Career Development Association of New Zealand


CareerX 2021

CareerX 2021

Career Practice Ideas Worth Sharing

180-B001 Bryan Bartley Theatre, Unitec, Auckland / Friday 9 April 2021, 9-5pm

CareerX is a one day event exploring the practical art of career management, trends in the labour market and the networks, tools, ideas and approaches used by practitioners to deliver the very best practice to their clients. It is an opportunity to refresh and refine your practice in response to the shifting needs of your clients, employers and the labour market in New Zealand. 

Attendees have the choice to attend the event live in Auckland, or to watch the event via a live stream.

In the event of further Covid restrictions we reserve the right to move the event online. 

Speaker Resources


Please download the full programme including timings for the day here.

The day commences at 9.10am and concludes at 4.30pm. It includes: 

  • Welcome
  • Keynote Address: The workplace disrupted: Five elements shaping the future of work and skills by Amanda Reid, Senior Researcher at BERL
  • What's the reality of the labour market right now? Panel reponse by representatives of employers and recruiters
  • Analyse what? A panel discussion on the use of Psychometric Testing by employers and recruiters and what is means for job seekers and employees.
  • Compliance matters! Learn the lastest on privacy, record-keeping and professional insurances. What do you need to understand for your own practice and for your clients?
  • Mana Tiriti: Wayfinding the Tiriti channel, a wānanga with Piki Diamond


Standard prices applicable after 14 March

CDANZ Student, Associate, Professional, Fellow and Life Member - $305.90

CDANZ Corporate Member, Subscriber - $320.85

CDANZ MOU partner - CATE, CDAA, ICF, NZDSN, NZATD - $371.45

Non Member - $437.00

Notes for attendees

Parking - enter via Gate 3 and make your way to the pay and display carparks identified here.  Note parking is in demand by Unitec students and staff too so consider other transport options if you have them. 



Keynote Speaker: Amanda Reid

Amanda Reid is a Senior Researcher and self-described ‘closet economist’ at BERL. Amanda and her colleagues specialise in providing strategic research, analysis, and advice on economic development to public sector, iwi, and not-for-profit entities.

Amanda has held management and governance roles in social service agencies in mental health and family violence, and previously worked in the Governance Leadership Centre at the Institute of Directors.

Across her working life, Amanda has been interested in the vital connection between meaningful activity, paid or voluntary, and wellbeing. She further explored subjective, psychological, and social wellbeing in her Master of Philosophy thesis topic - the measurement of wellbeing. In her work at BERL, Amanda is interested in wellbeing enablers and social capital, which is the connection between the subjective wellbeing of individuals and the social wellbeing of communities and businesses. Her key areas of mahi are the Māori economy, including indigenous trade and strengths-based Māori futures, and workforce issues, including workforce development strategies, understanding retention and attrition, workforce wellbeing, and the value of diversity.

Amanda will open the event with a keynote address and then convene a panel response. 

The workplace disrupted: Five elements shaping the future of work and skills

Tapping into the wealth of knowledge and research from the wider BERL team, Amanda will talk about the elements that will shape the workforce, workplace, and work of the future. From a foundation of understanding the influence of population and migration, we will explore these five elements using data and evidence-based insights. Covering growth and at-risk sectors, global trends, and pipeline issues in New Zealand, you’ll be armed with knowledge to help people adapt to the new world of work.


Workshop Presenter: Piki Diamond

Piki Diamond’s (Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāpūhi, Ngāti Pākehā and raised by Tauranga Moana) Piki’s background is in Visual Arts and her creativity has steered her to doctoral studies seeking how wānanga (mystery schooling) may bring to life the Nation’s promise to ‘honour te Tiriti o Waitangi’ within the university. Her professional title, academic developer within altLAB, AUT, but more importantly to her, she is a mother, partner, sister, aunty, kuia (eldest-generation female in family), artist and both tāngata whenua and tāngtata Tiriti.

Piki will facilitate this wānanga:

Mana Tiriti: Wayfinding the Tiriti channel

Often we approach te Tiriti relationship with a rationalising lens of identifying differences and similarities to find strategy. This wānanga adopts a relational lens, through identifying the dynamics – conflicts and creation – that occur when the values of tāngata whenua and the Crown are required to co-exist.

