Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Strengthening capacity and capability to improve governance

23 July 2014

For immediate release

Strengthening capacity and capability to improve governance

Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) ran an in-depth master class session on governance as part of its conference at Nelson, for a large group of council managers, elected members and local government stakeholders.

Good governance is vital to the success of local governments. The sector knows that in order to deliver strong local government across New Zealand, it needs to raise our standards of governance and performance. While there are many strong performers we need to lift the bar higher.

The session covered how improved governance can be achieved through strengthened capacity and capability.

Speakers included LGNZ governance specialist Dr Brian Rhoades, MartinJenkins Director Michael Mills, FairWay Resolution Business Director Jenny Rowan, LGNZ financial specialist Philip Jones, LGNZ Principal Policy Advisor Dr Mike Reid and Institute of Directors Manager Governance Leadership Centre Simon Arcus.

The master class ran through case studies on key governance issues such as conflicts of interest, governance and management, setting council strategy and confidentiality breaches.

LGNZ President Lawrence Yule says the session, drawing on lessons learnt from recent experience, explained the critical elements of good organisational and financial governance.

“It is essential councils have an effective working relationship between elected members and administration, and a positive culture that encourages openness and accountability with a clear vision and strategic plan that is produced through a comprehensive and inclusive process owned by all parts of the council,” Mr Yule says.

“LGNZ is leading and supporting local government to improve governance and performance, through the launch of our Centre of Excellence, EquiP, in March and KnowHow workshop series on governance developed with Institute of Directors.”

The 2014 LGNZ Conference took place 20-22 July at Nelson, with more than 550 local government delegates attending to take part in master class sessions, hear presentations from high profile speakers about significant issues and opportunities facing the sector. The theme of the conference was Powering Local Economies, Building Vibrant Communities.

*Ends*


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

'Tea Break Bill' Passes: Gordon Campbell On Bad Labour Laws And Poor Safety

By co-incidence, one of the prime dangers of the government’s new employment relations law has been underlined by the release of the death and injury statistics among workers at New Zealand ports. These are highly profitable enterprises for the port owners.

The Port of Tauranga for instance, is expecting its current full-year profit to be between $78 million and $83 million and other ports are enjoying similar boom times – but they are also highly dangerous places for the people who work on or around the port premises. At the Port of Tauranga, there have been 26 serious accidents since 2011, and two deaths. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

No Charges: Outcome Of Operation Clover Investigation

Police have completed a multi-agency investigation, Operation Clover, into the activities of a group calling themselves “The Roast Busters”. The 12 month enquiry focused on incidents involving allegations of sexual offending against a number of girls in the Waitemata Police district and wider Auckland area... More>>

ALSO:

UNICEF Report: NZ Cautioned On "Stagnating" Child Poverty

An international report by UNICEF has found that child poverty rates in New Zealand have barely changed since 2008, despite similar sized countries significantly reducing child poverty during the recent recession. More>>

ALSO:

Funding Report: Two Pathways For Transport In Auckland

Commissioned by Auckland Council, the group was asked to investigate two possible pathways for raising $300 million per year ($12 billion over 30 years) to pay for the improvements needed to help fix Auckland’s transport system. More>>

ALSO:

Pay Equity: Equal Pay Win In Court Of Appeal

CTU: The Court of Appeal has made a historic decision paving the way for a substantial equal pay claim for aged care workers. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Finishing Line, And Amazon’s Woes

If the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal wasn’t such a serious matter, this would be pretty funny… More>>

ALSO:

TV3 Video: Three Die On Roads Over Labour Weekend

The official holiday period ended at 6am Tuesday, with three deaths on the roads during the Labour Day weekend. More>>

Employment Relations Bill: Govt Strains To Get Tea Break Law Through

The Government has been left with egg on its face - failing to get its much-vaunted, but hugely unpopular, meal break law passed in the first week of its new term, Labour spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

Guns: Police Association Call To Arm Police Full Time

"The new minister gave his view, that Police do not need to be armed, while standing on the forecourt of parliament. The dark irony was that the interview followed immediately after breaking news of a gunman running amok in the Canadian parliament in Ottawa..." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news