Events 2017-03-25T23:52:27+00:00



Market Update with Craigs Investment Partners

We've seen the recent share market meltdown, a new round of global market volatility and the rise and fall of bitcoin, don't miss this opportunity to find out insights usually reserved for private wealth customers. Mo Singh, Craigs' Senior NZ Research Analyst will be presenting an exclusive market update to our AYP members. Guest speaker: Mo Singh - Craigs Senior NZ Research Analyst Time: 5.30pm nibbles & networking for a 6pm start Venue: Craigs Investment Partners - Vero Centre, Level 32, 48 Shortland street Early bird tickets: $15 (until 7 Mar) Standard tickets: $20


Resilience – The Road to Success

Resilience is important to help us maintain balance in our lives during difficult and stressful periods of time and can be a defense mechanism against the development of mental health difficulties. Come along to this exclusive talk by Stephen Drain on mindfulness, what it is, how we can become more resilient and ultimately more successful. Guest speaker: Stephen Drain - PwC Partner Time: 5.30pm nibbles & networking for a 6pm start Venue: PwC Tower, Level 22, 188 Quay street Early bird tickets: $15 (until 23 Feb) Standard tickets: $20



February Social Drinks

AYP is back for 2018! Join us for our first social drinks of the year at Tom Tom in Victoria Park! Tom Tom is offering drinks specials and there will be a roaming photographer on the night Come along, expand your network, don't miss out on meeting your future friends and colleagues. See you then! Where : 27 Drake Street, Victoria Park Market, Auckland Central, 1010 When: 5.30 pm Friday the 9th of February 2018 $: Free to attend


AYP Xmas Drinks

Join us at Uptown Freehouse on Thursday the 14th of December for Christmas, midweek drinks. Free to attend as always. Get into the Christmas spirit, wear your best Christmas sweeter and be in the draw to win a bar tab! Uptown Freehouse are offering AYP members special $6 pricing on select wines and $8 tap beer on select beers. (Please note this does not apply to all tap or wines). This event is an opportunity for you to meet other young professionals from a variety of industries, broaden your professional and personal networks. We really hope you can join us [...]


Market Update & Estate Planning

Join us at Craig’s Investment Partners for our final event of the year! Craig’s will be hosting a post election market update strategy for investors presented by Fraser Thomson as well as guest speaker Tammy Barker from Guardian Trust who will discuss the importance and relevance of Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney. Drinks and nibbles will be provided. Doors open 5.30pm for a 6pm start


Yoga Fundraiser for Women’s Refuge

In conjunction with True Food and Yoga, we our pleased to offer a bit of recovery from the cocktail party and something to look forward to toward the end of week. A wonderful 1 hour Vinyasa class overlooking Okahu bay with the fabulous Katerina Marshall, Thursday 23/11, 7:00pm. Tickets are $15 and profits are going to the Women's Refuge and the amazing work they do helping to ensure All women and children have the fundamental right to live free from fear and violence. Feel free to bring an extra donation on the night.. Our yoga event last year sold out [...]


AYP Cocktail Party: A Black & White Affair

Auckland Young Professionals is delighted to invite you to the most exclusive event of the year, a black and white affair. Join us for an evening of glamour and fashion, cocktails, delicious appetizers, music and dancing all night long. This one is not to be missed! A professional photographer will be there to capture all your special moments and create lasting memories of the evening that is sure to dazzle. A live band will be playing most of the evening to allow you to bring your best moves to the dance floor! With your ticket you will also receive 2 [...]


University of Auckland Executive Education: Communications – Taking the Heat out of Difficult Conversations

When under pressure, we can often react in ways that don’t always match our leadership intent. Worse, relationship niggles and conflict can drain our energy and resolve. In this workshop you’ll learn practical strategies for dealing with difficult conversations you face at work. And how to manage your own ‘hot’ buttons i.e. fear, anger, embarrassment, defensiveness – in ways that ensure you don’t avoid the conversations nor react aggressively nor stew unnecessarily over them.   Note: while not critical to the evening, you may want to complete the Style Under Stress survey online at   This workshop will be [...]


3 Secrets to becoming an OUT-Standing Presenter

Discover the voice, personality and mind set of an outstanding presenter and how to get them. During this one hour session, Bonita Nuttall will cover the problems we often face with Public Speaking. Feelings such as being overwhelmed, lacking confidence and credibility, and experiencing nerves and anxiety often results to being passed for promotions, feeling inadequate and not being perceived as engaging. Bonita will help you: - Discover the cause of your nerves, anxiety and feeling of overwhelm - Overcome the intimidation factor, lack of confidence and anxiety when presenting - Learn powerful strategies and practices to overcome nerves and [...]