You will be facilitated to travel back through your whakapapa to claim your indigeneity and from those foundations we unpack the dynamics that are evident in our practices to explore solutions and approaches we could adopt, collectively and/or individually.

Panel Guest : Jo Baxter

Jo is the Director of Baxter Executive Search. With 16 years’ experience in executive search, Jo has led successful CEO, Senior Executive and Non Executive Director appointments, which have impacted the successful performance of numerous client organisations across a diverse range of industries, including the dairy, agribusiness and food manufacturing sectors. Prior to founding Baxter Executive Search, Jo built successful executive search practices for two leading executive search firms, including being a founding partner of a previous search firm.

Jo will join our panel response to Amanda Reid’s opening keynote address, offering her insights in to the reality of Executive recruitment internationally at this time. 

Panel Guest : Sonja Rose

Sonja has a double degree with majors including International Business and Asian Studies from the University of Auckland.She is further exploring her interest in international business with part-time postgraduate study in Global Management and Innovation.

Sonja Rose is currently the Policy Advisor at EMA (Employer & Manufacturers Association) specialising in the areas of skills, immigration and education. 

Sonja will join the panel response to Amanda Reid’s opening keynote and provide an insight into her work at EMA and what is important to employers at this time. 

Panel Guest : Rhiannon Walton

Rhiannon is currently the Waikato Team Leader for 1st Call Recruitment. In her previous role she was a Senior Recruitment Consultant at Tradestaff. Rhiannon will join the panel response to Amanda Reid’s keynote address and share her insights into the reality of blue collar recruitment at this time. 

Panel Guest : Rebecca Clarke

Starting in learning and development, Rebecca found her passion in recruitment. She has recruited for both permanent and temporary roles across a broad range of sectors including human resources, professional services, sales & marketing, business support, and insurance. Rebecca is currently the New Zealand country manager for RSCA - Recruitment and Staffing Association Australia New Zealand. 

Rebecca will join the panel response to Amanda Reid’s opening keynote sharing the latest in recruitment trends and concerns. 

She will also join our panel on Psychometric Testing sharing her insights into the role of psych testing in recruitment now and in the future. 

Panel Guest: Steve Evans

Steve is Founder/Director of People Central, an organisation specialisting in Psychometric Testing & Assessment across New Zealand to provide employers with the support needed to create successful workplaces.

Steve is a professionally qualified HR manager and consultant through the UK’s Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD) and British Psychological Society (BPS). Building upon a HR Management career in the public and finance sectors, Steve set up People Central in 1999, focusing on candidate testing and assessment of graduates, senior managers and directors. Steve’s clients include Westpac, the Ministry of Social Development, McCain and many more. 

Steve will join our panel on psychometric testing. 

Panel Guest : Vino Ramkisson

Vino is the General Manager North Island at OPRA Psychology Group. 

Vino is a NZ registered Psychologist and an experienced Erikson International leadership coach and facilitator. Vino works with clients to provide organisational development solutions and end-to-end talent development programmes. She has designed and delivered multiple talent development centers and assessment centers in New Zealand and internationally. She works across multiple roles/levels from Chief Executive down. Her client include Te Wananga o Aotearoa, Auckland City Council, the Ministry for Primary Industries, Farmers Mutual Group, Fairfax, and more.

Vino will join our panel discussion on psycholmetric testing. 

Presenter: Julia Broughton

Julia Broughton and she is an Investigator/Kaihōpara at the Office of the Privacy Commissioner. 

Do you know what the legal requirements are regarding data collection and record keeping in your practice? Now and after your death? When working with clients in and out of New Zealand?

Do you understand the implications of last year’s amendments to the Privacy Act?

Julia will give you the most current information so you can ensure your practice is fully compliant. 


Presenter: Claire Haszard

Claire is the Manager Northern Region, Financial and Professional Risk at Crombie Lockwood. Claire will offer an insight into the range of professional insurances available, current trends and shifts in the insurance landscape and important information for you to be aware off when managing your own risk and liability as a career practitioner.

Claire will also talk through a FAQ resource Crombie Lockwood have prepared in response to questions from CDANZ members and respond to any further queries that may arise.