17 - 19 October 2019 | Hilton Auckland Princes Wharf, New Zealand

Locksmiths from all over Australia and New Zealand converged at the Hilton Hotel in Auckland for the National MLAA Conference & Exhibition. This location at Princess Wharf in the heart of the Viaduct Harbour was a popular destination and over 350 attendees packed into the Hilton Hotel. LSC were delighted to be attending once again and our stand showcased the best products from our leading brands. The program over the 3 days included a great mix of business and skills sessions, a trade exhibition and the opportunity to network with old colleagues, friends and suppliers. This year’s Golf Day was held at the North Shore Golf Club, 25 golfers enjoyed almost perfect weather for 18 holes. The AGM featured keynote speaker, Rob Waddell, New Zealand’s only Gold Medalist at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. He spoke about what can be achieved through preparation, training and determination. The Gala dinner on the Saturday night attracted over 250 people which made for a sensational evening.

The Master of Ceremonies for the Gala Dinner & Awards night was the star from hit TV3 show ‘7 Days’ and one of New Zealand’s most popular stand-up comedians, Ben Hurley. He made the evening light-hearted and full of laughter. Highlights included the announcement of the winner of the 2019 John Andrew Apprentice of the year Competition, the awarding of Life Membership to Grant Baxter from Oakleigh Locksmiths in Victoria and the presentation of the Albert Chantry Award to Fraser Burns from Goddard Security in Hastings. Congratulations to Jessie Shepherd from Valley Locksmiths & Security in South Australia for winning the John Andrew Apprentice of the Year competition. Once again, ABUS & Silca sponsored this prestigious award and we are sure Jessie and his mentor Matt Ellis will find visiting the ABUS facility in Germany and the Silca facility in Italy both rewarding and enjoyable. Thank you to our overseas partners for joining us for the show, these included Andre Winterhoff, Sebastian Rothe and Christian Jerger from ABUS, and Fabrizio Lante from Silca. Thank you to our LSC staff who helped create the buzz at the stand for the 2 days of the Expo. Next year we head to the sunny Gold Coast – we can’t wait!

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