This year’s forum focuses on governance – the future and the present. Find out about the Future for Local Government. With elections just a few months away, you will hear from our experts about how to support incoming and existing members in both their governance and public-facing roles, with sessions on relationship building, political acumen, inductions, public debate, conflicts of interest, new technology, and much more. 

  • 540.00 (plus GST) Members
  • 625.00 (plus GST) Non Members
Login to Register

About this event

The 2022 forum will be delivered over four sessions online. It will include breakout sessions and opportunities to interact.   

See the full programme below.

Who should attend?

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

This event is open to employees of local authorities and council-controlled organisations. 


Leading up to the event a Zoom link will be sent to you, to register on Zoom before attending.
This event is being recorded and will be made available to registrants 7-10 working days after event completion.

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


Programme

Session one – 28 July 2022

1 pm Welcome

1.05 pm Future for Local Government
Penny Hulse, Panel Member, Future for Local Government

Find out the governance issues that the Panel is focussing on (including breakout sessions).

2 pm Public participation in decision-making – citizen’s juries
Dr Nicolas Pirsoul, Engagement and Research Advisor, Manningham Council
Iain Walker, Executive Director, New Democracy, New South Wales

There are new governance models designed to enable community participation in local decision-making. Find out about Citizen’s Juries, how they have been used overseas and how they could be used in New Zealand (including breakout sessions).

3 pm Moving towards co-governance
Dean Flavell, Chair, Te Maru o Kaituna Co-governance Forum, Bay of Plenty Regional Council Toi Moana
Yvonne Tatton, Governance Manager, Bay of Plenty Regional Council Toi Moana

Bay of Plenty Regional Council has had Māori constituencies for six trienniums. They established them in 2004. Hear how the co-governance arrangements function. Understand different cultural ways of working and how to find a way forward when there are differences (including breakout sessions).

3.55 pm Wrap up

4 pm Session close


Session two – 29 July 2022

9 am Welcome

9.05 am The governance role in local authorities
Dr Jean Drage

What is expected of elected members? They have a governance role and a representative role. What are the tensions between the roles and how can elected members manage them? (Including breakout sessions).

10 am Developing a relationship with elected members
Dr Mike Reid, Principal Policy Advisor, LGNZ

Dr Mike Reid is in frequent contact with elected members and understands their frustrations and challenges. He will be focussing on the different levels of support that Governance Professionals can offer their elected members.
(including breakout sessions).

11 am What is political acumen? Awareness and strategies for negotiating the political management overlap
Rebecca Williams, Community Development Advisor, Central Otago District Council

Public servants are required to maintain political neutrality but also to forge good relationships with elected members. How can this be done successfully? Do Governance Professionals and elected members stay in their respective “operational” and “governance” swim lanes, or is there overlap? If there is, how can it be managed well? Hear Rebecca Williams provide a short presentation on the challenges that Governance Professionals face and join the interactive session to share experiences, lessons learned and good practice ideas. (including breakout sessions).

11.55 am Wrap up

12 noon Session close


Session three – 1 August 2022

1 pm Welcome

1.05 pm Panel: Hear from elected members and a chief executive who are all new to local government
Facilitator: David Ward
New Mayor – Toby Adams, Hauraki District Council
New Māori elected member – Councillor Dinnie Moeahu, New Plymouth District Council
New Chief Executive – Will Doughty, Kaikōura District Council

Mayor Toby Adams, Councillor Dinnie Moeahu and Will Doughty were all fresh faces to local government in 2019. Hear their stories from the front line and the support they needed to settle into their roles.

2 pm Sponsor session - TBC

2.15 pm Inductions
Facilitator: David Ward
Julie Straka, Governance Lead, New Plymouth District Council
Yvonne Tatton, Governance Manager, Bay Of Plenty Regional Council Toi Moana

The induction process requires planning and flexibility. There are key requirements for a successful induction. Hear from others and discuss what your council is planning (including breakout sessions).

3.55 pm Wrap up

4 pm Session close

Session four – 2 August 2022

9 am Welcome

9.05 am Public debate and the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act
Judith Cheyne, Senior Associate, Simpson Grierson
Bruce Robertson, RB Robertson Ltd

Community engagement or consultation is generally required for council decision-making. Elected members have to make their decisions using debating skills in a public forum. But when can this decision-making transparency be side lined and decisions made behind closed doors? Find out about the tensions between public and private debate and the appropriate use of public excluded meetings.
(Including breakout sessions).

10 am Sponsor session – TBC

10.15 am Conflicts of interest – legislation new and old
Kathryn McLean, Senior Associate, Simpson Grierson

Councils have new responsibilities under recent legislative changes which require elected members to disclose pecuniary interests. Hear Kathryn McLean present on the new requirements and obligations for councils.

11 am Panel: Adapting to new technology – good practice ideas
Facilitator: Janice McDougall, Group Manager, People and Partnerships, Kāpiti Coast District Council
Ainslee Hooper, Governance and Policy Advisor, Waitaki District Council
Coral Hair, Manager Democracy Services, Tauranga City Council
Alex Smith, Senior Advisor, Democratic Services, Greater Wellington Regional Council

How has the use of technology changed the role of governance professionals? Find out what has been happening in the sector with:

  • The use of video or other technology
  • The pressure it puts on governance staff
  • Frustrations and solutions.

11.55 am Wrap up

12 noon Close of forum

Attendees can also attend a Future for Local Government workshop following the forum with Wendy Moore, Taituarā’s Principal Policy Advisor. All forum attendees will be emailed the link to register for the workshop.


Presenters

Phil Wilson
Governance Director, Auckland Council Read Profile
Penny Hulse
Panel Member, Future for Local Government Read Profile
Nicolas Pirsoul
Engagement and Research Advisor, Manningham Council Read Profile
Iain Walker
Executive Director, New Democracy, NSW Read Profile
Yvonne Tatton
Governance Manager, Bay of Plenty Regional Council Read Profile
Dean Flavell
Chair, Te Maru o Kaituna Co-governance Forum, BOPRC Toi Moana Read Profile
Jean Drage
Read Profile
Mike Reid
Principal Advisor, Local Government New Zealand Read Profile
Rebecca Williams
Community Development Advisor, Central Otago District Council Read Profile
Will Doughty
Chief Executive Officer, Kaikoura District Council Read Profile
Toby Adams
Mayor, Hauraki District Council Read Profile
Dinnie Moeahu
Councilor New Plymouth District Council Read Profile
David Ward
Chief Executive, Selwyn District Council Read Profile
Julie Straka
Governance Lead, New Plymouth District Council Read Profile
Judith Cheyne
Senior Associate, Simpson Grierson Read Profile
Bruce Robertson
Director at R Bruce Robertson Limited Read Profile
Raymond Horan
Chief Advisor, Taituarā Read Profile
Kathryn McLean
Senior Associate, Simpson Grierson Read Profile
Janice McDougall
Group Manager, People & Partnerships, Kapiti Coast District Council Read Profile
Ainslee Hooper
Governance and Policy Advisor, Waitaki District Council Read Profile
Coral Hair
Manager Democracy Services, Tauranga City Council Read Profile
Alex Smith
Democratic Services, Greater Wellington Regional Council Read Profile