25th, 26th & 27th May 2023

Takina Events Centre,

217 Wakefield Street, Te Aro, Wellington.

Highlights Include:

Conference Program

11.00am | Registrations & Joinery Factory Tour

Registration desk can be found at the top of the escalator on level 1.

12.00pm Joinery Factory Tour

Buses waiting to take delegates on the traditional factory tour.

Delegates will be visiting Ferndale Furniture and Joinery Productions in Lower Hutt.

The bus will be leaving at 12.00 pm (midday) and returning at 3.30pm.

The Joinery Tour is sponsored by the Waihanga Ara Rau – Workforce Development Council


4.00pm – 5.00pm | Master Joiners Assembly

Delegates are invited to join in the Master Joiners Assembly open forum.  Engage with the Master Joiners Executive Advisory.  Contribute to discussions on Master Joiner standards, membership of the future, research projects on sustainability, apprentice training and joinery professional development.  

4.00pm – 4.20pm Lets talk Master Joiner standards

4.20pm – 4.40pm – Meet Dr Emina Petrovic and learn about the co-design project, Developing Aspirational Change – better kitchen joinery outcomes for all.

4.40pm – 5.00pm – Getting to know the organisations who support industry training. 

Hear from the Waihanga Ara Rau, Workforce Development Council, Tertiary Education Commission and BCITO Te Pukenga. 

5.00pm – 5.20pm – Master Joiners Member of the Future, an interactive session in our 65th year. 

5.20pm – Gather for the commemorative photo.

5.30pm | Happy hour begins in the trade exhibition hall

Grab a drink and catch up with delegates and our associate network who can bring delegates up to date on trending products and services. 

6.30pm | The Gathering – networking and walk’n’fork dinner

The Gathering is the time to catch up with the Joinery and Cabinetry profession.  Relax, with drinks and a walk’n’fork through the exhibition hall.  

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Te Pukenga

8.00am | Breakfast in the exhibition hall

9.00am | Presidents opening address

9.10am | Keynote : Dr Ganesh Nana – Chair of the Productivity Commission

9.40am | Boosting Wellbeing in the Workplace

Dr Dougal Sutherland, CE of Umbrella will discuss practical steps in boosting wellbeing in the workplace.    Dr Sutherland is experienced in translating expert knowledge into accessible learning experiences.  Delegates will be provided with a takeaway resource after this session which will include how to have those wellbeing conversations, guiding principles, checking if you are compliant and leadership principles in how to support your team. 

10.20am | Morning tea

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10.40am | Aligning the Customer Experience and Your Business Growth

Mike Clark will deliver a practical session on the customer perspective, what drives and motivates them and how to design or redesign your approach in managing and communicating with customer.  From the first point of contact with customers, shaping and mapping that customer experience its important in setting expectations and delighting the customer creating a fan of your brand and ultimately gives referrals.   Delegates will be provided with a workbook resource to share with their in-house teams.

11.30am | A message from our Host Sponsor

12.00pm | Lunch

1.00pm – 2.00pm | Break Out Session One

Concurrent Break Out Sessions:

Compliant Timber Joinery

In association with JMF NZ

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Matthew Duder, Managing Director, Eboss

All good joiners are busy now, but what will the workload look like in 12 months? Is now the right time to bring on extra staff or invest in new machinery? Matthew will step through the key influences driving current and future residential and commercial construction. If you are thinking about your business’s mid-term future workload, Matthew will cover key trends influencing house (and joinery) design, the rising cost of materials and forecast the amount of building work for you to plan towards.

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The Master Joiners Design & Detail Practitioners Group

For in house designers and detailers. Faciliated by Kristine Holmes.

The MJDDP Group is for the in house designers, detailers and installers who work for the Master Joiner member company within the service business unit.  The practitioners group is for networking support, thought leadership and knowledge sharing for standard setting along with supporting industry in these roles.

This first session will be facilitated by Kristine Holmes of Mastercraft Kitchens by Healey and Executive Committee member.  

This is a two hour block session.  Members can register their in house team for this highly recommended practitioners session as a stand alone registration.  

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2.00pm – 3.00pm | Break Out Session Two

Concurrent Break Out Sessions:

Back Costing – Clear and on point!

Back costing, back flushing, or back reviewing; call it what you will but don’t forget how important it is to create and maintain healthy costing reviews.  These reviews are your first line of defence in picking up quoting deficits, missed opportunities or lack of productivity.   Keeping up with all the variables of today’s business transacting can be a burden but with healthy habits and transparent back costing your focus can be clearer and on point.

Following this session, delegates will have an easy to reference takeaway resource to support ongoing development of inhouse back costing.

