2021 Conference

Our 2021 annual conference details will be finalised shortly.

Keep a look out for further details coming soon.

New Plymouth 2023 - Collision Repair Association

After cancelling our annual 2022 conference in New Plymouth due to a number of reasons including Covid, we have decided to ‘take 2’ and aim for our annual 2023 conference in this same region.

The Manawatu/Wanganui/Taranaki Branch are keen once again to host the 2023 New Zealand Collision Repair Association annual conference which will be held from Friday 12th May to Saturday 13th May 2023 at the Plymouth International, New Plymouth.

As usual the programme has been designed to maximise opportunities exhibitors have with the delegates. Trade stand opportunities are limited and will receive maximum exposure through a series of events in the Exhibitors area.

Following tradition, a theme was conceived and for 2023 in New Plymouth it is ‘Regain the Power and Rediscover the Passion’.


The Plymouth International in New Plymouth provides both conferencing facilities and accommodation under the one roof. Take a stroll into town or take a walk on the award winning coastal walkway. Dominating the city’s skyline and surroundings is the massive and majestic Mount Taranaki that rises dramatically to the south.

Sponsorship Opportunities

We have a range of sponsorship packages to suit you, we have outlined below the various options available. Sponsorship plays a critical role in ensuring the success of our event and we invite you to be part of our conference and you can be assured that we will do our best to give all sponsors and exhibitors value for their contribution.

Bronze level - $1,200.00 + GST

  • Recognition on display material in the:
    • Main conference room
    • Exhibitor’s area where all breaks will be held
  • Recognition on printed material:
    • Programme
    • PanelTalk
  • Audio visual recognition in the main conference room

Silver level - $3,150.00 + GST

  • A higher level of recognition on display material in the:
    • Main conference room
    • Exhibitor’s area where all breaks will be held
  • A higher level of recognition on printed material:
    • Programme
    • PanelTalk
  • Audio visual recognition in the main conference room
  • A free stand (3m x 1.8m) in the exhibitor’s area OR three free conference registrations
  • Verbal recognition by our MC

Gold level - $5,000.00 + GST

  • A major emphasis of recognition on display material in the:
    • Main conference room
    • Exhibitor’s area where all breaks will be held
  • A major emphasis of recognition on printed material:
    • Programme
    • PanelTalk
  • Audio visual recognition in the main conference room
  • A free stand (3m x 1.8m) in the exhibitor’s area and two free exhibitor registrations OR four free conference registrations
  • A higher occurrence of verbal recognition by our MC


Exhibitor stand (3m x 1.8m) - $1,200.00 + GST

We will also be providing the opportunity for businesses to exhibit products, services, management systems, etc.

All breaks, lunches etc will be held in the exhibitors’ area to ensure that conference attendees have ample opportunity to renew acquaintances and meet potential suppliers.

Please note that in addition to the Exhibitor stand price ($1,200.00), you will need to register each of the personnel who will be manning your stand. We have available an exhibitor registration solely for this purpose – this registration does not include attendance to the Saturday night Dinner, Awards and Entertainment ($165.00 per person), this can be paid for separately.

Registration Fee (per person and all prices exclude GST)

CRA members $395.00

Non members $445.00

Exhibitor (CRA member) $250.00

Exhibitor (non member) $275.00


If you have any further queries or would like to discuss sponsorship/exhibiting furtherplease email Neil Pritchard neil@collisionrepair.co.nz or phone him on 021-663459.



10.15am – 11.00amMorning tea / Registration / Trade display viewing

11.00am – 11.10amHousekeeping – MC Ben Hurley

11.10am – 11.40am Conference opening

11.40am – 12.40pmSpeakerPaul Rangiwahia

12.40pm – 12.45pmExhibitor’s product session

12.45pm – 1.45pmLunch / Registration / Trade display viewing

1.45pm – 2.45pmSpeaker – Steven Trapp

2.45pm – 3.00pm Remit discussion

3.00pm – 3.05pmExhibitor’s product session

3.05pm – 3.30pm​ Afternoon tea / Trade display viewing

3.30pm – 4.30pmSpeakerBrad Olsen

4.30pm – 4.45pmFriday night funnies – Ben Hurley

4.45pm – 5.15pmDrinks / Nibbles / Trade display viewing

5.15pmDay’s session ends


9.45am – 10.00amHousekeeping – MC Ben Hurley

10.00am – 10.40am Regional round up session

10.40am – 10.45amExhibitor’s product session

10.45am – 11.15am Morning tea / Trade display viewing

11.15am – 12.15pmSpeakerSteven Trapp

12.15pm – 12.35pmAGM

12.35pm – 12.40pmExhibitor’s product session

12.40pm – 1.45pmLunch / Trade display viewing

1.45pm – 2.45pmSpeaker – Sacha Coburn

2.45pm – 3.15pm Afternoon tea / Trade display viewing

3.15pm – 4.15pmSpeakerSteven Trapp

4.15pm – 4.20pmConference closing

4.20pm – 5.00pmDrinks / Nibbles / Trade display viewing

5.00pmDay’s session ends

6.30pm DeBeer Refinish Dinner, Awards and Entertainment

Evening Functions


Saturday 13 May 2023 at 6.30pm

A great Saturday night function is planned, the DeBeer Refinish Dinner, Awards and Entertainment – all combined on the one night due to the compact format. The dress code for this evening will be black tie.


