Westpac Smarts: Looking to the future - Preparing for future disruption

Date: Friday 27 Aug 2021     Time: 12pm to 1:30pm

Venue: Wellington Chamber Of Commerce Level 7 3-11 Hunter Street Wellington, Wellington 6011

New Zealanders are known for our ingenuity and ability to adapt through adversity. We have put together a diverse panel of local speakers to answer the question how their industry is coping, what they have learned post-covid and how these lessons have prepared them for future disruptions.

Facilitated by Westpac Head of Industry Amber McKnight, this Westpac Smarts will feature a panel of Wellington business leaders who will discuss their journey through the last year. The panel will also answer audience questions.

Panel includes:

Elizabeth Barbalich – Founder & CEO, Antipodes

Jamie Williams – CEO, Kāpura

Murray Edridge – Wellington City Missioner

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12pm - Networking with tea & coffee

12.30pm - Panel discussion with audience Q&A

1.30pm - Session ends


Jamie Williams – CEO, Kāpura 

15 years ago Jamie threw in his IT job to buy a pub. That business grew to be NZ's largest hospitality company.

Kāpura (formerly Wellington Hospitality Group) is building an ambitious hospitality business to grow opportunities for their people and communities to thrive. Over 800 people work across more than 35 hospitality businesses including bars, restaurants, gastro pubs, gaming bars, catering services, function spaces and hospitality training services.

For the last four years, Kāpura has ranked in the top eight of Deloitte's Fast 50 National Master of Growth index, and in 2018 the group won the regional Master of Growth Award for outstanding growth. With venues across Wellington, at Wellington International Airport, in Hamilton and Tauranga, Kāpura is bringing kick-ass kiwi hospitality to New Zealand and beyond.

Elizabeth Barbalich – Founder & CEO, Antipodes

Elizabeth was searching for natural skincare that offered the same benefits as conventional skincare – but using pure New Zealand ingredients that were independently and scientifically validated.

To launch Antipodes 16 years ago, Elizabeth drew on her background in science, business, and natural health. The mother of three studied biology before embarking on an MBA, and won a sales role with an international corporation pioneering technology for laparoscopic surgery.

As Antipodes® has grown, Elizabeth remains committed to a green beauty ethos. This means production in New Zealand, sustainably sourced ingredients, recyclable packaging, and independent certification of the brand’s organic, vegan, and vegetarian products.

Murray Edridge – Wellington City Missioner

Murray Edridge has been the Wellington City Missioner since May 2018. Murray is the 12th City Missioner in the 117-year history of the organisation and the first not to be an Ordained Anglican Priest.

Murray has worked with children and families throughout New Zealand for 20 years. Coming from a commercial background as a Chartered Accountant, his initial professional career was in a variety of industries including energy distribution and retail, media and education.

Prior to joining the Wellington City Mission, Murray was the inaugural Chief Executive of Genesis Youth Trust; an organisation operating under a Social Impact Bond and working with youth offenders and their whanau in a number of communities in South and East Auckland.



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