Wellbeing now

People, place and performance

Thursday 3 November 2016, 9am - 5pm
Pullman Hotel, Cnr Princes St and Waterloo Quadrant Auckland


Wellbeing now – People, place and performance was Southern Cross Health Society’s inaugural health and wellbeing conference for New Zealand’s corporate community. This complimentary event helped senior leaders in HR, health and safety, and corporate wellness roles create practical strategies to support the wellbeing of their people and businesses.

The event was a insightful and information-packed day full of great ideas that you can turn into action in your workplace.

The 2016 event has now passed, email us
here to register your interest for the 2017 event.

2016 speakers


Host of TV ONE's Kiwi Living

Our host for the conference will be award winning journalist and the Host of TV ONE’s Kiwi Living, Miriama Kamo.
Miri will guide us expertly through the day, keeping us on time and topic, whilst also getting the debate going.

People, Place and Performance – Inspiring Wellness Through Supportive Cultures
Ryan Picarella | President & CEO, WELCOA (Wellness Council of America)

Most people have a strong desire to live a healthy happy life, yet not everyone is successful at achieving long term success.  The impact of our culture on our health can have devastating consequences – or substantial life gains.  Discover a new model for building lasting cultures of health that can be used in families, organisations or community based efforts. 

Discover what is going on in our environments that is leading to poorer health, learn about new models for creating lasting change and take away strategies to improve health and wellbeing. 

SCHS_WEB_SPEAKERS_DRTOM_0816Healthy Thinking tools to improve your team’s wellbeing
Dr Tom Mulholland | CEO at the Health Innovation Centre            

Dr Tom Mulholland is an Emergency Department Doctor who is changing the paradigm of Health Care delivery. By being the ambulance at the top of the cliff with some unique tools and perspectives he is improving wellbeing on a number of innovative fronts. He will share his experiences and give you some tools to be happier and healthier, plus he promises to reveal how to live to 100 and stay out of the Emergency Department!

SCHS_WEB_SPEAKERS_AE_0816Wearables in Wellness: integrating technology into an effective Corporate Wellness programme
Andrew Eagling | Fitbit Group Health

Engagement in many corporate wellness programs has increased with the introduction of wearable tech.  Maintaining engagement is a key factor in programme efficacy.  Learn from the wearables leaders about the link between technology and engagement and how relevance can build longevity into your programmes.

SCHS_WEB_SPEAKERS_NIKI_0816Diet, not diets! Eating well in a busy world 
Niki Bezzant | Editor-in-Chief, Healthy Food Guide

We’re surrounded by advice on healthy eating – but is it improving our health or productivity? Maybe it’s time to help your teams take a step back and put into practice what we know for sure about how to eat for lifelong good health. 


SCHS_WEB_SPEAKERS_VICKI_0816Creating a Healthier Society
Vicki Caisley | Head of People, Strategy & Performance, Southern Cross Health Society

Southern Cross Health Society has been on a journey creating an environment of wellbeing for its employees.  Learn how the focus on employee wellbeing has impacted on delivering the Society’s brand promise to over 800,000 Kiwis and how the Health Society’s whole person model provides positive returns back to the organisation.

SCHS_WEB_SPEAKERS_THOMAS_0816Taking an holistic approach to tracking, measuring, and reporting Corporate Wellness  
Thomas Dijohn | dacadoo

Corporate wellness is moving centre stage as a real driver of business outcomes. Learn from a leading tech business how to track, measure and report on organisational wellness and behaviour, and build the case for wellbeing in your organisation.

SCHS_WEB_SPEAKERS_LISA_0816Lisa Carrington
Double Olympian & Southern Cross Ambassador

Not only is Lisa an outstanding sportsperson, she is also an inspirational leader and post-graduate student of Psychology. Lisa (Ngati Porou and Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki descent) was named 2014 Outstanding Maori Business Leader of the Year by the University of Auckland Business School. Hear Lisa’s story plus her tips for getting your team’s wellbeing success to the front of the pack.

SCHS_WEB_SPEAKERS_HUM_0816Karla Brodie & Vanessa Bailey
Movement Facilitators, Hum

Hum delivers breath and movement programmes that get people and businesses humming. Participants learn simple and effective tools for focus, clarity and resilience so they may be at their best. Our programmes take a mindful approach for people to reclaim balance, wellness and happiness and for businesses to be more productive with higher functioning workplaces.

You’ll have the opportunity to experience the Hum difference as they bring their simple and effective tools for focus, clarity and resilience to the conference.

Country Manager, Movember Foundation NZ

The Movember community has raised over $900 million to date, funding over 1000 programmes in 21 countries. Robert will share how Movember creates a movement behind health and wellbeing, and how initiatives such as MOVE keep Movember’s programmes fresh.

Chief Executive, TBI Health Group

Back pain continues to be a common musculoskeletal complaint within workplaces, and has a significant impact on both individual wellbeing and workforce productivity. Learn about an innovative approach to back pain that gives people the tools to manage the problem long term and practical tips that will help your employees with back pain remain happy and productive at work.

SCHS_WEB_SPEAKERS_PANEL_0816Corporate Case-studies | Vodafone, SkyCity, Flexi Cards, Calibre Consulting
Tales from the trenches – best practice in corporate wellbeing from around New Zealand

Leading corporate wellbeing experts from some of our best known businesses share their stories from the trenches – what worked, what didn’t go so well, how do you engage your teams in wellbeing and – most importantly – what have they learned on the journey?


  • Vodafone New Zealand (Max Riley, Human Resources - Health & Safety)
  • SkyCity (Antoinette Forrest, National Health & Safety Manager)
  • Flexi Cards (formerly known as Fisher and Paykel Finance) (Sarah Mannion, Chief People and Operations Officer)
  • Calibre Consulting (Leisha Holliday, Human Resources Leader - H&S Manager & Samantha Almeida, Marketing and Communications Leader)