Join us in Tahuna Queenstown as we shape tomorrow's talent landscape

The world of work has changed.

And now, more than ever, the recruitment and staffing industry is at the forefront of recovery and prosperity into the future. 

How our industry adapts and grows today will have a lasting impact on how we improve lives, communities and the economy into tomorrow.

On the 19th and 20th October the RCSA Conference will break new frontiers in the form of SHAPE, a New Zealand focused event that will explore how we can influence, optimise performance, and transform, as we strive to lead in the world of work.

We can't wait to see our New Zealand community there.  

This event is now currently at capacity - please contact Jodie Radley to be added to the waitlist

Conference Details

Event Date: 
Wednesday 19 October - Thursday 20 October 2022

Event Venue: The Heritage Hotel Queenstown - 91 Fernhill Road Queenstown 9348 NZ


Angela Cameron

Angela is a great example of the success that can be generated out of a career in recruitment.  Having started her career as a qualified accountant, Angela joined a NYSE listed international recruitment agency which was a start-up in New Zealand.  Recruitment for her was a brilliant pathway for all the learnings and skills she would need to successfully run a business in the future.

Having successfully built a specialist team and learning the mechanics of recruiting, Angela started Consult recruitment from her kitchen table in 2008.  Since then, Consult has continued to thrive and is now one of New Zealand’s largest specialist recruitment agencies.

A huge believer that the power of people makes all the difference in organisations; she has overseen thousands of placements with New Zealand's best employers. Angela is a huge advocate for relationship-based recruitment and was awarded Recruitment Leader of the Year for 2019 at both The RCSA New Zealand Awards and the SEEK Annual Recruitment Awards.

The Consult journey is a great example of how recruitment businesses can be successful and do social good.  While the Consult team has won awards for Corporate Social Responsibility, and environmental impact, they feel they have only just begun the journey and are super excited about the future, the opportunities and the power of recruitment to contribute to New Zealand’s success.

Kirsten Leng

Kirsten helps ambitious organisations, leaders and professionals who want to go to the next level, increase their impact and perform at their peak, so they thrive professionally, and have the space and freedom to focus on everything important to them.

She is a transformation specialist with a track record of accelerating growth, improving performance, and delivering change through embedding new behaviours and fundamentally improving individual and organisational performance.

As the Founder and Director of Infinitus Professional Development and the Leadership Collective NZ., she has dedicated her career to understanding behaviour and how to unlock potential and create high performance. She knows people and understands what makes businesses grow.

Her passion is helping people accelerate their growth, realise their potential, and achieve their goals faster.

Kirsten deals in reality, with methodologies that make sense and can be implemented, measured and sustained. Her approach is down to earth, and underpinned by robust, globally accepted best-practice theories.

She has spent over 2 years working with BJ Fogg, Stanford University Behaviour Scientist, founder of the Stanford University Behaviour Design Lab and Author of Tiny Habits; and his team, to deep dive into the latest research and methods for behaviour design and behaviour change. And is only one of a handful of performance coaches in Australasia certified in his methods.

She recognises the privilege of being entrusted to do the work she does and is really looking forward to being part of this year’s Annual conference.

Jehan Casinader

Jehan Casinader is a journalist, speaker, mental health advocate – and one of New Zealand’s top storytellers. He was named “Broadcast Reporter of the Year” at the Voyager Media Awards in 2020, and “Reporter of the Year” at the New Zealand Television Awards in 2018.

In the aftermath of natural disasters, terror attacks, sporting triumphs and everything in between, Jehan has helped hundreds of Kiwis to share their vulnerable and deeply personal stories with the rest of the country. He is the author of This Is Not How It Ends: How rewriting your story can save your life (HarperCollins).

Shamubeel Eaqub, CFA

Shamubeel is an experienced economist, financial analyst and author. He has worked in various banks and consultancies in New Zealand and Australia. 

He currently balances a portfolio of activities: consulting through Sense Partners, a boutique economic consultancy; various governance and advisory roles for private firms and charities; and regular media contributor.

