Retail Conference // RECON

Tuesday 2 November 2021 | Aotea Centre, Auckland


Book now!

Coming to Auckland this November, RECON // Retail Conference is a gathering of retail property and business experts, including keynote speakers Adrian Orr, Governor of the Reserve Bank and renowned TedX speaker and author Ashley Stahl

Designed specifically for those who own or manage retail property in New Zealand, the Retail Conference takes place on an annual basis, with a mix of national and international case studies, innovations and perspectives from top industry players.

The New Zealand Council of Retail Property (NZCoRP) and Property Council New Zealand are proud to have brought you the Retail Conference for nearly a decade, and look forward to lighting up the stage once again come November.

Watch this space for speaker announcements!
Campbell Barbour


Featured Speakers

Ashley Stahl


Ashley Stahl is counterterrorism professional turned career coach, speaker, author and Forbes columnist on a mission to help you step into a career or business you’re excited about and aligned with.

Her work has been featured on TEDx, the Wall Street Journal, CBS, SELF, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune and more. Ashley earned a Master’s in international relations from King’s College London, and another Master’s in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica. 

Frances Valintine CNZM


Francis Valintine CNZM is dedicated to pushing Aotearoa ahead as a global leader in innovation to building a stronger, more resilient future for all New Zealanders. 

With an eye always on future horizons, Frances has worked with and advised over 250 organisations across every sector in New Zealand – from argiculture to finance, retail to law and has gained a reputation as an expert in leading digital transformation initiatives that bring positive impact. 

Adrian Orr

Governor, Reserve Bank of NEw zealand

Adrian Orr was appointed Governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand in March 2018.

Prior to that he was Deputy Governor and Head of Financial Stability for the Reserve Bank. Adrian has also held the positions of Chief Economist at Westpac Banking Corporation, Chief Manager of the Economics Department at The National Bank of New Zealand. He has also worked at the New Zealand Treasury; and the OECD based in Paris.

Hon Michael Wood

Minister for transport

 Following the 2020 General Election, Michael became a sworn Member of the Executive and was appointed by the Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern as the Minister of Transport and Minister of Workplace Relations and Safety. He was also given the role of Deputy Leader of the House.

Michael also continues a strong association with New Zealand’s vibrant and growing Ethnic Communities owing to his previous role and the highly diverse nature of the Mt Roskill electorate he represents.

Nadine Higgins

Master of ceremonies

Nadine Higgins (nee Chalmers-Ross) is an award-winning journalist and broadcaster with extensive experience across television, radio, newspapers and magazines. Nadine is renowned as a fiercely intelligent, articulate and engaging MC.

Nadine’s background in broadcasting and business journalism means she can quickly get to grips with complex topics, moderate multi-person panels and think on her feet when the best laid plans go awry.

Andrea Scown

CEO, Mitre10

Andrea joined Mitre 10 (NZ) Ltd in June 2017, in the role of General Manager – Retail Operations. Andrea brought strong retail experience and leadership skills that drove the business and it’s operators to the next level of success. In 2020, Andrea was promoted to Chief Operations Officer and in 2021, Andrea was promoted again to Chief Executive Officer. Her intimate knowledge of all parts of the business and her passion for the co-operative model, make Andrea a strong and authentic leader who has developed excellent relationships with the members and their teams. Andrea is the Co-operatives first internal appointment made to the CEO role and the first woman Chief Executive, both of which represent a milestone in the proud history of Mitre 10’s ongoing transformation of New Zealand’s home improvement industry.



Early bird pricing is now closed


RRP $539 + GST
$ 539
  • Includes full access to all conference sessions and networking

Non Member

RRP $770 + GST
$ 770
  • Includes full access to all conference sessions and networking


Tuesday 2 November

Please note: this is a preliminary programme outline. This page will be updated as speakers and timings are confirmed.

7:45am    Registration Desk Open 
8:45am    Conference Opening  

Nadine Higgins
Master of Ceremonies

8:50am    Welcome  

Leonie Freeman
Chief Executive, Property Council New Zealand

9:00am    Political Perspective  
9:25am    The Retail Economy; where have we been and where are we going?

Adrian Orr
Reserve Bank Governor

9:50am    How Skifii Technology Makes Retail Business Smarter

Daniel Lepore
Head of Asset Technology, AMP Capital

Alan Murphy
Head of Customer Technology & Innovation, AMP Capital

10:20am   Morning Tea 
10:50am   Retail in New Zealand’s Future

Frances Valintine

11:20am   The Power of Luxury

Glynis Traill-Nash
Editor in Chief, The Australian

11:50am   Retail Resilience
Andrea Scown
Chief Executive Officer, Mitre 10
12:35pm   Lunch
1:35pm   Session to be confirmed
2:05pm   Case Study: Greenhills as a Retail Development

John Small
National Manager Design, Town Centres & Retail Stockland

Tony Tsekouras
General Manager – Retail Leasing, Stockland

2:30pm   Afternoon Tea
3:00pm   Keynote: Generation X, Y, Z and beyond: Explore Consumer Mindsets and Refresh Your Marketing Strategy

Ashley Stahl
Coach and Author

3:40pm   Retail, Transport and City Shaping in the 2020’s

Hon Michael Wood
Minister for Transport

4:10pm  Conference Closing

Campbell Barbour
Chair, New Zealand Council of Retail Property

4:15pm-7.00pm Cocktail Function

Sponsored by BSA Law

Our Awesome Sponsors


To discuss opportunities to partner with RECON, please contact Catie Harris.

Get In Touch

Catie Harris

Events Manager

021 0287 6603