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  • 19 Jul 2017 1:25 PM | Shayne Morris (Administrator)

    Property Institute of New Zealand Chief Executive Ashley Church has urged caution around expectations of an ‘economic bonanza’ fuelled by the hosting of the next Americas Cup regatta which is expected to take place in 2021.

    Mr Church says that he absolutely supports Government and Council investment in the next Americas Cup Challenge – but says that expectations of short term economic gain are already being hyped to unrealistic proportions that are almost certain to end with disappointment.

    Mr Church, who was the CEO of the Newmarket Business Association during the staging of the 2011 Rugby World Cup, says that event provided some valuable lessons around what to expect from an international event.

    “Around 133,000 people visited New Zealand to follow the Rugby World Cup and spent, between them, $387 million while they were here – yet there was almost no economic impact on activity in the hospitality and accommodation sectors outside the main CBD in Auckland”.

    Mr Church says that this was probably due to something called ‘displacement’ where New Zealanders and international visitors who are not interested in an event will ‘defer’ their travel plans so as not to be caught up in activities associated with that event. This means that revenue and activity associated with the event ‘replaces’ activity which would otherwise have taken place, rather than adding to it.

    However, Mr Church says that an immediate economic spinoff should not be the only reason that Government and Council should consider investing in the Americas Cup. He says that there are three compelling reasons in favour of Government and Council support – and that all of these provided for a longer term payoff from the event.

    “In the same way that the last Americas Cup, in Auckland, led to the development of the stunning Auckland Viaduct - hosting the event in 2021 will provide a major impetus to the development of new infrastructure on Auckland’s waterfront. Like the viaduct – this will last for generations”.

    “The event will also provide an opportunity to showcase the innovation, creativity and business nous of kiwis – particularly in the tech sector. The demographic of people interested in the Americas Cup includes high nett wealth individuals and the cup provides leverage to gain access to them”.

    However, Mr Church says that the main rationale for investing in the Cup is because of the way that it effects us as a country.

    “Most importantly – we should invest in the Americas Cup because of the way it makes us feel about ourselves as a country. A nation that aspires to growth and success needs to invest in things that help us to see our potential and challenges us to do even better (across a wide range of endeavours). This is easily the greatest legacy of the Cup win and will stay with us for years."

    This article was sourced from Scoop Business

  • 19 Jul 2017 12:16 PM | Shayne Morris (Administrator)

    Dr Helen Beattie, known to many in the veterinary profession as a valued colleague and leader, has been appointed New Zealand Veterinary Association's Chief Veterinary Officer.

    Dr Beattie was selected from an outstanding field of professionals. She brings an unparalleled breadth of experience and skill that is vital to this key leadership role.

    Helen is currently on the leadership team of the Otago SPCA where she is Director of Animal Welfare and a warranted Animal Welfare Inspector. This arms her with the necessary thorough understanding of the Animal Welfare Act needed for this role.

    She also serves in a volunteer capacity as President of the highly successful NZVA special interest branch for Companion Animal Veterinarians and is a member of the executive board of the New Zealand Companion Animal Council and the New Zealand Companion Animal Trust.

    NZVA CEO Mark Ward says Dr Beattie has a significant role to play on behalf of veterinarians across our nation.

    "We are fortunate to have selected a professional with nationally recognised companion animal credentials as well as a broad understanding of the challenges facing New Zealand's rural sector," Mr Ward says.

    "Most importantly, Helen brings the empathy for and deep understanding of our profession that we have enjoyed with her predecessor Dr Callum Irvine".

    "I am confident that with Helen on board as NZVA Chief Veterinary Officer, we will consolidate and grow the critical position of veterinary technical and policy leadership, and stakeholder support achieved by Dr Irvine."

    This media release was sourced directly from NZVA and written by Emily McKewen.

  • 19 Jul 2017 12:11 PM | Shayne Morris (Administrator)

    Bauer Media Group have named experienced media executive Paul Dykzeul as chief executive officer of Bauer Media Australia and New Zealand.

    Dykzeul is currently CEO of Bauer Media New Zealand and has significant media experience across Australasia, Singapore, Vietnam, Taiwan, the UK and South Africa.