He holds a BCOM(Hons) in Economics from Lincoln University and is also a Chartered Financial Analyst. He has authored several books – the most recent are Generation Rent and Growing Apart. 

Shamubeel lives in Auckland with wife, Selena, and sons, Haydn and Hugo.

Kara Smith 

Kara is passionate about people, their potential and what is possible. Starting her recruitment career over 16 years ago, she has helped kickstart and accelerate hundreds of careers for tech candidates, as well as built and nurtured growing teams within some of Auckland’s biggest businesses.

As Managing Director of Talent Auckland for six years now, her vision of creating a space where team members are encouraged to learn and grow in their roles, and can bring their most authentic selves to work, is one of the reasons why Talent is a Gallup Exceptional Workplace award winner four years running.

Kara is a huge advocate for providing great experiences for both candidates and clients alike, and in 2021 Talent New Zealand was awarded the SEEK SARA award for Large Recruitment Agency of the year.

She recognises that she has been fortunate to work with great leaders and mentors which has enabled her to overcome challenges and barriers. As a result, Kara is particularly passionate about supporting aspiring women leaders and encouraging Māori and Pasifika talent in both the recruitment and technology industries.

When Kara is not working, she’s balancing motherhood and therefore you’ll normally find her with whānau and running after her two children.

Joe Davis

Joe Davis is a leader, innovator and author with a deep passion for bringing teams together around big challenges with real purpose.   Co-Founder & CEO of Nanogirl Labs with wife and business partner Dr Michelle Dickinson, Joe’s current mission is to democratise access to world class education, working across technology, education and entertainment to inspire, educate and empower learners.  “Everyone, everywhere deserves the chance to access a world-class education - and that’s now genuinely in our reach.” 

Joe is the author of Silver Linings, a book which explores the journeys of more than 100 NZ business and community leaders who found ways to respond and thrive during New Zealand’s first COVID-19 ‘lockdown’. The work behind the book has led Joe, and co-author David Downs, to form a clear thesis as to what makes companies able to innovate and be resilient when crisis strikes. 

Janet Pottinger

Janet has led an impressive career with over 20 years of operation, leadership, and service delivery within the Recruitment industry. Her global experience has seen her being responsible for multiple high-performing specialist teams in New Zealand, Hong Kong and European markets.

Before returning to New Zealand, Janet served as the Managing Director at Adecco Hong Kong & Macau. Janet played a critical role in rebuilding the business, establishing new verticals (demand areas) and stabilising the business during political unrest and ongoing lockdowns. Her commitment to this role has helped Adecco HK turn the company around to significant growth in challenging times.  

Janet has returned to Adecco New Zealand and is committed to driving the New Zealand business forward, aligning with the group future@work strategy whilst delivering talent solutions with a people-centric approach.

A self-described ‘Recruitment Lifer’ Janet Pottinger, New Zealand Manging Director is committed to growth investing in people and technology. She has spent the last 20 years creating high performing teams delivering to goals and is currently most passionate about the transformation work she is implementing in the New Zealand Business. She aspires to drive the New Zealand business to greater success

In her free time, you can find her enjoying time with her children and reacquainting herself in the beautiful country of New Zealand, often heading out on a walk to support the Adecco Win4Youth Initiative.

Chris South

Having spent 10 years recruiting and leading recruitment teams, Chris established Prominence, the region’s first dedicated Recruitment Marketing Agency in 2014. Fast forward seven years and he is now CEO of marketing automation business Roi-AI.

A serial entrepreneur and public speaker Chris loves discussing new ways marketing and technology can help recruitment businesses grow and is inspired by people that break the mould and try to make things better.

Martin Herbst

Martin is a Tech leader with 20 years of experience launching and scaling businesses from start-up mode to highly profitable enterprises across the globe.

After 15 years at Gumtree, Martin made a move to JobAdder with the purpose to make recruitment more efficient and joyful for everyone.

