March 25th – 27th 2021

Claudelands Event Centre

Corner Brooklyn Road and Heaphy Terrace 


Conference registrations are  now open.  Visit the accommodation provider link below to secure your accommodation. 

Join your industry peers, Master Joiners leaders and  professional friends at the Annual Master Joiners Inspired Conference and Annual Excellence Awards.

The conference menu of business sessions includes keynote speakers delivering business leadership messages, six breakout sessions for working on your business and in your business followed with the Presidents address.  Master Joiners invite the Joinery industry to attend and connect with professional peers at this flagship event.  

Conference brings Master Joiners and the Joinery industry content to inform, inspire and support your professional performance, offering additional benefits for your managers, and administration staff.   The exhibition of industry products and services provide new opportunities to connect with suppliers offering innovation to you  for your clients.

Be sure to follow us on for regular updates.  Lock in the conference dates to your calendar and look at who in your Master Joiner team should accompany you to Conference.  Register today to secure your seat at conference and select from a great range of Saturday networking activities.

Down the program and click register now to confirm your attendance.

Mike works with all levels within an organisation to help with mental health and safety in the workplace. His message tells of how he overcame drug and alcohol addiction, and his continued battle against depression. It is accessible and pertinent to all staff and often helps companies identify anyone who may be struggling and in need of further assistance.

Mike takes a completely unorthodox approach and is getting out into schools to talk with the youth and talk with the communities, engaging them so that the conversation will continue and not be swept under the carpet any longer

Mike was recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2019 becoming an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit acknowledging his campaign for tackling mental health and suicide prevention. He was also awarded 2019 New Zealander of the Year.

Rob Waddell is one of New Zealand’s all time best athletes. At the 2000 Sydney Olympics Rob took home gold in the single sculls. He was part of the Emirates Team New Zealand team which challenged for the Americas Cup in 2003, 2007 and 2013.

Rob has earned plenty of titles. He’s been labelled every thing from a sporting icon to a freak, hero to zero, iceberg grinder, and in 2001 was named an Officer of the NZ Order of Merit for his services to Rowing. 

Rob is an excellent role model who has clearly demonstrated the benefits of applying his management and planning skills, and what can be achieved through preparation, training and determination. In a less public arena, Rob also completed a Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours during this time. He speaks Japanese and has a black belt in Judo. 

The unfortunate fact is that the failure rate among newly appointed employees is distressingly and unnecessarily high. A complicated factor is the ever growing need for talented people; there are simply not enough to go around.

This session will cover; What makes certain employee’s winners? What keeps them winning? What makes them want to stay? What can be done to rescue them before they fail? Why is termination rarely the correct solution?

About Jim.

Australian born Jim Hainey is the former CEO of Drake Personnel Australasia and North America.

He took Drake from a start-up operation in 1975 to be the largest recruitment company in New Zealand. This led to his role as VP North America and Australasia. During his time at Drake, he developed new service initiatives which were ahead of their time and cultural team building initiatives that made Drake the global leader in staff and team development. Drake staff were much sought after within the industry.

Drake was acknowledged as having the best talent identification program and staff development program anywhere in the world. He instigated initiatives that saw women recruited into sales representatives for the first time in New Zealand. Up until then, the sales role was a male-dominated profession. He is a strong advocate and speaker on Diversity and Customer interface.

He has held senior positions with Wella Australia, The Pharmacy Guild of Australia, a delegate to the ILO (International Labor Organization) in Geneva, President of the New Zealand Federation of Personnel Services, and Director of the Auckland Chamber of Commerce.

He has worked as a motivator and mental coach to a number of sporting bodies including;

Canada; The Toronto Raptors (Basketball), The University of Toronto (Water Polo), The Toronto Maple Leafs (Ice Hockey), New Zealand Warriors (Rugby League), New Zealand Basketball and New Zealand Swimming

Disputes can take on a life of their own, become daunting and impact on morale, but there are proven tactics which can be deployed to get ahead of the complaint process before it turns into a nightmare.  In this session, Trevor will walk through mature tactics to deploy in managing complaints and how to now when its time to call for help. 

About Trevor

Trevor Slater is the New Zealand General Manager (and a Fellow) of the Resolution Institute.  He is a highly qualified and experienced commercial mediator, negotiator and experienced trainer and holds a Masters Degree in Conflict Resolution. 

Trevor has conducted workshops and training sessions in negotiation, dispute resolution, detecting deception and associated topics in New Zealand, Australia, the UK and South Africa.

Conference Accommodation

Novotel  Hamilton are pleased to offer exclusive room rates for the  Master Joiner Conference 2021 event.

Preferred rates have been set up for delegates, however please note no rooms are being held and are subject to availability .  To take advantage of the preferred rates bookings must be made via the exclusive landing page link below. 

Click here to book with Novotel Hamilton.


These terms and conditions apply only in the event the conference was cancelled or postponed due to a Government change in alert levels and restrictions.  All usual Novotel terms and conditions apply otherwise.


  • If the conference is postponed to new dates and we have availability on those new dates we will honor these rates and manage the transfer of all bookings made by either yourself and your delegates via a landing page to the new dates.


  • If the conference is cancelled prior to 14 days of the first arrival Novotel will refund all monies paid less the 10% non – refundable deposit for bookings that have booked direct on the landing page.
  • If the conference is cancelled between 7 and 14 days of the first arrival Novotel will refund 50% of all monies paid for delegate bookings that are booked direct on the landing page we will refund all monies paid less their 10% non – refundable deposit.
  • If the conference is cancelled between within 7 days of the first arrival Novotel will refund delegates bookings that have booked direct on the landing page all monies paid less their 10% non – refundable deposit.

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