2023 Programme

Adapting to Thrive

The 2023 conference programme has been curated by the Retail Committee brainstrust for property professionals just like you.

2024 programme to come soon.

11:00am – 5:30pm Retail Site Tour

This pre-conference tour featured some of the most exciting retail developments in Auckland, including:

  • 1050 Remuera
  • Newmarket – Nuffield Street, Teed Street, Westfield Newmarket
    Ponsonby Central
  • Auckland CBD – including Commercial Bay, Queen Street Luxury Precinct
    The tour includes lunch and post-tour nibbles and refreshments.

Please note: Site tours are exclusively for RECON23 attendees, but are not included in the general admission ticket and will need to be purchased in addition to your registration. Limited spaces are available.


7:45 am Registration desk open


8:45 am Conference Opening

Nadine Higgins
Master of Ceremonies


8:50 am Welcome

Leonie Freeman
CEO, Property Council New Zealand


8:55 am Premier Sponsor Welcome

Alan McArdle
Associate Director, Match Realty


9:00 am A Retail Market Outlook

Tony Alexander


9:25 am Retail Design Trends

Lizzi Whaley
CEO, Spaceworks Interior Architecture


9:55 am Retail Committee Update

Michael Sweetman
Chair, Retail Committee


10:00 am Paramanawa

Morning Tea


10:30 am Keynote: The Barkers Story

Jamie Whiting
Group Managing Director, Barkers Max Retail Group


11:05 am International Case Study | Westfield Knox, Melbourne

Justin Krzywokulski
GM Development, Scentre Group


11:35 am AI – The New Frontier

David Knox
Principal – Data Science, Lynker Analytics


12:05 pm Tina



1:05 pm Property Council Advocacy Update

Katherine Wilson
Head of Advocacy, Property Council New Zealand


1:20 pm Panel | Retail in the Regions

Michael Sweetman, Project Director, Precinct Properties
Shara Paulo, Associate Director, Ignite Architects


2:00 pm Retail in the digital age

Liam Taylor
Co-Founder & Executive Creative Director, DARKHORSE


2:35 pm Paramanawa

Afternoon Tea


3:05 pm Case Study | Sylvia Park

Greg Tolley, Projects Director, Sylvia Park and BTR, Kiwi Property
Linda Trainer, GM Asset Management, Kiwi Property


3:35 pm Closing Keynote | Understanding Consumer Behaviour

Anastasia Lloyd-Wallis
Head of Insights, Retail Doctor Group


4:20 pm Conference Closing

Leonie Freeman
CEO, Property Council New Zealand


4:30-7:00 pm Martelli McKegg Networking Function

Ngā mihi to our sponsors





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