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Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa.

Welcome to our 2018 conference, Making it Work.

This year’s programme takes a different format to previous years.  It all starts with three sector meetings, primarily to ensure we can capture your ideas on growing work in each of the market sectors, plenary sessions, concurrent determinative and consensual streams and discussion groups.  Plus there are outstanding social events. There is plenty for everyone, with local and international speakers and interactive groups.

Each year, the Executive Director and the Programme Committee go to considerable lengths to offer new and provocative sessions, consistent with the conference theme, but with the needs of our members  top of mind.

While our conference is a marvellous networking opportunity (who doesn’t want to catch up with colleagues and old friends, and to meet new members), it is also aimed to challenge and stimulate.  We make no apology for some sessions being controversial and at times difficult and running counter to orthodoxy – each session is selected to raise new issues at an advanced level.  That is what distinguishes our conference from other offerings.

I hope to see you in Wellington. It is with mixed emotions that I make this my last conference welcome.  In future, I will join you all as a delegate, which will give me more time to catch up with you all individually.  That is something to look forward to.

Mā te wā

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John Walton
AMINZ President