Branch Events

APRIL MEETING - Tues 13 Apr, 7.30pm
Guest speaker - Dorian Devers, CFO, Contact Energy Limited (NZX-CEN)

Branch Meetings

Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of most months from 7:30pm to 9:00pm. 
Meetings are held at the Khandallah Town Hall at 11 Ganges Rd, Khandallah.  This is very close to the Box Hill railway station (on the Johnsonville line) and there are regular buses to the Khandallah village (no's 24 and 25).  Easy and accessible parking is available on the street at the venue.  For more information email See below for the speakers confirmed for future meetings.

Kapiti Coffee Mornings

This is an informal get together of members held on the first Tuesday of each month in Paraparaumu starting at 9.30am.
It is managed as a discussion group amongst those who attend. It's intent is to share knowledge, thinking and questions on share investing.
Thanks for Forsyth Barr for providing their Board Room as our venue (L1/127 Rimu Rd, Paraparaumu) and the coffee! 
For more information contact Gerald Twiss (021-151 6714 or
Dates for 2021 are: 6 Apr | 
4 May | 2 Jun | 6 Jul | 3 Aug | 7 Sep |  5 Oct | 2 Nov | 7 Dec




Tue 13 April 2021
Khandallah Town Hall

Dorian Devers - CFO, Contact Energy Limited (NZX-CEN)

Our guest speaker for April is Dorian Devers of Contact Energy Limited. Contact Energy is a New Zealand electricity generatornatural gas wholesaler and electricity, natural gas, broadband and LPG retailer.  

The quick overview:

  • Contact  is the second-largest electricity generator in New Zealand (after Meridian Energy), generating 23% of all electricity in 2014,
  • It has the second-largest market share (22%) of electricity retailers (after Genesis Energy). 
  • Contact owns and operates twelve power stations in New Zealand with a generation portfolio made up of geothermal, hydro and natural gas assets. 
  • It's power stations consist of three gas turbine facilities in Hamilton, Hawkes Bay and Taranaki; five geothermal stations north of Taupo; and two hydroelectric dams on the Clutha River.
  • Contact originated with the partitioning of the Electricity Corporation of New Zealand in 1996, and publicly listed in 1999.

Dorian is experienced in business transformations having led successful turnarounds of businesses in both the UK and South Africa.  He has successfully delivered a number of acquisitions including ones in the Australian and New Zealand energy sector.  He has governance experience having served on the Board of Afrox a publicly listed company and the largest industrial gases business in Africa, as well as being a previous Board member of Liquigas New Zealand LPG infrastructure business. 

Partnering with Dorian for this presentation is Matthew Forbes, who is General Manager Strategy and Investor Relations at Contact.  Matt has been with Contact for over 10 years and comes from a strong background in Financial and Strategic Analysis.

This session will be a great opportunity to really find out what going on in the New Zealand energy sector and the challenges / opportunities that the future presents.



Tue 11 May 2021
Khandallah Town Hall

Kristen Lunman, Co-founder & GM, Hatch

Our guest speaker for May 2021 is Kristen Lunman, Co-founder & General Manager of Hatch. Hatch is a digital investment platform that gives New Zealanders access to the US share markets and allows them to invest in well-known brands such as Apple, Amazon or Netflix.

The quick overview is:

  • Hatch gives New Zealanders  access to full and fractional shares in individual companies and Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) listed on the US share markets.
  • Their aim is to simplify investing for New Zealanders by giving them access to tools and products they need to build their financial futures. Hatch started by giving savvy investors access to the US share markets.  
  • Hatch’s point of difference is that it enables investors to buy portions of expensive shares like those of Berkshire Hathaway, which are currently US$382,698 (22/3/21). So instead of an investor going out and saying, ‘I want to buy X number of shares in Company X.’ they can say, ‘I want to invest X amount of dollars in Company X. Hatch doesn’t require a minimum investment. 
  • Hatch is 100% owned by Kiwi Wealth Ltd, which is a sister company of Kiwibank. Both are members of the Kiwi Group Holdings

The quick bio on Kristen is:

  • She has over a decade of experience in running product teams across North America.
  • Kisten has played a pivotal role in the start-up ecosystem in New Zealand over the past five years.
  • She was the innovation director at Kiwi Wealth, Hatch’s parent company, as well as programme director for the Kiwibank Fintech Accelerator.
  • She also was the chief operating officer of Wipster, a video collaboration, publishing and analytics platform.
  • An active mentor, Kristen is passionate about women in leadership, governance, and founder roles.

This is a presentation that the Wellington Branch Committee is sure you will find very illuminating and highly interesting.  It's not to be missed.
[Side note: Hatch also gave permission for the Wellington Branch to use their online education resources for the new investor seminar series we ran last year.]


Tue 8 June 2021
Khandallah Town Hall

[Guest speaker to be confirmed]

Tue 13 July 2021
Khandallah Town Hall

Peter Mence - CEO, Argosy Property Limited (NZX-ARG)

Our guest speaker for July is Peter Mence, CEO of Argosy Property Limited. Argosy is one of New Zealand’s leading listed property companies owning a diversified portfolio of industrial, office and retail properties predominantly in Auckland and Wellington.  

A quick background on Peter:

  • A professional engineer with 35 years of experience in the property industry.
  • His career has spanned roles with Progressive Enterprises, Challenge Properties, Richard Ellis, Green & McCahill and Armstrong Jones (NZ). 
  • In 2007 he took on the role of GM of Argosy (then known as ING Property Trust) and was appointed CE of the business in 2009. 
  • He is a Fellow of the Property Institute and is a past lecturer in Advanced Property Management at The University of Auckland.
  • In 2013 Peter was honoured with the Stuart McIntosh award in recognition for his contribution to Auckland University.
  • He is the current President of the Property Council of New Zealand.

It has been a turbulent past 14 months for the property sector in the wake of disruption from Covid-19 that has altered everything from how and where people work, to how people go about their shopping activities.  Peter will be able to share how Argosy has managed through this unexpected environment, what’s been learnt on this journey, what the ‘new-normal’ will look like for the property sector and the opportunities this creates for Argosy.  

Tue 17 August 2021
Khandallah Town Hall

Brian Gaynor, a New Zealand Investment Legend

Our guest speaker for May 2021 Brain Gaynor.  Not many people are described as an investment legend...yet this is the title given by the Managing Editor of The Spin Off.  He is known for having ruffled a few feathers in his time. He also writes one one NZ's best read business columns and has run one of the best performing investment funds in New Zealand. This promises to be one of our best evenings for the year - and not to be missed! 

Tue 14 September 2021
Khandallah Town Hall

[Guest speaker to be confirmed]

Tue 12 October 2021
Khandallah Town Hall

[Guest speaker to be confirmed]

Tue 9 November 2021
Khandallah Town Hall

[Guest speaker to be confirmed]