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 some spectacular speakers already booked, including Kellie Northwood, Cameron Bagrie, Jamie Fitzgerald , Peter Stevens and Kirk Hardy we are pleased to announce the release of the 2018 conference programme: –

WePrint Conference Programme 2018

For more details please get in touch with Lauren Keen.

Lauren Keen | Promote Ltd

PO Box 50166, Porirua 5240 | Unit G, 47 Kenepuru Drive, Porirua 5022

P 04 237 0482 | M 021 848 184 | www.promoteltd.co.nz

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 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 new governments effect

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

 

The full programme will provide thought provoking and stimulating topics, and we look forward to seeing you in Blenheim on the 17th & 18th July – registration is open NOW! Register

In the meantime please do book your flights and accommodation to Blenheim. Conference will commence at 10am sharp on the 17th July.

Please get in touch with Lauren Keen fro more details.

Lauren Keen | Promote Ltd

PO Box 50166, Porirua 5240 | Unit G, 47 Kenepuru Drive, Porirua 5022

P 04 237 0482 | M 021 848 184 | www.promoteltd.co.nz

 

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 collateral from the past few years.

We are pleased to announce we have booked some spectacular speakers for this year…

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 new governments effect

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

 The full programme will provide thought provoking and stimulating topics, and we look forward to seeing you in Blenheim on the 17th & 18th July – registration is open NOW! www.weprint.co.nz

In the meantime please do book your flights and accommodation to Blenheim. Conference will commence at 10am sharp on the 17th July

2018 We Print Conference

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 advise you to book flights early to get the best possible deals and accommodation is already available to book.

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

 

2018 SWUG – New Name “WePrint”

A rapidly changing print industry has driven the rebranding of Swug to WePrint to appeal to all New Zealand printers and graphic arts specialists
 
The two-day conference at the Marlborough Convention Centre from July 17-18 will see the return of Kellie Northwood, chief executive of Australian-based TSA, and Kirk Hardy from the Drug Detection Agency, both popular speakers at last year’s event, among others that reflect the broader industry.
 
Swug chairman, Russell Wieck, operations manager for NZME.Print says he’s not sure what initiated the conversation about rebranding the organisation, but he felt it was time to freshen up what they had to offer the industry. He says, “We’re in an industry which is shrinking across the world every year, although the rate of decline in newspaper printing in New Zealand is half that being seen in Australia.
 
“The newspaper industry here is quite buoyant depending on which sector you look at and some aren’t declining at all. Having said that, SWUG wants to broaden its appeal and the executive committee made the decision some time ago to include heatset.
 
“Newspapers put a lot of heatset print into papers in the form of inserts, stationery, etc. The new name WePrint represents movement forward, so that we are not just focussed on one sector, but all types of print.”
 
Swug treasurer, Craig Harrison, general manager of operations at PMP New Zealand, agrees, saying that the rebranding comes from the concept of inclusivity. Swug has previously only included those involved in the newspaper industry. He says, “About six years ago, the chairman at the time, Dan Blackbourn suggested we include heatset printers. We are now going a step further and opening it up to all printers including digital and sheetfed and making it a New Zealand wide printing industry conference.”
 
Sponsors have reacted positively to the move, saying the new name should attract more people to the annual conference and enable us to get a wider range of relevant speakers. Harrison says, “There’s a lot of common ground across the industry now and as we always did get a good turnout, we need to grow it and get more people involved because we speak the same language. There’s an ever growing interaction between digital and newsprint and that’s only likely to increase.”
 
He says smaller communities cannot afford to invest in large web presses so it makes sense to attract delegates from these places where they invest in other forms of printing.
 
PMP Auckland digital designer Sora Waningsinggel designed the new logo for WePrint, an adaption of last year’s conference logo depicting the concept that the printing industry forms a tangibly trusted part of every community. Its design aims to reflect the inclusivity of the new WePrint group.
 
Swug New Zealand traces its history back to 1986 when a number of local production staff travelled to attend the Australian Swug event. They understood the core concept of setting up a venue for newspaper production people to come together to help solve operational issues by way of open discussion between users and suppliers.
 
John Green of Wilson & Horton, now NZME.Print, became the first New Zealand chairman, and the inaugural Swug New Zealand Conference took place in Mangere in late 1999, attracting about 20 delegates with an equal number of suppliers. Conferences took place at Dunedin, Gisborne, Wellington, Whakatane, Nelson, Napier, Christchurch and Hamilton, before going into a hiatus until the Taupo conference in 2010.
 
Then, with a new committee on board and the input of new energy, it enjoyed a record-breaking event at Taupo’s Wairakei Resort over two days. Last year’s Auckland conference also enjoyed great success with 120 delegates attending.
 
Harrison describes Swug as an industry institution ever since its inception here in New Zealand. Regarded as fit for purpose at the time, the organisation recognises how the industry has changed and has adapted to changes such as digitisation in parts of newspaper production.
 
Geoff Austin, production manager of the Gold Coast Bulletin, founded the Australian Swug organisation in 1985 for users of single width coldset newspaper presses in Australia. Like Swug New Zealand, it looked to provide a forum for production people to exchange ideas and information about the printing process at the grass roots level.
 
However, with Swug Australia in recess for about two years, WePrint hopes to attract some delegates from that industry to New Zealand in July.