It Starts With Action Summit

The FSC team, campaign leaders and industry supporters celebrated the successes of It Starts With Action, reflected on the lessons learned, and looked to the next steps on Thursday 28 July.

The Summit welcomed young diversity and inclusion trailblazers, financial wellbeing champions, industry CEOs, politicians, regulators and media to this culmination of the three month pan-sector It Starts With Action campaign.

Karakia and opening addresses

Sharron Botica, Chief Customer Officer of AIA New Zealand leads the day with a karakia, followed by a welcome from our CEO Richard Klipin and Chairman Rob Flanagan. Women in Super Tracey Cross and General Manager of AA Money Ana-Marie Lockyer give an overview of impacts of our 3-month long It Starts With Action campaign, and whether we shifted the dial. We share our declaration in which we commit to the ongoing goal of raising the financial wellbeing of Kiwi women.


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Keynote speech from Minister for Women, Hon. Jan Tinetti

Minister for Women and Internal Affairs and Associate Minister of Education Jan Tinetti delivered the keynote address at the Summit, where she shared her experience with learning about money, the commitments she’s made and the work in education that needs to be done. She then  answers questions from our audience and our #LetsTalkAboutMoney conversation cards with Ana-Marie Lockyer, General Manager of AA Money.


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CEO Panel

Our CEO panel made up of ANZ New Zealand CEO Antonia Watson, Kiwi Wealth CEO Rhiannon McKinnon, Smartshares CEO Hugh Stevens and FMA Chief Executive Samantha Barrass discuss what they are doing in their organisations around the gender pay gap, their personal relationships with money and the unequal labour of raising children while working. Facilitated by finance journalist Frances Cook.

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Address from Retirement Commissioner +  Bridging the Gender Retirement Gap Panel

Retirement Commissioner Jane Wrightson speaks on the origins and need for the It Starts With Action campaign, followed by a passionate panel of Dr. Pushpa Wood from Massey University, Christina Leung from NZIER, Sarah Whitelock of Mercer, Nick Summerfield, partner at Anthony Harper and Hugh Stevens, CEO of Smartshares. Frances Cook facilitates a discussion on female empowerment, opportunities and culture changes.


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Update and Young Trailblazers Panel

It Starts With Action lead and our Head of Communications and Content Clarissa Hirst gives an update on the campaign, and facilates a panel of young trailblazers including Simran Kaur of Girls That Invest, Te Rina West and Menorah Coombe from YWCA and Sarah Kelsey of The One Up Project. The panel discuss accessibility, social media and the Māori and Pasifika communities before challenging the finance industry.


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Thank you and closing

Our CEO Richard Klipin and It Starts With Action Project Lead Clarissa Hirst acknowledges the hard work of all those involved in this momentous campaign.


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It Starts With Action Summit Venue

Park Hyatt Auckland



Park Hyatt Auckland is perfectly located on the water’s edge and will offer expansive views across Wynyard Quarter's Lighter Basin and out to the Waitematā Harbour.

The sophisticated waterfront residence has 195 guestrooms, four restaurants and bars, versatile and elegant event spaces, a day spa, a 25-metre infinity pool, and a full fitness center.

The hotel is offering delegates a special conference rate. If you would like to check availability and access the Special Conference Rate, please get in touch at 

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