Plastics New Zealand's 77th Annual Conference is occurring on the 4th - 5th May in Christchurch, New Zealand. All Members and Non-Members are welcome to attend


Plastics New Zealand 77th Annual Conference 
4 – 5 May 2023, Rydges Latimer Christchurch
"Rise Up"

(Updated 26 April 2023 - Further details will be confirmed as Speakers & Topics are finalised)

Wednesday 3 May 2023
10.30am    Pre-Conference Golf – 11.00am Tee-Off at Waitikiri Golf Club
                     Kindly sponsored by BASF NZ Ltd

5.30pm    Manufacturing Networking Event 
                    Venue: Milton St Substation
                     259 Milton Street, Sydenham, Christchurch 8023
                    (Transport leaves Hotel 5.15pm)

7.30pm     Free evening for Delegates

Thursday 4 May 2023

Principal Sponsor Viva Energy Australia  Viva 1

Conference Plenary Sessions Day 1 - Rydges Latimer Christchurch


 National Executive Meeting                                                                                                                         

8:00 am

 Registration Opens

8:30 am

 First Timers Briefing

9:00 am

 Conference Opening

9:15 am

 Opening Speaker: Principal Sponsor Viva Energy Australia, Richard Xin


 Business Case Study: Disaster Recovery - Overcoming the Challenges - Robert Michael, Tru Design Plastics 

10.10am  Insurance for the Plastics Industry : Common Issues -  Michael Brown, Willis Towers Watson


 Morning Tea sponsored by AspectPT

11:00 am 

 Plastics NZ Update on activities on behalf of Industry
- Rachel Barker, PNZ CEO,
- Katy Constance, PNZ Circular Economy Manager
- Simon Wilkinson, Environmental Projects Manager

11.45am  Plastics Innovation Fund - Kirsteen Pitkin-Douglas, MfE


 Lunch sponsored by PIL

1:00 pm

 Industry 4.0 – ‘People led automation’ - Sarah Ramsey, United Machinists

1.30pm   Climate Change and Decarbonising Your Business - Allan Birch, Tadpole


 Afternoon Tea sponsored by ES Plastics

2:45 pm

 Keynote Speaker: Rise Up: Overcoming Challenges - Dr Lucy Hone, NZIWR

4:15 pm

 Day 1 Sessions close/housekeeping

 Coffee Cart sponsored by Ravago NZ

Conference Gala Evening - Rydges Latimer Christchurch

 Plastics New Zealand 77th Annual Conference Gala Dinner

Kindly sponsored by Competenz Te Pūkenga   CZTP HORIZONTAL

Themed costume event - Favourite Celebrity (Dress up as much or as little as your favourite celebrity!) Ideas here!
With live dance band - Mirrors

5.30pm            Predinner drinks & and canapes
6.30pm            Seat for dinner
6.35pm            Competenz Training & Apprentice of the Year Awards
7.00pm            Buffet Dinner
8.00pm            Plastics New Zealand Presentations
8.30pm            Live dance band - Mirrors
11.00pm          Function end

Friday 5 May 2023

Principal Sponsor Viva Energy Australia Viva 1

Conference Plenary Sessions Day 2 - Rydges Latimer Christchurch

9:00 am

 Opening Day 2                                                                                                                                            

9:05 am

 The State of the NZ Economy - Tony Alexander, Economist


 Business Case Study - Managing Manufacturing with MES Software
- Bob Dedekind, Aspect & Lance Wyatt, PACT Group

10:30 am

 Morning Tea sponsored by Willis Towers Watson

11.00 am 

 Industry Issues - Combined and breakout sessions
 - Hanga-Aro-Rau & Competenz
 - Operation CleanSweep
 - Plastic Packaging Product Stewardship (PPPS)

12.30 pm

 Lunch sponsored by TCL Hunt

1:30 pm

 Business Case Study - Lessons Learnt in Product Stewardship - Amber Maisey, Maisey Group

2:00 pm

Plastics Circularity - Embedded Carbon & Feedstock Certification - Matthew Withy, TCL Hunt


 National AGM     
AGM Prize sponsored by Element Raw Materials


 Afternoon Tea sponsored by TCL Hunt


 Recycling Technology Session 
 - Simon Mathewson, Licella; Paul Wilton, Plastoil; Emir Melkic, EREMA; Rob Wilson, EcoCentral

3.45pm  Winners I've Known - Phil Gifford, Closing Speaker

4:45 pm

 Conference Official Close/Prize Draws   

 Coffee Cart sponsored by Qenos eXsource

Post Conference Dinner

7.00pm     Post-Conference Dinner (Optional) for Delegates staying on for the Weekend
                  Venue - Castro's Tapas & Bar, Riverside Markets


Join us in 2023 in Christchurch.  Download our registration pack here or register online

 Download the conference programme here