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lgnz17 creating pathways to 2050: Liveable spaces & loveable places

23-25 July, SkyCity, Auckland


This is a preliminary programme, current as at 21 February 2017. It is subject to minor changes.

Sunday 23 July

9.30am - 6.00pm Registration desk open
Level 4, SKYCITY Convention Centre
Barista coffee available from midday
Kindly sponsored by Fonterra
Council hosted tours
  • Auckland's Tupuna Maunga
  • Toi o Tamaki: behind the scenes
  • New Lynn: urban regeneration in a growing city
Ticketed event. For further information click here
1.00pm - 2.30pm Mayors Taskforce for Jobs AGM
Members only
1.00pm - 2.30pm Regional Sector meeting 
Members only
1.00pm - 2.30pm Young Elected Members meeting
Members only
Powhiri and opening ceremony
Lawrence Yule
, President, LGNZ
Phil Goff, Mayor, Auckland Council
Followed by a photo of all Mayors and Chairs
4.00pm    Afternoon tea amongst the exhibition
4.30pm Opening address: Pathway to the prosperity of our communities
Lawrence Yule, President, LGNZ
4.45pm  Government's address
5.00pm Opening keynote: Building communities from the ground up: strengthening local democracy and engagement
How engaging communities in shaping the look, function and feel of the places in which they live can build a strong sense of local pride, identity and connection.
Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy, Governor-General of New Zealand
6.00pm Simpson Grierson welcome reception
SKYCITY Convention Centre
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Monday 24 July

7.30am Registration desk open
Barista coffee available
Kindly sponsored by Fonterra
7.00am Transpower breakfast session with Billie Jordan
Ticketed event. For further information click here
SKYCITY Convention Centre 
8.30am Community faces: how people are shaping the future
A future vision on how people will shape our communities in the coming decades as a result of New Zealand's growing diversity. This touching session features personal stories from members of the Cook Islands Development Agency of New Zealand and the Roots Collective on how they are changing lives in their community.
 9.15am Building tomorrow's places 2050: the role of technology
Looking at the role of technology in our communities and how smart technology can be integrated to create smart, liveable places. Learn about the practical technology trials underway to understand why New Zealand is a world leader in the implementation of Smart City technology.
Dr David Warburton, Chief Executive, Auckland Transport
Mayor Lianne Dalziel, Mayor, Christchurch City Council
Kindly sponsored by PwC
10.00am  Andrew Little, Leader of the Opposition
10.15am  Morning tea amongst the exhibition
10.45am Creating tomorrow's places 2050
Attracting inward investment to boost local economy. Three councils share best practice examples and stories of how their approach has opened the door to investment, strengthening the resilience of their local economy.
Case study one: Rocket Lab - world innovation in Wairoa
Mayor Craig Little, Wairoa District Council
Case study two: Opotiki's Aquaculture Harbour Project: a platform for sustainable economic growth
Mayor John Forbes, Opotiki District Council
Case study three: Leading innovation and entrepreneurship in the capital
Chris Whelan, Chief Executive, Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency
11.30am Presentation of Minister of Local Government's EXCELLENCE Award for Outstanding Contribution to Local Government
11.40am Liveable spaces and loveable places: community infrastructure
Looking at the worlds most liveable cities: Creating cities that will continue to improve quality of life for our communities through liveable spaces and loveable places.
12.20pm  Marama FoxCo-leader of Maori Party
12.35pm Lunch amongst the exhibition 
1.30pm Sustainable development 2050: inspired action to build great communities
Bringing together policy, practice and research to inform our council leaders on how they can champion change to create and sustain liveable spaces and loveable places. A highly inspiring presentation on delivering a vision for our cities and towns.
Sir Bob Harvey, Champion for Auckland, Auckland Council
Ludo Campbell-Reid, Design Champion and General Manager, Auckland Design Office, Auckland Council
Viv Heslop, former Sustainability Lead, Panuku Development Auckland
Rt Hon Winston Peters Leader of NZ First 
2.30pm Afternoon tea amongst the exhibition
3.00 - 5.00pm Interactive sessions (delegates select either one city walking tour or two workshops)

Interactive workshops (at the venue)

Delivering excellence and engaging communities to deliver sustainable outcomes
1. Managing uncertainty and impacts of climate change to meet your communities' 2050 objectives
2. Better economic development
3. Cross district collaboration – how regions and districts are breaking down silos and working together to deliver excellence for communities
4. Meeting community expectations and delivering on the Government's objectives for water quality

City walking tours (offsite)
City Rail Link
Auckland Waterfront 
Auckland Governance

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Fulton Hogan conference dinner and LGNZ EXCELLENCE Awards 
SKYCITY Convention Centre
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Tuesday 25 July

Registration desk open 
Barista coffee available
Kindly sponsored by Fonterra
Looking after tomorrow's places 2050: meeting our nation's water needs
Managing community expectations and delivering the Government's objectives for freshwater water quality is a challenge facing all of New Zealand. The primary sector and urban infrastructure are key areas for focus but equally we need to have strong conversations with our community on costs and plans to deliver.
Session chair: Mark Sainsbury
Stuart CrosbyBay of Plenty Regional Councillor
Rahui Papa, Te Arataura Chairman, Waikato Tainui and a representative of the Iwi Chairs Forum
Ken Taylor, Director, National Science Challenge, Out Land and Water
Metiria TureiCo-leader of the Green Party 
9.45am  Closing keynote: Future proofing our communities
This compelling international speaker brings the conference themes together and presents views on why we must be future-ready and how we can lead our communities in a period of unprecedented technological, environmental, and demographic change.
We no longer have the luxury of stability- change is constant and the velocity is only intensifying. It's critical that we understand the major trends that are impacting on the way that we connect, engage, work and lead so we can continue to meet the needs of our communities. This presentation will unpack these trends and look at the behaviours and strategies leaders can employ in order to drive change that delivers results in the face of this constantly changing landscape.
Holly Ransom, futurist and global strategist
Kindly sponsored by Chorus
10.30am  Conference closing address
10.45am Closing morning tea 
11.15am Local Government New Zealand AGM 
Members only
Registration to attend the AGM is made directly with LGNZ
1.45pm - 2.15pm AGM light luncheon
Members only


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