The annual professional development event for those who lead or participate in the development of the long-term plan (LTP). Face-to-face event in Wellington over two days.

  • 29 Aug 2022-30 Aug 2022
  • 8:30 AM-5:00 PM
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  • The InterContinental, Wellington, New Zealand

About this event

In this, the second year of the long-term plan (LTP) triennium, we focus on the initiation of a successful LTP and all the moving parts that need to be started, including lessons from the last LTP, to initial discussions with elected members.

This LTP takes place against a backdrop of what’s been called ‘the biggest change to subnational government since the abolition of the provinces almost 150 years ago’. The forum begins with an update on the tangled web of reforms and three long-serving practitioners reflect on what those reforms might mean for LTP 2024.

This year’s programme contains a large element of choice – allowing you to customise your forum experience to yours and your council’s needs. Choose from:

  • Performance frameworks
  • LTP skills - is there a perfect LTP project team and a perfect project manager?
  • Laying the table – getting the elected members started on the LTP
  • Financial/infrastructure strategies
  • Superior significance and engagement policies
  • Are community outcomes still relevant for 2024?

And as always there’s updates on the economy, reflections from the Office of the Auditor-General, and the latest from Taituarā on its good work for, and on behalf of, the sector.

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

Programme

Monday 29 August 2022 – day one

9.30 am Mihi whakatau
Representatives of Iwi

9.45 am Introduction to forum
Sheryl Bryant, Chair, Taituarā Corporate Planning Reference Group, and Assistant Chief Executive, Palmerston North City Council

9.50 am Sector reform – where are we at?
Kath Ross, General Manager Strategy and Reform, Taituarā
Raymond Horan, Chief Advisor, Taituarā

The current wave of system reform, and reforms to the functional legislation, have been collectively described as the ‘biggest reforms to subnational government since the abolition of the provinces in 1877’. To begin, an update on the progress of the Resource Management reforms, ‘three waters’ and (of course) the Future for Local Government reforms. We will also cover some lower priority items.

10.30 am Sector reform – what does this actually mean?
Sheryl Bryant, Assistant Chief Executive, Palmerston North City Council
Katina Conomos, Independent Consultant
Simon Markham, Manager Strategic Projects, Waimakariri District Council
Raymond Horan, Chief Advisor, Taituarā (moderator)

The second session turns to the LTPs (or their equivalent) and asks what this means for the way local authorities develop plans and take their communities with them. Three long-standing practitioners will provide their verdicts.

11.30 am Morning tea

11.50 am The Dragon’s Den – a case study of a prioritisation methodology from Hawke's Bay Regional Council
Desiree Cull, Strategy and Governance Manager, Hawke's Bay Regional Council
Jessica Ellerm, Programme Director, Hawke's Bay Regional Council

To develop its 2021 LTP, the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council held a “Dragon’s Den,” first with its ELT and then its council, to “pitch” and then prioritise new or improved services. Involving climate, smart, recovery weighted criteria and business cases it was an information heavy exercise but a memorable one for its councillors. This presentation will cover the systems and process used to collate the information, what went well, what didn’t, and what they would do differently next time.

12.30 pm Getting the most of your LTP debrief – a case study from Palmerston North City Council
David Murphy, Chief Planning Officer, Palmerston North City Council
Masooma Akhter, Business Assurance Manager, Palmerston North City Council

1.10 pm Lunch

1.50 pm The sector update
Raymond Horan, Chief Advisor, Taituarā

What’s happening in the policy and regulatory environment, and with Taituarā and its good work on behalf of the sector.

2.20 pm Workshops - Session one

Choose from:

  1. Performance frameworks
    Kathy Dever-Tod, Manager Parks and Reserves, Palmerston North City Council


    Setting and communicating levels of service to the public is one of the most important things to get right in an LTP. This session is for those who want some tips and tricks, or who just want a grounding in the fundamentals. One for those starting a level of service review.

  2. LTP skills - is there a perfect LTP project team and a perfect project manager?
    Desiree Cull, Strategy and Governance Manager, Hawke's Bay Regional Council

    Share different approaches for forming an LTP project team, what skills are needed throughout the project, what can be ‘rotated in,’ and how to get the different areas of ‘the shop’ to contribute.

  3. Laying the table – getting the elected members started on the LTP
    Raymond Horan, Chief Advisor, Taituarā


    Share how your council is planning to introduce the LTP to elected members at induction, start discussions around priorities for the term, and how to introduce them to the big picture.

