Retail Conference // RECON

Tuesday 2 November 2021 | Online, Everywhere

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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.

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.

Peter Allen


Peter Allen is an executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Scentre Group. Prior to the establishment of Scentre Group in 2014, Peter was an executive Director and Chief Financial Officer of Westfield Group. Peter joined Westfield in 1996 and between 1998 and 2004 was Westfield’s CEO of the United Kingdom / Europe and responsible for establishing Westfield’s presence in the United Kingdom.  Peter is Chairman of the Shopping Centre Council of Australia and a Director of the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute and Essendon Football Club. He is a member of the President’s Council of the Art Gallery of NSW and is a Director of the Property Council of Australia and a member of the Property Champions of Change.

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.



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9:00am    Conference Opening  

Nadine Higgins
Master of Ceremonies

9:05am    Welcome  

Leonie Freeman
Chief Executive, Property Council New Zealand

9:10am    Property Law Act updates  

Vanessa Dew
Partner, Martelli McKegg

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

Adrian Orr
Reserve Bank Governor

9:50am     How Skyfii Technology Makes Retail Business Smarter

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   Case Study: Greenhills as a Retail Development

John Small
National Manager Design, Town Centres & Retail Stockland

Tony Tsekouras
General Manager – Retail Leasing, Stockland

11:45am   Building Resilience through Transformation

Andrea Scown
Chief Executive Officer, Mitre 10

12:30pm   Lunch
1:30pm     In conversation with… 

Peter Allen
Chief Executive Officer, Scentre Group

2:00pm     The Power of Luxury

Glynis Traill-Nash
Editor in Chief, The Australian

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 End of Conference


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