13-14 NOVEMBER 2023 | Aotea Centre AUCKLAND

Networking Events

Welcome to the IIA NZ Gala Awards Cocktail Evening 2024, an anticipated networking event designed to offer an evening of connection, camaraderie, and celebration. This separate event, promises a delightful and special experience, located conveniently close to Te Papa Museum.

Join us for a duration of 2 hours filled with opportunities to mingle and build valuable professional relationships. The event will feature delectable drinks and canapés, accompanied by music, and the highlight of the evening will be the awards ceremony, including the presentation of Tenure Pin Awards, and various IIA NZ Award 2024 categories. As we celebrate achievements and excellence, you'll have the chance to network and engage in relaxed conversations. The ambiance will be enhanced by the presentation of any IIA NZ Fellow and/or Life membership awards.

When the event concludes, you can choose to slip away for a late dinner or continue engaging with out-of-town members, maximising the opportunity to strengthen connections and expand your professional network.

The IIA NZ Gala Awards Cocktail Evening 2024 guarantees an unforgettable experience of networking, entertainment, and camaraderie in a very special venue. It provides the perfect platform to forge new relationships and solidify existing ones within the internal auditing community.

Mark your calendars! Tickets for the IIA NZ Gala Awards Cocktail Evening 2024 will be available for purchase starting on 1 May 2024. Additionally, award nominations will open on the same day. Don't miss the opportunity to secure your spot at this highly anticipated event and participate in recognising excellence within the internal auditing community.




2023 Networking Events

Day One: Monday 13 November 2023
5.30pm-7.30pm

Rooftop Terrace, Rydges Hotel

IIA NZ Cocktail Connect

Welcome to the IIA NZ Cocktail Connect 2023, an exciting networking event that promises to be an evening of connection and camaraderie. With a duration of 2 hours, this event offers ample time for attendees to mingle and build valuable professional relationships. 

The IIA NZ Chair will extend a warm welcome, emphasizing the significance of this gathering in fostering a strong community of internal auditors.

As you connect with fellow professionals, savour delectable drinks and canapés that will be served throughout the event. The ambiance will be further enhanced by music, creating a delightful backdrop for networking and relaxed conversations.

As the event draws to a close, you can slip away for a late dinner or continue engaging with out-of-town members, making the most of this opportunity to strengthen your connections and expand your professional network. 

The IIA NZ Cocktail Connect 2023 promises to be an unforgettable evening of networking, entertainment, and camaraderie, providing the perfect platform to forge new relationships and solidify existing ones within the internal auditing community.


Pax Assadi

Multi award winning fall off your chair funny comedian.

Pax is regarded as one of the most exciting young acts in New Zealand by his peers and audiences alike. Beginning his comedy journey in 2012, he has since racked up an impressive array of award nominations for his performances on stage including the 2013 Billy T Award, 2015 NZ Comedy Guild Breakthrough Comedian of the year and Best Male Comedian of the year and most recently was nominated for the prestigious Fred Dagg Award.

Born and raised in New Zealand and the son of immigrant parents, Pax brings a unique perspective that resonates with people of every background. His blend of personal stories and insightful observations will have you pondering life whilst simultaneously curled over with laughter.

Pax is a regular face on television - having appeared in TV One's panel show Word Up, TV 3s 7 Days, Maori TVs Crack Up, the critically acclaimed Brown Eye and the 2016 NZ International Comedy Gala.

Theme: What Got You Here Won’t Get You There

The “What Got You Here Won’t Get You There” theme for the IIA NZ Conference 2023 challenges internal auditors to reflect on their past successes while embracing the need for innovation and adaptation in an everchanging business landscape. The conference theme serves as a powerful reminder that traditional methods and strategies that have led to success in the past may no longer be sufficient to navigate the complexities of the present and the future. 

During this thought-provoking conference, attendees will explore how the role of internal auditors has evolved over time and how they must evolve with it. Speakers will share inspiring stories of organisations and professionals who have recognised the importance of continuous improvement and embraced transformative approaches to internal audit processes.

Participants will gain valuable insights into emerging trends and technologies shaping the internal audit profession. Workshops and interactive sessions will encourage attendees to challenge the status quo, identify opportunities for growth, and enhance their internal audit practices to drive maximum value for their organisations.

The “What Got You Here Won’t Get You There” IIA NZ Conference 2023 theme is a call to action, urging internal auditors to be proactive change agents. By embracing innovation, adopting new methodologies, and enhancing their skillsets, internal auditors will be better equipped to lead their organisations through uncertainty and towards sustainable success.


Speakers & Sessions


Dr Michelle Dickinson

Tony Alexander

Hon. Simon Bridges

Dan Te Whenua Walker


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