ILANZ, In-House Lawyers Association of New Zealand



We are thrilled to present to you an exciting line-up of speakers, sessions, and events. This conference aims to bring together experts, thought leaders, and enthusiasts from various fields to foster a vibrant exchange of ideas, explore emerging trends, and address key challenges in our ever-evolving world. 

This year, we want to maximise your potential CPD hours, so have replaced UnSessions with topics from our incredible call-for-speaker submissions - every breakout is now eligible for CPD! A fillable PDF booklet is available now, and a few printed CPD booklets will be available at the conference. 


Wednesday, 26 July 


Welcome Function at CBK Craft Bar and Kitchen, Tauranga



Day 1: Thursday 27 July


Registration desk open

9:00 -

Mihi Whakatau & Day 1 Open - MC & ILANZ President 


Session 1: Main Room

Topic: Tikanga and the Law

Keynote: Justice Christian Whata

10:45 -

Morning tea

11:05 -

Session 2: Main room

Topic: Effective engagement with tangata whenua - how to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes

Presenters: Mary Hill & Tanya Waikato (Cooney Lees Morgan)

12:10 -

Session 3, A: Main Room

Topic: Greenwashing – staying clean while being green

Presenter: Jenni Rutter (Dentons Kensington Swan)

Session 3, B: Suite 1 & 2

Topic: Navigating an Alternative Dispute Resolution Process 

Presenters: Nicole Smith & Malcolm Wallace (AMINZ)

Session 3, C: Suite 3 & 4

 3 Ways to Decide if Being on a Board is for You

Presenter: Herman Visagie (Real Estate Authority)


12:55 -

1:45 -

Session 4, A: Main Room

Topic: Working together to achieve success in remediation programmes

Presenters: Jason Weir, Catherine Davidson & Nadia Ali (Deloitte)

Session 4, B: Suite 1 & 2

Topic: Conversations that will Unlock the Potential in your Legal Team

Presenter: Katie Gray (Coaching Advocates)

Session 4, C: Suite 3 & 4

Topic: Ergodicity: Managing risk under uncertainty 

Presenter: Patrick Wilson (Co-operative Bank)

2:50 -

Session 5: Main Room

Topic: Achieving Your Potential: Thriving throughout multiple careers

Keynote: Dame Susan Devoy

3:50 -

Day 1 Close – MC 

6:30 -

Function @ The Classic Flyers Museum



Day 2: Friday 28 July 


Registration desk open

ILANZ AGM 8am - 8:20am in Suite 1 & 2

8:45 -

Day 2 Open –  MC 

9:00 -

Session 6: Main Room

Topic: Common Ground, sponsored by MAS
Keynote: Jehan Casinader 

10:00 -

Session 7: Main Room

Topic: Lessons Learned from a Data Breach - RBNZ  
Panel: Nick McBride, Diana Voerman-Tam (RBNZ) & Hayden Wilson (Dentons Kensington Swan)

11:00 -

Morning Tea

11:25 - 

Session 8, A: Main Room

Topic: Standing tall with your workforce: an intro to psychosocial health and H&S considerations in the workplace

Panel: Jason Sandford (Fonterra), Sarah Dwen (Fire and Emergency NZ) & Grant Pritchard (Spark)

Session 8, B: Suite 1 & 2

 Can lawyers save the world? Part A: ESG, climate governance and climate-aligned contracting

Panel: Ian MacKenzie (NZ Green Investment Finance), Kate Wilson Butler (Chapman Tripp) & Lucie Drummond (Mercury)

Session 8, C: Suite 3 & 4

Topic: Charming the Board
Herman Visagie 
(Real Estate Authority)


12:15 - 1:00pm

Session 9, A: Main Room

Topic: Amplifying In-House Legal’s Impact on the Business
Shaun Plant (LawVu), Katherine Evans (Zespri), Julian Benefield (Foodstuffs) & Iley Joblin (Northpower)

Session 9, B: Suite 1 & 2

Topic: Can lawyers save the world? Part B: Legal frameworks for climate issues, and lawyers’ ethical obligations on climate

Panel: Sophie Meares (Christchurch City Council), Susannah Sharpe (Waka Kotahi) & Debra Dorrington (Kāinga Ora) 

Session 9, C: Suite 3 & 4

Topic: Hauora and Wellbeing - Creating a Reconnection to Who You Really Are

Presenter: Leigh Patuawa (Soul Learning)

1:00 - 


1:50 -

Session 10: Main Room

Topic: Weaving Te Ao Māori into the fabric of our in-house teams; personal reflections and insights

Panel: Grace Ockwell (Te Wānanga o Aotearoa), David Soper (Chief Legal at Customs) & 

Cynthia Turuwhenua (Powerco) 

2:50 -

Session 11: Main Room

Topic: Bend Perception and Eliminate Assumption

Keynote: Cam Calkoen

3:50 -

Prize Giving and Closing – MC & Conference Director


Niche Recruitment Awards Dinner at Mercury Baypark


We thank everyone who submitted a topic in our call for speakers and our incredible sponsors for their support.  We look forward to seeing you at the end of July.