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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 | Rāhoroi 6 Hōngongoi 2019

10.00am - 4.30pm Te Maruata hui 
A hui for LGNZ's network of Māori elected members, Te Maruata
Waiwhetu Marae, Lower Hutt
Separate registration is required. To register please click here.

Sunday 7 July 2019 | Rātapu 7 Hōngongoi 2019

9:30am Registration desk open | Kua tuwhera te tēpu rēhita
Barista coffee available at the Connect Lounge in the exhibition hall from 2.00pm
Kindly sponsored by Fonterra
10.00am Council hosted tours | Ngā hāereere mā te Kaunihera e hautū
  • 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 | Te hui a te Kaunihera ā-Motu
followed by lunch
Members only

Young Elected Members catch up | He hui whakawhanaunga mā nga Mema Taiohi i Pōtitia
Chlöe Swarbrick, Guest speaker
Members only
LGNZ, Level 1, 117 Lambton Quay

1.30pm Local Government New Zealand AGM | Te Hui ā-Tau o Local Government New Zealand
Members only
followed by a photo of Mayors and Chairs
3.30pm Afternoon tea | Kaputī o te ahiahi
4.30pm Powhiri and hui opening ceremony | Te pōwhiri me te hui whakatuwhera
Justin Lester, Host Mayor, Wellington City Council
5.00pm Government's address | Te kauwhau a te Kāwanatanga
5.15pm LGNZ President's address | Te kauwhau a te Tumuaki o LGNZ
Dave Cull
, President, LGNZ
5.30pm Te Maruata address | Te kauwhau a Te Maruata
Cr Bonita Bigham
, Chair, Te Maruata
5.40pm Opening keynote | Te kauwhau mātāmua whakatuwhera
Local leader to talk about Māori's view on localism
Hon Dame Tariana Turia, former Leader of the Māori Party
6.10pm Welcome from Simpson Grierson | Mihi whakatau nā Simpson Grierson
Jonathan Salter,
Partner, Simpson Grierson
6.30pm Simpson Grierson Welcome Reception | Hui whakatau nā Simpson Grierson
Te Papa
7.30pm - 10.30pm Optional - Showcasing Wellington's progressiveness | He kai ngangahau – Te whakaatu i te ngangahau o Pōneke
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 | Rāhina 8 Hōngongoi 2019

7.00am Breakfast session | Te wāhanga parakuihi
Lisa King, Founder, Eat My Lunch and social entrepreneur
Ticketed event. For further information click here
7.30am Registration desk open | Kua tuwhera te tēpu rēhita
Barista coffee available
Kindly sponsored by Fonterra
8.30am Master of Ceremonies  | Te Kaiarataki i te Hui
Patrick Gower
8.35am Localism: No.8 wire fixes to New Zealand's challenges | Te Mana a Takiwā: He whakatikatika i puea ake i te paiaka harakeke mō ngā tāpokopokotanga o Aotearoa
Giving local people the power to make local decisions
Speaker to be advised
Dr Lance O'Sullivan, founder and chair of The MOKO Foundation
 9.30am Localism - what's your natural advantage? | Te mana ā-takiwā – he aha tō manawaora i tō rohe?
Incentivising communities to take a more proactive approach to local development
Speaker to be advised
Kindly sponsored by NZ Transport Agency
10.15am Morning tea | Kaputī o te ata
11.00am Climate change - a stitch in time | Te panonitanga āhuarangi – kei tawhiti noa atu te hoariri e haere ana, kua kitea noatia mai
Alternative thinking to mitigating and adapting to the changing climate.
John Mauro, Chief Sustainability Officer, Auckland Council
Sophie Handford and Raven Maeder, Students
Kindly sponsored by Deep South National Challenge
11.45am Opposition's address | Te kauwhau a te Kaiārahi o te Āpitihana
A presentation on the party's view on localism and response to LGNZ's localism discussion paper.
Speaker to be advised 
12.00pm 'Zone of Origin' crocodile bike race | Te whakataetae paihikara o 'Zone of Origin'
12.30pm Lunch | Te kai tina
1.15pm Have you drunk the central government Kool-Aid? | Kua rongo koe i te reka o te kakara o Tutunui, e tohaina nei e te Kāwanatanga ā-Motu?
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 | Te kauwhau a te Minita mō te Kāwanatanga ā-Rohe
Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Minister of Local Government
2.00pm Housing and building in New Zealand - can we fix it? | Ngā whare me te hanga whare i Aotearoa – ka taea e tātou te āwhina?
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 | Kaputī o te ahiahi
2.45pm Walkshops | He hīkoi, he awheawhe  
Delegates choose one workshop tour to attend
Social well-being | Te oranga pāpori
 - Housing affordability: Making it happen | Te ngāwari o te hoko whare: Te whakatinana kia puta ki te ao
Economic well-being | Te oranga ōhanga
 - Transforming the way local government works digitally | Te whakaumu i te mahi matihiko a te kāwanatanga ā-rohe
Environmental well-being | Te oranga ā-taiao
 - Bringing back our native flora and fauna | Te whakahoki mai i te Tini ā-Tāne, ngā rākau, ngā manu
Cultural well-being | Te oranga ā-ahurea
 - What the arts and cultural well-being means for communities | He aha te oranga ā-toi, ā-ahurea mā ngā hapori
For further information click here
4.45pm End of conference day | Te mutunga o te rā hui
6.45pm Conference dinner and LGNZ EXCELLENCE Awards | Te hākari o te hui me ngā Whakawhiwhinga HIRANGA a LGNZ
TSB Bank Arena
Ticketed event. For further information click here

Tuesday 9 July 2019 | Rātū 9 Hōngongoi 2019

8.00am Registration desk open | Kua tuwhera te tēpu rēhita
Barista coffee available
Kindly sponsored by Fonterra
9.00am Master of Ceremonies | Te Kaiarataki i te Hui
Patrick Gower
9.15am Managing fresh water - best practice, breakthroughs in innovation and barriers | Te whakahaere i te wai māori – ngā tikanga pai rawa, ngā kōkiri hou mō te auahatanga, me ngā maioro
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
Geoff Simmons, Leader of The Opportunities Party and former CE of the My River programme
Kindly sponsored by GHD

Morning tea | Kaputī o te ata
Te Maruata Minister's meeting | Te hui Maruata a te Minita

10.45am Out of the Shadows | Puta i te Ātārangi
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 | Te kawe kē i te ihu o te waka: Te whakahihiri i te manawa o ngā kaihautū i ngā hapori ā-takiwā
Leadership in our communities
Colin D Ellis
12.15pm Early bird registration prize draw | He kōwhiri i te tangata waimarie mō te rēhita mōata
Kindly sponsored by New Zealand Motor Caravan Association
12.20pm Closing ceremony | Te hui whakakapi
12.30pm Lunch | Te kai tina
1.30pm - 3.30pm Member meetings | Ngā hui ā-mema            
  • Mayors Taskforce for Jobs AGM | Te hui ā-tau mō Taskforce for Jobs a ngā Koromatua
  • Regional Sector meeting | Te hui o te Rāngai ā-Takiwā
Members only

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