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15 - 17 July 2018, Christ's College, Christchurch

Interactive sessions

When: Monday 16 July
Where: The city walking tour depart's from the foyer of the Christ's College Auditorium. The workshops will be held at Christ's College.
Time: 3.00pm - 5.00pm

Select an interactive workshop OR the city walking tour during the conference registration process. Please note maximum numbers apply.

Interactive workshops

Participants choose one session to attend. 

1. Building excellence in locally delivered infrastructure and services - FULLY BOOKED
Workshop topic: Best Practice

The CouncilMARKā„¢ Excellence Programme has now been running for two years. One of the key components of the programme is to encourage councils to use the assessment report findings to develop action plans as part of a continuous improvement approach.

Using the learnings and observations made in the first tranche of the CouncilMARKā„¢ participants in the workshop will have the opportunity to understand what good practice looks like at a practical council level and the improvements their peers have made following participation in the programme.

This session will focus on four cases studies across the priority areas of the programme to showcase best practice:

  • Governance, leadership and strategy
  • Financial decision-making and transparency
  • Service delivery and asset management
  • Communicating and engaging with the public and business

The purpose of this workshop is to provide attendees with:

  • Insight into the challenges that other councils face;
  • Practical guidance on others councils' experience with developing action plans;
  • An opportunity to discuss on-going sharing of best practice amongst councils; and
  • Provide attendees with an understanding of a range of best practice examples of actions that councils are already undertaking to address improvements identified in their reports.

2. The challenges of climate change decision making and opportunities for adaption
Workshop topic: Climate change

Adapting to the impacts of climate change is a significant challenge and priority focus for councils. The way in which communities live and function is already being impacted by climate change, particularly by rising seas and increasing extreme weather events. All communities will be affected by climate change and all councils will face higher costs as infrastructure is enhanced and adapted to address the impacts. Tough and courageous decisions will have to be made by councils about how existing communities and developments are protected, and where new developments are located.

Councils face the risk that the adaptation decisions that they make will be challenged by affected communities or property owners, as was the case for Kapiti Coast District Council when its decision to include coastal hazard lines on LIMs was challenged in the High Court by affected property owners. The risk for other councils of similar legal action disincentivises them to make the tough and courageous adaptation decisions that increasingly need to be made.

In early 2018, LGNZ will launch a practical legal toolkit designed to assist councils with their climate change decision making responsibilities and to assist councils with ensuring that their exposure to litigation risk is minimised.

The purpose of this workshop is to provide attendees with:

  • Insight into the challenges that were faced by Kapiti Coast District Council;
  • Practical and up-to-date legal guidance on councils' obligations to communicate climate change related information on LIMs;
  • An understanding of the risks for councils associated with failing to take action to address known impacts of climate change; and
  • An opportunity to discuss strategies for engaging with communities and raising awareness of the impacts of climate change related natural hazards and risks.

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3. Working together to protect and improve New Zealand's water and environment
Workshop topic: Water

Water 2050 is well underway. Work is taking place across all 5 workstreams and the interactive session will use the opportunity to outline the findings and test them with the audience.

The five Water 2050 workstreams are:

  1. Water allocation
  2. Water quality
  3. Infrastructure
  4. Cost/funding
  5. Governance

The purpose of this workshop is to:

  • Present key findings from each Water 2050 workstream;
  • Provide an opportunity to test the findings and further shape the work before it is finalised
  • Discuss the implications for the sector
  • Explore what changes will be needed for water policy and its implementation in the future

City walking tour  Fully booked

Join City Council staff and Elected Members on an intriguing central city tour.  Our compact central city is home to new exciting and innovative architecture, enticing laneways and local precincts where retail mingles with hospitality. The walk-and-talk includes time to chat with developers and stakeholders about the progress of the rebuild, view the integrated Justice and Emergency Services precinct, examples of heritage preservation, and smart and accessible city initiatives.

Key stops along the way include; Christchurch City Council building, Art's Centre, Innovation Precinct, Justice Precinct, Earthquake Memorial Wall, Margaret Mahy Playground and city centre retail and hospitality spots.

Please meet outside Christ's College at 3.15pm. The tour will conclude at the Art's Centre at 4.55pm where you can make your way back to Christ's College or your hotel.

Please ensure you wear comfortable walking shoes and warm clothing, distance covered is 3km. In the case of wet weather the tour will be conducted utilising the city's trams.
Please note numbers for this tour are limited and will be allocated on a first in basis.




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