Dear Community Board Members,
On behalf of the Community Boards Executive, welcome to the Methven 2017 Community Boards Conference website. I want to thank the Ashburton District Council and the Methven Community Board for offering to host the conference and for all the work that they have done to make it happen.
The theme of the 2017 conference is "Making 1 + 1 = 3" or, how can we as boards achieve more for our communities with the resources we are given. With the conference being held at the start of the new triennium, it is very appropriate that we challenge each other to expand our horizons in the work that we do on our boards, and in doing so, provide increased benefits to both our ratepayers and our parent councils.
We have gathered a range of exceptional speakers for the conference who are certain to inspire us and provide us, not only with confirmation that we are doing a top job in our communities, but more importantly, challenge us to do more in ways that we have not tried before.
The last two conferences at Wanaka and Waitangi have certainly provided stimulation for those who have attended, and I am sure that what we have for you in 2017 will be bigger and better.
We have this opportunity to get together once every two years, and I encourage you all to take advantage of this conference to build on the work you do, set up networks for the future and leave the conference inspired to drive your board in new directions.
I look forward to renewing old acquaintances and meeting many new first time attendees at the conference in Methven.
NZ Community Board Executive Committee