2018 Local Government New Zealand Conference

Sunday, July 15, 2018 to Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Christ's College, Christchurch

The 2018 Local Government New Zealand Conference will be hosted in Christchurch in the auditorium and historical buildings in and around Christ's College.

The theme of the conference is We are firmly focused on the future: Future-proofing for a prosperous and vibrant New Zealand. The local government sector is focused on leadership and addressing the challenges facing New Zealand and its communities including climate change, sustainability, localism, and the health and wellbeing of our communities.

Speakers include:

  • Assoc Prof Te Maire Tau, Director, Ngāi Tahu Research Centre - Inspiring Maori connections to grow thriving, prosperous communities
  • Hon James Shaw, Minister for Climate Change - Responding to climate change: pathways to a low emissions economy
  • Deidre Otene | Chief Executive Officer, The Moko Foundation - Inspiring health and wellbeing of our communities

Keynote sessions include:

Sunday 15 July

  • Opening keynote: Building resilience for a vibrant and prosperous future. Infrastructure, environment and future proofing our communities in the global context.

Monday 16 July

  • Creating resilient, sustainable and liveable places. Place-making for resilient communities.
  • Building a strong community - a tale of a new region. The Canterbury region’s collaboration and vision for a new life, new identity and new opportunities. Session chair: Joanna Norris, Chief Executive, ChristchurchNZ. Panel members: Malcolm Johns, Chief Executive, Christchurch Airport, Josiah Tualamali, Chair, PYLAT Council, Arihia Bennett, CEO, Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu.
  • Building strong local economic prosperity. Social, cultural, economic and environmental policy settings can place New Zealanders among the most prosperous and happiest people in the world. Speakers include: Michael Dunlop, Acumen Republic, Oliver Hartwich, NZ Initiative, Martine Udahemuka, NZ Initiative, Margaret Jefferies, Project Lyttleton.
  • Inspiring Maori connections to grown thriving, prosperous communities. How to interact and engage appropriately with Māori as a strategic partner. Speaker: Associate Professor Te Maire Tau, Director, Ngai Tahu Research Centre.
  • Responding to climate change: pathways to a low emissions economy. Climate change adaptation and mitigation. Speaker: Minister for Climate Change, Hon James Shaw.
  • Working together to protect and improve New Zealand's water and environment. Healthy and resilient water sources. Speaker: Simon Upton, Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment

Tuesday 17 July

  • Ispiring health and wellbeing of our communities. Healthy communities lead to prosperous, resilient and vibrant communities. Speaker: Deidre Otene, CEO, The Moko Foundation.
  • Harnessing localism and empowering communities to succeed. Social groups making positive change in their communities. Speakers include: Angela O'Leary, Hamilton City Council and Julie Nelson, Joint Chief Executive, Wise Group, and Michelle Sharp, Trustee, Akina Foundation.
  • Closing keynote: Shaping the future of our communities. Leadership, infrastructure, environment, sustainability, localism, arts and culture, economies and future proofing our communities. Speaker: Daniel Flynn, founder and managing director of Thankyou.

Find out more at: www.lgnz2018.co.nz/lgnz18