Tuesday 31 March

The elected representatives workshop provides an opportunity to hear and learn about the important role you play in leading the development of planning policy.

With 4 informative and thought provoking sessions and interesting group discussion we hope you will learn something new and be inspired. The workshop also presents the opportunity to network and learn from others in similar governance roles

Afterwards, why not stay for the field trips, or indeed the full conference!

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8.30 - 9.30

10.00 - 10.15


10.15 - 11.15

10.45 - 11.15  









11.00 -11.30 

11.45 - 12.45




12.45 -1.45















1.45 – 2.45 

2.45 – 3.30



3.30 – 4.00   


Powhiri at Whakatu Marae​

Introduction from the Chair – Malcolm Alexander, CEO, LGNZ. Also an update from MfE


Waste not want not - MfE

RMA decision making

  • Dennis Bush-King, Environment and Planning Manager, Tasman District Council.

Independent commissioners only? Government’s proposals to appoint a pool of
independent hearing commissioners for all/particular aspects of RMA decision making –
Cabinet paper on second stage of RMA reform mentions this. In addition, elected
representatives may now be paid an hourly rate for RMA plan hearings as well as
resource consent hearings.

Morning tea – Rutherford foyer


Freshwater – LGNZ

What will be required from local government to ensure the expectations of central
government and their communities can be met to provide better freshwater outcomes.


Sustainable tourism

  • Mark Rawson, Nelson Regional Development Agency, supported by LGNZ

Growing Visitor numbers and how local governance can assist with ensuring that we
a have a strategy for sustainable development and management of the visitor sector
to enhance the sectors contribution to the local community, economy and environment in
the long-term. Whilst there has been a historic focus on destination marketing from the
tourism industry and local Government investment, the need for a stronger destination
management focus has become clear to put communities at the heart of the visitor sector
and help create passionate local ambassadors for your regions. A comprehensive
destination management thinking approach can help unlock new value add opportunities,
close infrastructure gaps and enhance the contribution the visitor sector makes to our
local communities.

Lunch – Rutherford foyer

Pigeon Valley Fires Panel – Join the Papa Pounamu group to hear about lessons
learned from this incident.


Wrap up discussion and Q&A – LGNZ/MfE

NZPI Conference Welcome Function – Founders Heritage Park

Click here to download a copy of the programme* 

*Please note that the programme is subject to change


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