3.10 pm Afternoon tea

3.30 pm Workshops – Session two
A repeat of the sessions from 2.20 pm.

4.20 pm Report back from both workshops

Workshop leaders

4.30 pm Economic update
Nick Robertson, Senior Consultant, BERL

Reflections on the developing post-COVID economy, Ukraine, what it means for local communities, and other aspects of the economic backdrop over the medium-term.

5.10 pm Networking drinks

6.30 pm End of day one




Tuesday 30 August 2022
– day two

8.45 am Welcome to day two
Sheryl Bryant, Chair, Taituarā Corporate Planning Reference Group, and Assistant Chief Executive, Palmerston North City Council

8.50 am Hello future district – a case study of LTP engagement from the Western Bay of Plenty District Council
Emily Watton, Policy and Planning Manager, Western Bay of Plenty District Council
Luke Balvert, Communications Manager, Western Bay of Plenty District Council

9.40 am Workshops - Session three

Choose from:

  1. Financial/infrastructure strategies – lessons from the 2021 LTP round
    Raymond Horan, Chief Advisor, Taituarā

    In preparation for the 2024 guidance round, Raymond has reviewed a sample of twenty LTPs and will share findings on how to approach next strategies

  2. Superior significance and engagement policies
    Mike Wakefield, Partner, Simpson Grierson
    Kathryn McLean, Senior Associate, Simpson Grierson


    Taituarā guidance recommends local authorities give their significance and engagement policies a ‘tune-up’ at the start of the LTP process. To coincide with the start of the process, Mike and Kathryn will share advice on good practice and what to avoid.

  3. Are community outcomes still relevant for 2024?
    Joshua Logan, Team Leader Corporate Planning, Tauranga City Council

    A discussion on what local authorities are intending to do with community outcomes in the next LTP, and some reflections on how these might fit into local authorities’ strategic framework.

10.40 am Morning tea

11.00 am Workshops - Session four

A repeat of the sessions from 9.40 am.

12.00 noon Report back from both workshops
Workshop leaders

12.10 pm Lunch

1.00 pm What can we learn from 2021’s great consultation documents (CDs)?
Doug Tate, Chief Executive, Central Hawke's Bay District Council
Haven Walsh, Strategic Projects Driver, Waipā District Council
Paula Trubshaw, Team Leader Strategic Community Relations, Tauranga City Council (speaking on behalf of Hauraki District Council)

A panel discussion taking you through the LTP CD process from start to finish, including engaging on a CD.

Note: The three great CDs referred to are:

  • What’s Next Waipā? – Waipā District Council
  • Facing the Facts – Central Hawke's Bay District Council
  • Alice in Our Place – Hauraki District Council

2.15 pm Office of the Auditor-General update
Amanda Gray, Sector Manager Local Government, Office of the Auditor-General

Reflections from the Office of the Auditor-General.

3.00 pm Sum up and announcement of location for 2023


Presenters

Sheryl Bryant
Assistant Chief Executive, Palmerston North City Council Read Profile
Kathryn Ross
General Manager Strategy & Reform, Taituarā Read Profile
Raymond Horan
Chief Advisor, Taituarā Read Profile
Katina Conomos
Independent Contractor & Consultant Read Profile
Simon Markham
Manager, Strategic Projects, Waimakariri District Council Read Profile
Desiree Cull
Strategy and Governance Manager, Hawkes Bay Regional Council Read Profile
Jessica Ellerm
Programme Manager, Hawkes Bay Regional Council Read Profile
David Murphy
Chief Planning Officer, Palmerston North City Council Read Profile
Kathy Dever-Tod
Parks & Reserves Manager, Palmerston North City Council Read Profile
Nick Robertson
Senior Consultant, Berl Read Profile
Emily Watton
Policy & Planning Manager, Western Bay of Plenty District Council Read Profile
Luke Balvert
Communications Manager, Western Bay of Plenty District Council Read Profile
Mike Wakefield
Partner, Simpson Grierson Read Profile
Kathryn McLean
Senior Associate, Simpson Grierson Read Profile
Masooma Akhter
Business Assurance Manager Read Profile
Josh Logan
Waste Planning Manager, Tauranga City Council Read Profile
Paula Trubshaw
Team Leader Strategic Community Relations, Tauranga City Council Read Profile
Haven Walsh
Strategic Projects Driver, Waipā District Council Read Profile
Doug Tate
Chief Executive, Central Hawkes Bay District Council Read Profile
Amanda Gray
Sector Manager – Local Government, Office of the Auditor-General Read Profile