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KiwiSaver Think Tank launched

KiwiSaver Think Tank launched

A new initiative by two finance industry personalities aims to bring industry heavy weights together to discuss how best to tackle issues that face it.

Financial services consultant, Russell Hutchinson and former Financial Planners and Insurance Advisers Association Chief Executive, Phillip Matthews, have joined forces in a venture they call Executive Forums.

“The Executive Forum is not just another financial services conference where attendees listen to someone speak” said Hutchinson.

“We want to bring together a small group of top industry players to brainstorm how the industry can best tackle issues and challenges that face it”

“The first Executive Forum will be held in February 2006 and will focus on KiwiSaver and how the financial services industry can make the most of the opportunities it presents,” said Matthews.

“We have assembled a group of individuals that represent a cross-section of those who will be involved with, or affected by, Kiwisaver. Attendees will include representatives of the Ministry of Economic Development, Inland Revenue and Consumer Affairs, product manufacturers and the Insurance, Savings and Investment Association, consumer representatives, employers and legal experts.”

Hutchinson said they also have several international guests attending the Forum.

“We have two Australian experts in this field joining us as well as a gentleman from the United Kingdom by the name of Nicholas Hillman. Nicholas is a Policy Adviser on the Private Pensions Framework at the Association of British Insurers (ABI). We believe their knowledge and expertise will add greatly to the outcomes of the Forum.”

The first Forum is to be held at Hotel du Vin, south of Auckland on 9 February.
The Executive Forum is being sponsored by Fidelity Life, AXA New Zealand, Investmentlink, Chatswood Consulting and Cornwall Capital.

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