Tēnā koutou. It is my pleasure to welcome you to Local Government New Zealand’s 2021 conference at the ASB Theatre and Convention Centre in Waiharakeke Blenheim, especially because Covid interrupted our plans for the 2020 conference.
The theme for LGNZ Conference 2021 is Reimagining Aotearoa – from community up. With the world thrown into disarray by Covid, Aotearoa has a unique opportunity to leverage its natural capital and take us forward to the future world we want across all our well-being – social, economic, environmental and cultural. Pivotal to that will be local government who are at the epicentre of our communities and know best what our communities need. Here at LGNZ we are privileged to lead positive change for and with the sector, with a drive for strong leadership, performance, adding value and telling our stories. Councils across the country are actively working to play their part in caring for their communities, working with others to provide resilient infrastructure and services; and to better deliver ongoing and increased value to communities. The annual LGNZ conference is the ideal platform to share best practice and sector knowledge with – and between – every council in New Zealand.
The 2021 programme is filled with high quality speakers and thought leaders discussing key topics such as central and local government working together to enable iwi/Māori and communities to drive well-being outcomes; bolstering the resilience of communities to the effects of natural hazards; creativity as a driver of wellbeing; harnessing your natural advantage into decision-making for social, economic, environmental and cultural success; preserving Kiwi tradition while protecting the environment and our communities; and building towards sustainable supply. They will share best practice, practical experience and inspiring advice that will enable councils to effect positive, tangible change in the well-being of their communities around New Zealand.
The interactive “walkshop” sessions have been designed to delve deeper into the four well-beings and will allow us to discuss, debate and learn about best practice in an interactive environment and walk through, learn about and experience first-hand some examples of best practice.
Our networking opportunities will once again be a key feature of conference and, together with our platinum sponsors, I look forward to welcoming you to the Simpson Grierson welcome reception. The annual Fulton Hogan conference dinner will again be home to the LGNZ EXCELLENCE Awards where we will celebrate the success of finalists and winners who have demonstrated excellent performance by councils in promoting and growing the well-being of their communities.
Of course, sitting alongside our social functions are ample networking opportunities in which the local government sector can come together as one, learn about best practice, and work towards harnessing local democracy to power community and national success.
I look forward to seeing you all at conference.
Ngā mihi nui
Local Government New Zealand