    Andreas Schoo, executive board member of Bauer Media Group said: “I’m delighted Paul will be leading Bauer across Australia and New Zealand. Having worked extensively across both markets he understands the challenges and opportunities which exist for multi-platform magazine brands in this evolving environment. For the past nine years, he has built a strong and innovative media business and is ideally placed to bring that thinking to Bauer Media Australia.”

    He replaces Nick Chan who has left the company. Schoo added: “I want to thank Nick for the work he has done in helping to position the business for future growth and wish him the best in his future endeavours.”

    Dykzeul has been CEO of Bauer Media New Zealand (formerly ACP Magazines) since 2007, returning home after spending 11 years in Sydney. During his time in Australia he held roles as director of international business and publisher for ACP. Prior to that he was managing director of Murdoch Magazines before moving to Pacific Magazines in 2000 where he held the position of director of international licensing and operations, and publisher.

    Leading a team of 300 people he has grown Bauer Media’s New Zealand operation which publishes many of the country’s most iconic magazine brands from popular culture through to special interest and premium current affairs. It is also one of the fastest growing digital publishers and is highly awarded across advertising, content and digital.

    This article was originally sourced from Magazine Publishers Association.

  • 19 Jul 2017 12:06 PM | Shayne Morris (Administrator)

    Martinborough Volunteer Fire Brigade Chief appointed as UFBA Chief Executive Officer

    Wellington, Friday 7 July 2017 – Chief Fire Officer of Martinborough Volunteer Fire Brigade, Bill Butzbach, has been chosen to head the United Fire Brigades’ Association (UFBA)—the advocacy organisation that represents 12,000 firefighters, with 80% being volunteers.

    With a 41 year career spanning senior strategic roles in the sector along with firefighting experience in urban, rural, volunteer and paid areas, Bill has a unique perspective on the issues facing New Zealand’s fire and emergency services and firefighters—both volunteer and paid.

    UFBA Chair Rick Braddock says Bill is the ideal person to take up the role of Chief Executive Officer now that Fire and Emergency New Zealand has launched.

    “As well as providing a broader mandate for emergency services work, a key purpose of the new legislation is to provide additional support for our volunteers to ensure people feel safe and secure in their local communities,” Mr Braddock says.

    “With a person of Bill’s calibre as Chief Executive Officer and with our close working relationship with the Forest and Rural Fire Association (FRFANZ), the UFBA continues to be in a strong position to provide one united voice for all our members to influence decisions that affect our fire and emergency services.”

    Bill joined the UFBA Board as an appointed director in 2013 and again in 2015. After the Government released a Fire Services Review Discussion Document in May 2015, which set out options to review and reform the structure and funding of rural and urban fire services, he helped advocate for UFBA members and to produce the UFBA Fire Services Review Submission and the joint UFBA/FRFANZ submission on the Bill.

    Most recently Bill has worked with the FENZ Project Team on the co-design of a range of better support for all volunteers to recognise, respect and promote their contributions including volunteer engagement with the organisation, dispute resolution and advocacy and support services.

    “Bill has long-standing relationships with our members around the country—urban, rural, volunteer, paid, industry and defence—and has a deep understanding of their needs and the challenges they face,” Mr Braddock says.

    “Bill is committed to ensuring the UFBA achieves its strategic goals, meets its vision of safe sustainable communities and that it continues as a robust, professional and innovative advocacy organisation.”

    Bill, who will continue in his volunteer role at Martinborough Volunteer Fire Brigade, is expected to take up his new position within the next few weeks. He takes over from George Verry who announced his decision to step down after nine years as CEO once Fire and Emergency New Zealand was launched.

    Mr Braddock says George Verry's contribution to the UFBA and helping to guide the organisation and its membership through the new legislation process has been invaluable.

    This article was originally sourced from Scoop Independent News

  • 19 Jul 2017 9:15 AM | Shayne Morris (Administrator)

    Why do some non-profit and association leaders succeed in changing the world, while others struggle to point to their impact? What links the eradication of smallpox, the housing of 100,000 chronically homeless individuals, or the remarkable reduction of the incidence of malaria?

