We're excited that Taituarā Conference 2022 is coming up really soon – it's taking place from 29-30 November 2022 at the TSB Arena and Shed 6 in Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington. As part of the programme we have five workshops zeroing in on key topics relevant to local government professionals across the motu. We would like to briefly introduce these below.

Register or find out more about Taituarā Conference 2022.

Making Treaty partnerships work

Meaningful relationships and partnerships with Māori necessitate local government staff and elected members being culturally capable. 

This session will explore the capability journey councils are on to develop their commitment to Te Ao Māori, to understand and apply tikanga Māori, and how they are creating culturally safe, comfortable, and supportive environments for Māori staff and elected members, as well their partners. 

It will enable participants to share their journeys, ask questions, and learn from one another. 

Presented by Steve Gibling from Invercargill City Council, Steph O'Sullivan from Whakatāne District Council and Nedine Thatcher-Swann from Gisborne District Council.

Living in a disrupted climate

Our climate is already disrupted, and many communities are dealing with the consequences. We have already seen temperature and rainfall records broken and accompanied by an upswing in heat waves and extreme rainfalls, droughts, tornados, wildfires, and flooding. The widespread impact of this climate disruption on human, economic, and natural systems is occurring now and will worsen over coming decades. 

This workshop will explore the exciting and inspirational ways in which local government and communities are adapting to this new reality, and planning for the future while also maintaining their councils' business as usual.

Presented by Pat Dougherty from Nelson City Council, Jon Kingsbury from Hutt City Council and Jo Miller from Hutt City Council.

The Future for Local Government 

On 28 October 2022, the Future for Local Government Review Panel released its draft report 'He mata whāriki, he matawhānui'. In this workshop the Review Panel will focus on the case for change, the Review Panel's thoughts on the present state of local government in Aotearoa New Zealand, and how the sector might move from its current state to the Review Panel’s recommended future state. 

This session intends to stimulate and challenge attendees as they consider their own responses which are due by 28 February 2023.

All members of the Future for Local Government Review Panel will be joining us for this important workshop: Jim Palmer, Antoine Coffin, Gael Surgenor, Brendan Boyle and Penny Hulse. The Review Panel was appointed by the Department of Internal Affairs.

Collective action – how to do it well?

Collective action empowers communities to develop and deliver on their aspirations – addressing what matters most to them. It shares power. 

Using a community lens, and concept of locality-based planning, this session will examine an adaptive, continuous learning approach and give you some of the tools needed to implement it. The emphasis will be on the importance of putting whānau at the centre and underpinning action with equity, excellence, sustainability, as well as partnership between local government, central government, and communities. 

The resources introduced can be used for all forms of locality-based planning for wellbeing and in particular for the partnerships we need to create excellent health outcomes.

Presented by Amarjit Maxwell who is Managing Director of Maxwell Associates and Programme Director of Health Care Home National Collaborative.

The future of work starts now

This workshop will help you turbocharge your council’s pulling power and get you thinking about your future workforce. We previously featured this workshop as well as Jo Cribb who will be facilitating this session. 

Find out more

Register or find out more about Taituarā Conference 2022 on our dedicated conference website.