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 will be made available at a later date, and a few printed CPD booklets will be available at the conference.

Please note, that the programme is subject to change.


Tuesday 21 May 2024


Registration desk open


AJ Park Welcome Function including Sector Networking - ASB Theatre Foyer 


Day 1: Wednesday 22 May 2024


Registration desk open. Tea and coffee and bag storage available. 


Mihi Whakatau, Awatere & Te Hoiere


Morning tea, Exhibitor Area


Opening Day 1 - ASB Theatre: Wilhelmina Shrimpton, MC


Law Society Representative Strategy and new membership subscription – Katie Rusbatch, CEO, Law Society and Ben Jacobs, President Elect, ILANZ


60 mins

Session 1: ASB Theatre
Topic: Setting the scene – NZ’s Changing Demographic and Its Effect on Business

Keynote: Prof Paul Spoonley – Sponsored by Russell McVeagh


60 mins


Session 2: ASB Theatre

Topic: Leadership in Action: Tips for leading and influencing better direction.

Keynote: Zoe Dryden, Second Base


60 mins

Lunch, Exhibitor Area


45 mins

Session 3A: ASB Theatre

Topic: Trustworthy AI
Presenters: Amy Dove and Maggie Zheng, Deloitte

Session 3B: Awatere

Topic: What to do when it’s Life and Death
Presenter:  Ben Sutton, Hato Hone St John

Session 3C: Te Hoiere



45 mins


Session 4A: ASB Theatre
Topic: Legal Lego: Building
data-backed narratives that showcase business value
Presenter: Shaun Plant, LawVu

Session 4B: Awatere
Topic: RMA reform – the long and winding road 

Presenters: Christina Sheard, Dentons and Marija Batistich, KiwiRail


Session 4C: Te Hoiere
Topic: How to best support your board and be ready for questions – taking lessons from recent case law including Mainzeal and Whakaari

Presenter: Hayley Cassidy, Independent Director


Afternoon Tea, Exhibitor Area


45 mins


Session 5: ASB Theatre

Topic:  Quickfire in-house career mentoring – learnings from very different in-house careers

PanelistsKerensa Johnston, Whakatu, Matt Farrington, Victoria University of Wellington and Jemma Gerring, PowerCo


60 mins


Session 6: ASB Theatre

Topic: Law of Constraints & Power of Perspectives
Presenter Tawera Nikau sponsored by MAS


Day 1 Close – MC


Mystery Tour -please arrive at Marlborough Events Centre by 6.30pm. Buses depart MEC at 6.45pm 


Day 2: Thursday 23 May 2024


Registration desk open. Tea and coffee available.


Day 2 Open – MC


60 mins

Session 7: ASB Theatre
Topic:  The New Zealand Economy - A Strategic Economic and Political Context for Business 

Presenter: Shamubeel Eaqub


60 mins

Session 8: ASB Theatre

Topic:   Use of AI by In-house Counsel

Panelists:  Lisa Gerrard, Barfoot & Thompson; Matt Farrington, Victoria University, Rochelle Furneaux, Transpower (moderator)


20 mins

Morning Tea, Exhibitor Area


45 mins

Session 9: ASB Theatre

Topic: Instructing Externals: an in-house perspective

Panelists: Saar Cohen-Ronen, ACC, Helen Wild, Auckland Council.Additional panelists tbc.


45 mins

Session 10: ASB Theatre

Topic:   Climate Law: What in-house lawyers need to know in 2024

Panelists:  Jessica Palairet, Lawyers for Climate Action


60 mins

Lunch, Exhibitor Area & ILANZ AGM, Awatere


45 mins

Session 11A: ASB Theatre
Topic: Investigations - What you need to know when you need to know
Presenter: Greg Cain and Linda Clark, Dentons

Session 11B: Awatere
Topic:  Contracting with Iwi or Kaupapa Māori Organisations - a practical session
Presenters: Natasha Strong and Jason Cooper, Ngati Whatu Orakei

Session 11C: Te Hoiere
Topic: Lessons for in-house lawyers from Australia’s Robodebt fiasco

Panelists: Dan Perkins, Crown Law


45 mins

Session 12A: ASB Theatre
Topic:  Sovereign Citizens & Alternative Law

Presenters: Leith Townshend, Tasman District Council & Hayley Bowman, NZ Police

Session 12B: Awatere
Topic: Navigating the tight rope of conflicts of interest in a small country

Presenters: Robert Foitzik, Marlborough District Council, Kirsty Millard, Crown Law and Ben Jacobs, Xero

Session 12C: Te Hoiere
Topic: How to be a Wellbeing Champion
Presenter: Sarah McGuiness, Revolutionaries of Wellbeing 


Afternoon tea, Exhibitor Area

45 mins

Session 13, ASB Theatre: 
Topic: Change for Good
Presenter: Ziena Jalil


ASB Theatre: Prize Giving, Closing Remarks and Poroaki


Niche Recruitment Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony at Omaka Aviation Centre.  Please be outside one of the three conference hotels – Scenic/Chateau/Riverside by 6.30pm. Buses depart hotels at 6.45pm.