In times of crisis, it can be difficult to spot silver linings, but one slice of silver to come out of the pandemic and the subsequent lockdown has been the rise of professional web seminars. Filled with top-end experts dishing out sound and crucial advice, these digital tools have been a lifeline for many businesses weathering the COVID-19 storm.

Luckily, many of the companies and associations hosting these webinars are continuing the good work as we head out of lockdown and into a new normal.

The following is a line-up of some of the best webinars for Kiwi businesses coming up this month.

Otago Chamber of Commerce: Capital Education Online Workshop – 11 June, 9am

Do you want to raise capital for your business? Callaghan Innovation is inviting you to attend an introductory workshop on the capital-raising process to help you get started.

With COVID-19 preventing a physical event, Callaghan Innovation has developed a revamped virtual programme for the first of its Capital Education programme workshops, to give you the guidance you need to kick-start your capital-raising journey.

This foundation workshop will provide startups with a broad overview for early-stage and companies that are about to start - or considering - capital raising. This online workshop will equip you with the information you need to make informed decisions as you start the capital-raising process.

Callaghan Innovation has developed the workshop content and the session will be facilitated by Bruno Bordington, director at

This introductory workshop will cover:

  • Up-to-date and practical information.
  • Examples from people that have been through the capital-raising process.
  • An overview of key factors you should consider when making capital-raising decisions.
  • An overview of technical areas that you may want to get further information/guidance on.

You’ll also hear get information on a host of capital-raising topics, including:

  • Pitching
  • Capital planning
  • Sources of capital
  • Finding the right investor
  • Valuing your business
  • Capital tables and Term sheets

For more information click here.

Restaurant Association New Zealand: Handling a Restructure – 12 June, 2pm

Presented by Sam Houliston and Eloise Callister-Baker from Hesketh Henry.

This webinar will consider previous judgments of the Employment Court to highlight common mistakes that employers make when undertaking restructuring processes and apply those lessons to the hospitality industry.  The session will allow for a Q+A session, and members are encouraged to put any questions forward for discussion.

Houliston is a senior associate in the Employment Team at Hesketh Henry, was admitted as a solicitor and barrister of the High Court of New Zealand in 2006, and has previously practised as a health and safety prosecutor, a criminal defence lawyer, and as a general civil litigator.

Houliston advises employers and employees on a range of employment issues including health and safety compliance, restructuring processes, restraint of trade and confidentiality issues, and employment standard compliance issues.  He regularly represents employer, union and employee clients at Mediation, the Authority and Employment Court, and was recommended for labour and employment law in the 2019 Legal 500 directory.

Callister-Baker is a Solicitor in the Dispute Resolution Team at Hesketh Henry and specialises in Employment Law. She leads mediations on a regular basis and has appeared in the Employment Court, the Family Court, the District Court, and the High Court. Eloise has also written articles on a variety of legal issues for Lexis Nexis’ Employment Law Bulletin, Lexis Nexis’ Dispute Resolution.

To register click here.

The Hospitality Company: Rebuild Your Business Weekly Support Call – Every Monday, 9am (next call 15 June)

Join The Hospitality Company on Monday mornings to redesign, re-engineer, and rebuild your hospitality business for the future.

Begin each week with a 30-minute Kickstart of support and advice geared around helping you build a better business. Hear from industry experts on the big topics and get the answers you need.

Become a better Business Leader and build a better Hospitality Business because our country needs you to thrive. Let's help as many businesses as we can, so please spread the word about these weekly calls with your industry friends.

Register here.

Auckland Chamber of Commerce: Decluttering COVID-19, Myth Busting & Looking Ahead – 15 June, 8am

Kate Ashcroft is presenting this free webinar to provide employers with information on:

  • Common misconceptions around employment law obligations around COVID-19
  • Dealing with new ways of working – emerging trends and issues
  • Address health and safety issues moving forward with businesses returning to work
  • The interplay between immigration and employment law.

Copeland Ashcroft Law will cover:

  • The facts and myths around COVID-19 discussing recent headlines and the requirements around restructuring processes, redundancies, and payment of the wage subsidy
  • Trends and issues with new ways of working
  • Employers' duties under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 and the need to eliminate risks for employees returning to work – including how employers and employees can practically manage fatigue and wellbeing
  • Changes to immigration law in response to COVID-19 and the disconnect between immigration and employment law requirements.

Copeland Ashcroft Law provides specialist advice, representation and support across the full ambit of employment and health and safety law, to businesses throughout New Zealand, with offices throughout the country.

Kate Ashcroft is an employment and health and safety lawyer.  She has specialised in these areas throughout her career and is passionate about providing commercially pragmatic, tailored solutions to client issues.  She is recognised by the international legal directory Asia Law as a "Leading Lawyer" in New Zealand.  She regularly presents at conferences on employment and health and safety issues.  Kate acts for employers across a range of industries, giving strategic, compliance and best practice advice on non-contentious matters as well as providing representation in disputes.

For more information and to register click here.

Wellington Chamber of Commerce: Business Central Regional Q&A – 17 June, 10am

This members-only webinar in Wellington will talk through some of the common issues as business starts back up again, followed by an open Q&A.

Hosted by John Milford and Michael Witt & TBC.

This webinar is open to members of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce, Business Central, ExportNZ Central, and Porirua Chamber of Commerce.

Send any questions to

To register click here.

Restaurant Association New Zealand: Levelling Up Service, The Challenging Customer – 29 June, 2pm

Presented by Marg Main from Turning Tables.

Main will be letting us all in on her tips and tricks to successfully handle complaints in the new normal.

These tips and tricks include

  • Understanding why people complain and the emotion behind complaints
  • Preparing ourselves mentally for customer pushback in our new environment
  • Streamlining your customer complaints process, keeping things clear and simple for all
  • Examples of recent customer issues and practical solutions and conversations to handle these complaints

By the end of this session, you will be able to have a clear recipe to follow to create successful outcomes for all.

For more information and to register click here.