Breakfast with Hon Grant Robertson,
Minister of Finance, Wed 4 Sept

In the ‘year of delivery’ is the government delivering for business?

The Minister spoke to 150 members on the Wellbeing Budget and the challenges businesses identified in our recent member survey including difficulty getting skilled staff, traffic congestion affecting productivity and central government policies bringing about increased costs to business.


Sponsored by Goodman - owner and developer of Highbrook Business Park.




 Photos by Mike Uganecz


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Breakfast with Counties Manukau East Area Commander, Inspector Wendy Spiller, 3 July




Inspector Wendy Spiller has enjoyed 31 years of policing and gave GETBA members an update on what's happening our patch at breakfast. She discussed road policing, family harm and crime prevention as well as taking questions from the floor. 


GETBA also heard from Rod Perkins from the Middlemore Foundation who was there to collect our contributions and donations to the annual Jammies in June appeal. Thank you to those who contributed for your generosity.

This breakfast was sponsored by Matrix Security




 Photos by Grant Southam






Breakfast with Kendall Flutey, 2019 Kiwibank Young New Zealander of the Year, and Jarrod Kerr, Kiwibank Chief Economist, 28 March 2019

GETBA's breakfasts had a great return with the 2019 Kiwibank Young New Zealander of the Year, Kendall Flutey and Kiwibank Chief Economist Jarrod Kerr, and sponsored by Kiwibank. 


 Kendall left a secure job in IT to create Banqer,  an online educational programme that helps young people develop financial literacy skills. Banqer is now used in more than 900 primary and intermediate classrooms nationwide.

See more about banqer here:

 Jarrod provided an economic update in the context of recent national and global events and the anticipated impact on business. Having spent much of his career overseas he has a valuable international perspective and presented economic commentary in a way that people can understand. His update was well received and his slides can be viewed here:


Photos by Grant Southam



Breakfast with Tom Scott, political columnist, editorial cartoonist, film maker and dramatist, Tuesday 28 November 2017

Tom Scott’s been using his pen for decades to deflate politicians' egos, write plays, films and documentaries.

He's even more entertaining in person, keeping the audience in stitches as he recounted stories of the politicians he has observed at point blank range over many decades.

Many took the opportunity to purchase Tom's recently released personal account of his life - Drawn Out: A Seriously Funny Memoir, autographed with a personal message from the author.

The winning bid for the original Tom Scott cartoon was made by Peter Leitch, MD of Guaranteed Flow Systems, with the proceeds, as well as donations and childrens Christmas toys going to the Middlemore Foundation - Kidz First Hospital. Many thanks to those who made donations for your generosity.


Photos by Grant Southam


Breakfast with Hon Paula Bennett, Deputy Prime Minister, Friday 14 July 2017


More than 200 local business-people joined GETBA for breakfast with the Deputy Prime Minister. 

Her speech focused on upcoming election issues and some important local issues including road transport connections, where she talked about the upcoming East-West road connection that will eventually improve links from the business areas of Onehunga and Penrose to SHs 1 and 20, and that the "next stage" of those links will be to extend them further east. 


Sponsor: Goodman - owner and developer of Highbrook Business Park.

Click image to learn more about Goodman New Zealand and world-class Highbrook Business Park.



Photos by Grant Southam  




Breakfast with Diane Maxwell, Retirement Commissioner, 12 May 2017


Retirement Commissioner Diane Maxwell leads the Commission for Financial Capability, which has gained attention recently for its work around our ageing population and how we can pay for it. Diane discussed the choices facing taxpayers, our children and grandchildren, with humour, personal insights and story-telling.


Sponsored by ANZ: Private Banking Manager Neville Giles discussed KiwiSaver for employers.


Photos by Grant Southam 


Breakfast with Mayor of Auckland Phil Goff, 28 February 2017


Mayor of Auckland Phil Goff spoke at the first GETBA Breakfast for 2017 and discussed how his 2017/2018 draft annual budget - up for consultation during February/March - may impact local businesses. Mayor Goff also discussed his plans to reduce Council costs and raise new revenue.

Supported by Kiwibank: Chief Economist Zoe Wallis gave a brief economic update in the context of recent national and global events and the anticipated impact on business, particularly in relation to currency and financial markets.


Photos by Grant Southam 




Breakfast with Hon Simon Bridges, Minister of Transport and Minister of Energy and Resources, 25 November 2016


Transport Minister Hon Simon Bridges, addressed GETBA members and guests on the government's response to Auckland's roading and transport challenges, including the wider AMETI programme and East West Connections.


Photos by Grant Southam 


Breakfast with Malcolm Rands, ecostore founder, 20 September 2016

Malcolm Rands told his inspirational story of how he built the pioneering ethics-based global brand ecostore. Malcolm started ecostore in 1993 and the range now exceeds 100 environmentally friendly products which are distributed globally. 

