Tēnā koutou. It is my pleasure to welcome you to Local Government New Zealand’s 2021 conference at the ASB Theatre and Marlborough Events Centre in Waiharakeke Blenheim.
The theme for LGNZ Conference 2021 is Reimagining Aotearoa – from community up.
We’ve been thinking hard about our conference programme in the wake of all the change facing local government at the moment, and we believe our conference needs to reflect what’s top of mind for the sector, and right now that’s reform – three waters, resource management and Future for Local Government.
This once in a generation reform programme creates both uncertainty but also opportunity – our chance to help shape a new kind of local government to support stronger, more resilient communities.
So, we’ve made some changes to the programme to reflect what’s happening now. It’s meant starting with the future and making space for a plenary session exploring the three waters reform’s state of play, as well as interactive sessions to hear your voices.
The Future for Local Government panel will be there, as well as key Ministers and all your local government friends and colleagues. Join us!
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
PresidentLocal Government New Zealand