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lgnz17 creating pathways to 2050: Liveable spaces & loveable places

23-25 July, SkyCity, Auckland

Interactive sessions

When: Monday 24 July
Where: The city walking tours depart from the foyer of the SKYCITY Convention Centre on Federal Street (next to the SKYCITY Grand entrance). The workshops will be held in the Marlborough and Epsom rooms at SKYCITY Convention Centre.
Time: 3.00pm - 5.00pm

Select either two interactive workshop or one of the three city walking tours during the conference registration process. Please note maximum numbers apply to the walking tours.

Interactive workshops

Kindly sponsored by Education NZ

Participants choose two sessions to attend.  Topics situated in different rooms, 50 minutes facilitated discussion to workshop solutions then move on to the next session. Issues and outcomes will be documented and used as part of LGNZ strategy.

Theme: Delivering excellence and engaging communities to deliver sustainable outcomes. 

Workshop topics: 2050 Challenges

1. Managing uncertainty and impacts of climate change to meet your communities' 2050 objectives Fully booked 
Polar ice melt will contribute to 1 to 1.5 metres of sea level rise by 2100, just 83 years away and within the life of our grandchildren and councils' infrastructure investment life stage.  Join Local Government Policy Advisors and other experts to discuss approaches to addressing the impacts of climate change on our communities.
Highlights include:

  • Managing climate change in communities;
  • Roles and responsibilities of local government; and
  • Mitigation and adaptation strategies.

Workshop chair:
Richard Kempthorne, Mayor, Tasman District Council
Dave Cull, Mayor, Dunedin City Council 
Stephen Woodhead, Chair, Otago Regional Council

2. Better economic development
This interactive workshop will be informed by the Better Economic Development research project and will discuss local and national trends of investment and what a fit for purpose economic development system could like.
Highlights include:

  • Key findings and learnings from the Better Economic Development research paper;
  • Best practice case studies; and
  • Discussion on how we can lift the return for local economies.

Workshop chair: 
Peter Townsend, Chief Executive, Canterbury Employers Chamber of Commerce
Philip Shackleton, Principal Policy Advisor, LGNZ, 
Thomas Simonson, Principal Regulatory Advisor, LGNZ
Charlie Ives, Chief Executive, RTONZ

3. Cross district collaboration – how regions and districts are breaking down silos and working together to deliver excellence for communities  Fully booked 
Issues seldom stop at the boundaries between districts or between districts and regions.  Many of the complex challenges facing communities today can only be addressed if councils work together in a collaborative way which promotes integrated outcomes-based policy.  This session will introduce participants to new ways of working collaboratively.
Highlights include:

  • Shifting to collaborative ways of working;
  • Delivering value-for-money infrastructure and services; and
  • Shared service arrangements.

Workshop chair:
Mike Reid, Principal Policy Advisor, LGNZ
Tony Stallinger, Chief Executive, Hutt City Council
David Bassett, Deputy Mayor, Hutt City Council 
Andrew Robb, Chair, West Coast Regional Council

4. Managing community expectations for freshwater quality and quantity and delivering the Government's objectives  Fully booked 
Water quality will be a key election issue for 2017 and one that has a very real impact on local government and its communities over the decades ahead.  This workshop will focus on developing practical solutions for local government to work together and engage communities on difficult conversations we need to have around cost and affordability to meet these changes.

Workshop facilitator:
Rachel Reese, Mayor, Nelson City Council
Matt Conway, Partner, Simpson Grierson
Bill Bayfield, Chief Executive, Environment Canterbury
Brian Hanna, Mayor, Waitomo District Council

City walking tours

City Rail Link

The City Rail Link is the top transport priority for Auckland and is vital for the future of the region.  Walk part of the route, see the work that has already started and learn about the amazing construction and design details.  We'll also look at wider social and economic aspects of the project, including procurement strategy, public art, minimising economic disruption and changing the mindsets of Aucklanders about how to travel to and from the city centre.  This is more than just a transport project – come along and see for yourself!  

This tour is limited to 50. Places will be allocated on a first in basis.

Auckland Waterfront 

Join us for a walking tour along part of the Auckland waterfront.  See the current and future developments of Wynyard Quarter, one of the largest urban regenerations in New Zealand.  Hear about and experience public art and activation spaces along the way.  See the recently completed ASB Waterfront Theatre, a 5 green-star rated building and the site of the new 5-star Park Hyatt hotel, due for completion in 2018.  The tour will be provided by Panuku Development Auckland, Auckland's redevelopment agency and key player in the redevelopment of the waterfront.

This tour is limited to 50. Places will be allocated on a first in basis.



Auckland Governance 

Take an opportunity to catch the ferry across the Waitemata harbour to visit the award-winning Devonport Library. There you'll hear from councillors and local board members about Auckland's unique governance arrangements as a unitary authority with governance shared between the governing body and local boards.  How do local boards differ from community boards?  What has worked well under the arrangements?  What are the key governance challenges still facing Auckland elected members? 

The cost of this tour is $12 for a return ferry to Devonport. This tour is limited to 25. Places will be allocated on a first in basis.


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