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Big show for business signs more big names

Big show for business signs more big names

The presenter line-up for Thrive Auckland on April 10th at the Aotea Centre has been added to with the confirmation of four more speaking slots.

Team New Zealand's Rob Waddell, Finance Minister Michael Cullen, business analyst Rod Oram, and Val Green, General Manager of Marketing for Telecom, are to join Stephen Tindall, the Tamaki brothers, Trelise Cooper and others at the big show for business.

Rob Waddell's presentation will focus on high performance and Rod Oram will outline the excellent opportunities available locally for business growth.

Dr Cullen is expected to discuss Government's ongoing commitment to growing the New Zealand economy. (The full programme is at )

"Thrive Auckland! is show time for people whose focus is fixed on growing their businesses," said Alasdair Thompson, chief executive of the Employers & Manufacturers Association.

"Thrive Auckland combines the factors fundamental to all business success: motivation, business confidence, getting the basics right, and enjoying the excitement of being in business.

"Our presenters are all highly successful people presenting their own success stories. They'll also cover off the building blocks basic to business such as developing and implementing your business plan, and managing your tax and other obligations.

"As well as those above, our other top profile presenters are:

* Exporter of the Year, Navman's Peter Maire on expanding by exporting,

* Saatchi & Saatchi's CEO Ian Christie: How to maximise your returns from advertising,

* Ernst & Young's Darren White and Kevin Jones on tax, and

* Bartercard's Denis Orme on making your business plan work for you.

"Thrive will be chaired by TV's Susan Wood with Auckland Mayor John Banks waxing lyrical on what a great place Auckland is to be in business.

"Attached to Thrive Auckland will be a major Expo.

"Gauging from numbers registered to date, about 1500 growth driven business people will be attending."

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