We hope you can join us for an exciting range of expert speakers who will share their wisdom, insights, and experiences on best navigating the partnerships required to deliver wellbeing outcomes for communities.

Online sessions held over four days.

  • 540.00 (plus GST) Members
  • 625.00 (plus GST) Non Members
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About this event

Session One – Thursday 12th May

10.00 am Welcome and Introduction
Kath Ross, Taituarā

10.05 am (Disruptive) Learning Partnerships for Wellbeing
Penny Hagen Director (Pākehā) Tangata Tiriti - Auckland Co-design Lab
Angie Tangaere (Ngāti Porou) Kaitohu Tangata Whenua – Auckland Co-design Lab

Local government has an important role to play in enabling learning partnerships that disrupt existing power structures and help to reconfigure new ways of working across local community and government systems. In this presentation we will share some examples and reflections from our work at The Southern and Western Initiative around the value of disruptive learning partnerships, and why they an important part of enabling equity and wellbeing in place.

10.45 am Community collaboration and wellbeing: A partnership approach

Harvey Brookes, Executive Director of the Waikato Wellbeing Project

Sharing their innovative approach to community partnerships to improve community wellbeing.

The Waikato Wellbeing Project is a regional initiative to achieve a more environmentally sustainable, prosperous, and inclusive Waikato region by 2030. Mātauranga and Te Ao Māori (Māori world view) principles are embedded in the Waikato Wellbeing Project.

11.25 am “A new dawn”. Taupō District Council – Ngāti Tūrangitukua Mana Whakahono ā Rohe Partnership Agreement
Gareth Green, Chief Executive Officer, Taupō District Council

A case study about how local government and iwi work in partnership to create community change at a local level.

11.55 am Introduction to Minister

Karen Thomas, Chief Executive, Taituarā

12.00 pm Minister of Local Government’s address: Partnering for community wellbeing
Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Minister of Local Government

Communities and central government depend on local government to manage natural hazards and lead the response to and recovery from local emergencies. Now, more than ever, we need strong partnerships between central and local government to build community resilience for the future.

12.30 pm Session close

Session Two – Friday 13th May

9.55 am Welcome and introduction

10.00 am Locality planning and the new Health system: Pae ora healthy futures for all

Nikki Canter-Burgoyne, Interim Māori Health Authority and Health NZ

Hear the latest from the Interim Co-Director Māori Lead and National Change Lead, Nikki Canter-Burgoyne, on the reorganisation of primary and community services that put community needs, priorities, and equity at the heart of service delivery.

10.30 am Rotorua Lakes District Council - Partners in health
Laura Marshall, Director Te Aka Mauri.

Creative partnerships with Health bring added benefits to the community. This session explores how councils can work in partnership with central government agencies, mana whenua, and community groups to deliver community wellbeing outcomes.

11.00 am Break

11.15 am Developing partnerships

Council case studies sharing best practice approaches. Breakout session.

11.45 am Summing up the day

12.00 pm Session close

Session Three - Tuesday 17th May

9.55 am Welcome and introduction

10.00am Future for Local Government Panel update

Jim Palmer – Panel Chair and other panel members discuss the programme.

The Chair of the Panel for the Future of Local Government will present key themes that have emerged from the recent Panel engagements with councils and what else their discussions and research to date has revealed. This is an interactive session where members can ask questions.

10.30 am Far North District Council – Digital inclusion and place making partnership approaches
Ana Mules, Far North District Council

Case study – Nothing But Net is a digital strategy, built by Far North communities, focused on finding creative solutions to address the district’s digital divide. It won the 2021 Excellence Award for better policy and regulation – for its bottom-up approach and is now part of the way Far North District Council does everything including place making. Join us to hear how this exemplar approach to ensuring community voices are heard and delivering on their aspirations has evolved.

11.00 am Break

11.15 am Covid-19 Recovery – the journey toward an empowered future for the Waimakariri District
Rachel Thornton, Community Development Facilitator, Waimakariri District Council

This session will cover:

  • It starts with connected community
  • Daring big
  • Dreaming big
  • Delivering big
  • It's not all rainbows and lollipops!

11.45 am Summing up the day

12.00 pm Session close

Session Four - Thursday 19th May

9.55 am Welcome and introduction

10.00am Tauranga City Council – Case study
Jodie Robertson, Impact and Insights Specialist, Tauranga City Council

This session will include a case study that examines partnerships between NGOs, Trusts, and local and central government and the outcomes that can be achieved when partnerships remain committed to change at a localised level. In this session we will examine the case study of Kāinga Tupu: Growing Homes and the first year of working to achieve solutions to homelessness across the western Bay of Plenty sub-region.

10.35am Weaving connections and collaborations
David Hana, Director, Wesley Community Action

Kena Duignan, Community Innovation Lead, Wesley Community Action.
Makerita Makapelu, Team Leader, Wesley Community Action

This session looks at the ways in which councils can work with people living in communities to make a difference to their own wellbeing outcomes. Porirua’s community-led innovation hub Te Hiko will provide just one of the many examples of how this can be done.

11.00 am Break

11.15 am
Collaborating with communities – transfer of ownership of PanePane Purakau
Chris Nepia, Western Bay of Plenty District Council

An opportunity to learn from the 2021 winner of the coveted LGFA Taituarā Supreme Award and the Minister of Local Government's Award for Excellence in Council/Community Relations about the journey to return 172 hectares of land to the five hāpu of Matakana Island.

11.45 am Comments, questions, summing up the day

12 noon Session close

Please register on the Taituarā website. Leading up to the event a Zoom link will be sent to you, to register on Zoom before attending.

Note: this event is being recorded and will be made available to registrants 7-10 days after event completion.

If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact events@taituara.org.nz


Hon Nanaia Mahuta
Minister for Local Government Read Profile
Karen Thomas
Chief Executive, Taituarā Read Profile
Jim Palmer
Chair of Future for Local Government Review Panel Read Profile
Harvey Brookes
Executive Director of the Waikato Wellbeing Project Read Profile
Ana Mules
Team Leader Community Development and Investments Read Profile
Jodie Robertson
Impact & Insights Specialist , Tauranga City Council Read Profile
Gareth Green
Chief Executive Officer, Taupō District Council Read Profile
Nikki Canter-Burgoyne
Co-Director and National Change Lead, Interim Māori Health Authority Read Profile
Penny Hagen
Director - Co-design Lab Read Profile
Laura Marshall
Director Te Aka Mauri - Kaihautū Te Aka Mauri Read Profile
Rachel Thornton
Community Development Facilitator, Waimakariri District Council Read Profile
Angie Tangaere
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