2023 Full Conference Programme

2023 INFINZ Conference

Theme: Collaboration - How can those in the financial services ecosystem work together to enable and catalyse change to solve the biggest challenges in Aotearoa New Zealand?


Registration - tea and coffee


Mihi and Welcome

Setting the Scene - economic/regulatory backdrop


International/Domestic Economic perspective: When will central banks ease and what will be “broken” before inflation is tamed? What are the implications of the reversal of four decades of tailwinds including; globalisation, labour force growth – especially in China, geopolitical calm and lack of a carbon charge (at least for short term profits) mean for; economic growth, inflation, real interest rates and the choices faced by governments, households and business going forward?


Regulator Fireside chat with FMA CEO – Greenwashing, the implementation of the new Conduct of Financial Institutions legislation and the Climate-related financial disclosures framework represent a significant expansion of the FMA’s remit. The FMA wishes to pursue a principles-based approach to regulation - how will this work in practice? What are the regulator’s expectations in terms of fair customer outcomes?



Setting up the conceptual and governance framework for collaboration


Framework for collaboration between Government, iwi , NGOs and the private sector – Recent extreme climatic events highlight the need for longer term planning around not only mitigation but also adaptation. But no one sector of society can solve this problem. How do we work together to address these and the other “gnarly” problems faced by New Zealand including growing income inequality.


The G of ESGIntegrating the “S” of ESG into corporate strategic planning especially to address issues such as; D&I amongst employees, modern slavery within supply chains and inequality more broadly in the community.”



Case studies as exemplars and motivators


The E of ESG - Decarbonising the agriculture sector - methane accounts for roughly half of NZ’s green-house gas emissions - how can these be reduced through collaboration across the farming, processor, iwi and crown research organisations and harnessing New Zealands’ number eight innovation mind-set?


The S of ESG – “Māori leadership in sustainable finance, intergenerational investment and investing for social outcomes.” What can we learn from a longer-term approach and how we collaborate for enhanced commercial and societal returns?



Where to next/do it now!


The financial services sector as an enabler and catalyst - reflecting on previous topics (education, decarbonising agriculture, inclusion) - what makes sense to work on across the economy and wider society and how can we best harness our collective efforts to maximum effect?


Bias to Action - Discussing future trends with an emphasis on what we can do now rather than what we could do later. Gus Balbontin is the “Alternative Futurist” The Futurist that instead of speculating prefers to focus the effort on improving your ability to adapt to anything.


Thanks/wrap up



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