive Officer of Loyalty New Zealand, the company behind New Zealand’s customer loyalty and data coalition, Fly Buys, and the analytics business LAB360.
Stephen has extensive international experience working as a senior executive of world leading digital marketing, data and technology companies in the UK and North America.
Now he leads Tourism New Zealand, the agency charged with growing the value of international visitors to New Zealand. Stephen is also a Board member of the Tourism Industry Association and The New Zealand Story. As the Tourism New Zealand Chief Executive Stephen also sits on the New Zealand Screen Production Grant and Significant Economic Benefits Verification Panel.
Stephen is a trustee and Board member of New Zealand data charity Figure NZ, a founding member of the New Zealand Data Futures think tank, a member of the Data Futures Partnership and served as a member of several Cambridge University Advisory Boards.

July 3 & 5 2017 – Global vs. Local

Global vs. Local

We now live in a highly connected world, with an increasingly accessible global population.  With a world where marketplaces are now seen as “globally local” to be successful, companies need to understand the effect  of “localizing” their business operations to suit.   Which begs the question – Can you succeed in servicing your market from afar? Or should you position yourself within growing business hubs?


Hear from business leaders with their insights into entering global markets, as well as securing local market share.


Keynote Speaker: 

Nick Mowbray – Co-Founder and Co-CEO, ZURU


ZURU is officially the fastest growing toy company in the world in 2016. Nick Founded the company with his Brother and Sister 12 years ago, and has grown the company into one of the most innovative and fast moving toy companies in the world. ZURU now has over 3000 employees, and will reach over 500 Million NZD revenue in 2017.  Nicks roll focus on Global Strategy, Product and idea acquisition, Licensing,  sales, marketing and distribution.


Rebecca Smith – Director, New Zealand Story

Rebecca is an optimistic, energetic and experienced marketer leading the Government’s New Zealand Story Group.


The New Zealand Story is an initiative that defines the distinctly Kiwi attributes that make New Zealand unique and provides a framework to help us better communicate our value to the world.


Rebecca has a unique view of how consumers and buyers offshore see New Zealand and can share insights into what we need to do, say and show to shift perceptions and trigger better outcomes – whether it be attracting people to visit, study, live, do business with or invest in New Zealand.


Rebecca is passionate about driving the success and prosperity of New Zealand and New Zealand businesses and is on a mission to make New Zealand famous for more good things.

Jo Pennycuick – Founder, Redesign Group NZ

Jo has grown the company into an Internationally renowned design practice. With a passion for design, management and travel Jo has developed the company into a niche area of food and beverage and retail airport design work that has extended the opportunities of growth of the company into many areas of the globe.


Jo develops strong relationships with clients to ensure that all projects are delivered to the highest level of design and service. Jo has office locations in Christchurch, Ho Chi Minh City and Delhi India and employs 16 design and support staff.


Career highlights include the completion of the food and beverage tenancies for the Delhi International T3 complex, Mumbai International Airport, Vietnam, Dublin and many other airports around the globe. Jo has attended several NZ lead business delegations to India and the Middle East and is an advisor to Export NZ.

Dr David Prentice – Chief Executive and Managing Director, Opus


David has been Managing Director and Chief Executive of Opus since October 2010. He holds a PhD in Engineering from Edinburgh University, and came to New Zealand as a Civil Engineer for Opus in 1997.

Under David’s leadership Opus has grown to 3,000 experts across the globe who work with more than 12,000 clients across Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United States and the United Kingdom. In New Zealand, Opus operates from a network of 40 offices and employs over 1,700 staff.

Dominic Quin – Director Digital Transformation, Fonterra


Dominic Quin started his career in the UK but has worked in Australia and New Zealand over the last 20 years. He has been working at Fonterra for 7 years. Previously the Director of Global Marketing Service, his responsibilities included Data and Intelligence, Strategic Planning and Insights, Shopper Marketing and Digital Marketing. Dominic was recently appointed as Head of Digital Transformation.

Think tracking your milk from shelf to cow, connecting farmers through apps and the latest technology, and innovating using a consumer approach to ideation – Fonterra is all about ‘globally local’ business!

MAY 10,11 & 12 2017 – INNOVATION

PwC Herald Talks hits the road. PwC Herald Talks: Innovation will be taking place in Auckland on May 10th, in Wellington on May 11th & Christchurch on May 12th.

Innovate or be left behind. Innovation can be a catalyst for the growth and success of your business, and help you to adapt and grow in the marketplace. It’s not just invention, innovation can mean changing your business model and adapting to changes in your environment to deliver better products or services.

This PwC Herald Talks event brings you the latest case studies in innovation and provides insights to help you apply innovation within your business to make sure you stay ahead of the curve and get outside of the box.

Don’t miss this chance to join our keynote speaker and expert panel to unlock the key to successful business.

Final speakers below! 



Tobias Grant – Commercial Director, Pop-up Globe

Tobias is an entrepreneur with specialist experience in management and communications of creative businesses. He brings over 15 years’ experience with leading advertising agencies, brand strategists, clients and brands. Between 2010 and 2014 he built an agency which from a standing start grew to delivering high profile projects including Band Together Concert for Canterbury, will.i.am for Hallenstein Brothers, launched Telecom’s association with Spofity, and the Starship Christmas Albums.


Savannah Peterson – Founder, Savvy Millenial


Savannah Peterson is a 2016 Forbes 30 Under 30 in Consumer Technology and known voice in the startup space. Savannah is the Founder of Savvy Millennial where she helps the people, products and brands she loves grow.

Kevin Hart – Country Leader, GE New Zealand


Kevin is an industry veteran with more than thirty years’ experience in the energy sector.  In his role as Country Leader for GE New Zealand, his focus is on growing GE’s business offerings including Power, Renewables, Transportation, Aviation and Healthcare, while helping to transform its entire business to be the world’s largest digital industrial company.

Grant Straker – CEO, Straker Translations


Award winning entrepreneur, engineer, paratrooper, ironman, volunteer fire fighter, musician and dad – Grant wears many hats and has had an incredibly varied set of experiences over the past 30 years. As one of the founders of Straker Translations, Grant’s wide-ranging experiences and skills place him in an ideal position to drive the growth of the company as it continues to expand its global presence.

Andy Symons – Innovation Partner, PwC New Zealand


Andy Symons, Innovation Partner at PwC New Zealand, is also the firm’s Financial Services Sector Leader. Andy is focused on innovation strategy, digital strategy, customer and the development of technology. Andy has a background in innovation, technology development, loyalty marketing, credit scoring and has recently led a major New Zealand bank’s retail banking division. He has also advised CEOs and boards on developing the cultural and structural environment required to increase organisational innovation.

Linda Jenkinson – Co- Founder – John Paul Group and Director


Linda Jenkinson is a serial entrepreneur and innovator who has built three multi-million dollar companies, is now engaged in developing a global approach to relationship based concierge and social ventures. Linda is the Chairman and Owner of LesConcierges and currently serves as a Director for Air New Zealand and The Grid.

Malcolm Johns – CEO Christchurch International Airport


Malcolm has been the Chief Executive of Christchurch International Airport since January 2014. He is part of the Tourism Industry Senior Leaders Group and attracted to leadership roles which offer the opportunity to lead beyond pure profit and took up the CE role at Christchurch Airport three years after the 2011 earthquakes. With a desire to build leadership, confidence and ambition back into post-earthquake Christchurch, Malcolm has focused on the role the airport team can play in recovering the social, economic and innovative contribution to New Zealand of Christchurch Airport, Christchurch City and the South Island.