Research Association NZ Conference 2019

RANZ Conference 2019: New Horizons focussed on the relentlessly changing landscape of the world we work and live in, and in this context, what harnessing the true power of insights means. We want to champion the new breed of insight professionals, explore the emerging and adjunct insight disciplines and look to how these contribute to commercial decision making.


Research Association New Zealand would like to thank all sponsors, speakers, panellists and delegates for your contribution towards a successful  2019 conference.


Conference award winners

Best Paper: Next Generation of Insights Professionals: Using Marketing Research to Give Back.
Dr. Catherine Frethey-Bentham, University of Auckland, Paul Gilberd, The Housing Foundation, and Horst Feldhaeuser, Infotools.
(Bronze partner ESOMAR)

David O'Neill Award for Innovation: The Rise of Consumer Owned Data: Blockchain Technology - the new frontier of data trading.
Kathryn Topp, Yabble

People's Choice: Fear and Love and White Noise
Michael Goldthorpe, Hunch
(Silver partner Big Picture)

Powered by PechaKucha winner: Iris Krzyzosiak, Kantar
Daniel Brownie, Colmar Brunton
George Wilks, NeedScope International
Alexis Ryde, Colmar Brunton

Day one speakers

Andrew Cannon, GRBN
Carmen Vicelich, Data Insight
Sue York, NewMR

Shaun Fitzgibbon, TRA & Darren Hopper, Paymark
Jess Molina, Social media influencer
Kathryn Topp, Yabble
Elizabeth May, Dynata
Colin Ingram, NeedScope International
Jon Carapiet, Colmar Brunton
Michael Goldthorpe, Hunch
Stephen Walker, Toluna
Ant Rainger, Rainger & Rolfe
Dr. Will Koning, Kantar
Ian Hulme, IBM

Day two speakers

Ray Poynter, NewMR
Nigel Latta, Psychologist & author
Duncan Stuart, Kudos Organisational Dynamics
Dr. Catherine Frethey-Bentham, University of Auckland & Paul Gilberd, The Housing Foundation
Tony Patrick, Touchpoint Group
Lena Cox & Janine Takle, Infotools
Nick Jones, IAG
John Francis, Prime Strategies Group
A/Prof Richard Brookes, University of Auckland Business School
Dr Tadhg Daly & Kate Preston, Ministry of Justice
John Francis, Prime Strategies Group
Nicola Gamble, Aktive
Prof. Leo Paas, University of Auckland
Emily Bing, Pureprofile

NEW HORIZONS Keynote speakers

We're delighted to announce keynote speaker for the RANZ 2019 Conference is Ray Poynter.

Founder of, Ray is a long-standing member of MRS and ESOMAR, and a member of the ESOMAR Council. He is the author of The Handbook of Mobile Market Research, The Handbook of Online and Social Media Research and the #IPASOCIALWORKS Guide to Measuring Not Counting, editor of the ESOMAR book 'Answers to Contemporary Market Research Questions'.



Andrew Cannon has more than 25 years of experience as a market research practitioner on both the agency and client sides and currently divides his time between running a boutique research agency in Helsinki, working as Executive Director for the GRBN, and serving as President of EFAMRO, the European Federation of Market Research Organisations. His keynote talk will focus on how to build the business impact of Insights in an evolving customer-focused business environment.



Nigel Latta has spent more than two decades trying to understand why people do the things they do, and how you can help people change the things they do. 



Sue York is the Chief Curator of NewMR, curating and organising the Festival of NewMR, Radio NewMR and other NewMR online learning events and a Market Research Consultant.

Sue will be presenting an introduction to Chatbots and their use in the research environment. Chatbots have rapidly emerged as the hot new kid on the research block, with an increasing range of companies offering Chatbot solutions for research. The discussion will include Chatbots as qualitative or quantitative tools, research design for Chatbot tools and considerations for sampling, response rates and analysis options.

Carmen Vicelich is not your typical anything – a powerhouse entrepreneur who has rapidly built two multi-million-dollar, international data and technology businesses at the same time as balancing life as a wife and mother of four young children.
Data Insight uses advanced analytics to help businesses leverage data to make data driven decisions and works with industry leaders across multiple verticals including
government, utilities, telco, casino, FMCG, insurance and banking.


Duncan Stuart is a crowd favourite at RANZ conferences, so we couldn’t but help invite him back as a local keynote speaker after winning People’s Choice Award yet again in 2017.  We are waiting to see what magic Duncan cooks up for us this year - so watch this space!


SILVER PARTNER for the People's Choice Award this year is:

BRONZE PARTNER for the Best Paper is:

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