This event is a triennial debrief for those involved in managing local elections to come together as a group to review the election process and set the agenda for the next three years.
About this event
This one-day workshop aims to bring together electoral officers, governance professionals, communications professionals and others who work on the elections. The Post-Election Workshop offers an key opportunity to review lessons learnt during the 2022 local elections.
Who should attend:
- Electoral officers, deputy electoral officers, and electoral leads
- Democracy services and governance managers
- Communications staff involved in the 2022 local elections
- All local government managers and staff with responsibilities for conducting or supporting elections.
This event is open to employees of local authorities.
Tuesday 6 December 2022
8.30 am Registration
8.45 am Opening karakia
8:50 am Chairs welcome and opening address
Dean Heiford, Manager, Economic, Community and Support Services, Marlborough District Council; and Chair of the Taituarā Elections Reference Group
9.05 am The 2022 local elections: Identifying and overcoming key challenges and other lessons learned
Presentation from the Chair of the Taituarā Elections Reference Group on the 2022 local elections issues followed by Q+A session.
9.25 am Stories from the coalface – A table-top discussion
Facilitated by Elizabeth Hughes, Consultant
Every electoral official can tell a story or two about the local elections. The 2022 local elections will be no different. Here you can share aspects of your experience whether it's humourous, annoying, outrageous, or offbeat – and ask questions.
Electoral officers have reported increased aggression and conflict this time compared to previous elections. Marty Laagland, Manager – Security Intelligence, Insights and Deployment, New Zealand Police will be there to support the discussion and add a Police perspective.
10.30 am Morning tea
10.50 am Policy.nz
Ollie Neas, Editorial Director, Policy.nz
Policy.nz helps voters find out what candidates beliefs are, and what they will do if they are elected. Policy.nz surveys all 3,500 candidates on specific issues in their community and reports this on its website. Find out how it went for Policy.nz this year.
11.10 am The 2022 Electoral Officers' Post-Election Survey – results and issues
Seán Mahoney, General Manager, Sector Performance, Taituarā
What’s come through in the post-election survey of electoral officers and what other issues arose during the 2022 local elections process.
11.40 pm Your election providers’ panel
Warwick Lampp, Chief Returning Officer – Business Development Manager, Electionz.com
Dale Ofsoske, Managing Director, Electoral Officer, Election Services Ltd
What worked well and what didn’t work so well, from an election providers' perspective.
12.15 noon Lunch
1.00 pm Partners' panel
Peter Avison, Manager Digital Services, Datam;
Dean Cooper, Mail Solution Consultant, NZ Post; and
Ross McPherson, Acting National Manager, Enrolment and Community Engagement Operations, Electoral Commission
A short presentation from each of Datam (Votext), NZ Post, and the Electoral Commission followed by questions to the Partners Panel.
1.40 pm Election hubs and ballot bins
Jennifer Parker, Manager of Governance and Democracy Services & Deputy Electoral Officer, Wellington City Council
Michael Morris, Manager, Governance and Legal, Invercargill City Council
Elodie Fontaine, Elections Programme Manager, Auckland Council
What are election hubs and how do they work? Hear from three councils regarding their experiences with their hubs and ballot-bin systems.
2.10 pm Afternoon tea
2.30 pm Māori wards
James Baty, Director Internal Partnerships, Gisborne District Council
Mali Ahipene, Pou Tūhono, Tai-ranga-whenua, Customer, Community and Services, Waikato Regional Council
There have been more Māori wards and constituencies this year than in any other local election. James and Mali will provide an overview of how it went for candidates, voters, and local authorities.
3.00 pm New electoral legislation
Rowan Burns Policy Manager, Local Government Branch, Department of Internal Affairs
Amanda Shaw Principal Policy Analyst, Local Government Branch, Department of Internal Affairs
There is a Local Government Electoral Legislation Bill making its way through Parliament. Hear from the Department of Internal Affairs regarding the proposed changes and how they will affect the next local elections.
3.35 pm A focus for the next three years
The Chair of the Taituarā Elections Reference Group will outline the work programme for the next three years and ask delegates what else they would like in the plan.
3.50 pm Sum up and close