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 Blenheim.
The theme for LGNZ Conference 2021 is Natural Capital: Leveraging what makes your place great. New Zealand’s rural areas, towns and cities are remarkable for their differences from each other – and that’s something that should be celebrated! What is it that makes your place great, and how can councils play a part in turning that to an advantage? This theme will be explored at LGNZ Conference 2021 and no better place exemplifies putting natural capital into action than Marlborough.
The 2021 programme is filled with high quality speakers and thought leaders discussing key topics such as harnessing your natural advantage into decision-making for social, economic, environmental and cultural success; water, aquaculture and the RMA; preserving Kiwi camping tradition while protecting the environment and our communities; building towards sustainable housing supply; bolstering the resilience of infrastructure and communities to the effects of natural hazards; and how councils can enable cultural well-being. 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