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Workshop 3

Living with a higher interest rate regime: What does this mean for your business and the economy?

7.30 - 9.30am, Thursday 3 August 2017, Stamford Plaza, Auckland

Read Valuable Advice from Workshop 3

  • Higher interest rates: are they here to stay?
  • How many interest rate rises are on the horizon and how high will they go?
  • What does this mean for the business community and the economy generally?
  • Will the Reserve Bank bring in loan to income ratios for housing?
  • Will increased interest rates lead to more distressed loans in the business community and have flow on insolvency effects?
  • What affect would a change of government have on interest rates?
  • How will increased interest rates affect fund management decisions?


Simon Power
General Manager, Consumer Banking & Wealth - Westpac

Simon Power was appointed General Manager, Consumer Banking & Wealth in May 2015. The business unit incorporates Westpac’s Retail network, together with small business and the Private Wealth Management division.

Prior to his current appointment he held the roles of General Manager, Business Bank, Private Bank, Wealth & Insurance; Managing Director, Private, Wealth & Insurance; and before that, Head of Private Bank for Westpac New Zealand Limited.

Simon joined Westpac in 2012 following a 12 year career as a Member of Parliament in New Zealand. Between 2008–2011 he served as Minister of Justice, Minister of Commerce and Minister of State Owned Enterprises, among other designations.

During that period he led significant reform and change in financial market oversight and regulation in NZ.

A graduate of Victoria University in Wellington, Simon has degrees in both Law and Politics. As well as having completed courses at the Australian Graduate School of Management and Melbourne Business School, he is a chartered member of the NZ Institute of Directors and a member of the NZ Institute of Management.

In 2010 he was selected by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader, and in that capacity attended Harvard University in Boston in 2011. In 2015 Simon returned to Harvard Business School, to complete the Advanced Management Programme.

Simon sat on the Board of the New Zealand Stock Exchange (NZX) between 2012-2015, is Chair of the NZUS Council, is a Trustee of the Asia NZ Foundation and is a Fellow of the Institute of Finance Professionals New Zealand (INFINZ).

Grant Graham
Partner, KordaMentha

Leveraging his financial consulting background, Grant is widely respected for his corporate finance and advisory nous, notably in valuation, restructuring and as an expert witness.

Grant’s sharp analysis coupled with keen commercial acumen has resulted in him regularly being called upon for expert witness testimony in mediation or in Court on a broad range of matters, in particular dispute resolution.

Over 20 years, Grant has written numerous Independent Advisors’ reports for listed company activity subject to NZX listing rules and the New Zealand Takeovers’ Code. In the process, he has gained an enviable reputation for the quality of these reports, his clear and concise communication style, and pragmatic advice.

Matthew Goodson
Managing Director, Salt Funds Management

Matthew has 24 years’ experience in the finance sector and is the Managing Director of Salt Funds Management and Salt Investment Funds Limited, which currently manages approximately $1.8bn of listed equities on behalf of its clients. Matthew is the Portfolio Manager for the Salt NZ Dividend Appreciation Fund, the Salt Listed Property Fund and the Salt Long Short Fund.

Matthew started his career as an Economist with Garlick & Co from 1993-1995 before becoming Head of Research from 1995-1997. He then spent seven years in New York working for BZW and Goldman Sachs JB Were as Director, Wholesale Equities before returning to New Zealand in 2004 to work for First NZ Capital also as Director, Wholesale Equities until 2009. Immediately prior to founding Salt Funds Management Limited with Paul Harrison in 2013, Matthew was employed for over four years as Portfolio Manager at BT Funds Management (NZ) Limited. Matthew also served as Chairman of NZ Thoroughbred Racing Inc from 2011 to 2015.

Matthew has a Bachelor of Arts degree and Masters in Commerce and Administration (First Class Honours) from Victoria University of Wellington and is a holder of the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation.


Michael Anderson
Director, Lowndes

Mike specialises in banking & finance, securities, corporate recovery and insolvency law.

Mike advises on a wide range of restructuring and insolvency matters, including acting for the receivers on two of New Zealand’s largest receiverships. He also has extensive experience in banking and finance (on both the bank and borrower sides) and has provided advice to corporate trustees and public security issuers in respect of many debt issues and managed funds issues.

Mike has been recognised as a leading lawyer by independent legal directories Chambers Global, Asia Pacific Legal 500, IFLR 1000, and PLC Which Lawyer? and joined Lowndes from Chapman Tripp where he was a partner for 24 years.



Jacque Lethbridge
Director, Lowndes

Jacque Lethbridge moved to Lowndes as a Partner in July 2016 having been a Partner at the Auckland firm Grove Darlow & Partners since 2012 and has been in practice since 2004.

Jacque specialises in commercial and civil litigation with a focus on insolvency and restructuring, and also has experience in regulatory and serious fraud cases. She regularly represents high-profile individuals and commercial organisations with complex, contentious and often unique legal problems. While Jacque’s practice is primarily in the High Court she has represented clients at all levels of the Court system including the Supreme Court. Jacque is also engaged in board work having been a member of the board for the Restructuring Insolvency and Turnaround Association of New Zealand in 2016, Deputy Chair of the Inspiring Stories Trust and Chairperson of the Auckland Community Law Centre Board.

Jacque was recently recognised for her contribution to board work as a finalist in the Emerging Leader category at the Governance New Zealand Women in Governance Awards and the Board she chairs winning the Women in Governance Organisation of the Year award.

Jacque has a Masters of Laws with Honours from the University of Auckland and is a guest lecturer at the College of Law teaching the litigation module to law graduates seeking admission to the bar.