A far-sighted RNZ article in March 2021 suggested that there is good protection from hacking at central government level, though local councils, DHBs and medium scale businesses are at greater risk. As Waikato DHB now recovers from Aotearoa New Zealand's biggest-ever cyber attack, we suggest all councils and their staff become familiar with CERT NZ, our official first port-of-call for cybersecurity prevention and response.
New Zealand’s infrastructure deficit, and how we can better plan for the future have recently become some pretty hot topics. To help address this Taituarā is holding an ‘Infrastructure for the Future Forum’ on 24 June 2021. This is timely given Te Waihanga | The New Zealand Infrastructure Commission is currently consulting on a 30-year Infrastructure Strategy for New Zealand.
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
Climate change is the ‘nuclear free’ issue of our age and local government is at the leading edge of responding to climate change. Taituarā is hosting this year's Climate Change and Local Government Forum in a digital format.
“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.