October Social Drinks – 2017

Join Auckland Young Professionals (AYP) for one of our regular informal networking event - social drinks. After all it is not just WHAT you know, but WHO you know as well. This event is an opportunity for you to meet other young professionals as well as experts from a variety of industries. AYP social drinks is always a fantastic opportunity to broaden your professional and personal networks, meet new business contacts or friends. It's a great mix of people from all industries, experience levels and a chance to meet people with similar interests.This networking event will take place at the [...]


AYP Comedy Night

Join us at Revelry on Thursday the 21st of September, for our very first Auckland Young Professionals Comedy Night. Brendhan Lovegrove, will be joined by a line-up featuring some of New Zealand’s best comedic talent. Brendhan is a firm favourite on the NZ comedy circuit, and a much-loved regular host and headliner at The Classic. As a 9-time winner of the NZCG Best Male Comedian award (plus several other awards), Brendhan has entertained sold-out crowds for well over a decade in New Zealand, Australia, Asia and the UK. This FREE event is proudly brought to you by AYP, with the [...]


AYP Escape Room Challenge

Join us on the 13th of September for an escape room challenge. Using nothing but your wits and intellect, creativity and common sense, plus a whole lot of teamwork you will solve clues and puzzles to escape. Take your pick of escape rooms from breaking out of a maximum security prison to the dream world of Alice. This is a unique opportunity to meet new people and create great friendships by working together. Limited tickets available because of venue capacity, get yours quick!


August Social Drinks – 2017

Join us at The Lula Inn on Wednesday 2nd of Augustfor midwinter, midweek drinks right next to the sails in the heart of Auckland. The Lula Inn is also offering some great deals for AYP! These social events are a fantastic opportunity to broaden your professional and personal networks, as you’ll find a good mix of people from a variety of industries with different levels of experience. See you then! Late arrivals welcome. Where : The Lula Inn 149 Quay Street, Auckland Central When: 5.30 pm Wednesday 2nd August 2017 $: Free to attend


University of Auckland Executive Education Development Series: Emotional Intelligence – Engaged Leadership

Emotional Intelligence helps leaders at all levels become “people smart” and to use practical tools to inspire results. In this one hour “taster” workshop Nikki shares practical and effective skills and tools to help you understand , engage and influence others including your colleagues, team members and managers. This event is presented by Nikki Fitzgerald Harvey. Nikki Harvey Fitzgerald, an Executive Education facilitator is a certified Master Practitioner of NeuroLinguistic Programming (NLP). She brings 18 years facilitation and coaching experience across a wide range of industries in New Zealand and Australia. A great relationship builder, Nikki helps her clients connect [...]


Essential Skills to be Tomorrows Super Leader Today

What would we tell our younger selves in relation to developing our leadership influence and capabilities? Promotions don’t readily translate into effective leadership. If leadership is a learned skill it won’t happen by chance. Learn the essential skills to be tomorrow’s leader today in this interactive, and informative event. When: 5:30pm (for a 6:00pm start) – 7pm on Wednesday, the 5th of July. Where: IMNZ – 4th Floor, DLA Piper Tower, 205 Queen Street This event will be delivered by Yvonne Treen, a key member of the IMNZ team Yvonne also runs a leading management consulting business. Yvonne will cover [...]


University of Auckland Professional Development Series: From Team Member to Team Leader

How do you go from team member to team leader? It’s a challenge that many of us are faced with (or hope to be), and there’s no easy guide book! In this ‘taster event’ Nick Read will be breaking it down and covering the lessons you need to know to make the jump. Date: Tuesday 30 May Time 5.30pm for a 6pm start | 8pm finish Networking and nibbles from 5.30pm Venue: University of Auckland, Business School, Decima Glenn Room, Level 3, Owen Glenn Building, 12 Grafton Road , Auckland Directions: Once you have arrived at Level 1, please proceed [...]


May Social Drinks

Auckland Young Professionals invites you to our May Networking Drinks at Longroom Bar in Ponsonby. This event is a great opportunity to broaden personal and professional networks in a relaxed, friendly environment. Come by yourself or bring friends and colleagues with you! The event starts at 5:30pm but late arrivals are always welcome.


Friday Flow Yoga – May

Yoga is the perfect way to de-stress and AYP invites you to discover some self-care in serene studios by the sea. Stay for a wonderful Tea, Juice or a Drink after in the fabulous restaurant. We have a great deal at only $12 a ticket (normal price is $20), 30 tickets available. Mats and blocks are provided or feel free to bring your own.


