Aotearoa New Zealand is getting hotter year by year. More and more drought, flooding and extreme weather events are already being driven by climate change. We know we need to act now. In the Climate Change Commission’s final advice to the Government, joint action by central and local government is highlighted as being pivotal to achieving emissions targets and doing so in an equitable way.
It’s five years since the hugely ambitious Predator Free 2050 goal was established. Councils across the country have been instrumental in implementing and coordinating programmes to help their communities achieve this exciting though formidable objective. A recently released report shows what has been achieved and what challenges remain.
Taituarā is pleased to announce that it has now appointed its Resource Management Reform Reference Group (RMRG). The purpose of the RMRG is to help Taituarā identify and advise on issues with the package of reform proposals that have potential to impact significantly on local authorities, and in particular their ability to operationalise the three new pieces of legislation that are proposed to replace the Resource Management Act 1991: the Natural and Built Environments Act, the Spatial Planning Act, and the Climate Change Adaptation Act.
Communities increasingly expect local government to work together with central government to find solutions to their infrastructure issues. This forum is for key decision makers, including those working in strategy, planning, and construction, to explore how central and local government as well as the private sector can help communities across Aotearoa New Zealand plan for their future infrastructure needs.
We are delighted to announce that our Infrastructure for the Future Forum will be launched by the Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister for Infrastructure, Hon Grant Robertson. The forum will include a host of infrastructure experts representing The Infrastructure Commission Te Waihanga, Construction Sector Accord, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Department of Internal Affairs, and the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, with case studies from councils and the private sector. There will also be sessions on The Future of Local Government from the review panel and updates on Three Waters.
James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor, Wellington, Wellington City, New Zealand
People are at the heart of Local Government and this year's Strategic HR Forum has been developed specifically to explore the big issues facing those in our profession, as well as to inspire others by showcasing best practice within the sector.
Wharewaka Function Centre, Odlins Square, 2 Taranaki Street, Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
This two-day workshop is designed for councils and is based on years of experience of working with the local government sector on real projects. It will benefit anyone involved in projects, from beginners through to highly experienced.
‘The West Wing’ - Taituarā Office, Level 9/85 The Terrace, Wellington, New Zealand
“Being a member of Taituarā has been a great opportunity for me and has allowed me to get involved in a wide range of activities outside of my day job. Taituarā has helped my personal development and that of my team, as well as opening the door to opportunities that I wouldn’t normally have had, such as the Management Exchange to the United States which has been a real career highlight to date.”
-Hamish Waugh, General Manager - Infrastructure, Manawatu District Council
"I have a long connection with Taituarā and I am always impressed with the range of offerings that is available to its members. Taituarā offers a variety of ways to learn and gain knowledge in the Local Government sector and the opportunities it provides to network and advance collegiality are also very valuable. Personally, I am a better Local Government Manager from the development opportunities I have taken up through my membership of Taituarā"
- Jason Marris, General Manager of Strategy, Democracy and Governance, Kaipara District Council and Taituarā Executive Member
“Taituarā provides extensive opportunities for networking, sharing and learning. The support you receive as a Taituarā member ensures that, at the touch of your fingertips, you have access to advice that ensures you and your organisation positively impact on the communities you serve. I value my Taituarā membership and am proud to be part of the local government family making a difference to the lives of New Zealanders”
-Monique Davidson, Chief Executive, Central Hawkes Bay District Council
These provide local government managers with the opportunity to share knowledge and ‘best practice’ in Local Government in another country
Members receive quarterly briefings containing information that is highly relevant to management roles in local government.
Members of Taituarā's five Working Parties have the opportunity to influence and support sector activities of national importance as well as contribute to our key work programmes. Members participating in our Working Parties gain a wealth of knowledge and insight in respect to issues that are critical to local government professionals while also enhancing their leadership skills and career opportunities.