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WePrint Conference 2018


17th & 18th July 2018

2018 Conference - 17th & 18th July

About the Event

The 2018 We Print Conference will be taking place in Blenheim on Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th July. Make sure you save the date – following the great success of last year it’s going to be a good one and we don’t want you to miss out! 

We will send you more information on the conference and registration as soon as it is available. If you have any questions in the meantime, feel free to contact any of the We Print Committee Members detailed below or Lauren on 04 237 0482.

We advise you to book flights early to get the best possible deals and accommodation is already available to book, please see the details below.


Marlborough Convention Centre

Located in Blenheim at the top of the South Island and amidst one of the country's most pristine land and coastalscapes, the Marlborough region is renowned for its vibrant viticulture industry, spectacular scenery and artisans, making it a truly special conference destination. Hold your next conference in Marlborough and enjoy the perfect mix of business and pleasure amidst world-class scenery and purpose built conferencing facilities and Kiwi hospitality.

Keynote Speakers and Conference Programme

This year we have booked some spectacular speakers including: –

  • Kellie Northwood – TSA Limited: Kellie was a fantastic speaker last year and will return to give us an update on what has happened in the industry in the past year and advise on promotional opportunity
  • Cameron Bagrie – Economist: Following on from Bernard Hickey’s session last year… Cameron will give us an update on the likely effect of the new government
  • Jamie Fitzgerald – Leadership Specialist: As one of New Zealand’s most sought-after management consultants, Jamie will talk about bridging the gap between strategy, leadership and high-performance culture
  • Peter Stevens – GS1 Limited: Peter will speak on Barcode Technology & Innovationsomething which affects all of us. Tracking and tracing products is the way of the future
  • Kirk Hardy – The Drug Detection Agency: Kirk was a huge success last year and returns to give more information and advice in this field

Check out the full conference programme here for more details.

Pre-Conference Tabloid

The pre-conference tabloid is available for download and reading – click here for more information on the annual conference including: –

  – Changing our name to WePrint to better reflect the industry

  – The conference speakers, including leadership speaker, management consultant and adventurer Jamie Fitzgerald and many more…

  – The full conference programme for both days

  – More details on registration and accommodation details – book now

  – The functions at the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre and Clubs of Marlborough

  – Messages from our sponsors and much more…

Partner Hotels

Chateau Marlborough Hotel

Chateau Studio @ $207.90 per night
Superior Studio @ $207.90 per night
Executive Suite @ $247.50 per night
Grande Studio @ $247.50 per night
1 Bedroom Grande apartment @ $319.00 per night
2 Bedroom Penthouse Suite @ $467.50 per night

All bookings must be made to the hotel directly: Phone 03 578 0064 and quote “We Print”.

Scenic Hotel Marlborough

$185.00 per room per night

All bookings must be made to the hotel directly: Email or phone 03 520 6187 and quote “We Print 2018”.

Lugano Motor Lodge

Standard Studio @ $160 per night
Exec Studio @ $184 per night
One Bedroom @ $184 per night
Two Bedroom @$230 per night

All bookings must be made to the motel directly: Phone 03 577 8808 and quote “We Print”.

2017 Conference - Auckland

Auckland’s Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre will host the annual Single Width Users’ Group Conference on August 22-23. The networking dinner was held on Wednesday night, 23rd August  was  MC’d by New Zealand’s pre-eminent comedy team 7DAYS stars Jeremy Corbett, Dai Henwood and Paul Ego.

For the first time day one was opened up to non-SWUG members. This proved to be a really positive move and there were many new companies attending who went away with some great knowledge. Ray Clarkson, acting Swug committee chairperson, said, the conference, themed Tangibly Trusted, will feature a line up of excellent speakers including leading financial journalist and editor, Bernard Hickey. 

As in previous years, the conference programme covered a variety of relevant fields and include site visits to Horton Media and to Paper Reclaim. The conference will also feature the Swug Awards for printing excellence and the Apprentice of the Year as well as a networking dinner.


Keynote Speakers - 2017

Unpaid Online Publishing Doesn’t Make Sense

Calling himself a heretic, guest speaker and financial commentator Bernard Hickey packed no punches by telling SWUG delegates to value their products, especially newsprint, and to start charging for their online news sites…Read More>

Print…Strongest Brand for Recall

“Print is clawing its way back into favour and should be used as a foundation of any media marketing campaign using digital technology” Kellie Northwood told delegates. Read More>

Apprentice of the Year - 2017

Apprentice of the Year, Matthew Spencer, wasn’t expecting to win although he’d been put forward “a few times” previously for the award.

 The modest apprentice says it was “a bit of a shock” but it was business as usual at PMP the following day where he is one of those primarily responsible for running the Heidelberg M600pp heat set press and acting machine minder on the KBA 48pp press.

The 30-year-old PMP printer is only a month off qualifying and was the first apprentice the company took on after a break from training, four years ago.

In nominating Matthew, PMP print manager Tony Reid says “Matthew has excelled as an apprentice. Not only was he loyal and diligent, one of his greatest attributes was the ability to learn new tasks, retain the information and pass it on to less experienced print apprentices.”

“We have our own press training sign off procedures that Matthew has passed with flying colours. With these skills, he is a very universal printer on all presses in the plant, he can even assist in our sheet fed department.”

PMP Enterprise Park site manager, Craig Harrison went further, saying “Matthew had embraced the challenge last year of learning sheet fed printing and can now set up and run a basic job on a 10-colour Speedmaster Perfector.”

Selector Ian Gibson, FUJIFILM NZ’s national business manager graphic systems, says “There is a whole list of criteria for the award from attendance records to pass marks and an ability to interact with peers. In all, Matthew stood out and it was his ability to cross over into sheet fed printing that sealed the deal.”

“I believe he is able to run all the presses in the plant where he works. We were impressed.”

Ian says “Matthew will certainly benefit from the prize of a fully paid trip to Australia with sponsor DS Chemport which will only increase his knowledge of printing.” 

Apprentice of the year
Tony Reid, Craig Harrison, Matthew Spencer, Simon Ellis, Gavin Wentzel – PMP Limited

Conference Highlights - 2017

Latest News

2018 Conference Programme Released

Remember to book your place for the WePrint Conference 2018 if you haven’t done so already the conference is less than a few six weeks away and is taking place in Blenheim on Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th July at the Marlborough Convention Centre and is going to be another great event!With …

2018 WePrint Conference Speakers

Remember to book your place for the WePrint Conference 2018 if you haven’t done so already! The conference is taking place in Blenheim on Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th July at the Marlborough Convention Centre. We are pleased to announce we have booked some spectacular speakers for this year…   Kellie Northwood – TSA Limited: Kellie …

2018 WePrint Conference Registration Open

Registration is now OPEN for the WePrint Conference 2018! The conference is taking place in Blenheim on Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th July at the Marlborough Convention Centre. Please Click here to book your place! Take time to look through the newly revamped website which details all of the conference information as well as previous conference …

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