Economic Update with Craigs Investment Partners

Mark Lister, Head of Private Wealth Research, will be presenting an exclusive economic update to AYP members. Find out the latest on everything from Trump to dairy prices and get key market insights usually reserved for private wealth customers. Craigs Investment Partners will also be giving away two passes to the gala evening of the Auckland Writers Festival on the night. Opens at 5:30 for a 6pm start.


March Networking Drinks

As part of our casual networking series, Auckland Young Professionals are happy to invite you to our March Networking Drinks at Aura Bar on viaduct. The venue is reserved exclusively for AYP which means easier networking and plenty of opportunities to chat, relax and expand your network! This new, chic bar is aiming to present a new chapter in Auckland’s nightlife industry by targeting young professionals seeking intelligent entertainment at a unique atmosphere. We ask you to RSVP by selecting a free ticket as there will be door staff at this event who will have a guest list provided to [...]


University of Auckland Professional Development Series: Communicating Confidently Through Assertiveness

Assert your voice and get your ideas heard by the right people – in the right way. Communication is essential in business, yet how many of us have been in a situation where we’d really like to say something, but the words just didn’t come out? Join us for the first of our new four event series, where communication specialist, Roseann Gedye will share key strategies to enable you to gain support for your ideas - with your managers, team members and peers alike. As an added bonus we’ll be giving away a short course prize valued at $1,995 +gst. [...]


Secrets for Powerful Career Moves

Ready for a change of pace, unsure of what is next or ready for a new challenge? If you want the best shot at securing your next role in a great company it takes more than a great CV and witty cover letter. It takes a combination of training, mentoring and support. Join AYP for the first professional event of the year, where Fonterra Director of Global Foodservice, Grant Watson will share his story of how he progressed from a part-time crew member at McDonalds to running the company’s entire operations in New Zealand, and has now joined New Zealand’s [...]


February Social Drinks – 2017

AYP is back for 2017! Come along for our first social drinks for the year at Sweat Shop Brew Kitchen in Victoria Park. We'll have a DJ, drinks specials and a roaming photographer on the night.


AYP Christmas Drinks

Our last social drinks for the year will be held at the coolest new cocktail bar in town - Rich Heart. Come along for one last catch up before the Christmas break. There will be drink specials available on the night, as well as a bespoke AYP cocktail. These social events are a fantastic opportunity to broaden your professional and personal networks, as you’ll find a good mix of people from a variety of industries with different levels of experience. We’ll be there from 5.30pm on-wards, late arrivals are welcome.


Ladies Night: Professional Style

Join us for this very exclusive ladies night for a 101 on ‘professional style’. Kate Sylvester is a New Zealand designer who designs conceptual collections that embody intelligence, witty irreverence, sophistication and modern femininity. The brand's retail manager will teach you how to dress work appropriate with style. The Bobbi Brown Team will teach you the makeup tips and techniques to perfect the art of looking professional, as well as how to transition your look from day to night. They have the perfect products and advice to help you look and feel your best. You’ll be sure to learn a [...]


Mens Night: Professional Style

Want to sharpen up your corporate look? MJ Bale is an Australian menswear brand that revolves around quality: quality of product and quality of in-store experience. They offer business casual, corporate and formal wear with a strong focus on provenance and character. Sam Horgan, Head of NZ and QLD regions, will be joining us to present on key corporate styling tips, and essentials for the modern gentleman. The event will be held and catered at MJ Bale's Shortland Street HQ, and limited exclusively to 25 participants.


Skill Based Volunteering

Young Professionals have a range of expertise that community groups and non-profits could benefit greatly from. A panel of speakers at our next seminar will educate you on how ‘skill based volunteering’ contributes to your professional and personal development, and the huge benefit this can have to local community groups. Volunteering Auckland, an information and advice centre for volunteers, teams and non-profit organisations, will discuss what kind of need there is in Auckland and the different skill-sets wanted. Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Sovereign, Clark Todd will cover the value of volunteering within the workplace, as well as how [...]


AYP Rebrand Launch Party

Come along to our November Social Drinks at Tom Tom in Victoria Park! This Drinks event is a little special - we'll also be revealing AYP's new branding! To celebrate we'll have giveaways, specials and other surprises. Watch this space for more details...


Let’s Do It Now – Run Like you Started It

Creative disrupter, Mike Hutcheson (aka Hutch) is a serial start-up guy – He has founded or co-founded a number of companies including leading advertising agencies, Colenso, and HKM and finished his advertising career as managing director at Saatchi & Saatchi in Auckland. He is also a zany word maestro. He’s published four books and his writings are often published in The Independent and Idealog magazine. Mike’s Masters thesis was titled ‘The alchemy of creativity in New Zealand Business’ and his conclusion: that our challenge is to solve the paradox around the fact we [NZer’s] are generalists, and fearless and good [...]

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