Abstracts

Adequate housing: Sustainable Development and the New Urban Agenda
David Rutherford
Friday 8.45am

David will address the need for policy coherence in the way the issue of housing adequacy is addressed in New Zealand. He will also explain the way the human rights obligations of local government intermesh with sustainable development and resilience.

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From the SVA to today
Sam Johnson
Friday 9.30am


Sam's presentation will share techniques on how to mobilise neighbourhoods that keep each other learning, feel fulfilled and are prepared for tomorrow. Deeply linked to personal growth, leadership and self-awareness, he will draw on his own journey from the Student Volunteer Army through to co-founding WeVisit, a social connection service operating throughout New Zealand.

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Thinking like an Entrepreneur
Eyal Halamish
Friday 11.05am

Entrepreneurship is a major fascination of our times. Even if we don't want to work for ourselves, we need to learn how to think like an entrepreneur. Entrepreneurs are skilled at spotting possibilities and unmet needs, turning everyday frustrations into opportunities. Of course entrepreneurs do more than mull: they make things happen. In this presentation Eyal will cover: • A proven method to generate innovative commercial ideas • How to prototype ideas to test functionality and market potential • Storytelling techniques to connect emotionally with an audience • The benefits and challenges of failure and how to use these as an opportunity for growth • How to develop a smarter attitude to risk.

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Reflections on Baxter's Te Whiore o te Kuri: Connecting with communities in the 21st century
Peter Biggs
Friday 1.30pm

Up until the 21st century, communities were defined by physical space. In the digital world of the 21st century, communities are virtual and transcend physical space. How do we connect with these new communities? How do we become relevant to them? Peter Biggs, Chief Executive of Leading advertising agency, Assignment Group, seeks to answer these questions – and poses new ones.

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Engaging Citizens in Local Government Masterclass: Responding to Community Feedback: The Art of Risk Communication
Sam Johnson and Eyal Halamish
Friday 3.30pm

This masterclass has been designed to help people working in local government to better understand:
• Measuring and assessing public perceptions of risk
• Responding to non-technical, emotional cues from the community
• Strategies for Outrage management, Crisis communications
• Changing behaviours through precautionary advocacy

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TacklingPovertyNZ
Wendy McGuinness
Friday 3.30pm

In this session, Wendy will share the results and observations from the 2016 TacklingPovertyNZ tour. She will discuss Working Paper 2017/01 – TacklingPovertyNZ 2016 Tour: Methodology, results and observations. Wendy sees this opportunity to present as a chance to share and build on the ideas heard at the one-day workshops. She looks forward to representing the many voices that were heard, who spoke about the multi-faceted nature of poverty, and to invite those at the conference to join the conversation.

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Organisation + Engagement = Great Outcomes
Darren Keenan, Ray Tye
Friday 3.30pm

Engaging your community will deliver better decisions, which will in turn deliver better outcomes for everybody, including improved community support. During this highly interactive session we will explore the benefits of engaging closely with your community, provide very practical tips for delivering successful engagement projects and and understanding how to evaluate the results to support your decision making.

Now you will be in a better position to deliver those great outcomes!

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Measuring value – is it really all about GDP?
Hillmare Schulze
Friday 3.30pm

Council spending, rightly or wrongly, cannot escape being in the limelight. Justifying spending through narrow financial measures – (e.g. benefit-cost ratio, return on investment) – may satisfy some. But, do these indicators actually measure what we set out to achieve? What else could/should we measure (and communicate) to appropriately reflect the value to communities of Council activities.

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Nothing less than equal
David Hammond
Saturday 9.15am


2017 represents an opportunity for Community Boards and councils to hit the 'reset' button on their relationships. Community Boards and councils should be equal partners in the governance of their communities, but with different roles, for sustainable and effective community governance and growth. This talk promotes the development of 'Community Board – Council Charters' for each local authority. The Charter is a process of developing a formal agreement on the roles of functions of Boards with their councils to develop a clearly understood relationship of equals.

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How the Local Government Commission can affect you
Janie Annear
Saturday 10.00am
 

Janie will talk about the representation review process as it affects community boards. She will illustrate this with reflections on the 2016 reviews and the Commission's wider experience in dealing with community governance. She will look ahead to the next round of representation reviews in 2018 where 46 territorial authorities will be required to undertake reviews.

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Engaging Citizens in Local Government Masterclass: Responding to Community Feedback: The Art of Risk Communication
Eyal Halamish
Saturday 1pm

This masterclass has been designed to help people working in local government to better understand:
• Measuring and assessing public perceptions of risk
• Responding to non-technical, emotional cues from the community
• Strategies for Outrage management, Crisis communications
• Changing behaviours through precautionary advocacy

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Start with a Smile Campaign
Vincie Billante, Community Relations Manager; John Hobbs, Community Development Advisor; Michele Hider, Priority Communications Director, Ashburton District Council
Saturday 1pm


The Start with a Smile campaign aims to help build a welcoming environment for newcomers to the district.  It was recently led by Ashburton District Council, and encourages people to share a smile, start a conversation and, ultimately, make new friends. A blue 'Smile Couch' travelled around the district to events, public places, workplaces, schools and community spaces, giving people the opportunity to sit and get to know someone from a different background. Everyone was encouraged to support the campaign, whether through using the Smile Couch, hosting their own Start with a Smile events at work, school or in the neighbourhood, or sharing Smile Stories on social media.

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Engaging youth in local government
Ryan Jones.  Chaired by Melanie Coker
Saturday 1pm

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Organisation + Engagement = Great Outcomes
Darren Keenan, Ray Tye
Saturday 1pm

Engaging your community will deliver better decisions, which will in turn deliver better outcomes for everybody, including improved community support. During this highly interactive session we will explore the benefits of engaging closely with your community, provide very practical tips for delivering successful engagement projects and and understanding how to evaluate the results to support your decision making.

Now you will be in a better position to deliver those great outcomes!

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Using civic technology and geo design in community engagement
Nick Williamson
Saturday 2.20pm

This session covers the redesign of the local government processes through the Kamo Place Race town planning process. The project fundamentally altered the relationship between citizens and Council, by moving the Council's role from arbitrator to community facilitator. The project received widespread acclaim, including the award for Best Use of Social Media in Local Government.

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