This year’s Forum focuses on Governance Professionals in times of change, including working with commissioners, being a commissioner, effective decision-making, privacy, and the future of local government. With a selection of workshop options to choose from, you can tailor your Forum to suit your needs and interests.

Selected sessions are available online, for more information please view the event programme.

  • 09 Aug 2021-10 Aug 2021
  • 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
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  • James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor, Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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About this event

Overview

This year’s Forum focuses on being a Governance Professional in times of change, including working with commissioners, being a commissioner, effective decision-making, privacy, and the future of local government. With a selection of workshop options to choose from, you can tailor your forum to suit your needs and interests.

Topics on the agenda this year include:

  • Working with commissioners
  • Being a commissioner
  • What do elected members want?
  • Effective decision-making
  • Judicial reviews
  • Codes of conduct
  • Privacy
  • The future of local government
  • Governance professionals of the future

You will have a chance to come up with your version of 'how we will be working in the future', on day two so please bring your suggestions!

Who should attend:

  • governance or democracy services managers and staff
  • executive secretaries and assistants with responsibility for committee support
  • council staff who work with local boards or community boards


Information about registering
Please note that this event is open to employees of local authorities and council-controlled organisations only. Attendees have the option to attend this event in person, or attend this event virtually. Virtual sessions will be live-streamed. To find out which sessions are available virtually please refer to the programme below.

Accomodation
We have secured a special delegate rate of $200.00 per night per room at the James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor. Bookings can be made via the online booking link here. This rate is for Executive Rooms only and is subject to availability.


Day One Monday 9th August 2021

8.30am Registration opens

9.30am Mihi Whakatau
Representatives of Wellington iwi
*This session will be available virtually

9.35am Welcome from the chairs
Wendy Walker, Chief Executive, Porirua City Council & David Ward, Chief Executive, Selwyn District Council

*This session will be available virtually

9.40am Ice breaker
David Ward, Chief Executive, Selwyn District Council

9.50am Elected members and diversity – what governance professionals can do to support their younger and more diverse elected members
Wendy Walker, Chief Executive, Porirua City Council

Do our Councils reflect our communities? What can we do to support our drive for a greater and more effective representation around the Council table?
*This session will be available virtually

10.30am Morning tea

10.50am Being a commissioner
Anne Tolley, Commissioner, Tauranga City Council

Appointed by the Minister of Local Government on 9 February 2021, Anne and three other commissioners replaced the mayor and councillors as the governance body of Tauranga City Council. Anne will present her unique perspective on the role of chairing the Commission, the reasons she accepted the role, the challenges she faced in the first six months and the siginficance of the Commission at this point in the development of Tauranga City.
*This session will be available virtually

11.40am Working with commissioners
Coral Hair, Manager Democracy Services, Tauranga City Council
Robyn Garrett, Team Leader Committee Support Tauranga City Council

Coral and Robyn will share their personal and professional journeys from working with elected members to working with commissioners. They will take you through the circumstances that led to the removal of the mayor and councillors, the transition period from the announcement to the appointment of Commissioners and what it is like working with Commissioners.
*This session will be available virtually

12.30pm Lunch

1.20pm Making democracy matter - breakout rotation one

  • Judicial reviews – recent challenges to the decision-making process, Jonathan Salter, Special Counsel, Simpson Grierson

  • Codes of conduct – what would you do if you had a magic wand? Penny Langley, CE Local Government Commission
    • The Local Government Commission is interested in the role that code of conduct complaints and issues play as part of good local governance. The Commission has some ideas for improvements and will be making recommendations to the Minister for Local Government. Ahead of that the Commission is keen to share those ideas and hear from you on what else could be changed.

  • What do elected members want? – Dr Mike Reid, Principal Policy Advisor, LGNZ
    • Elected members stand on issues extending from very specific to broad and aspirational, but once in office what do they need to achieve their goals and fulfil the duties of their office?

