Franchise Association of New Zealand

Graham Billings, Executive Director, Franchise Association of New Zealand

Franchise Association of New Zealand Conference 2014

10 - 13 July Millennium Hotel & Copthorne Hotel Queenstown

This year’s Franchise Association Conference will be returning to Queenstown, the location for 2009’s highly acclaimed conference, ‘Strategies for Success’.

Queenstown is one of New Zealand’s top visitor destinations and sits on the shore of the crystal clear Lake Wakatipu set among dramatic mountain ranges. If this becomes your first visit to the region you’ll soon understand its attraction.

The Millennium is the main conference hotel and is set against the stunning alpine backdrop with the Copthorne, just across the road, providing some alternative accommodation and some conference functions, with many rooms overlooking the lake.

The Franchise Association of New Zealand’s conference will bring together the franchise community over three days to: network, exchange ideas and interact with other systems and service providers; catch up on industry trends and hear what experts  in the field of franchising have to say. Conference registration will include invitations to three social events where delegates can relax, recharge and enjoy their surroundings.

An array of talented speakers will be led by the opening session presented by well-known television personality, clinical psychologist and author, Nigel Latta. Afternoon workshops provide delegates with an opportunity to drill down on some specific areas of interest. Smaller groups made up of like-minded individuals, facilitated by an industry expert; provide a valuable insight into the world of franchising.

As an acknowledgement to the previous Queenstown Conference, this year’s theme will be ‘Pathways to Success’ and will take delegates on a journey through the opportunities and issues to be faced at the different stages of the development of a franchise – definitely one not to miss!

The natural beauty, collegial environment, and inspirational speakers will combine to ensure a conference that is vital dynamic and must do for those in franchising and registrations will soon be available online at the FANZ website


Select Committee recommends pro franchise changes to Part 6A of the Employment Relations Bill

The recently released report from the Transport and Industrial Relations Select Committee contained significant amendments to the initial proposal as far as the ‘Associated Persons’ clauses are concerned.

Following strong lobbying by FANZ, the initial intention to include the persons employed by the franchisor as well as the franchisee when assessing the definition of a small business (i.e. employing fewer than 20 people) has been changed to one where franchisees who bid for and subsequently manage contracts should enjoy the same exemptions as any other small business.

FANZ Chairman, Ian Robertson thanked all FANZ members who contributed to the campaign through the submissions process and by direct lobbying with MPs and officials. As Ian said, “It’s a fantastic outcome and shows the effectiveness of the Association working on behalf of its members!”

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