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Marketing made easy(er)

What happens if you dont’ market your business effectively? Nothing?

And that’s the problem.  ‘Nothing!’ happens to small businesses all too often.  And that can hold back the growth of businesses.  In this session you’ll hear delegates will hear from Daniel Paul from The PR Company who will take delegates through:

    • The Goldfish Rule
    • How to market more and sell less.
    • The importance of the 4Ps, and how to create your own.
    • The key to motivating buyers.
    • How to save $ on your ad spend.

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The Master Joiners Design & Detail Practitioners Group

For in house Designers and Detailers.

The MJDDP Group continues

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3.00pm | Afternoon tea

3.20pm | Keynote - Lisa O'Neil

About Lisa O’Neil

In an all-too-serious world, Lisa O’Neill is a colourful bubble of joy and laughter. Make no mistake, though, her memorable messages come from life-tested wisdom. From a career in fashion and television to being a mum of four, Lisa has her feet on the ground.

With refreshing directness, Lisa is passionate that we should all get to live the best version of ourselves. She has wri\en six books on how to do exactly that. ‘Look Gorgeous Be Happy’, ‘Juggling in High Heels’, ’The Lickable Third’, ‘100 QuesGons to Self Awareness’, ‘Everything You Want’ and ’50 Things I Now Know’.

Lisa is guaranteed to leave you inspired, energised and ready to change the way you think about life.

4.20pm | Closing Address – Andrew Reilly, National President

Master Joiners Cooking Master Class - Le Cordon Bleu, New Zealand (Capped numbers 20)

Partners program going pro at Inspired to Grow 2023!

During this workshop, you will learn, cook and eat at Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute.  Minimum numbers apply. 

Course Details: During the workshop, you will learn and cook the following skills:

  • Cooking chicken with Mousseline stuffing
  • Tarragon sauce
  • Chicken mousseline
  • Plating
  • Modern Tiramisu, Demonstration only.

Includes: All ingredients, cooking equipment and teaching resources are provided in our practical kitchens for your use on the day. Lunch made by you accompanied with a matched wine and dessert.

Date: Friday 24th May 2023
Location: Level 2, 52 Cuba Street, Te Aro, Wellington

9:30 am – Welcome, Tea, Coffee station provided.
9:45 am – Workshop starts
12:45 – Lunch is served
1:45 pm – Workshop finishes

The Menu:
Chicken breast stuff with Chicken mousseline.

Sauce Tarragon

Soft Polenta and Tomato semi-confit

One glass Sauvignon Blanc.

Dessert, Modern Tiramisu Demonstrated by Le Cordon bleu chef


6.30pm | The Master Joiner Quiz Grand Scale!

The Master Joiners Quiz is back on a grand scale.

Held at the Takina Convention Centre, Wakefield Street, Wellington,

Start time 6.30pm, casual attire.


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8.00am | Breakfast in the exhibition hall

Delegates will enjoy a linga’longa breakfast.


9.00am | Saturday motivational speaker - be inspired by future generations.

What interests young people about joinery, and how can the joinery profession attract younger people?

To kick Saturday off right, we will meet Fergal who will share his vision of the future, just after breakfast.   Fergal is a tertiary student who has recently completed a joinery summer internship and therefore holds a unique perspective.   

From this interactive session, we can find out more about the younger persons view of joinery, including what they know about it.

What do young people know about our profession and what do we know about them?   Lets find some answers.

We will also meet a group of high school technology students who will be stopping by on Friday, 26th at lunch time to explore the exhibition, awards display and innovative products available.  

Say gidday to them while you are there and share why joinery is a great career choice!

10.00am | Saturday Activities

Delegates will depart throughout the morning for the Saturday activities.

9.30am – Wellington rafting group departs  – delegates meet at the registration desk 10 minutes prior.

10.30am – Weta Workshop tour group departs – delegates meet at the registration desk 10 minutes prior.

10.30 – Fishing and Claybird shooting group departs – delegates meet at the registration desk 10 minutes prior.

10.45am –  The Sailing group departs – delegates meet at the registration desk 10 minutes prior.

11.00am – The Boomrock group depart – delegates meet at the registration desk 10 minutes prior.


Option 1 | Boomrock – ‘The Track’. (capped 40 People)

Delegates will be collected from Takina Conference Centre at 11.00am and return by 4.45pm.

Let the competition rock your conference experience with the Boomrock Mercedes A45s AMG time trials, Archery, Digger Challenge with claybird shooting and lunch. 

All registrations are subject to the Boomrock driver policy It requires all drivers to be 20 years or older and to hold and present on the day either a valid Restricted or Full Class 1 New Zealand Driver License.

