This year’s Governance Professionals Forum, focused on local government reform, gathers governance professionals from around Aotearoa to discuss and explore the latest developments. The forum is a valuable opportunity to learn from and network with leading experts in the field. 

  • 04 Sep 2023-05 Sep 2023
  • 09:00 - 17:00
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  • Rydges Hotel, 75 Featherston St, Wellington, New Zealand
  • 950.00 (plus GST) Members
  • 1,100.00 (plus GST) Non Members
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About this event

This forum will provide governance professionals with a comprehensive understanding of the review of local government, the value of standing orders, skills for working with Māori representatives, and transparent decision-making.   

It will further facilitate discussions and the exchange of ideas between governance professionals, experts, and sector leaders on the latest developments, trends, and best practices in local government.   

It will offer you the opportunity to network with your peers and build professional relationships that will help you grow in your careers.    

We look forward to welcoming you from across Aotearoa to this exciting event. 

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. 

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

Programme

Day one: Monday 4 September 2023

9:15 am Registration, tea, coffee, and morning tea on arrival

9:45 am Mihi whakatau

10:00 am Welcome
Phil Wilson, Director Governance and CCO Partnerships, Auckland Council

10:05 am Local Government Reform
Jim Palmer, Chair of the Greater Christchurch Partnership, Department of Internal Affairs

Jim Palmer is the Chair of the Future for Local Government Panel. He will give his observations of the reforms and what might lie ahead for governance professionals.

10:40 am The Reforms panel discussion
Raymond Horan, Chief Advisor, Taituarā
Jim Palmer, Chair of the Greater Christchurch Partnership, Department of Internal Affairs
Third panellist TBC
Phil Wilson, Director Governance and CCO Partnerships, Auckland Council (moderator)

11:25 am The relevance of standing orders. Do they help or hinder?
Naell Crosby-Roe, Governance and Stakeholder Services Manager, Queenstown Lakes District Council

This session takes a conceptual look at the role of standing orders in governance – their usefulness, how they add value or if they hinder decision-making.

Table-top discussions.

12:10 am Lunch

1:00 pm Māori wards and constituencies panel: how is it going so far?
Kataraina Hodge, Councillor, Waikato Regional Council
Tipa Mahuta, Councillor, Waikato Regional Council
Ani Pahuru-Huriwai, Councillor, Gisborne District Council
Rawinia Parata, Councillor, Gisborne District Council
Mali Ahipene, Pou Tuhono, Tai ranga whenua, Customer, Community and Services, Waikato Regional Council (moderator)

The panel will focus on the unique aspects of Māori wards and constituencies within the context of governance professionals’ roles. Hear about the experiences from two long-term Māori councillors, Kataraina Hodge and Tipa Mahuta, who have been elected members at Waikato Regional Council for many years. Also hear from Ani Pahuru-Huriwai and Rawinia Parata who were newly elected to Gisborne’s Māori wards last year.

Mali Ahipene will facilitate the panel. She has worked with Māori Councillors at Waikato Regional Council for many years in her role as a Governance Professional and has a wealth of experience to share with the sector.

1:50 pm What have we learnt through the introduction of Māori wards and constituencies?
Phil Wilson, Director Governance and CCO Partnerships, Auckland Council
Mali Ahipene Pou Tuhono, Tai ranga whenua, Customer, Community and Services, Waikato Regional Council

At this session participants will discuss the Māori wards/constituencies panel session and ways of supporting Māori representation in their own local authorities.

Table-top discussions.

2:35 pm A word from our sponsor

2:50 pm Afternoon tea

3:10 pm Decision-making transparency
Judith Cheyne, Senior Associate, Simpson Grierson

What does the legislation require in relation to transparency and local government decision-making? Hear from Judith Cheyne on best practice with council decision-making processes.

