Running from Thursday 14th through to Sunday the 17th of April 2016, the annual NZSDA Conference underpins an event filled weekend in Christchurch this year.



Welcome to Conference 2016, Building by Association.  Four events, one venue, two days – it’s a one stop shop for all industry needs and requirements.

Conference kicks off on Thursday with our Annual Executive meeting for NZSDA board members only, then late afternoon we will hold the NZSDA Annual General Meeting, all members are welcome to attend, we value your ideas and opinions and it is also a great opportunity to hear from the outgoing NZSDA President of the board covering past year’s events, news, achievements and goals moving forward into 2016.


Join us all on Thursday evening after the AGM at the Meet and Greet evening in The Den Bar at The Chateau on the Park, this is once again a fantastic event to attend and a chance to get back in touch and network with those that you haven’t seen since last conference.  We will provide nibbles and a couple of drinks, so don’t forget those vouchers!  A cash bar with be available for those thirsty ones that have used their freebies!


On Friday morning your new President will officially open conference at the Opening breakfast. Again, bring those breakfast vouchers so you can enjoy that cooked breakfast that we all need to start our big day!  After breakfast the action begins with making time to meet for our Annual Conference photo in the foyer of The Chateau before we are all transported to the day’s events.


Transport will be running on an hourly schedule both days to and from the two NZSDA nominated hotels, The Chateau on the Park and The Ashley to Wigram Air Force Museum, schedules will be placed in the foyers of both hotels for reference for times.


Sunday’s closing breakfast would have to be the most valued breakfast at conference, whether it’s because you are just needing that extra bit of greasy food to assist your recovery from Saturday nights indulgence or just to catch up and bid farewell to those whom you won’t see for another year, either option is the perfect reason and a great way to end conference for another year!


Winery Tour

Our optional Partner’s Programme also begins on the Friday for all conference delegates that wish to engage in some sightseeing and tasting or get competitive on the green!  That’s right we have managed to secure one of the best winery day tours that Canterbury has to offer, travelling on a double decker bus out of the city and venturing into the stunning region of Waipara Valley, here you will visit three wineries with the last stop staying long enough to enjoy a lovely platter lunch.

The Christchurch Pass

“The Christchurch Pass” tour encompasses the best three attractions in Christchurch, a tour around our inner city on the tram, a punt on the Avon river and then the gondola ride to the top of the hills to take in the stunning views of the city landscape and Canterbury plains while relaxing with a light buffet lunch.

Chocolate Journey

If you were wanting more hands-on action then why not be whisked away over the hills to a hidden gem and join the chocolate journey at Governors Bay at She Café’, the chocolatiers will take you on a journey you won’t forget, ending with a 2 course lunch over-looking the picturesque Bay.

NZSDA Pool and Golf Competitions

If it’s that competitive edge you are looking for then why not ‘putt’ your stuff at our conference Golf Tournament held at the well-known Harewood Golf Course.  Transport is provided to and from this event, a cold packed lunch and drink will be delivered to you on course, just so the flow of the game is not interrupted too much!  Cash bar is available for those that have earned it!

If  an indoor competition is more your style, then join us at The Cashmere Club at the annual Pool Competition, it’s a race to the end, light lunch nibbles and a drink is provided, but for those thirsty competitors a cash bar is also available.  Transport to and from all events is included.

Elvis's Birthday Bash

Every year around conference time a couple of our members celebrate their birthdays, and traditionally when held in Christchurch, “Elvis” is known to put on a good bash!  This year is no exception, in fact it will be bigger and better than ever before, because this year he plans to hit that magic number of 50!  Everyone is invited along to celebrate with Elvis on Friday, 15th April at The Cuban, don’t miss it, come along be entertained and celebrate in style with Elvis!


For our 2016 Christchurch Conference we have managed to find a group of quality speakers covering a range of industry related topics, from the educational to the inspirational. Read more about these guys below:

Dave Blyth


From Christchurch Graphic Designer to artist of Rock stars and Movie stars in America and Europe, Dave Blyth will wow an audience speaking of a normal Kiwi guy just doing his OE and ending up working for Rock stars and movie stars and becoming one of the world's best Ferrari artists.


Dave remembers well his school report cards which had comments like “Would do better at maths if he didn't draw pictures of cars".  After seeing these comments his Mother said to him; ‘You will never make any money drawing pictures of cars."  It was only when he was charging $5000 US for a painting of a $5 million dollar Ferrari for a Swiss collector and being flown across the world to paint a mural for a Florida Billionaire on the wall of his Penthouse apartment at Atlanta Motor Speedway that Dave realized his Mothers words would not hold true!


