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Kiwis tee off as PrintNZ conference kicks on for another year

Tuesday, 12 October 2010
By Print 21 Online Article

Good sports gather for a spot of fishing and golf at this year’s PrintNZ conference in Taupo before getting down to two days of workshops with industry leaders.

The annual conference, which runs from 11-13 October at Wairakei Resort, Taupo, is themed Print is Part of Life, reinforcing the PrintNZ marketing campaign that was launched this year. 160 attendees turned up so far.

PrintNZ’s president, John Boyle and chief executive, Joan Grace, told attendees that: “Using the Part of Life theme, the PrintNZ Conference aims to provide you and your staff with the knowledge and tools to help you run a successful business now and into the future.”

Monday was all about relaxing as some attendees opted for a five-hour private boat charter on Lake Taupo, while those who preferred to remain on land embarked on the fourth PrintNZ golf challenge at Wairakei International Golf Course where players battled it out for the honour of champion team.

Much to the chagrin of New Zealanders, it was Australian, Ben Hartman (pictured) of Ferrostaal, who caught the only fish of the day. Sincere sympathies to Andrew Healy of Xerox and Danny Beskalo from Heidelberg who both suffered the shame that is The One That Got Away. Better luck next time, chaps.

Golfers also faced their own challenges weather-wise. “It was really cold and there was even a touch of snow – they definitely braved the elements,” said PrintNZ’s Ruth Cobb, who was out on the golf course for work, not leisure.

The champion team consisted of David Jupe, Peter Ward, Paul Jacomb and Wayne Romminger, from both Heidelberg and Blue Star.

The workshops, which kicked off today, included keynote address discussing the state of the NZ economy by Infometrics managing director, Gareth Kiernan, while Peter Muir of Bizucate Inc, delivered a keynote on changing technology and the print industry. Wednesday will see a focus on being lean in the workplace, along with presentations on strategies for both sales and safety at work.

“The conference runs over two days, bringing together a wide range of quality international and domestic speakers who will focus on business, lean and green, sales/marketing and technical issues,” Boyle and Grace added.

According to Cobb, feedback from attendees has all been positive. "Everyone has been chatting a lot about the people they listened too, the speakers gave them food for thought," she said.

Pictured: Hole in one: the winning team from Heidelberg and Blue Star Group at PrintNZ’s golf day.

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