Denise Bovaird 

Denise Bovaird is an Associate and management consultant at Navigatus Consulting specialising in strategy, risk management and business process improvement. She works with clients across the private and public sector, commercial and not for profit. Denise is also a facilitator for the Institute of Directors presenting courses on Governance, Strategy and Risk Management in NZ and the South Pacific.

Denise is passionate about getting organisations to focus on their key purpose and to understand what matters most so that they can achieve success.  Her work centres around ensuring clients have a clear strategy, have developed plans to achieve specific objectives and understand and manage the risks to achieving those strategic/business objectives 

Denise served on the Board of the NZ Institute of Chartered Accountants for 7 years including as Chair. She has been a Director on the Real Estate Agents Authority from its inception in 2009 through to 2015 and was a Commissioner on the Earthquake Commission and chaired the Audit and Risk Committees of both organisations throughout. She is currently the Chair of Surf Life Saving Northern Region.

Rob Woodward

Rob Woodward is a founding director of FIND Recruitment based in beautiful Wellington.

A trained economist and ex-investment banker, with an impressive 23 years in recruitment, he co-founded FIND in 2008.

 Rob is passionate about the labour market and about keeping the integral human-to-human involvement in recruitment. He is a proud dad and a manic sailor (Number 5 in the world for his age group!).

He is also an average yoga exponent and enjoys spending time with his family.

Most recently, Rob was the winning recipient of the RCSA Outstanding CEO Contribution award at the 2021 RCSA Awards Evening in Auckland. A peer-nominated and voted award, he was recognised for his hard-work and contribution to the industry and his outstanding positivity in the face of a global pandemic.

Angela Farrelly

Founder of Disruptive Unicorns - Chartered Marketing Firm and the Growth Conference. Angela is awarded Fellow status by the Chartered Institute of marketing. Following a successful career in recruitment and talent both agency and inhouse, Angela was part of the digital transformation team at Air New Zealand in 2015 which led her to start Disruptive Unicorns.

She is passionate about using design thinking, to develop marketing and advertising acquisition campaigns for our customers across APAC. An international conference speaker, lecturer and MC. Angela has presented internationally on Digital Marketing for Tourism, Thought leadership for Talent and HR as well as social media and design thinking. She is currently a Lecturer for The College of Law in New Zealand and is currently the Chair for the Pathways Industry Advisory Board for Unitec. 

She has designed award winning digital experiences, recognized in winning the ERE Global Award for Best Corporate Website and Air New Zealand Award Strategic Positioner of the Year, Her agency has been acknowledged as Best Small Social Media Agency in Angela has been named by LinkedIn as a Linkedin100 Top 100 platform managers in the world. At Air New Zealand she led the talent employer brand that saw them win “Most Attractive Employer" 3 years in a row, and has presented for LinkedIn around the world on driving talent acquisition through employment branding.

Darren Rewi

Darren Rewi is a Māori Kaumatua based in Tahuna, Queenstown.  He helped set up the Leadership Lab Te Kakau programme in July 2020 which supports business and community leaders across the Queenstown and Wanaka area in partnership with the Queenstown Lakes District Council.

Darren is the founder of Mana Tahuna, a Charitable Trust based in Queenstown, New Zealand. Its vision is to have a united Māori community that has a strong voice within the Queenstown community and are consulted in situations where it is appropriate to include Māori representation. Mana Tahuna want whānau to have an abundance of opportunities and to thrive in the community. They also want to have a tūrangawaewae, a stronghold where whānau can stand and belong; a place where whānau can come together and share korero (conversation), aroha (affection) and matauranga (knowledge) that ultimately improves the overall wellbeing of Tāhuna Māori.

Darren is also the Director of Take Tuia which we created post-covid when he was supporting both the Māori whanau and the wider community. He had been telling Māori stories and local history for many years both in the schools across the South and saw this as a way to connect cultures and support businesses and organisations that wanted to connect and engage with Māori.

