15-17 October 2019, Wellington
The annual Pivot Conference is Volunteering New Zealand’s key sector development initiative.
The Pivot Conference theme “Linking vision to action” challenges leaders and managers of volunteers to translate new ideas shared at Pivot into action within their organisation and practice.
Through Pivot, delegates are empowered to meaningfully lead, advocate for, and develop volunteers and volunteerism in Aotearoa New Zealand. Leaders and managers of volunteers will be inspired by a range of speakers who are experts in their fields. Pivot is a chance to connect with peers, and to share and learn together. With a range of International and New Zealand practitioners and thought leaders, participants will leave inspired and invigorated with skills and ideas.
At Pivot 2019 we want participants to leave with a renewed vision of the opportunities and the possibilities for impactful, meaningful and inclusive volunteering and its power: Whiria te tangata – weaving the people together.
This year the PIVOT conference is being held in Wellington. It kicks off with a networking event in the evening of 15 October at the Roxy Cinema in Miramar. The PIVOT conference is on 16 October, followed by a masterclass on 17 October, both at the Brentwood Hotel in Kilbirnie.
Speakers & Presenters
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For more than 30 years has contributed significantly to the Australian volunteerism community. His achievements include serving as President of Volunteering Australia and convening the working party that later evolved into AAMoV - the Australasian Association for Managers of Volunteers.
Andy has helped produce three books on volunteer management and is a co-author of Volunteer Program Management: an essential guide (3rd edition) - Australia’s premier guidebook to volunteering. He has served on the editorial committee of the Australian Journal of Volunteering and since 2000, has been a founding member of the editorial team for e-volunteerism, an international electronic journal of volunteerism based in Philadelphia.
Andy travels extensively and has conducted volunteer management training and worked with volunteer involving agencies in many countries including the USA, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, India, Singapore and the UK, where between 2004 and 2010 he was a faculty member with the prestigious ‘Institute of Advanced Volunteer Management’. He is also a co-founder of the Australasian Retreat for Advanced Volunteer Management that was held annually between 2005 and 2012.
Since 2008, Andy has volunteered his time as Chairperson of the global committee overseeing the promotion of International Volunteer Manager’s Day, celebrated on November 5 each year.
In 2003, Andy was awarded a Centenary Medal by the Australian government in recognition of his services to the volunteering movement in Australia.
Kerri Tilby Price
Melissa Clark Reynolds
Tui has built complex national innovation programmes from scratch, including Mahuki: the world’s first business accelerator for the culture sector (located within Te Papa). She has also been a former New Zealand Trade Commissioner in Melbourne, General Manager of a leading creative digital agency, and Chief Executive of Creative HQ.
Tui also led the Maori Enterprise Team of Trade NZ (now NZ Trade and Enterprise). A scholarship recipient for the 2017 Global Women Breakthrough Leaders Programme and a finalist in the Government category of the Wellingtonian of the year awards 2017, Tui is passionate about creative entrepreneurship and innovation. She is also a board member for the Mary Potter Hospice.
Tui is an internationally recognized speaker on innovation in the culture and heritage sector and regularly speaks about leadership and innovation.
Tui Te Hau
Smith's research focuses on the management of volunteers, particularly at large sporting events. She has conducted projects related to the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, London 2012 Olympic Games (funded by the International Olympic Committee) and the Rugby World Cup 2011 (funded by Sport New Zealand).
In the 2019 Queen's Birthday Honours, Smith was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to education and volunteering
Laura O’Connell Rapira
Tuesday Night Networking Event
15th October. Roxy Cinema, Wellington.
A networking event to meet and connect with all attending the conference.
Presentations later in the night to be presented by Tui Te Hau, and Melissa Clark Reynolds
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Collaboration For Innovation
Presented by Ross Patel
17th October. Brentwood Hotel, Wellington.
Collaboration is at the heart of this masterclass. Led by Ross Patel, a qualified service design guru, you will work with your peers to collectively plan for systems change. You will shape the change our sector needs.
