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Local Government reform process kicks-off in Bay of Plenty

9 Jan 2013

Media Release

For Immediate Release

Local Government reform process kicks-off in Bay of Plenty

Tauranga Chamber of Commerce today urged the community to get involved in the local government reform debate by attending and participating in a landmark conference – Rethinking Local Government - on Friday 1 February at BayPark.

Chamber CEO Max Mason said, “Local government affects everybody in the community and now is the time for people interested in the performance and future of Councils to get involved and have their say. The recently passed bill on local government reform now provides clarification on what community’s options are and will have an important influence on the October 2013 Council elections.”

The conference is organised by the Tauranga Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Bay of Plenty Regional Council. Speakers include internationally and nationally recognised authorities in local government, economics, demographics, infrastructure and iwi, and will be officially opened by Mayor of Tauranga, Stuart Crosby.

The objective of the conference is to kick start the discussion on the future of Councils in the Bay of Plenty and is a forum to present and discuss pressures, trends and opportunities for local government reform.

The experience and lessons for the Bay of Plenty in light of the reform of local government in Auckland will be covered by Sir Bob Harvey, the previous mayor of Waitakere City. Rod Oram and Peter McKinley will identify the many pressures driving reform and the issues and options for strengthening local government in the Bay.

Professor Natalie Jackson of Waikato University will examine the critical role demographic changes are playing, and Stephen Selwood, CEO of the NZ Council for Infrastructure, addresses the significant infrastructure challenges the region faces.

Antoine Coffin, Chairman of Tauranga Moana Iwi Property Management Company will present options and opportunities for local government and iwi partnerships, and Paul Tustin, Partner Cooney Lees Morgan will identify what the private sector needs from Councils.

The conference will be chaired by Associate Professor Dr Bill Ryan from the School of Government, Victoria University, who will also provide a comparative overview of local government reform in other regions.

Mr Mason said, “The outcome we are looking for is that attendees be from a wide cross section of interested people from rate payers to contractors, agencies who work closely with local Government, business people and elected representatives. The reform of local government has the ability to transform our community and initiating a public discussion on how that could happen is overdue.”

The cost for attendees is $30.00 with morning tea and lunch provided. Full details on speakers and topics is available on the Chamber website – www.tauranga.org.nz. To book please contact Anne Pankhurst at the Tauranga Chamber of Commerce – anne@tauranga.org.nz or call 07 577-8955.

Programme Programme 8.15am – 8.45am Registration
8.45am – 9am Whakatau by representatives of Ngapotiki
9.00am – 9.05am Welcome from chair for the day

Associate Prof Dr Bill Ryan, School of Government, Victoria University of Wellington.

Bill has written extensively about the changing modes of governing required for the 21st century, including the changing relationship between central, regional and local government.

9.05am – 9.10am Official Opening

Stuart Crosby, Mayor, Tauranga City Council

9.10am – 9.15am Principal Sponsor’s welcome

John Cronin, Chair, Bay of Plenty Regional Council

9.15am – 9.30am Setting the Scene on the Local Government Reform

Dr Mike Reid, Principal Policy Advisor, Local Government New Zealand

9.30am – 11.00am International and New Zealand Trends Influencing Change in Local Government

Peter McKinlay, Director, Local Government Centre, AUT University.

Pressures for changes in local governance, planning and democracy - issues and the options for strengthening local government in the Bay of Plenty.

Rod Oram, international business journalist and commentator on corporate, economic and political issues.

Changing environmental, corporate, economic and political conditions that will affect how local government needs to strategically operate.

11:00am – 11:15am Morning tea
11:15am – 12 noon Auckland Reform – Reflections one year on

Bob Harvey, Chairman Auckland Waterfront Development and former Mayor of Waitakere City Council.

What can the Bay of Plenty region learn from Auckland's experience of local government change?

12 noon - – 12.45pm Discussion of the morning’s presentations
12.45pm – 1.30pm Lunch
1.30pm – 3:00pm Pressures for Changes in Local Governance, Planning and Democracy

Professor Natalie Jackson, Professor of Demography and Director, National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis, University of Waikato.

Demographic trends and implications for Local Government reform in the Bay of Plenty.

Stephen Selwood, Chief Executive, New Zealand Council for Infrastructure Development.

The future role of local government in addressing infrastructure challenges in the Bay of Plenty region.

3.00pm – 3.15pm Afternoon tea
3.15pm – 4.15pm Game Changers

Antoine Coffin, Chairman Tauranga Moana Iwi Property Management Company and former Chairman Ngati Ranginui Settlement Trust

What does the post-settlement partnership between local government and Iwi look like – friend, foe or separated?

Paul Tustin, Partner Cooney Lees Morgan

What does the private sector need from local government?

4.15pm-4.45pm Discussion of the afternoon’s presentations, themes and future actions
4.45pm Conference closes


ENDS


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