The CII's modernisation programme means there is a challenging year ahead for the institute. So why not call on the spirits for extra help?
Former All Black hooker, Sean Fitzpatrick, entertained attendees at the annual CII dinner with his version of a haka dance, and squared up to CII president Peter Hales to perform the Maori war dance.
Backchat ponders whether he foresaw this as a sign of the year to come.