    Successful leaders share a laser-like focus on their goals. They deliberately identify and target their efforts in their sweet spot — the intersection between what they’re good at, what the world needs, and what works. Yet most leaders lack focus. The number of nonprofit and associations globally is growing at an incredible pace, but as the number of organisations grows, so does the competition for members and funding. As a result, many organisations are chasing resources by tweaking and adding to their core activities. The result is colloquially known as “mission creep”— organisations trying to be everything to everyone. Yet research suggests that the more goals individuals or organisations pursue, the less likely they are to achieve them, leaving leaders overwhelmed, underfunded, and unfulfilled. There is a better way. Learn the secrets of leaders who change the world, and learn how you too can find your focus and increase your impact.

    These workshops will take place in Sydney on 23 August and Melbourne on 24 August. Click below to register: 

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    In this special AuSAE Workshop you will learn the 7 steps to taking control and:

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  • 19 Jul 2017 9:03 AM | Shayne Morris (Administrator)

    This year the ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition will be held in Toronto, Canada. This is the largest gathering of Association Professionals in the world with over 5000 delegates expected to attend.

    The meeting, August 12-15 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Ontario. With a theme of “what inspires” this year’s program promises to deliver opportunities to gain valuable ideas to help manage your association more effectively, build fellowship, and learn about current trends within the industry with international colleagues.

    AuSAE is hosting a delegation to the meeting and has access to a special registration rate. Registration as part of the AuSAE delegation will provide you with a US$500 discount off the normal registration fee. For further details and to register, click here.  

    To register for the event and join the AuSAE delegation please email Toni Brearley toni@ausae.org.au for the unique delegation code. 

  • 18 Jul 2017 3:10 PM | Shayne Morris (Administrator)

    Enterprise Care, you are invited to participate in the 2017 Not for Profit Remuneration Survey. Data collected will be used to produce the 2017/2018 Not for Profit Remuneration Report.

    This valued Report is the major source of salary and benefits data for the NFP sector in Australia. The Report ensures that your organisation's salaries and remuneration packages are competitive. It is widely used to benchmark salaries and to conduct annual performance and remuneration reviews.

    The Survey is open from now until Tuesday 1 August 2017.

    Enterprise Care respects and upholds your rights to privacy protection under the Privacy Legislation. Aggregated responses only are used and no identifiable information is disclosed. Your trust is one of Enterprise Care's most important considerations.

    • All CEOs, Board members, managers and staff of NFPs throughout Australia are encouraged to contribute to benefit both themselves and the NFP sector.
    • All respondents automatically go into a prize draw (first name drawn) with the first prize of $500 to be donated to the charity of your choice. Next three names will each receive a movie voucher valued at $50.
    • All respondents will be offered to purchase the 2017/2018 NFP Remuneration Report for $99 (RRP $286).

    Click here to participate in the Survey.

    If you have multiple staff members with the same job function and level, please contact Enterprise Care who will assist you with including this information in the Survey.

    Any questions in relation to the Survey, please telephone Enterprise Care on (03) 8862 6315.

  • 18 Jul 2017 1:46 PM | Shayne Morris (Administrator)

    An association which aims to grow and support the local blockchain community has been launched, and hosts its first event this week.

    The Blockchain Association of Australia – registered as a not for profit incorporated association last month – meets for the first time at RMIT in Melbourne tomorrow night.

    The association is led by Chami Akmeemana, director of blockchain software firm ConsenSys, with a board including Michael Hendricks from ME Bank and Paul Xuereb of AustralianSuper.

    Akmeemana was behind a regtech hackathon in Melbourne earlier this year.

    “The primary objective is to uplift the blockchain ecosystem and community and to address the critical skills gap in Australia with respect to blockchain technology. The association aims to educate, develop and empower the blockchain community of Australia and connect with both global leaders and best practice,” the group said.

    Steven Marshall, leader of the South Australian state Liberal Party, and Dr Liming Zhu, research director, software and computational systems at Data61 sit on the group’s advisory board.

