2022 Booksellers Aotearoa Conference

2022 Booksellers Aotearoa Conference

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Park Hyatt Auckland

99 Halsey Street

Auckland, Auckland 1010

New Zealand

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The 99th Booksellers Aotearoa NZ conference will be held at the Park Hyatt in Auckland on 30 & 31 July.

About this event

After two years of Covid cancelations we are finally - for real - getting together to talk to fellow book industry professionals about the state of the sector and to brainstorm some ideas for the future. We will also be celebrating the 2021 centenary of Booksellers Aotearoa and handing out the annual Book Industry Awards.

Please Note: In order not inconvenience publishers who will be attending Trade Day and their own conference on Monday 1 August, Trade Day is the Sunday 31 July (not the usual Saturday). The Booksellers NZ Inc. AGM will be at 4.30pm on Saturday 30 July.

Here is the programme for the 2022 Booksellers Conference as it currently stands. A full programme including details of all speakers and locations will be issued next week.

Friday 29th July

Day: For registered Booksellers: Bookshop, Publishers and Distributors tour. Details and itinerary to come.

Evening: Casual social function & quiz. Details to come.


Saturday 30 July

8:00-8.45am: Breakfast for new Booksellers members with Board Members.

8.30-9:00am: Registration

9:00-9:15am: Welcome and opening

Jenna Todd - Chair of Booksellers NZ Board & Dan Slevin - CEO of Booksellers NZ

9:15-9.45am: Nielsen BookData update

Find out the sales figures and patterns of books over the past year, and hear about the similarities and differences between New Zealand and Australian trends.

Nevena Nikolic, Territory Manager of Nielsen BookData NZ, and Bianca Whiteley, Territory Manager of Nielsen BookData Australia

9.45-10.30am: The online world of Bookselling

Grow your online sales! Hear from booksellers who excel in the online space. Get tips on social media, content creation, and how to improve your reach by building an online customer base.

10.30-11.00am: Morning tea and networking

11.00-11.20am: A Masterclass in ordering and returns

Managing inventory is a fine art, but it’s crucial to ensure your shop stock is looking fresh and you’re able to pay your bills.

11:20-11.35am: Booksellers Aotearoa NZ Scholarship

Star scholarship recipient Melissa will present her experience from the Australian Booksellers Conference and internship at Kinokuniya Bookstore in Sydney.

Melissa Oliver (Unity Books Wellington)

11.35am-12.20pm: Keynote Speaker


12:20-12:30pm: Meet our newest members

12.30–1.30pm: Lunch and networking

1.30–1.45pm: ReadNZ update

ReadNZ are fostering and encouraging New Zealand to read. Juliet Blyth, former bookseller and current ReadNZ Chief Executive, gives a snapshot of their latest research and what this means for your bookstore.

1.45-2.10pm: Guest Speaker

Sustainability can be a buzzword in retail, but what does this mean in practice? Hear about sustainability in relation to the environment and the effects of climate change, including disaster relief and insurance claims.

2.10–2:30pm: Beyond Books – Bookshop Merchandise

Speakers: Jenna Todd (Time Out Bookstore), Pene Whitty (UBS Canterbury) and Becky Popham (Good Books)

Business branding is what makes your bookstore unique. Our panel share their experience of branded merchandise, which can both share your story and make you some extra revenue.

2:30-3:00pm: Guest speaker

De-escalation – how to deal with confrontation, both online and instore

Our role as booksellers has evolved to people management in a health crisis. Learn these valuable tips to keep you and your staff confident and safe in a variable environment.

3.00–3.30pm: Afternoon Tea and networking

3.30-4:00pm: Our Global Community

Join Australian Booksellers Association CEO Robbie Egan for a discussion with his NZ counterpart Dan Slevin

4.00-4.40pm: Town Hall Session

Let’s talk! Here’s your chance to raise issues and share your experiences with other members.

4.40-5.00pm: AGM

5:00pm: Conference closing


6.00-7.00pm: Pre-dinner drinks

7.30–11.00pm: Centenary Gala Dinner & NZ Book Industry Awards


Sunday 31 July

7:30- 8:00am: Set-up for meetings and Registration for Business Day

8.00am–4.00pm: Business meetings

[Programme subject to change at short notice due to circumstances beyond our control.]

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