3:40 pm Hearings under the Special Consultative Procedure: must we have them?
Mike Wakefield, Partner, Simpson Grierson

When using the Special Consultative Procedure, councils must provide opportunities for people to present their views. Does this opportunity need to involve hearings, or is there another way that councils can satisfy this requirement?

4:10 pm Speaker to be announced

5:10 pm Sum up
Phil Wilson, Director Governance and CCO Partnerships, Auckland Council

5:15 pm Networking drinks

7 pm Close

Day two: Tuesday 5 September 2023

9:00 am Welcome to day two
Phil Wilson, Director Governance and CCO Partnerships, Auckland Council

9:05 am Council workshops and where to from here?
Peter Boshier, Chief Ombudsman, Office of the Ombudsman

Peter will discuss his findings from his investigation into council workshops and whether he has other matters on his radar for local government.

9:50 am Participative democracy – the process and role of governance professionals
Carol Hayward, Team Leader Operations and Policy, Auckland Council

What are the implications of citizen’s assemblies for governance professionals? This session looks at the role of governance professionals in deliberative democracy systems and how they work in practice.

10:30 am Morning tea

10:50 am Working with council leadership – elected members and senior managers
Mike Reid, Principal Policy Advisor, LGNZ
Seán Mahoney, General Manager, Sector Performance, Taituarā

Mike and Seán will discuss the dynamics of the relationship between elected members and the senior leadership team, to empower governance professionals to better work with leaders in their councils.

Understanding decision-making complexity at the top level will assist governance professionals move forward into the reforms.

The presentation will be followed by table-top discussions.

12:10 pm Lunch

1:00 pm A word from our sponsor

1:15 pm Guidance for Council Report writers
Hannah White, Democracy and Governance Manager, Palmerston North City Council

Report writing guidance has been prepared by Taituarā to support report writers to prepare their guidance for decision-makers. It provides guidance on legislative requirements and provides tips on how to structure reports and making documents accessible to a range of readers beyond the decision-makers. The Guidance will be released before the forum.

1:55 pm Inductions – what do we need for 2025?
Susan Haniel, Senior Advisor, Sector Performance, Taituarā
Janice McDougall, Group Manager, People and Partnerships, Kāpiti Coast District Council

This session pulls together what participants have learned from the forum and how it might change the shape for council inductions for 2025 and beyond.

Table-top discussions.

2:50 pm Sum up and closing karakia
Phil Wilson, Director Governance and CCO Partnerships, Auckland Council

3:00 pm Finish


Presenters

Phil Wilson
Director Governance and CCO Partnerships, Auckland Council Read Profile
Jim Palmer
Chair of Future for Local Government Review Panel Read Profile
Raymond Horan
Chief Advisor, Taituarā Read Profile
Naell Crosby-Roe
Governance and Stakeholder Services Manager, Queenstown Lakes District Council Read Profile
Kataraina Hodge
Councillor, Waikato Regional Council Read Profile
Tipa Mahuta
Councillor, Waikato Regional Council Read Profile
Ani Pahuru-Huriwai
Councillor, Gisborne District Council Read Profile
Rawinia Parata
Councillor, Gisborne District Council Read Profile
Mali Ahipene
Pou Tuhono Tai-ranga-whenua, Customer Services, Waikato Regional Council Read Profile
Judith Cheyne
Senior Associate, Simpson Grierson Read Profile
Mike Wakefield
Partner, Simpson Grierson Read Profile
Peter Boshier
Chief Ombudsman, Office of the Ombudsman Read Profile
Carol Hayward
Team Leader Operations and Policy, Auckland Council Read Profile
Mike Reid
Principal Advisor, Local Government New Zealand Read Profile
Seán Mahoney
General Manager, Sector Perfomance, Taituarā Read Profile
Hannah White
Democracy and Governance Manager, Palmerston North City Council Read Profile
Susan Haniel
Senior Advisor, Sector Performance Read Profile
Janice McDougall
Group Manager, People & Partnerships, Kapiti Coast District Council Read Profile