Ben Hurley – Our MC

Ben is widely recognised from his regular appearances on THREE’s 7Days, and The Project. He has had numerous other TV appearances with several Comedy Galas, Would I Lie To You and Have You Been Paying Attention. He is currently a roving reporter for TVNZ’s Seven Sharp.  After winning the Billy T Award in 2004, Ben set off for the UK where he honed his craft on their notoriously competitive comedy circuit.



Paul Rangiwahia

Paul Rangiwahia is a wellbeing advocate on a mission to help break down the stigma around mental health - to normalise the ups and downs of life that we ALL experience. He uses art and simple language as a means of helping people to connect with and talk about the key fundamentals that are applicable to us all - like how we feel about ourselves and our place in the world.

Paul’s style is authentic and fun. He encourages people both young and old to connect with their imaginations and design wellbeing in their own style - but of course ensuring the key areas are attended to; like having trusted confidantes, developing healthy relationships, finding perspective through gratitude and being proactive to name a few.


Brad Olsen

Brad Olsen is a Principal Economist and Director at Infometrics and is one of New Zealand’s leading economic commentators. Brad is passionate about using economics to make better informed decisions and can communicate complex and detailed trends in a simple, relatable, and useful manner. With extensive networks across New Zealand’s business, media, community, and social sectors, Brad often brings together a variety of views, data, and emerging trends to inform advice and analysis to key decision makers across New Zealand.

Brad brings a different perspective to key opportunities and challenges that New Zealand faces and is keen to unlock more potential across businesses and communities. Emerging trends continue to accelerate the pace of change across the world and in New Zealand, and Brad focuses on understanding these trends as they evolve and highlighting way to enhance outcomes for local communities.

At present, he is focused on New Zealand’s economic recovery from COVID-19 and what emerging trends from the pandemic mean for local economies. He also takes a keen interest in global economic trends and the current shift in supply chains. Since his emergence in the economics scene, Brad has also been a leading commentator on housing and infrastructure issues across New Zealand. Brad has appeared in various media both nationally and globally, including with TVNZ, Newshub, Radio NZ, Stuff, Newsroom, NZME, The Guardian, and many others.


Steven Trapp
Having worked as a Senior Consultant in USA, Europe, South Africa and now in Canada markets, Steven has a current understanding of the global collision repair space. Steven is currently in a leadership role for an OEM certified network of 28 car dealer collision centres called AutoCanada.

Steven will be presenting on several topics including:
• Implementing SOP’s to guide to optimal profitability
• Selling and estimating in 2023
• Shop flow design and maintenance for optimal efficiency




Sacha Coburn

Sacha Coburn is the COO of her own family business Coffee Culture, a group of boutique coffee shops with 300 staff in 20 locations. She has lived every inch of the pandemic with her team of owners and has had to embrace change and challenge on a daily basis. Sacha walks her talk every day leading her team with humanity and humour. A former lawyer with a first class honours Masters Degree in Education, Sacha is uniquely qualified to talk about what’s ahead.


We have secured various accommodation options on site at the conference venue and also across the road. Please indicate your accommodation needs on the registration form and we will try to meet your request if possible.  The accommodation costs are payable on your departure from the Hotel.  At check in you will be required to provide your credit card details.  All pricing includes GST per room per night.


Standard Studio (1 queen and single bed) - $179.00

Executive Studio (1 queen and single bed) - $199.00

Deluxe King Studio (1 king bed) - $219.00

Plymouth Suite (1 king bed, double spa bath, kitchenette area) - $299.00


King Studio (1 king bed) - $185.00

Executive King (1 king bed) - $215.00

Executive Queen (2 queen beds) - $215.00

Superior King (1 king bed) - $230.00

1 Bedroom Apartment (1 king bed, separate lounge, kitchenette area) - $265.00

Partners Programme

Friday 12 May 2023

Partners are invited to join the delegates for any of today’s sessions or you can enjoy exploring the New Plymouth area.

Saturday 13 May 2023

Partners board a luxury touring coach this morning and head to Puke Ariki – a place of wonder, of excitement, of discovery and adventure. Lunch will be enjoyed at Arborio, noted for its stunning architecture and outstanding sea views. You will then walk along to the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre where a guided tour will provide you with an introduction to New Zealand’s most courageous contemporary art museum and home to the collection of modernist filmmaker and kinetic sculptor Len Lye.

Then board the coach again to visit Juno Gin, enjoy a cocktail upon arrival with a relatively informal presentation about gin accompanied by samples and concluding with a tour through the distillery. Time to make some purchases at cellar door prices is also available. Then travel back to the conference venue.

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