Annual Conference Registration Now Open!

Ascot Park Hotel Invercargill

31 October –  2 November 2018


-His Worship the Mayor Tim Shadbolt

Kia Ora, Greetings and welcome to the Scenic South! Our city offers a great variety of top quality facilities suitable for your needs as well as spectacular scenic attractions and activities right on our doorstep.

The South is famous for its friendly hospitality, and you can rely on those involved in supporting the conference to make it something really special.

I hope that you will all enjoy your time in the region, and I have great pleasure in welcoming you all to Invercargill capital of the South.

>>  Guest Speakers  <<

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Lisa ONeill

Charismatic & engaging, Lisa is a well known keynote speaker to audiences in New Zealand and Australia.
Lisa is an expert in personal leadership. She is obsessed with people living the lives they want to live – to be magnificent in their chosen life domain, honouring themselves by being more of themselves.
Bringing new insights and ideas, Lisa has created dramatic shifts in the lives of many people. With a background in fashion retail, marketing and branding - Lisa has been empowering people her whole life.
A mother of 4 - Lisa is the queen of juggling, a high energy multitasker who has the rare ability to inspire people to take action.
With more than 10 years as a keynote speaker, Lisa speaks of the importance of
energy, excellent and enthusiasm, the myth of work-life balance and how to live a magnificent life.
Lisa is the author of three books, ‘Look Gorgeous Be Happy’ (2013) ‘Juggling in High Heels’ (2016), ’The Lickable Third’ (2018).
She believes that we all want to be happy, to have energy and to live fully expressed lives - but so few know how. How to have, be and do everything you want while you are alive. Lisa’s keynote presentations are guaranteed to leave you feeling motivated, inspired and full of energy.

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Sam Johnson

Sam Johnson is one of New Zealand’s most inspiring young citizens. His relentless energy to mobilise people around ideas has a magic ability in building movements that matter! Farm boy turned social entrepreneur, Sam’s work is on the leading edge of using the collective to overcome the bureaucratic – shifting our belief system about what is possible when teams, organisations and communities authentically connect and build empathy.

Sam became a household name in New Zealand when he started what has become New Zealand’s largest volunteer movement – the internationally acclaimed Student Volunteer Army. The movement has 3000 tertiary members and most recently 29,000 primary school members across 976 schools. What started as a small social media page after the devastating Christchurch earthquakes has been mirrored across the globe as a movement for impact, not an organisation for ego.

Awarded Young New Zealander of Year for his leadership, Communicator of the Year for his honest media commentary and a Sir Peter Blake Leadership Award to remind him never to rest on success; in Sam’s world, there is no moment worth missing out on. Sam’s latest venture, WeVisit, takes the Student Volunteer Army to the next level by connecting younger and older people to share value – hoping to change everything we currently understand about ‘care’ and ‘helping.’

Sam is an Adjunct Fellow in the School of Education and Leadership at the University of Canterbury, #17 on the Readers Digest Most Trusted New Zealanders list, a member of the Ministry of Youth Development Partnership board, Westpac Sustainability Advisory Board and current Secretary of the International Association for Volunteer Effort.


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>>  About Flynn Laker   <<

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Hi Everyone,

I’m Flynn Laker. I am 15 years old and I live in Invercargill with my Mum and Dad (Tony and Tracey), sister Meg, and dog Hugo. I go to James Hargest College which is really cool.

I’ve got Down Syndrome, but that’s no big deal because I can do anything. I’ve always wanted to be the boss of my own company, so with the help of Meg, and my cousins Georgia and Nic Popham I am now the boss of Flynn’s Sox.

Some people said I wasn’t ready to be the boss of my own company but I told them what I always tell people “I was born ready”.

With Flynn’s Sox I’m learning all about all kinds of things, and also donating some money to charities that have helped me along the way, which is sweet.

I’m going to have my own stand at the LAPA Conference during the Wednesday and Thursday Trade Stand Networking, before you go to your evening functions, and I’m really looking forward to it. My socks are $10 per pair, or 3 for $25. I can only take cash but there is an ATM in the Ascot Park Hotel Foyer.

I do hope you like Flynn’s Sox, and check out my website www.flynnssox.co.nz because it’s really awesome.

See you there!


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