NZPPA Conference 2020

Just a heads up on this year’s conference, with the uncertainty from Covid-19 we will not be running this year’s conference as a face to face event as we cannot risk attendee safety and the potential issues with future lockdowns (locally or nationally) effecting travel. We had to make a decision now and we believe this is the right decision for this year’s conference.

The annual conference will go ahead and we will be doing 4 half day events online (no one can sit in front of a PC for two days) spread over October and November (2 events held each month).

NZPPA has always been the innovator for payroll events and we will make this year’s online events worthwhile for you to attend.

Each conference day will be run on the same format with main conference presentations, special feature speakers (motivational etc) and a serious of payroll workshops (3 workshops will be run on each event day).

All conference sessions and workshops will be recorded and attendees will be able to access from a special page setup on the NZPPA website.

Conference Theme – Rebuilding Payroll in a Post COVID-19 World

COVID-19 as changed the world and has impacted (we have not had this level of upheaval since the great depression) on NZ business and the work we do in payroll.

This year’s conference will be about:

  • What is on the horizon for payroll (results of this year’s election),
  • What we have learnt from lockdown and how payroll needs to be structured to still function in periods of uncertainty,
  • Understanding the new needs that the business will need from payroll going forward,
  • Using technology and being smart in payroll when we don’t have access to our normal payroll environment,
  • Updates on employment law (especially how covid-19 has impacted on what we have to do)
  • Holidays Act Review Update (if there is one)
  • 12 workshops spread over the 4 days
  • A special motivational speaker
  • A range of government speakers (STC based on the results of the election).
  • Payroll SME’s and related speakers.



Melissa Davies

Melissa Davies

Media presenter and reporter Melissa Davies has been bringing the news to television with an extensive media career, now working at Newshub.

Television: From breakfast programmes to the 6 o’clock news, she’s travelled the globe covering everything from court cases in Tokyo for the Sea Shepherd’s Pete Bethune who’d been captured by a Japanese whaling ship, to the fiscal crisis and protests in Athens.

She’s covered the London 2012 Olympics and the Rio 2016 Olympics, Glasgow Commonwealth Games and the 2015 Rugby World Cup. She was also the Newshub correspondent in Bermuda for the 2017 America’s Cup.

She’s reported on royal weddings and the births of Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis (meeting the Queen, Prince Charles and Camilla along the way) but Melissa names her two career highlights however, as covering the centenary of the Gallipoli landings and the funeral of Nelson Mandela.

She’s spoken with celebrities including One Direction, Usher, Matt Damon, Liam Neeson and more.

A professional and personable host and presenter, Melissa’s stories of her work as a news correspondent are fascinating and engaging, making her ideal for all types of special and corporate event




Michele has been the MC for the NZPPA conference once before and we have asked her back because of her energy, fun and professionalism that adds to the conference as an event for all attendees.

Winner of “Female Comedian of the Decade” at the 2010 NZ Comedy Guild Awards, Michele A’Court is a fulltime professional stand-up comedian and freelance writer.

Her work turns up everywhere – on stage, television, radio; in newspapers and magazines – and she is in demand as a comic, an event MC, and also as a social commentator across all media.

Michele’s solo comedy show, “Stuff I Forgot To Tell My Daughter”, was a sold-out hit at the 2013 NZ International Comedy Festival and the 2014 World Buskers Festival. Michele continues to the tour the show.

In 2015, the show became a bestselling book published by Harper Collins, debuting at number one on the Indie Top 20, and sitting cheerfully on the Booksellers Top Ten list for three months.

Special TOPIC presentation

Samantha Moore

Communication, connection & engagement in our changing work environment’

Samantha is an HR Professional with solid experience in both the UK & New Zealand and has Chartered Status in both their professional bodies. She has worked across the Retail, Technology & Insurance industries in both stand alone and large HR teams.

Samantha enjoys learning the business she works with quickly with the aim of delivering professional yet pragmatic solutions to enhance the business. She has always worked in HR generalist roles and has experience in performance management, employee relations, recruitment, learning and development, organisational change and leadership development.

Samantha thrives when given the opportunity to add value to the business through people initiatives and to partner with leaders to deliver tangible results.

Positive People is an established HR Consultancy providing proven professional, practical HR leadership and support to mainly medium sized businesses in New Zealand. Successfully operating for 25 years, we understand the needs of medium sized businesses and have the experience and systems to provide you with customised solutions and help you ensure you are getting the best from your people.




NZPPA has always been able to provide top SME’s in their profession to talk at our annual conference. Here are the presenters they will be speaking on the main conference programme from the 9 October onwards.  MORE WILL BE ADDED IN THE COMING DAYS
Vanya Vida

Vanya Vida

Vanya Vida is a Policy Advisor (Codes and International) at the Office of the Privacy Commissioner since August 2014. Vanya has principle responsibilities in relation to international policy and the Credit Reporting Privacy Code as well as involvement in other special projects.

Prior to joining the OPC, Vanya was practicing law in Delhi with a speciality in companies law and arbitration law.

Vanya holds a BA LLB (Hons) from Amity University in India and a Graduate Diploma in Law from University of Auckland.

Brydon Tweedie (IRD)

Brydon Tweedie joined Inland Revenue in August 1998. Brydon’s early roles with the department were in Christchurch and Wellington contact centres. From there Brydon progressed to leadership roles both in complaints management and ministerial services. A stint as a relationship manager in KiwiSaver, lead to three and a half years as the advisor to the Deputy Commissioner of Service Delivery. Recent roles include a period of time in Business Transformation programme as well as 14 months as a private secretary in the Minister of Revenue’s office.

Ian Whitney joined Inland Revenue in November 2017. Ian was specifically engaged to Account Manage payroll software providers through the impacts of the changes being delivered by the BT programme. Ian has spent the previous nine years working on Payroll and HRIS projects and has experience from multiple perspectives having lead several global Payroll and HRIS implementations as a consultant and been a project manager for clients implementing Payroll / HRIS solutions.


There will be 3 workshops available om each of the 4 days for 30 mins duration 12 workshops will be available).  Conference attendees can watch one during the day and view the others the day after the event day on a special page set up on the NZPPA website.  Attendees will be sent a link to this page.

One of the regular workshops run every year in excel, tips and tricks, time saving features and function keys to help you using this essential tool needed in payroll.

NZPPA Certification & Assessment Manager, Payroll Consultant (National Certificate in Adult Education & Training and a PhD in practical payroll experience)

Angela Grylls has a vast amount of payroll expertise behind her and spent nine years working for APN News & Media, a large Trans-Tasman media company, where she held the challenging role of Trans-Tasman Payroll Manager. She also spent a year working for a payroll bureau and completed a number of payroll implementations.

Angela specialises in payroll management, process and best practice reviews, payroll implementations and personnel learning and development.

Angela is currently the NZPPA Certification & Assessment Manager which involves being the primary online payroll SME tutor and NZPPA assessor for the assessment of NZQA unit standards for all NZPPA certificates, programmes and NZPPA payroll certification.

David Jenkins – NZPPA CEO

David has been involved in payroll for well over 20 years and formed NZPPA back in 2007. He loves payroll people and is committed to gaining recognition for the important work payroll professionals do and in getting payroll seen as a profession in New Zealand.