In the event of minimum numbers not being reached, Master Joiners reserves the right to transfer registrations to this activity to another available activity.  Delegates will be contacted immediately should an event transfer be necessary.

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Option 2 | Wellington Rafting (capped at 20)

Delegates will leave Te Papa at 9.30am by bus and will return by 4.00pm

White water rafting and is a great way to spend the day with delegates.

Join in the adventure in the lower section of the Hutt River, enjoy the scenery, feel the rapids, and finish off with a great lunch.  In the event of unfavourable river conditions, the group will go canyoning.

Wellington Rafting is Adventure Mark Safety Audit Certified.

In the event of minimum numbers not being reached, Master Joiners reserves the right to transfer registrations to this activity to another available activity.  Delegates will be contacted immediately should an event transfer be necessary.

Option 3 | Weta Workshop, Tour & Lunch

Delegates will be collected from Takina Conference Centre at 10.40am and return by 4.00pm.

Delegates will be guided by an experienced Wētā Workshop crew member who will take you on a guided journey through the practical effects crafted for The Lord of the Rings, King Kong, The Chronicles of Narnia, Avatar and much more! followed by a specially prepared lunch at the Roxy Theatre the event concludes with a hands-on weta workshop working with either leather, chainmaile, makeup or sculpting.

In the event of minimum numbers not being reached, Master Joiners reserves the right to transfer registrations to this activity to another available activity.  Delegates will be contacted immediately should an event transfer be necessary.

Option 4 | Harbour Fishing and Claybird shooting

Delegates will leave Te Papa at 10.30am and will return by 4.00pm

Join in with fishing and claybird shooting from the deck and enjoy a 3 course bbq lunch and drinks.

In the event of minimum numbers not being reached, Master Joiners reserves the right to transfer registrations to this activity to another available activity.  Delegates will be contacted immediately should an event transfer be necessary.

Option 6 | Master Joiner Sailing Regatta (Capped at 28).

Delegates will be collected from Takina Conference Centre at 11.00am and return by 4.00pm.

Sign up for the Master Joiners Sailing Regatta on Wellington harbor held at the Port Nicholson Yacht Club.    Delegates will be split into teams and taken out on the water by a Maritime certified skipper to be put through their sailing paces.  Two races will determine a winner from each to race for the final Master Joiner Challenge.

This event is time sensitive, please be punctual.  There will be no alcohol served at this event.  Intoxicated persons will not be admitted entry.

Spectators are welcome to watch from the race room, beverages and lunch is provided.  Spectators are required to register.

If the Regatta is cancelled due to bad weather conditions, delegates may be offered transfers to another activity on the day.

Takina Events Centre,

The annual excellence awards dinner is a formal attire occasion with bubbles being served at 6.30pm with the proceedings beginning at 7.00pm.

Master Joiners MC for our 2023 celebrations is Simon McKinney who will delight us with  comedy ahead of the band ‘The Satisfactions’ getting everyone on the dance floor. 



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Conference Accommodation

Accommodation at Conference

Book your accommodation to suit your needs.  Delegate rates are offered by the providers below and prices quoted are exclusive of GST.  To see accommodation nearest the venue download the hotel map here

The Copthorne is a Mellennium hotel and is 10 minute stroll to Takina.    

Superior rooms available for $279.00 or $309.00 inclusive of breakfast.

Delux rooms available for $329.00 or $359.00 including breakfast.

Click here to book your accommodation with at the Copthorne Hotel. 

Oaks Hotel accommodation is a five minute stroll to Takina.

Book accommodation at the Oaks Hotel online, using the booking code MASTERJOINERS to received a 10% discount on best flexible rates.  The Oaks cancellation policy for these bookings is 24 hours (usually by 2pm the day prior to arrival).  

Click here to book your accommadation at the Oaks Wellington.

Quest Apartments provide a range of accommodation options across the city.  

Master Joiners Conference delegates are offered a fixed price of $190.00 for a studio or $230.00 for a one bedroom apartment by using the booking code ‘MasterJoiners23’ on the Quest app from 23rd May to 31st May 2023.

Quest Wellington and Johnston are a 10 minute walk to Takina.

Quest Wellington

Quest on Johnston

Quest 256 Lambton

Quest on Lambton

Quest on the Terrace

Quest on Thorndon

Quest Atrium

Quest Petone

Click here to visit the Quest Apartments website.

Delegates may use the link below to receive a 20% discount on the best available rates with Boulcott Suites, Ohtel Wellington and Astelia all within walking distance to the Takina venue. 

The link will take to a booking page.  Click on check in date and run your curser across the dates to click on the check out date then search.  If no options show up, go to the map on the page and use the zoom out function, you options will load on the left side of the page. 

Click here to search for availability and receive the discount.

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