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Explore the 2019 conference, Towards Wellbeing

Find out more about the theme, the Conference and take a look at videos and feedback from the 2018 Conference.

A warm welcome to Towards Wellbeing, the theme for the 2019 Financial Service Council and Workplace Savings NZ Conference on 11th and 12th September 2019 in Auckland.

The conference is fast earning the reputation as one of the flagship conferences of the Financial Services Sector in New Zealand, known for leading edge content and speakers and provoking debate around the key issues affecting the sector.

The conference is designed for the industry by senior industry leaders, making the event focussed, relevant and valuable and has seen growing attendance of 25% year on year.

In 2019 we are again expecting delegates from a diverse range of backgrounds from right across the sector.

Great content drives great conferences, and in 2019 we will again showcase on our main platform New Zealand’s political and regulatory leaders and explore the big issues of the day.

In the specialist streams we will showcase industry leaders and the conference will deliver key up-to-date information and challenge how we deliver insurance, investments and KiwiSaver to consumers.

Last year, delegates rated the quality of presentations at 92% and relevance at 88%.

This 2019 theme, Towards Wellbeing, reflects how the Government Wellbeing ambition translates into the Financial Services sector, beyond the obvious ‘Financial Wellbeing’ and exploring how we can support our teams and our customers balance health and social wellbeing day-to-day.

If you are in the financial services sector, whether a senior leader, adviser, supplier or technical specialist, this is your invitation to join us.

The 2019 Towards Wellbeing Conference and Gala Dinner on 11th and 12th September at the Pullman Hotel in Auckland.

We look forward to seeing you there.

The Shape of the Conference 2019

The Conference runs over two-days, starting with breakfast sessions on the first morning, Wednesday 11th September, then moving to the conference welcomes and political and regulatory sessions on the Main Platform.

Delegates can choose between specialist insurance and investment streams throughout the day between the Main Platform sessions, or, new for 2019, can choose to explore some of the Wellbeing sessions and activities planned for the event.

On Wednesday evening, we start our Gala Awards Dinner with a drinks reception, followed by the Awards celebrating the achievements of the industry and dinner itself. The Gala Awards Dinner is included in the access all areas full confrence ticket.

We start and finish Thursday at the Main Platform and delegates can choose further specialist or wellbeing sessions, before lunch and conference close. There will be plenty of opportunity for delegates to network, speak to exhibitors and catch-up with colleagues between sessions.

Watch this space for updates and follow us on twitter to keep up-to-date with the conference, speakers and topics across the conference period.

A look back at our 2018 Conference

More information and videos are available in the conference wrap and on the FSC's YouTube channel.

Shaping Futures, the FSC and WSNZ national conference 2018, was very well received and the feedback was been very positive, with close to 400 people through the doors over the two days and 70+ speakers over the session, and over a 90% excellent rating on conference presentations.

Alongside the main conference, the FSC also launched the new FSC Code of Conduct which has been developed by FSC members over the past two years. During the conference itself, the fourth part of the KiwiSaver research was launched, detailing recommendations and next steps to achieve better consumer outcomes.

Industry’s top talent was recognised at the conference gala awards ceremony. There were four individual FSC awards, and the WSNZ awarded four organisations, celebrating excellence in consumer communications. Details of the winners are in the Conference Wrap.

Political and Regulatory Speakers

  • Hon. Grant Robertson, Minister of Finance. Minister Robertson joined us on the first day and talked about New Zealand’s place in the world, followed by a Q&A with TVNZ’s Corin Dann. The session is available on the FSC YouTube channel.
  • Hon. Kris Faafoi, Minister of Civil Defence, Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media. Minister Faafoi welcomed delegates to the Gala Dinner with a speech talking about good conduct, and was kind enough to present the award winners with their trophies this year. 
  • Amy Adams, Opposition Finance Spokesperson, discussed her take on ‘What is New Zealand’s place in the world?’ talking about how good innovation is for New Zealanders and the challenges we face in financial services, followed by a fireside chat with AMP’s Yvonne Davie, both available on YouTube.
  • The Financial Markets Authority's (FMA), Rob Everett, Chief Executive of the FMA provided a keynote speech on the main platform titled 'Is trust the new currency?', looking back at the global financial crisis and the regulatory and political response to the damage to financial stability and global economic health caused by the crisis. Available on YouTube and via the FMA website.
  • The Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) Governor Adrian Orr spoke about ‘Geopolitics, New Zealand and the winds of change, discussing 'short-termisim’. Available on YouTube and via the RBNZ website.


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The Financial Services Council is a non-profit member organisation and the voice of the financial services sector in New Zealand. Our 35 members comprise 95% of the life insurance market in New Zealand, and manage funds of more than $47.5bn. Members include the major insurers in life, disability and income insurance, fund managers, KiwiSaver, professional services and technology providers to the financial services sector. Find out more at and follow us on twitter.


Workplace Savings NZ is a not-for-profit apolitical membership organisation representing the interests of employers who offer workplace retirement savings schemes, their trustees and their members, other retirement scheme managers and supervisors, retirement savings industry service providers and professional advisers. WSNZ’s membership embraces all types of retirement schemes (KiwiSaver, workplace savings and superannuation schemes) and participants who are public and corporate, union-sponsored and industry-based. Find out more at

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