The annual professional development event for those who lead or participate in the development of the long-term plan.

  • 18 Sep 2023-19 Sep 2023
  • 10:00 - 17:00
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  • Christchurch Town Hall, 86 Kilmore St, Christchurch Central, Ōtautahi Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 950.00 (plus GST) Members
  • 1,100.00 (plus GST) Non Members
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About this event

Last stop for 2024!

There’s now less than a year to 30 June 2024 and the last stop on our road to 2024 is the 2023 Community Plan Forum – a last chance to discuss some of the core factors that will shape the 2024 LTP.

An LTP is never easy to land, and this year may be more difficult than many. Wellness is always important, but never more so in the run-up to 30 June. We begin this year’s session with an interactive workshop that provides practical tools for managing your own wellbeing (and the wellbeing of those around you).

The troika of reform projects are a major forecasting assumption for LTP 2024. With the 2024 election underway by the time we meet, reforms will be on a temporary pause. Learn about the latest developments in the reform process, and discuss what might just happen after 14 October.

This year you can tailor your forum experience to yours and your councils’ needs with optional sessions covering:

  • decision-making
  • strategy writing
  • setting levels of service, performance measures, and targets
  • managing submissions
  • the LTP and organisational planning
  • capturing the lessons – an effective LTP debrief.

And with the usual updates on the economy and from the Office of the Auditor-General, the forum is your indispensable source of information to put the final touches on the LTP.

Day one: 18 September 2023

8:45 am Registration and tea and coffee on arrival

9:15 am Mihi whakatau

9:30 am Welcome
Raymond Horan, Chief Advisor, Taituarā

9:35 am How to thrive through the LTP and beyond (an interactive workshop)
Lauren Parsons, Managing Director, Lauren Parsons Wellbeing

Managing an LTP is never an easy task. To do it well, you need to stay well. This session will look at practical strategies and tools to respond positively, survive and thrive in the face of the challenges ahead. The value of this session will last well after the LTP!

11:05 am Morning tea

11:30 am The reforms – what’s happened and what comes next?
Kath Ross, General Manager, Strategy and Reform, Taituar
Raymond Horan, Chief Advisor, Taituarā

An update on the reforms and the latest thinking on how these will play out in LTP 2024.

12:30 pm Sector workshops

An opportunity to discuss issues and challenges with other councils:

  • Metropolitan and provincial cities – led by Joshua Logan, Team Leader: Corporate Planning, Tauranga City Council
  • The Heartland Group – led by Paul Hope, Group Manager Finance and Corporate Development and Acting Group Manager Assets, Waitaki District Council
  • Regional – led by Raymond Horan, Chief Advisor, Taituarā

1:20 pm Lunch

2:10 pm Marketplace – session one

Choose from:

1) Managing submissions
Joshua Logan, Team Leader: Corporate Planning, Tauranga City Council

    What should you do with submissions once they’ve arrived? This session includes managing, submission analysis, and interacting with the submitters.

    2) KPI clinic
    Kathy Dever-Tod, Group Manager- Parks and Logistics, Palmerston North City Council

    This is a ‘hands on’ session for those working on their performance management framework. This session is intended to ‘crowd source’ solutions to some of the tougher areas to come up with relevant, customer focussed measures with an expert facilitator.

    3) Working the LTP into the organisational planning
    Peter Ryan, Head of Corporate Planning and Performance, Christchurch City Council

    How does the LTP flow into the organisation?

    3:05 pm Marketplace – session two

    Choose another from session one above.

    3:55 pm Afternoon tea

    4.30 pm Economic update – BERL
    Hillmarè Schulze, Director/Chief Economist, BERL

    LTPs aren’t developed in a vacuum, and to close the first day, a scan of the economic backdrop to the long-term plan and a few other economic issues that might be relevant as your plans reach the decision-making phases.

    5:20 pm Close day one

    5:25 pm Networking drinks

    Day two: 19 September 2023

    8:40 am Welcome back
    Raymond Horan, Chief Advisor, Taituarā

    8.45 am Looking forward to 2023
    Mark Maloney, Assistant Auditor-General, Local Government, Office of the Auditor-General

    The ‘LTP year’ update from the audit sector including the key aspects of the audit of the 2024 LTPs.

    9.30 am Marketplace – session three

    Choose from:

    1) Good decision making
    Mike Wakefield, Partner, Simpson Grierson
    Jonathan Salter, Special Counsel, Simpson Grierson

    An LTP is the sum of a large number of decisions big and small. This is a session melding the art and the science of advising the decision-makers.

    2) Learning for the next time: conducting an LTP debrief
    Niall Baker, Policy Team Leader, Matamata-Piako District Council

    A practical session for project leaders covering systems and processes for recording your experiences from LTP 2024 for the next long-term plan (whatever form that takes).

    3) Strategy writing
    Raymond Horan, Chief Advisor, Taituarā

    Tips and other sage advice for preparing the financial and infrastructure strategies in the post-reform.

    10:20 am Taituarā update
    Representative from Taituar

    An update about the sector, and the latest from Taituarā and its mahi on behalf of the sector.

    10:50 am Morning tea

    11:10 am Marketplace - session four

    Choose another from session three above.

    12 noon Engaging on a budget
    Raymond Horan, Chief Advisor, Taituarā

    And to finish, a sharing of experiences with your peers on your favourite means for engaging cost-effectively.

    12:40 pm Sum up
    Raymond Horan, Chief Advisor, Taituarā

    12:50 pm Close of forum


    Who should attend?

    Anyone with a general interest but in particular strategic and policy planners.

    If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact


    Raymond Horan
    Chief Advisor, Taituarā Read Profile
    Lauren Parsons
    Managing Director, Lauren Parsons Wellbeing Read Profile
    Josh Logan
    Team Leader: Corporate Planning, Tauranga City Council Read Profile
    Kathy Dever-Tod
    Parks & Reserves Manager, Palmerston North City Council Read Profile
    Peter Ryan
    Head of Performance Management, Christchurch City Council Read Profile
    Hillmarè Schulz
    Principal Economist, BERL Read Profile
    Niall Baker
    Policy Team Leader Read Profile
    Kathryn Ross
    General Manager Strategy & Reform, Taituarā Read Profile