    The association has set out a bold set of ‘critical success factors’ in its charter. By its third year the group believes blockchain will become “second nature” to industry, with the focus switching from the technology itself to the blockchain’s “transformational nature”.

    Year three will also see a Blockchain company with a market valuation greater than AUD $150m, the association predicts.

    The group hopes to host regular meet-ups, community hackathons and training programs. Details of the associations inaugural meeting can be found here.

    The Blockchain Association of Australia is the third blockchain industry advocacy organisation to be set up in Australia, after the Blockchain Centre which launched in 2014 and the Australian Digital Currency Commerce Association (ADCCA) founded in the same year.

    This article was originally sourced from CIO.

  • 18 Jul 2017 1:37 PM | Shayne Morris (Administrator)

    The SMSF Association will establish a 'policy think tank' to provide thought leadership for the retirement savings market on financial and non-financial issues.

    The Global Centre of Excellence for Retirement Savings will be based in Adelaide and will cover a range of topics including the design of retirement incomes policies, behavioural economics and investment markets, aged care and mental capacity.

    SMSFA chief executive John Maroney said the centre will focus on all social, economic and community issues that have an influence on a person's ability to enjoy a dignified and secure retirement.

    "The centre will also act as a clearing house for existing literature and research into retirement issues, as well as commission and conduct relevant research into these areas via teams of experienced researchers, PhD students, industry participants and other interested parties," Maroney said.

    The centre will serve to increase awareness of key issues related to retirement design and operation in Australia and other countries, driving improved efficiency and effectiveness of the Australian superannuation system and the public policy surrounding it, with a particular focus on the SMSF sector.

    "Another key priority will be to advance the technological architecture of the SMSF sector by providing an industry hub to develop data standards for SMSFs and new applications of information technology to SMSF administration. This will pull together SMSF businesses, researchers, regulators and other industry participants to advance SMSF information technology," Maroney said.

    All research provided by the centre will be structured to provide genuine practical value and will be sourced from universities, financial institutions, SMSF service providers and other associations.

    The SMSFA has also engaged the University of Adelaide, Monash University, University of Western Australia, Curtin University, University of New South Wales and Macquarie University to provide input via an academic advisory group.

    Adjunct professor at Monash University Dr Phillip Dolan will assist in establishing the group. Dolan is a former dean of the UWA Business School and former head of the Macquarie University Applied Finance Centre and Actuarial Program. He is also a former her of investment research at Macquarie Bank.

    "Phillip has an enviable reputation is this field and we are honoured he has decided to accept this role," Maroney said.

    The SMSFA expects the centre to be open by the end of the year.

    This article was originally sourced from the Financial Standard.

  • 18 Jul 2017 1:29 PM | Shayne Morris (Administrator)

    The American Alliance of Orthopaedic Executives uses a volunteer matrix to recruit members to get more involved.

    How to hack it? Last summer, Addy Kujawa, CAE, CEO of the American Alliance of Orthopaedic Executives (AAOE), realized she had a problem when looking around the room during a volunteer committee meeting. “We were trying to select topics for our annual conference and realized that we were in a room with only veteran volunteers,” she says.

    To add greater diversity and inclusion to volunteering, Kujawa revamped AAOE’s committee structure and volunteer recruitment process by creating a matrix that identifies professional and demographic information for each volunteer. It’s a simple spreadsheet that tracks things like age, practice size, practice type, and professional experience.

    Why does it work? The volunteer matrix gives Kujawa a clear view into each of her councils, especially when there’s an open seat to fill. “Once we’ve identified an area of need, I can then use our membership database to personally invite or recruit new members,” she says. “It’s proven to be a successful way to attract rising leaders.”

    What’s the bonus? So far, the volunteer matrix has helped Kujawa identify a replacement chair for her communications council. She selected a younger member who is a social media manager at a large academic practice. “He brought in new ideas and initiatives, like shooting video at this year’s conference,” Kujawa says. Those videos have turned into membership testimonials that AAOE can use to recruit (which, by the way, is another proven Membership Hack).

    This article was originally sourced from Associations Now.

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