It was a different time in the 1990s. Computers didn't rule the world and people who could paint realistic paintings were in demand.  Dave spent his Summers in Europe and winters in Florida with the occasional winter trip to Indianapolis to hand paint with spray cans and enamel brushes an Indy car mural on both sides of a transporter 60 feet long and 12 feet high (that's 20 metres x 4 metres for modern guys).



Dave has great stories of working for movies stars like Burt Reynolds and Miami Vice's Don Johnson plus Rock star Chris Rea and Formula One stars Nigel Mansell and Gerhard Bergher.




Martz Witty


Martz is an expert professional business developer and speaker that shares his coaching secrets to many national and international audiences.  He is also a Chartered Accountant who believes that the role of trusted business advisor is much more than completing an end of year set of annual accounts and matching tax returns., It’s about being a partnership for business growth, a merging of like-minded goals and aspirations, through an infusion of specialist and varied skill set and knowledge. Martz shares and unfolds strategies, ideas and issues for clients and audiences in a relaxed manner and will have them sitting on the edge of their seats thinking, debating and implementing and at the same time thinking “That sounds like ME!”


Privately Martz enjoys being involved with community events and charitable works, being able to give back for all the generosity received over the years.  Rebuilding old cars is another favourite passion to pass the time (and a wonderful way of keeping up the swearing as he grazes his knuckles on the old rust buckets!)  Life balance is an integral part of Martzs’ makeup and getting that balance right between home and work can be an ever changing moveable feast, however Martz remains grateful that he has it right more than he has it wrong!  In a nutshell Martz is fresh, invigorating, humorous and “real”.



George Shaw


Prior to moving to New Zealand from the UK in 2009, George Shaw and his wife Shannon Webster found themselves at the epicentre of the street art movement as it exploded across the northern hemisphere.  Their passion for the genre saw them amass a major collection of artworks including 22 by Banksy.


With this as its core, they set about producing street art events in this part of the world.

Under the name of Oi YOU! They are now behind the biggest street art festivals in the southern hemisphere. These events have already seen 25 large murals painted in Christchurch with many more to come.

George will be speaking about the global explosion of street art/muralism and its positive impacts, hoping that attendees will gain a better understanding of how this art movement has developed and an insight into how it may evolve in the future.



Steve Moran


Steve is an Assessment Manager for Worksafe NZ which is New Zealand’s workplace health and safety regulator.  Steve was on the ground working as a Health and Safety Inspector when the Canterbury Earthquakes occurred in September 2010 and February 2011. He led a team of inspectors during the immediate recovery period and developed the regulators Canterbury Recovery Project.  As an Assessment Manager for WorkSafe NZ, Steve has assisted with the development and implementation of WorkSafe NZ’s “Canterbury Rebuild Health and Safety Programme” of work.


On a national level New Zealand has unacceptably high rates of workplace fatalities, serious harm injuries and work-related disease and illness. Worksafe NZ are working collaboratively to achieve a 25 percent reduction by 2020 of the workplace death and injury toll.  Work is also underway to establish occupational health reduction targets.


Steve’s focus in-conjunction with Workplace NZ’s is to embed and promote good workplace health and safety practices, to inform and educate employers and employees about their workplace health and safety responsibilities, engage them in making changes that reduce the chances of harm and to enforce workplace health and safety legislation.



Peter Inder


Peter Inder is the owner operator of SignTech the Sign Masters, Christchurch.  Signtech is a full service signage company offering a very wide range of products. They offer in-house consulting, manufacturing and graphic design teams, project management from concept to completion. They believe that truly effective signage is created as a result of 5 key steps and at Signtech they live and breathe these to ensure that they offer the highest possible levels of quality and service.

Listen: – determine the customer’s wants and needs

Advise: - Give customer’s the knowledge, skills and experience. This will include advice on council issues with permitting and consents and any Health and Safety regulations

Design: - From understanding our client and taking into consideration their wants and needs, we create truly effective signage that is well built with low ongoing costs.

Create: - In-house production and graphics team’s build and install signs. High end technology

Install: - The success of any signage is finishing. By controlling this the finish and look is controlled at all times as well as ensuring the sign is safely installed, as sign suppliers we are ultimately responsible for public safety.


Peter will enlighten and share some handy hints with his view on the new Health and Safety regulations and how he overcame any “hurdles” to successfully integrate it into his very successful Sign business today.




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The conference underpins what promises to be a fantastic weekend in Christchurch!


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