Megan Lynch

Megan is an Otago local and currently a Global Account Specialist at Bullhorn. She has been with the business for the past year working with Bullhorn's largest clients in the APAC region to advise, consult and help to drive their innovation strategies.

Her career began in financial services, working at a major bank before making the switch to SaaS products taking on a role in Fintech. Megan realised there was more to the tech world and like many of us, fell into recruitment and never looked back.

Josh McCole

Josh is an APAC Account Executive at Bullhorn.

Josh has over 10 years experience working in the technology space and with a passion for recruitment and technology, Bullhorn is the perfect fit for Josh.

Josh has a keen interest in how automation and analytics tools are shaping the way we work. Josh has passed on this knowledge and passion onto many Bullhorn customers, helping to improve their efficiency and productivity.

Josh has immersed himself in the many ways APAC recruitment agencies can drive transformation and innovation using a range of tools, to stay ahead of the game.

Event Program


Heritage Hotel, Tahuna Queenstown

Tahuna Queenstown, New Zealand’s mountain playground, is one of the great alpine regions of the world and the charming Heritage Hotel calls this place home - the resort offers a hotel experience certain to leave you breathless.

The vistas from the Heritage are awe-inspiring - soak in the view of the towering Remarkables mountain range, rising from the rippling waters of Lake Wakatipu from the comfort of the hotel. Crafted from centuries-old schist stone and cedar, this comfortable and sophisticated Tahuna Queenstown hotel is the perfect place to mix business and pleasure.

Room Bookings

Accommodation available at Heritage Hotel:
Deluxe Rooms and Deluxe Family Rooms - $224.00 per night

The Heritage Hotel will provide all delegates with agreed accommodation rates (which will be listed on the Heritage website) provided a booking code is used when making the booking. This booking code will be provided once you have registered for the SHAPE NZ Conference

The above prices are secured for this event only and are inclusive of 15% GST, and include unlimited Wi-Fi per room, per day.

The above rates may be utilised by guests wishing to extend their stay for a maximum of 5 days (subject to room availability).

Rooms rates quoted are for room only. A full breakfast is available at $20.00 per person per day.

Heritage Hotel - Tahuna Queenstown
91 Fernhill Road
Queenstown 9300
New Zealand


SHAPE Welcome Event
Heritage Rooftop

Sponsored by Indeed

Wednesday 19 October - 6:00pm - 8.00pm

Meet and greet the RCSA conference community and soak in the panoramic views of beautiful Queenstown on the Heritage Rooftop for dinner and drinks.

Guest Ticket - $100.00 plus GST

SHAPE Wrap Party

Sponsored by Scissors

Thursday 20 October - 6:30pm - 11:30pm

Join us at this historic homestead nestled among the vines for dinner and a local wine tasting to wrap up the Shape NZ Conference with new found friends. Enjoy beautiful gardens, rugged scenery, and the very best of Central Otago food, wine, and hospitality.

Guest Ticket - $187.00 plus GST

Event Details


Conference Cancellation Policy
All cancellations must be made in writing to the RCSA Events team. Depending on when your cancellation is received, the below concessions will be made.

  • Up to 60 days prior to the event date - full registration fees will be refunded (minus 15% admin fee)
  • Between 60 - 31 days prior – 50% cancellation fee will apply to registration fees paid*
  • Within 30 days - no refund on monies paid*

*Please note - you may transfer your registration to another person, at no additional cost, if you are unable to attend.



It is agreed that should the NZ Government enforce travel restrictions or the alert levels increase due to COVID 19 over the conference dates resulting in the event not being able to proceed, the event will either be cancelled (and registration fees refunded minus a 15% admin fee) or transferred to a new rescheduled event date. In the event rescheduling to the new dates is not possible for an attendee, a full refund (minus a 15% admin fee) will be provided. Cancellation outside of the covid-19 terms will result in full penalties as per the Conference Cancellation Policy above.


Contact the RCSA Events Team:
Jodie Radley - Head of Events & Learning - +61 421 636 762

Event Sponsors