BDO Webinars

Through our webinar series, our BDO subject-matter experts and guest presenters will provide you with insights that will challenge your thinking, provide insights to support your resilience and the vision to realise your goals. 

The BDO team is focussed on supporting you with a range of measures, tools, resources and insights to ensure we continue to support our clients through these challenging times.

Be part of the conversation and join us throughout our BDO webinars.

Upcoming Webinars


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Previous Webinars


BDO Eyes on Tax webinar - Pre-election special

BDO's Eyes on Tax team, Iain and Mark, unpack the pre-election tax policies and discuss recent GST changes, tax and ESG, foreign income and disclosure and foreign trusts. 


BDO Eyes on Tax webinar - 39%!

Tax, how to collect it and how much to collect is currently one of the hot topics of interest as New Zealand looks to recover from the global pandemic and recent climatic events. With at least 'one eye' on the future, Iain and Mark explore potential changes to New Zealand’s tax settings, and what planning opportunities they may create, and assess what such changes may mean for you.

Topics include

  • Tax announcements from Budget 2023
  • Inland Revenue’s high-wealth project findings
  • An eye on the future

Due to unexpected, recent announcements we will schedule an additional ‘Eyes on Tax’ webinar mid-July and cover GST changes, discuss whether tax can deliver ESG outcomes and new disclosure rules for foreign income.


Episode 18: Rethink your Tax: A Saint Andrew’s Day Special!

BDO’s Eyes on Tax Iain Craig and Mark Lodder take us through the most recent tax changes and what they mean for New Zealand businesses, including:

  • A host of recent GST changes affecting property transactions; invoicing and record keeping
  • The Boat, the Bach and the BMW – the income tax and GST apportionment rules revisited
  • Residential Property – the latest Build-to-Rent proposals and other changes
  • Tax in inflationary times – common sense tips and lessons from the past.



Rethink your tax - pre-Budget update

Budget 2022 (19 May) is expected to focus on Government's health reforms, reducing emissions and meeting climate goalsSo can we expect there to be no major tax changes?  Don’t you believe it. 

Tune in for a pre-budget episode of our popular Rethink webinar series as we discuss a range of critical tax issues for you and your business.



Rethink the economic forces affecting your growth and success in 2022

We’re delighted to be hosting a timely and valuable conversation with Chief Economist of Kiwibank - Jarrod Kerr to discuss the key economic forces – international conditions, inflation, labour shortages, supply-chain and housing - that will impact New Zealand's mid-market businesses like yours.


  • Jarrod Kerr, Chief Economist, Kiwibank
  • Nick Innes-Jones, Business Advisory Partner, Construction Sector Specialist, BDO Auckland
  • James MacQueen, Advisory Partner, Construction Sector Specialist, BDO Auckland



Financial transformation for a more sustainable business

What are your next steps on your business’ sustainability journey? No matter what industry you’re in, you may be thinking about how you can meet your ESG goals and values this coming year. To help you on your journey, we’re hosting a webinar at 9am on 2 March 2022.

Transforming your organisational practices to be more sustainable and align with changing ESG regulations typically also demands transformation of your business structure, financial management, accounting and reporting frameworks.

In this webinar, we’ll talk about the best ways to ensure that, when you begin your sustainability journey, your business is set up in the best way possible so that your finances can support your ESG practices.



Episode 14: Rethink your tax: COVID-19 support, property and trusts

Episode 14 of our Rethink webinar series saw BDO’s Eyes on Tax Partner Iain Craig and Tax Partner Mark Lodder take us through the latest round of COVID-19 Government support, as well as providing a detailed look at the new tax rules for property and trusts.



Episode 13: Rethink the business landscape to achieve growth & prosperity

We're delighted to present this webinar in conjunction with the EMA and BusinessNZ

Is your business ready to compete, grow and prosper? In this webinar we will explore the current business climate for New Zealand's mid-market, including;

  • The economy
  • Government policy
  • Covid-19; and
  • The impact of the governments well-being budget.

How these issues translate to what you and your business should expect in 2022 is crucial to achieving growth and prosperity.

The EMA is part of a national business network together with Business Central, Canterbury Employers' Chamber of Commerce (CECC), Otago Southland Employers' Association (OSEA) and BusinessNZ.

BusinessNZ has grown to become New Zealand’s largest business advocacy body, championing a production, export-oriented, competitive business environment in which enterprise can thrive.


  • Brett O’Riley, Chief Executive, Employers and Manufacturers Association (EMA)
  • Kirk Hope, Chief Executive, BusinessNZ
  • David O’Connor, Chairman, BDO New Zealand

Episode 12: Rethink Your Business Risks

A pragmatic and valuable conversation with Jarrod Kerr to discuss his perspective of the key economic indicators that will be impacting New Zealand's mid-market businesses like yours in Q4, and into 2022.

We'll also present crucial risk management lessons that businesses should take into 2022 highlighting the biggest challenges that are forecasted for NZ businesses, including the current skills/labour shortage, the increasing value of investing in data analysis plus other technology, and the critically important need to tackle Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues.

Nick Davies will provide his insights on challenges and benefits of implementing a structured approach to 'welcoming-risk' at Whakarongorua Aotearoa.

You and your colleagues will want to register for this FREE webinar that presents both the 'big-picture' risk outlook, and practical steps that you may consider to mitigate risk in your business going forward.



Episode 11: RETHINKing New Zealand's Productivity Challenge

Kiwis work longer and produce less compared to other OECD countries (‘Productivity by the numbers’, published by NZPC, May 2021)

Helping us navigate the productivity challenge is Chair of the New Zealand Productivity Commission, Dr. Ganesh Nana.