He is truly passionate and made everyone think about how we can contribute to sustainable resource use, whilst reducing our impact on the environment both at home and work.


Photos by Grant Southam



Breakfast with Martin Cocker, NetSafe Executive Director, 26 July 2016

Martin gave a fascinating presentation on the constantly evolving digital challenges of cyber safety, cyber security and cyber crime. Read more on the NetSafe website. NetSafe has been operating in NZ since 1998 providing support, education and advice to NZ internet users.

This was followed by a brief presentation from Breakfast Sponsor Kinetics Group, an award winning Microsoft partner providing proactive network maintenance, advisory services, cloud solutions and fit-for-business computer coaching.



Photos by Hamish Melville

Breakfast with Lee-Anne Wann, 6 May 2016

(rescheduled from cancelled November Breakfast)

Top Performance Nutritionist and Vodafone Warriors Team Nutritionist Lee-Anne Wann was guest speaker at our May GETBA Breakfast. The fun-loving and straight-talking Lee-Anne gave a passionate and inspirational talk on how to make sustainable lifestyle changes.

Sponsor: Fisher & Paykel Finance recognise that a wellbeing programme which energises and engages their team is vital to strong company performance. They were proud to share their success with the community and connect with local businesses as part of GETBA.



Photos by Grant Southam



Breakfast with Mayoral candidates Phil Goff and Vic Crone, 11 March 2016


In past years, the Mayor of Auckland has given the 'State of the City' address at GETBA’s first Breakfast. With the Mayoral elections taking place in 2016, we decided to ask the two most prominent candidates, Phil Goff and Vic Crone, to give us their vision for Auckland and their priorities for action.



Photos by Grant Southam



Breakfast with Auckland Transport CEO David Warburton, 22 September 2015


With traffic congestion and resulting productivity losses being a major issue for local business owners, we went straight to the top and secured David Warburton, CEO of Auckland Transport (AT), as our Breakfast speaker. His presentation focused on AT transport solutions and future developments, particularly in East Auckland.


Sponsor: Kinetics Group. Six time NZ winner and 2013 global winner of Microsoft's Small Business Partner of the Year award, Kinetics have won more Microsoft awards and certifications than any other IT company supporting medium sized business.


 Photos by Grant Southam

Breakfast with NZDF Lieutenant Commander Dave Casey, 29 July 2015


This GETBA Breakfast was held in conjunction with Highbrook Rotary. Over 70 people gathered to hear a presentation from Lieutenant Commander Dave Casey, the commanding officer of the NZDF Youth Development Unit based at Hobsonville. 

LTCDR Casey outlined the Defence Force programmes which have had positive life-changing outcomes for the young people involved, and discussed the importance of youth pre-employment training.

Sponsor: Manukau Institute of Technology. Well known education commentator and founder of MIT's Tertiary High School, Director External Relations Dr Stuart Middleton, gave us an update on MIT's engagement with industry.


 Photos by Grant Southam



Breakfast with SKYCITY Breakers Owner Paul Blackwell, 26 May 2015


Over 100 members took the opportunity to hear the story of how Paul and Liz Blackwell, owners of the SKYCITY Breakers, helped build a winning team culture based on family values. Paul talked about philosophies that are equally applicable to business.

The Albany Pak'nSave owners, bought the basketball club 10 years ago when it was facing hard times, because they saw the NZ Breakers as the place where they as a family could have some fun and use the brand as a positive influence in our society.

They have a strong focus on youth development, working in schools with their Hoop Dreams and Meadow Fresh Champions Programmes using basketball to teach young people how to be champions in life.

Former player and current club commercial manager Dillon Boucher was there with the Australian NBL ChampionshipTrophy! No other ANBL team has won four out of five Championship titles.

Sponsor: SMEtric are a team of financial turnaround specialists using unique systems to solve your cashflow issues, sales performance and client attraction to lead your small or medium sized business back to healthy profits and high value.


Photos by Grant Southam



Breakfast with The Icehouse CEO Andy Hamilton, 25 March 2015


This was a fantastic opportunity to hear from Andy Hamilton, founding CEO and inspirational leader of business growth centre The Icehouse.

Andy revealed the most common pain-points experienced by businesses and how The Icehouse can help companies grow and be more successful internationally. The Icehouse has worked with 5000 Kiwi SMEs helping them grow earnings over four times comparable benchmarks, enabled thousands of new jobs and facilitated about $50 million in angel investment and start-up funding to companies.

A 2014 survey showed that businesses who had worked with The Icehouse, on average, grew 2.5 times faster than the New Zealand norm.

Sponsor: BNZ Partners.


Photos by Grant Southam

Lunch with Prime Minister Rt Hon John Key, 29 January 2015


A capacity audience of 250 got the New Year off to a great start at lunch with the Prime Minister, who gave his insights into New Zealand's place in the global context. This lunch was sponsored by Highbrook Development Limited.



Photos by Grant Southam