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TSB Bank Arena and Shed 6, Wellington


The conference programme is current at 11 March and subject to change. Details will be updated as they are confirmed.

Saturday 6 July 2019

10.00am - 4.30pm Te Maruata hui 
Waiwhetu Marae, Lower Hutt
Separate registration is required. To register please click here.

Sunday 7 July 2019

9:30am Registration desk open
Barista coffee available at the Connect Lounge in the exhibition hall from 2.00pm
Kindly sponsored by Fonterra
10.00am Council hosted tours
  • Laneway Discovery 
  • Craft Beer Tour
  • Mountain biking Adventure
  • Weta Studio Tour
  • Hangi Lunch at Karaka Cafe (from 12.15pm)
Ticketed event. For more information click here.
10.30am National Council meeting
followed by lunch
Members only
11.00am Young Elected Members catch up
Members only
1.30pm Local Government New Zealand AGM
Members only
followed by a photo of Mayors and Chairs
3.30pm Afternoon tea
4.30pm Powhiri and hui opening ceremony
Justin Lester, Host Mayor, Wellington City Council
5.00pm Government's address 
5.15pm LGNZ President's address
Dave Cull
, President, LGNZ
5.30pm Te Maruata address
Cr Bonita Bigham
, Chair, Te Maruata
5.40pm Opening keynote
Local leader to talk about Maori's view on localism
Hon Dame Tariana Turia, former Leader of the Maori Party
6.10pm Welcome from Simpson Grierson
Jonathan Salter,
Partner, Simpson Grierson
6.30pm Simpson Grierson Welcome Reception
Te Papa
7.30pm - 10.30pm Optional - Showcasing Wellington's progressiveness
A progressive dinner at three of Wellington's renowned culinary establishments within Courtenay Place, the Laneways and Cuba St.
Ticketed event. For further information click here.

Monday 8 July 2019

7.00am Breakfast session 
Lisa King, Founder, Eat My Lunch and social entrepreneur
Ticketed event. For further information click here
7.30am Registration desk open
Barista coffee available
Kindly sponsored by Fonterra
8.30am Master of Ceremonies
Patrick Gower
8.35am Localism: No.8 wire fixes to New Zealand's challenges
Giving local people the power to make local decisions
Tania Tapsell, Councillor, Rotorua Lakes Council
Dr Lance O'Sullivan, founder and chair of The MOKO Foundation
 9.30am Localism - what's your natural advantage? 
Incentivising communities to take a more proactive approach to local development
Christopher Luxon, Chief Executive Officer, Air New Zealand
Kindly sponsored by NZ Transport Agency
10.15am Morning tea
11.00am Climate change - a stitch in time
Alternative thinking to mitigating and adapting to the changing climate.
John Mauro, Chief Sustainability Officer, Auckland Council
11.45am Leader of the Opposition's address
The Leader of the Opposition will present his party's view on localism and response to LGNZ's localism discussion paper.
Hon Simon Bridges, Leader, National Party
12.00pm 'Zone of Origin' crocodile bike race
12.30pm Lunch
1.15pm Have you drunk the central government Kool-Aid?
An ex-local government back bencher view on localism.
Paul Eagle, Labour Party
Clayton Mitchell, NZ First
Lawrence Yule, National Party
Chlöe Swarbrick, Green Party
1.45pm Minister of Local Government address
Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Minister of Local Government
2.00pm Housing and building in New Zealand - can we fix it?
Ensuring our infrastructure is not just fit-for-purpose, but supports sustained improvement in the quality of life for all New Zealanders, now and into the future.
Justin Lester, Mayor, Wellington City Council
Adrian Orr, Governor, Reserve Bank of New Zealand
Kindly sponsored by Chorus
2.30pm Afternoon tea
2.45pm Walkshops
Wananga hikoi 
Delegates choose one workshop tour to attend
Social well-being
 - Housing affordability: Making it happen
Economic well-being
 - Transforming the way local government works digitally
Environmental well-being
 - Bringing back our native flora and fauna
Cultural well-being
 - What the arts and cultural well-being means for communities
For further information click here
4.45pm End of conference day
6.45pm Conference dinner and LGNZ EXCELLENCE Awards
TSB Bank Arena
Ticketed event. For further information click here

Tuesday 9 July 2019

8.00am Registration desk open
Barista coffee available
Kindly sponsored by Fonterra
9.00am Master of Ceremonies
Patrick Gower
9.15am Managing fresh water - best practice, breakthroughs in innovation and barriers
We all have a role to play - the government, the farming sector, the businesses who use freshwater, communities and individuals - and if we all work together we can make a big difference.
Doug Leeder, Chair, LGNZ Regional Group
Terry Copeland, Chief Executive, Federated Farmers
Kindly sponsored by GHD
10.00am Morning tea
10.45am Out of the Shadows
Raising awareness of, and community support for, a greater investment in your community's cultural and natural heritage.
Natalie Palmer, Communication and Engagement Manager, Hamilton City Council
2018 Fulton Hogan EXCELLENCE Award for Community Engagement recipient - Out of the Shadows: Bringing Waipa's heritage to life.
11.30am Creating change: Inspiring leadership in local communities 
Leadership in our communities
Colin D Ellis
12.15pm Early bird registration prize draw
Kindly sponsored by New Zealand Motor Caravan Association
12.20pm Poroporoaki | Closing ceremony
12.30pm Lunch
1.30pm - 3.30pm Member meetings
  • Mayors Taskforce for Jobs AGM
  • Regional Sector meeting
Members only

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