A word that’s easy to say but not always easy to put into practice. This event is for those interested in leading practices in collaboration between councils, between councils and central government, and councils and those outside government spheres. The event is based on a case study approach and will feature real life examples told by the people who make it work on the ground, one for those who deal with the practical rather than the theoretical.

  • 27 Nov 2018
  • 09:00 - 17:00
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  • Harbourside Function Venue (formerly Macs Function Centre), Wellington, New Zealand
  • 550.00 (plus GST) Members
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About this event

This forum is for those interested in leading practice in collaboration, especially between councils, and between councils and government.The Forum is intended to encourage greater and more successful collaboration between local authorities and between local authorities and other groups, especially central government agencies.

The event is based on a case study approach and will feature real life examples told by the people who make it work on the ground.The case studies are drawn from a range of different areas of activity – social, economic, infrastructural, scientific and even the support activity gets a run.Each case has a focus on how the initiative got off the ground, and what it takes to make these work on a day to day basis.We’ll draw together the lessons and common themes from the cases in a final capstone session.

The last government saw the so-called section 17A reviews as a means for encouraging greater collaboration amongst councils, and between councils and other organisations.While many of these reviews will be undertaken on a 6 yearly cycle, its likely most councils will find they need to do at least one a year.There will be a session focussing on getting the best from these reviews.

This event is one for those who want practical ideas and means for working with others for better results.

Who should attend:

  • Policy managers
  • Activity managers
  • Asset managers
  • Anyone undertaking a section 17A review or who is considering a collaborative approach to an issue.


9.00am Welcome

Raymond Horan, Chief Advisor, Taituarā

9.05am Introduction – What’s Collaboration

Nasi Jenkin, Director, Shared Solutions Ltd

This opening session provides the frame for the day with an introduction to collaboration, different models, when the collaborative approach works best, and some general pointers to developing a collaborative approach and maintaining the relationship.

9.45am Getting the Best from a Section 17A Review

Peter Winder, Director. McGredy Winder

The 17A reviews are intended to encourage local authorities to seek efficiency gains, including through collaborative approaches.McGredy Winder will provide some pointers to getting the best from a review, from the perspective of an agency that’s undertaken reviews for a variety of local authorities.

10.30am Morning Tea

10.50am The Healthy Homes Initiative

Anne-Marie Mujica & Glenda Lock, The Southern Initiative

The Southern Initiative (TSI) champions, stimulates and enables social and community innovation in south Auckland.The Healthy Homes initiative is a set of interventions co-designed with central government, the community and business to create warm, dry homes in South Auckland.

11.30am The Kaikōura Harbour Remediation

Angela Oosthuizen, Chief Executive,Kaikōura District Counciland Dave Brash. DPMC

The North Canterbury Earthquake of 2016 raised the seabed of Kaikōura’s South Bay, effectively rendering the harbour unusable for the fishing and marine tourism that are the mainstays of the local economy.This is a story of an outstanding cross-government, cross-community collaboration that successfully delivered a better harbour inside twelve months.

The Kaikōura Harbour Remediation was the winner of the BERL Award for Collaborative Government Action at the 2018 McGredy Winder Taituarā Excellence Awards.

12.10am Pathways to Employment

Gary Haddon, HR Operational Advisor, Wellington City Council

The Pathways to Employment programme is a partnership initiative between the Ministry of Social Development and the Wellington City Council. Pathways to Employment provides young adults on job seeker support with training, skill development and work experience in a supportive working environment to help them become more marketable, find employment or go on to further training.

12.50pm Lunch

1.30pm What’s Coming Up from Taituarā?

Raymond Horan, Chief Advisor, Taituarā

The annual update on all of Taituarā’s good works, including an update on the progress of the Business Performance Working Party which has responsibility for this event.

1.50pm The Integrated Kaipara Harbour Management Group

Willie Wright, Integrated Kaipara Harbour Management Group and Bruce Griffin

The Integrated Kaipara Harbour Management Group (IKHMG) was established in 2005 and its key purpose is to promote integrated management and inter-agency coordination and kaitiakitanga of the Kaipara Harbour and its catchment. Integrated management of the Kaipara harbour is a process of utilising both traditional Maori philosophy and western science philosophy to manage the Kaipara as an interdependent system

2.30pm Environmental Monitoring and Reporting Framework and Land, Air, Water Aotearoa (LAWA)

Tony Phipps, Northland Regional Council

Demand is increasing from all sectors of the community for readily available, high quality environmental information. In response to this, the Regional Sector, in partnership with the Ministry for the Environment, has developed an Environmental Monitoring and Reporting (EMaR) Framework.

The project focuses on improving the quality and consistency in collection, availability, and presentation of environmental data. The public face of this work is www.lawa.org.nz. As the system matures, this will provide for a higher-quality debate about the challenges New Zealand faces in managing its environment and natural resources

3.10pm Keeping Well - a 10 year+ collaboration

Claire Bryant, Team Leader Policy, Christchurch City Council and Sandy Brinsdon, Senior Health in all Policies Advisor, Canterbury District Health Board

Central government (Community Public Health) and local government (the Christchurch City Council and, more recently, the Greater Christchurch Partnership) have been collaborating for more than a decade using a Health in all Policies framework to influence wellbeing outcomes in planning, policy, and practice.

Over the years, partnerships and collaborations have grown, been formalised and weathered large changes, but working in a Health in All Policies framework has kept the relationships alive and relevant.

3.50pm Lessons from the Case Studies

4.10pm Summing up

4.15pm Close


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