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20-22 July, Rutherford Hotel, Nelson

Master class sessions


Future funding for local government and infrastructure

Our community demographics are changing and population moving, our assets are ageing and technology is opening up a new range of possibilities for service delivery and asset management.

With some big decisions on the horizon, especially in transport and productive water, we have an opportunity for some bold discussions on meeting these demands. This master class will explore the local government funding review and advanced infrastructure funding models.

Valuable insight will also be provided into existing funding mechanisms, including their limitations and flexibility to adapt to change, as well as the incentives, challenges and level of public acceptability provided by alternate options.

Craig Stobo, Chair of AIG and LGFA


Richard Lindsay, Principal Advisor Facilities, SportNZ
Bruce Wattie, Partner, PwC  
Peter Winder, Director, McGredy Winder & Co

Funding models and assessing the economic impact of cycle ways

This masterclass will explore how different local authorities have funded their cycleways and some of the challenges councils have in funding these.

We will also hear from councils what the economic impact of their cycleways is.

Dave Cull, Mayor, Dunedin City Council

Aileen Lawrie, Chief Executive, Opotiki District Council
Richard Kempthorne, Mayor, Tasman District Council
Andy Foster, Councillor, Wellington City Council
Cynthia Bowers, Deputy Mayor, Hastings District Council
Dave Brash, Group Manager Planning and Investment, the NZ Transport Agency

Mark Walter, Policy Analyst, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Kindly sponsored by the NZ Transport Agency

Transforming local economies through smart digital investment

It's not just "pipes and boxes" but also inspiration that propels cities, towns and regions into the new digital age. This master class will help participants to understand the potential of the digital revolution to improve services and outcomes.

Presentations have been selected to stimulate discussion about the way in which smart investment in digital infrastructure can drive stimulate economic growth and enhance community life. Case studies will include both International and New Zealand examples.

A panel discussion will conclude the session to capture issues and ideas for future consideration.

Dr Kevin Lavery, Chief Executive, Wellington City Council
Sheryl Mai, Mayor, Whangarei District Council
Chris Auld, Chief Technology Officer, Executive Director, Intergen

Joining the panel discussion
Anna Verboeket, Stakeholder Relations Manager, Crown Fibre Holdings Limited

Kindly sponsored by Microsoft

Improving governance through strengthening capacity and capability

If local governments are to succeed and provide communities with the infrastructure and services they need to prosper, then the governors must also play their role.

This session, drawing on lessons learnt from recent experience, will explain the critical elements of good organisational and financial governance and provide participants with an insight into practical strategies and tools for making a difference in your council's governance performance.

Philip Jones, LGNZ's Financial Specialist
Doug Martin, Executive Director, MartinJenkins Ltd
Mike Reid, Principal Policy Advisor, Local Government New Zealand
Simon Arcus, Manager Governance Leadership Centre, Institute of Directors
Brian Rhoades, Consultant, LGNZ KnowHow Training Facilitator
Jenny Rowan, Business Director, FairWay Resolution

How do we engage with youth?

Generation Y are a demographic that have big ideas and can offer a 'fresh' perspective – but representation and engagement with local government has not always reflected this.

This session will explore generational differences in aspirations and how to engage positively with youth. A case study will then examine how the views and work of Generation Zero – a nationwide youth organisation with a view of promoting and enabling the transition to a low-carbon future – fed into the Auckland Unitary Plan. A panel of young councillors will then discuss their experiences in local government and outline what younger demographics can offer.

Ana Coffey, Deputy Mayor, Porirua City Council

Johny O'Donnell, Speaker and Coach, Connecting Generations
Kathryn Maxwell, Manager Youth Engagement, Ministry of Youth Development
Jinty MacTavish, Councillor, Dunedin City Council
Tania Tapsell, Councillor, Rotorua District Council
Latham Martin, Councillor, Westland District Council
Dr Sudhvir Singh, Auckland Director, Generation Zero


    With judging now complete we are delighted to announce the finalists for the inaugural 2014 LGNZ EXCELLENCE Awards. Click here to view the finalists.

Platinum sponsors