Contributing to a transformation of the economic model and narrative towards one that values people and priorities our role as kaitiaki o taonga is my Kaupapa. This perspective sees the delivery of wellbeing across several dimensions as critical measures of success of any economic model.”

Dr Ganesh Nana, Geerten Lengkeek and David O’Connor will have a conversation on broad productivity themes and have time for an interactive Q&A with guests.



Episode 10: RETHINK with Deputy Prime Minister Hon Grant Robertson

We’re delighted to be hosting Deputy Prime Minister, Hon Grant Robertson for Episode 10 of our BDO RETHINK webinar series as we discuss the government's post-budget policy priorities impacting our economy and your business.


  • Deputy Prime Minster Hon Grant Robertson
  • David O’Connor, Chairman, BDO New Zealand

Episode 9: RETHINKing the Social Profit; Governance, Investment and Impact

In this webinar we discussed 3 BIG Issues in the Social Profit (or Public Benefit Entity) sector. While these are all big issues in their own right, this webinar will provide you with valuable experience and practical ideas to move your organisation forward.


  • Governance boards and their role in risk leadership
  • The importance of understanding success for the organisation and aligning priorities and measures
  • The strategic leadership role of boards.


  • Low interest rate environment - is it set to continue?
  • Investment strategies – how to generate returns in this environment
  • What are the challenges boards, or committees, face with investments?


  • What we mean by 'measuring impact'
  • How measuring impact, and the process of doing so, drives decision-making
  • Improving the quality of the statement of service performance.



Episode 8: RETHINKing Your Tax

We discuss a range of critical tax issues for you and your business, including:

  • New top personal tax rate of 39%
  • Changes to loss carry forward rules
  • Introduction of new tax rules on rental properties
  • Wish list for the upcoming budget

Amendments to legislation require a RETHINK of the rules! Watch the video for our insights.



Episode 7: Purpose-driven governance

Put simply; Purpose-driven organisations do better. They are more ambitious, they attract and retain the right talent, they inspire innovation and are able to make faster decisions. Crucially, they are more trusted. Why? Because they know exactly why they do what they do, and who they are doing it for.

Purpose beyond profit is the key to remaining competitive and sustainable in the long term – we explore the importance of looking beyond the bottom-line and how innovative governance teams are driving change.


  • Antonia Watson, Chief Executive Officer, ANZ
  • David O’Connor, BDO New Zealand Chairman and BDO Auckland audit partner


Episode 6: RETHINKing the tax landscape

Following the New Zealand election, the BDO team discuss a range of tax changes and issues. With the continuation of a Labour-led government there is a sense of continuity in tax.....but there's a catch!

Iain and Mark discuss Labour’s tax plan and the (re)introduction of the 39% personal tax rate as part of their Covid-19 revenue policy. This change might make you start to RETHINK:

  • Is your business ownership structure fit-for-purpose?
  • When should you be thinking about making dividend payments?
  • Remuneration strategies, what’s efficient?
  • If we make changes, will it be seen as tax avoidance?



Episode 5: Boosting your organisations’ resilience ​

What comes next for your organisation in order to build resilience and strive towards recovery, realising the opportunities and begin to thrive? We look at the essential areas for consideration to boost your recovery and resilience with a particular focus on financial decision-making.


  • Sam Johnson, CEO of the Student Volunteer Army, Young New Zealander of the Year 2012
  • Phillip Roth, Advisory Partner, BDO Christchurch


Episode 4: Building a more resilient business - Auckland Airport

We are painfully cognisant of the precarious position many businesses are facing. Rethinking infrastructure projects, reviewing spend, reforecasting budgets and what’s critical versus nice to have in the upcoming months are issues for Chief Executives and Directors throughout New Zealand.

Join us for this fascinating conversation with Adrian on how he is rethinking the future and ensuring resilience at Auckland Airport.


  • Adrian Littlewood, Chief Executive, Auckland Airport
  • David O’Connor, BDO New Zealand Chairman and BDO Auckland audit partner

Episode 3: What are your business risks as we uncover findings from the BDO Global Risk Landscape Report

2020 has declared itself the year of risk and disruption. As restrictions ease and business activity increases, the release of our latest Global Risk Landscape report provides a timely opportunity to explore the most pertinent issues and challenges as we collectively move forward.


  • Tarunesh Singh, Head of Risk Advisory Services, BDO Auckland
  • Jarrod Kerr, Chief Economist of Kiwibank


Episode 2: Peering into the looking glass: NZ Election 2020

We’d all agree that 2020 has been unprecedented. As businesses rethink their strategy, exhibit resilience and look to realise the benefits of smart, timely business decisions so does the New Zealand Government. What does recovery look like with a political lens?


  • Spiro Anastasiou, Partner, SenateSHJ
  • Doug Haines, BDO Wellington Advisory Partner


Episode 1: What does a resilient New Zealand economy look like?

Helping us navigate the new reality is former New Zealand Prime Minister, Sir Bill English KNZM. Embedding resilience and keeping your business running in the face of challenging business conditions is crucial, and its important to be cognisant of the macro issues impacting our economy.

Sir Bill English and David O’Connor will have a face-to-face conversation on a variety of big-picture, strategic issues that will have a fundamental impact on the New Zealand economy and your ability to be resilient.

  • How should we manage our borders?
  • Do we allow international students?
  • How do we support our sport, leisure and tourism sector?
  • How do we effectively support our social security and welfare system?


  • Sir Bill English KNZM, former Prime Minister of New Zealand
  • David O’Connor, BDO New Zealand Chairman and BDO Auckland audit partner