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This event occurred on
October 13, 2018
9:00am - 6:00pm NZDT
(UTC +13hrs)
Auckland, Auckland
New Zealand

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Shed 10
Queens Wharf, 89 Quay Street
Auckland CBD
Auckland, Auckland, 1010
New Zealand
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Andrew Barnes

Andrew has made a career of market-changing innovation and industry digitisation. Most recently, in New Zealand, he triggered a revolution of the entire fiduciary and legal services industries, and the transformation he has led as the founder of Perpetual Guardian has positive implications both locally and globally. This was evidenced by his announcement of the four-day week, which made headlines around the world reaching an audience of over 4 billion people from 35 different countries and leading change in government thinking in Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Andrew is a director of Complectus Limited, the company encompassing Perpetual Guardian and several other trustee businesses. He is the director of Coulthard Barnes, chair of the Regional Facilities Auckland board, and chairman of New Zealand payroll provider, PaySauce. PaySauce recently launched a new draw-down service to give employees interest-free access to money they have already earned as soon as they earn it, and is aimed at preventing people having to resort to pay day lenders (which charge up to 700% interest on small loans). Earlier in his career, Andrew identified the opportunity for the evolution of real estate in Australia and was chairman of at the time of its IPO on the ASX. Later, he became CEO of Bestinvest, a UK-based investment management and advisory company, leading the sale to private capital in 2007, and was managing director of Australian Wealth Management Limited, a major Australian wealth management and trustee business that he led to IPO in 2005. Andrew is a sought-after keynote speaker and is regularly asked to address audiences internationally on subjects as diverse as governance, philanthropy and business, leadership, entrepreneurship, team culture and change management topics.

Hemi Kelly

Hēmi Kelly (Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Tahu, Ngāti Whāoa) is a lecturer in te reo Māori at AUT. He is also involved in a number of Māori language planning and revitalisation initiatives within the community and enjoys sharing his love for the language with anyone who shows an interest. Hēmi is passionate about writing and translation studies. In 2017, Hēmi translated Witi Ihimaera’s novella Sleeps Standing and published his first book, A Māori Word a Day, in 2018.

Jazz Thornton

Having overcome childhood abuse and multiple suicide attempts, Jazz Thornton has now dedicated her life to speaking hope and creating change in the area of mental health through her organisation Voices of Hope. Her unique experience and practical message has gained worldwide recognition, being shared through media, international speaking engagements and now through a new feature documentary film. Living by the saying “it’s not about battling your past but fighting for your future” Jazz believes that no matter what your going through it is possible to get through when you learn how to stop surviving and start fighting. In 2017 Jazz was named New Zealand’s youngest director to win the annual Doc Edge pitching contest and is now directing her series The Silence Project which aims to shed light to the stories behind our suicide statistics while changing the way we have conversations about it.

Jess Quinn

Jess Quinn has a passion for helping people overcome adversity and insecurity using her own experiences. Since losing her right leg to cancer at the age of 9, Jess has refused to let that stand in her way of living life to its fullest with a core passion for helping others overcome their physical and mental setbacks along the way. Jess has developed an social media following of 180,000+ followers by speaking of her journey in a raw, honest way. Having just placed third on Dancing with the Stars NZ and signing with a LA based modelling agency, Jess has turned her adversity into a career of helping others push through life’s triumphs and continuing to lead by example by taking all challenges that come her way. As one of New Zealand’s most engaged personalities on social media, Jess connects with thousands of people each day to help inspire their own journey. Jess is currently on a mission to bringing awareness to image retouching in the advertising industry and why we are chasing an unachievable and unrealistic idea of perfection both as a model and advocate. If you want to help Jess achieve her goal, you can sign her petition here:

Pania Newton

rom a childhood of struggle Pania never focused on the negative, but was fortunate to stay true to her Maoritanga. At nine years old she wrote in a time capsule that she wanted to be a lawyer to make a difference. After working hard to achieve that, she has temporarily left her law career to fulfill her purpose and responsibility to the environment for future generations. Pania’s path through life has led her to finding her purpose, her kaupapa: protecting our whenua, Ihumatao. Doing what she was born to do, with her tupuna beside her guiding her to be the kaitiaki of the land. She now dedicates her time to huis and the occupation of Ihumatao land. Everything she does is for others; her nieces and nephews, her whanau, and future generations, so the sacrifices are without regret. As a frontline protector of Ihumatao she has had to step out of her comfort zone and face challenges, all in the name of saving a unique and sacred land, contributing to a better Aotearoa for all.

Zeshan Qureshi

Zeshan Qureshi is a children’s doctor in the UK with a mission to improve the mental health epidemic harming healthcare practitioners. As well as working at a London hospital, he engages with media, politicians, and medical students - reflecting his belief that doctors should be both treating illness and preventing illness / improving quality of care through improvement of the medical system. He has edited nine medical textbooks and has lectured over 8, 000 students across the world over two years. He is a media and parliamentary representative of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, and campaigns on issues such as newborn health, the NHS, and mental health, appearing widely in national and international news outlets. In 2016, he featured in a BBC documentary bringing mental health amongst doctors to the spotlight, and is now working with others to explore solutions for healthcare professional’s mental health crisis.

Organizing team


Auckland, New Zealand


Auckland, New Zealand
  • Ah Shin Park
  • Anthony Mace
    Team member
  • Ethan Alderson-Hughes
  • Jonathan Lyon
  • Sean Taylor