Taituarā Annual Summit

  • 15 September - Christchurch
  • 18 September - Taupō
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2020 Deconstructed Summit: Beyond Lockdown – Reimagining our Future

Communities in Aotearoa and internationally are dealing with the impact of the COVID-19 response with challenges such as reduced income, restricted movement and future uncertainty.

What does this mean for our sector in a post-COVID environment? How can we continue to care for our communities, support our economies and protect our environments to enable community well-being?

This year we’re hitting the road and coming to you! Join us in Christchurch or Taupō, in-person or online, to learn from each other, catch up with colleagues from across the sector and hear from some inspiring speakers.

These events replace our Annual Summit format and provide an opportunity for local government professionals to connect and network in their regions. The delivery of keynote sessions and live panel interviews will be both on-location and online.

The 2020 Annual Summit is sponsored by Simpson Grierson.

Christchurch, Town Hall

Tuesday 15 September

8.30am – 5pm – Deconstructed Summit

Register for the Christchurch Summit

Taupō, Great Lake Convention Centre

Friday 18 September

8.30am – 5pm – Deconstructed Summit

Register now for the Taupō Summit

Sponsorship opportunities

Our Annual Summit puts your profile and brand in front of local government decision makers. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities for the 2020 Annual Summit, please email Ann Thomson.

Have a look at some of the highlights from our 2018 Summit




Summit Sponsor

Principal Sponsors



Taupō Accommodation

The SOLGM Team will stay at The Hilton, Taupō. Book here.

BERL 2020 Taituarā Summit Awards

BERL will award Taituarā 2020 Summit registrations to two lucky members to attend the 2020 Summit in Christchurch on 15 September or in Taupō on 18 September*. You must:

  • have worked in the local government sector for at least two, and no more than five, years,
  • be working in business, economic or community development; or in strategy or planning (or related) divisions of business.

You will need to submit a 100-word statement outlining your interest in how Māori can participate in and contribute to the development of your community, district, city or region.

We also welcome applicants who may not meet the criteria in full but may still be stand-out candidates.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 14 August. Application forms are here .

Completed application forms can be submitted to info@taituara.org.nz with the subject line ‘BERL Summit registration application’.

*Award includes 2020 Summit registration valued is at $550 + GST and excludes travel and accommodation.