2.10pm Making democracy matter – breakout rotation two

Choose a session from the selection in rotation one

3.00pm What’s coming up from Taituarā
James Lord, General Manager, System Capability
*This session will be available virtually

3.15pm Afternoon tea

3.45pm Managing relationships during the election period
Dean Heiford, Chair Elections Reference Group

Dean will be presenting communications guidance about the pre-election period for electoral officers, communications teams and democracy staff. The guidance focuses mainly on the principles that elected members have the right to govern during the pre-election period, communities have a legitimate need for council information, and local authorities cannot promote the prospects of any candidate.
*This session will be available virtually

4.30pm A word from our sponsor – LG Hub
*This session will be available virtually

4.45pm Summing up
Wendy Walker, Chief Executive, Porirua City Council & David Ward, Chief Executive, Selwyn District Council

*This session will be available virtually

5.00pm End of Day One

5.15pm Networking drinks

6.00pm Dinner
Speaker: Jim Hopkins, Councillor, Waitaki District Council

Day Two Tuesday 10th August 2021

9.00am Welcome to Day Two
Wendy Walker, Chief Executive, Porirua City Council & David Ward, Chief Executive, Selwyn District Council
*This session will be available virtually

9.05am Privacy and our changing world
John Edwards, Privacy Commissioner

Privacy Commissioner John Edwards will give an overview of the Privacy Act 2020, recent changes to the legislation, and the new compliance and enforcement powers his office now has to better protect the privacy rights of individuals in New Zealand. Mr Edwards will also discuss the new requirement to report serious privacy breaches to his office as soon as practicable, and the other responsibilities that all businesses and organisations in New Zealand have under the Privacy Act.
*This session will be available virtually

9.55am Update on legislation
Raymond Horan, Chief Advisor, Taituarā

*This session will be available virtually

10.30am Morning tea

11.00am Effective decision making – Growing governance and advisory capability
Judith Webster, Manager, Governance Capability (Democracy), Auckland Council
Linda Gifford, Programme Manager, Elected Member Development, Auckland Council

Three Auckland Council programmes focus on enabling democratic decision-making. Through the provision of learning opportunities, Kura Kāwana supports elected members to be effective governors. Staff can build advisory capabilities and learn to operate within council’s unique governance model with support from the quality advice and governance fundamentals programmes. Hear about challenges experienced, approaches developed and insights gained.
*This session will be available virtually

11.45am A word from our sponsor – Infocouncil
*This session will be available virtually

12.00pm Setting up an Infocouncil user group for the sector
Robyn Garrett, Team Leader Committee Support, Tauranga City Council

If you use Infocouncil and are interested in being part of a nationwide user group then come along to this session.
Robyn is interested in hearing about other council’s experiences and would like to hear your ideas regarding the value of a New Zealand user group and for the development of the Infocouncil product.
*This session will be available virtually

12.10pm Lunch

12.55pm The Future of Local Government breakout session
Series of breakout sessions, ask the audience to come up with their version of the world. How will we be working in the future? Potential impacts on Governance Professionals?
Co-facilitated by Wendy Walker and David Ward

1.55pm Governance Professionals of the Future – panel session

Kaipara District Council – Louise Miller, Chief Executive
Diversity Works – Maretha Smit, Chief Executive
Employing Youth – Ryan Hooper-Smith
Office for Seniors – Diane Turner, Chief Executive

Louise will share her insights on challenges Local Government face with the Central Government reforms, and how council governance and operation team members will need to adapt. Maretha, Ryan and Diane will be sharing perspectives about employee diversity, youth and our older people respectively, and how we need to adapt to workforce needs.
*This session will be available virtually

    2.45pm Summing up
    Wendy Walker, Chief Executive, Porirua City Council & David Ward, Chief Executive, Selwyn District Council
    *This session will be available virtually

    2.55pm End of forum


    Presenters

    David Ward
    Chief Executive Read Profile
    Wendy Walker
    Chief Executive Read Profile
    Coral Hair
    Manager Democracy Services Read Profile
    Robyn Garrett
    Team Leader: Committee Support Read Profile
    Jonathan Salter
    Partner, Simpson Grierson Read Profile
    John Edwards
    Privacy Commissioner Read Profile
    Mike Reid
    Principal Advisor, Local Government New Zealand Read Profile
    Anne Tolley
    Commission Chair, Tauranga City Council Read Profile
    Dean Heiford
    Chair of the Elections Reference Group Read Profile
    Jim Hopkins
    Councillor Read Profile
    Penny Langley
    Chief Executive Local Government Commission Read Profile
    Louise Miller
    Chief Executive at Kaipara District Council Read Profile
    Maretha Smit
    Read Profile
    Diane Turner
    Director, Office of Seniors Read Profile
    Judith Webster
    Manager Governance Capability (Democracy) Governance Capability, Auckland Council Read Profile
    Linda Gifford
    Programme Manager – Elected Member Development Governance Capability, Auckland Council Read Profile
    Ryan Hooper-Smith
    Student, Victoria University of Wellington Read Profile