17-19 August 2021 | Auckland, New Zealand

Rethinking communications with today’s changing expectations

New Zealand (Aotearoaas a nation has one of the most developed marketing and communications industries and consistently produces some of the most creative and innovative solutions to challenges in the market. Leading the world in its communications response to the COVID-19 pandemic throughout 2020, the country’s government again displayed its ability to effectively communicate to the public during the crisis. 


The example that was set by the Prime Minister and her team has raised the already high bar in the small nation and the corporate community has been left with the task of rising to this new standard. Communications teams will need to develop strategies and solutions that will engage and interact with their target audiences like never before. 


With new challenges such as the rising number of Kiwis who are choosing to work from home and the increasingly fragmented media market, communicators must create ever more creative and effective methods of delivering their message in order to achieve the communications goals of their organisations. 


The Corporate Communications Leaders Summit, presented by Akolade, will provide the New Zealand communications industry the way forward from the pandemic through the most innovative technologies, practices and solutions that are being employed to deliver authentic and effective communications today. 

Key takeaways

Implement the most effective and innovative methods of engaging with your audience

Create content that will cut through the white noise of the crowded media market

Build your organisation into an agile entity that is able to anticipate and embrace emerging challenges

Utilise and analyse the right media channels to proactively engage with your audience where they are and when you want to

Employ the latest technologies solving both internal and external communications challenges


Jason Dawson

Tumuaki | Chief Executive

Hamilton and Waikato Tourism

Leela Gantman

Corporate Relations Director

Spark New Zealand

Geoff Baird

General Manager – Marketing and Communications

National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA)

Megan McPherson

Director of Communications

University of Otago

Karen Thompson

Head of Communications and Sustainability - Oceania

CocaCola Amatil

Iulia Leilua


Brown Pages

Jonathan Good

General Manager Technology and Marketing

Auckland Airport

Wiremu Doherty

Chief Executive Officer

Te WānangaAwanuiārangi (NIWA)

Steven Armitage

General Manager Destination

Auckland Unlimited

Hone Paul

Tumukahutaupua | Executive Director, Marketing and Tauira Services

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa

Megan Nichol

General Manager – Communications and People

Antarctica NZ

Catherine Etheredge

Head of Communications

NZ Super Fund

Nigel Wilson

Head of Engagement


Briar McCormack

Senior Manager Communications and Content


Jenna Waite-Leonard

Communication and Digital Experience Manager

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology

Shaun Jones

Manager - External Engagement

ACC New Zealand

Naomi Mitchell

Head of Communications

Reserve Bank of New Zealand

Justin Courtney

Former Head of Communications and Sustainability

Silver Fern Farms

Anna Murdoch

Corporate and Internal Communications Manager


Bobbi Brown

General Manager Tourism and Events

Great South

Jacob Arnott

Managing Director

We The People

Kate Porter

Head of Communications & Community Woolworths

New Zealand

Tarah Nikora

Te Tumu Tūhonohono Director Communications and Outreach

Royal Society Te Apārangi


Who should attend?

Heads/ Directors/ Managers of:

  • Communications
  • Public Relations
  • Media
  • Social Media
  • Corporate Affairs
  • Engagement 
  • Content
  • Marketing


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Team discount 

Register 3-4 delegates and receive an additional 10% DISCOUNT off the current price
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Phone: +612 9247 6000

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Auckland, New Zealand

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