In this interactive session you will explore, map, and scope the stakeholder, timing and resource requirements for creating systems change within volunteering in Aotearoa.
Central to achieving our road map will be exploring how we shift the conversation away from negative narratives to articulating positive solutions-focused approaches. In the process we will explore some key issues: retaining volunteers, individuals giving less, engaging with youth volunteering, and funding. You will leave with an Action Plan for your organisation and contribute to a wider road map for the sector.
The conference was everything I expected and more; great opportunities to learn, share, and network.
Well organised; the speakers were excellent and I really enjoyed the day. Thank you
Thoroughly enjoyed the day and the opportunity to connect with others and share best practice around volunteerism.
Please note, while the following speakers have been confirmed, their sessions may pivot slightly to fit the flow of the whole day.
TUESDAY 15 OCTOBER: NETWORKING EVENT SCHEDULE
|4:30 pm||VNZ AGM – Roxy Cinema, Miramar|
|5:30 pm||VNZ Networking Event – Roxy Cinema, Miramar|
|6:00 pm||Presentations: Tui Te Hau, and Melissa Clark Reynolds|
|7:00 pm||Networking & Nibbles!|
WEDNESDAY 16 OCTOBER: PIVOT CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
|8:00 am||Registration opens and arrival tea and coffee|
|9:00 am||Conference opening and welcome|
|9:20 am||Opening Keynote Address|
|10:05 am||Presentation teasers: the 4 morning presenters pitch their topic to you!|
|10:15 am||Morning Tea: Networking|
|Lessons in leadership||Volunteer Manager Wellbeing|
|Exploring new research conducted at FENZ on volunteer leadership. What does the research tell us about leadership style and its impact on engagement. Explore key recommendations to reduce turnover and increase volunteer satisfaction.
|The scope and role of a volunteer manager continues to grow in scope and complexity. Often the support mechanisms in place do not exist to support them. In this interactive session we will explore some key strategies to support volunteer managers to flourish.
Andy Fryar, Better Impact
|Who’s giving their time? What do they value?||Volunteers and the law|
|The latest stats on volunteer participation. Who is volunteering the most? What are the key demographic trends in New Zealand? What can we extrapolate from the latest international research on how volunteers give their time? Time Well Spent report from NCVO.
Professor Karen Smith
|Explore real case studies to better understand the legal frameworks and implications that impact on volunteers within your organisation. Who is responsible, and for what? From Health and Safety and governance for Non-PCBUs to driving and insurance.
|1:00 pm||Lunch and networking|
Participatory solutions focused workshops, exploring ways forward with objective of sharing back to the wider group before close of conference.
|Workshop 1: Engaging Young Volunteers: Stories, lessons and Insights.||Workshop 2: Employee volunteering and the SDGs. Lessons from the Impact Council 2030.||Workshop 3: Empowering your own professional development.|
|3:15 pm||Afternoon tea: a chance to continue the korero with new connections!|
|3:45 pm||Workshop insights shared back: Closing the loop – hear how the ideas shaped up in the other workshops.|
|4:15 pm||Closing Keynote Address|
|5:00 pm||Closing Comments: VNZ|
THURSDAY 17 OCTOBER: MASTERCLASS – COLLABORATION FOR INNOVATION
|8:30 am||Registration, arrival tea and coffee|
|9:00 am||Masterclass – Collaboration for Innovation, Ross Patel|
Accomodation & Venues
This year the PIVOT conference is being held in Wellington.
It kicks off with a 2hr networking event in the evening of 15 October at the Roxy Cinema in Miramar. The PIVOT conference is on 16 October, followed by a masterclass on 17 October, both at the Brentwood Hotel, in Kilbirnie. See the map below for location details.
Accommodation: Great accommodation options are available at the Brentwood for a Conference discount price of $149.50. To secure this great deal, please use this booking form.
Tranfers & Parking: There is lots of free parking at, and around, the venue and the Brentwood Hotel offers free airport transfers for accommodation guests.