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HR Business Partnering has it’s own set of unique challenges. Running since 2015, the HR Business Partner Summit has been designed as a conference with a difference - to provide you with an exciting line up of topics within the scope of an HR Business Partner model, to look at how you can deliver results that your business can see, build your credibility, develop your skills further and create a network of other HRBP’s for you to discuss and share ideas with. For 2019 we’re exploring a number of key skills you can use to become a high Performing HR Business Partner.

9.30

Summit Opens

9.40

Working with your Executive Team

How do you work effectively with your executive team when you are developing your ER or HR strategy? Janene Simpson, GM People & Culture at Ngahuia Group will share her tips and techniques.


10.20

Your Global Mobility Strategy

With employees expecting global mobility and talent harder to find, how can you build a global mobility strategy for the future? Bridget Romanes from Mobile NZ has just returned from the UK and will be sharing learnings from conferences and meetings with international thought leaders in this area.


1.00

Networking Lunch

2.00

Broaden your HR Career

Once at HRBP level there are many ways to broaden your career path and develop your skills. What are the opportunities you should be looking for? What adds the most value to your skills set?  With Adelyn Wishnowsky, HRBP, Summerset Group.


2.45

Create Inclusion Cultures

The path to creating a culture of diversity & inclusion can be rocky and there have been many bad examples in the past year or two. So what is working? What are the tools and strategies you can use? With Susan Doughty, GM Diversity and Inclusion from Fonterra.


4.00

The path to being CEO

What are the career insights of a GM HR who became a CEO?

9.00

Conference Opens

12.15

The Science and Business of Happiness

When individuals are happy, they are happier and more productive at work. Happy workplaces have less politics and more resilience. You’ll hear how you can build happiness into your business.

With Katrina Kidson, Business Coach.


12.15

Reinventing performance

If the current models of KPI’s aren’t cutting it - come and hear how you can turn this around & deliver amazing performance in a whole new way. Nikki Peck is Head of HR for an engineering firm, and will share how to develop a new performance framework & link it to culture.


11.15

Take your managers on a digital journey

In this session you’ll hear some amazing technology stories and how to take your business on a journey from technology woe to technology go. You’ll hear about AI, chat bots , robots and automation and the impact for HR. With Refat Rakhmatulin from EY Technology and Shimi Balti from Theta Group.


12.30

Networking Lunch

1.30 - 4.00

STREAM 2: Get Social

In this stream you’ll explore how to use social media for all aspects of HR

1.30 - 4.00

STREAM 3: Attending Mediation

If you’re in an HR BP role but haven’t had to attend Mediation before, then this workshop will help you understand how to prepare an effective case, what to expect and how to use different techniques to achieve a successful mediation.


Tickets and Venue


Ticket Details for full Summit


Super Saver and Early Bird - NOW CLOSED.

General Attendance available until 17 June for Wellington Summit only.


Out of town ticket - add an extra $245 for one nights accommodation at a nearby hotel and breakfast.




Terms and Conditions

The HR BP Summit is run by Elephant Group. Elephant Group reserves the right to amend the conference at any time if required. Once we have received your registration we will send you a confirmation pack . Payment must be made within 30 days or within 5 working days of the conference or late payment fees will apply. Payment can also be made on registration by credit card.

If you are unable to attend and written notification is received by us 3 weeks in advance, you will receive a refund less a $100 cancellation fee. After that, no refunds will be issued. You can substitute your attendance with someone else up to 3 days before the conference. Photography may be taken during the conference in which you may be included. Please let us know if you do not consent to being in these photos.

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 I thought the summit was fantastic.  I hope this will be an on-going forum as it was greatly valuable for learning and networking.


Thank you for putting on a great event! You covered off some very key areas for an HRBP and made them very interesting.


It was a great day and I met some really neat people.  I also thoroughly enjoyed the speakers and the topics.

Really helpful HRBP Summit, I am now planning my professional development based on snippets of this day.


Companies who attended in the past include:

          2Degrees                 ABB             AsureQuality           Auckland Council           Auckland DHB

           BNZ         CAF NZ            Callaghan Institute        CASS           Contact Energy       Customs NZ

                         Eastland Group        EQC         F&P Finance         Fairfax Media        Fiserv

            Fisher & Paykel Finance         Fonterra           Foodstuffs North Island    Health Alliance

       Heart Foundation         Horizons Regional Council      Intergen           Jasmax            Kiwibank

  Life Unlimited         LottoNZ           MBIE         MidCentral DHB       New Plymouth District Council

          NZ Customs Service                NZ Defence Force                      NZ Fire Service             NZME

      Presbyterian Support Northern              Progressive Enterprises            Recreational Services

              Repco           Summerset Group            Te Tumu Paeroa               The Warehouse Group

                                                                UCOL         Xero              Youthtown


Who should attend?

You will get value from attending if you are:

Presenter Details

What people have said about attending

1.30 - 4.00

STREAM 1: ER Master Class

We explore a range of employment law issues that happen at a senior level including dealing with toxic senior leaders, bullying or harassment claims, exiting executives and negotiating settlements.

Venue & Savings


Savings: Save 20% per ticket ($259) if you book 2 attendees or you are an Elephant VIP (you’ve attended one of our conferences before).

Save 30% per ticket ($389) if you book 3 or at NFP or Govt Sector.

Only one discount applies per booking.


Venues: Rydges, Auckland Central.

The Conference Centre, The Terrace, Wellington.



Mini Tickets!


To attend any half day of the Summit, tickets are $395. 20% and 30% apply as above. You choose which half day you attend.

Full days tickets (for either Day 1 or Day 2) are $750. Discounts apply as above.




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11.00

Morning Tea

4.00  Challenges Think Tank

One of our most popular sessions at our HRBP Summit in 2016 - this think tank gives you a chance to discuss the challenges you are facing in your role and organisation and share ideas, tools and techniques to solve these.


3.30

Afternoon Tea

11.30

Domestic Violence Leave: A Case Study

Richard Parker, GM of People Experience and ER at the Warehouse will talk about the approach the Warehouse has taken to Domestic Violence Leave and share how to make this work.


10.45

Morning Tea

11.30

Dealing with Organisational Politics

How do you build credibility and ensure that HR initiatives  are implemented successfully? Sometimes it’s about knowing how to deal wit the politics involved. Come and hear how with  Janine Belcher, GM People, NZ Racing Board