Abstracts

 
Looking Forward, Encouraging Youth and Talent
Darren Pratley
Friday 9.15am

 
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Engaging with the Maori community
Puna Wano-Bryant and Wharehoka Wano
Friday 10.00am

Whare and Puna will provide insight into the story of iwi communities and what multi-faceted approaches they apply when engaging with their own communities and external communities.
 
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Taranaki Mounga Project - eradicating all predators off the Mountain
Sean Zeiltjes
Friday 11.15am

Taranaki Mounga is a landscape scale ecological restoration project working to bring the mountains, ranges and islands back to life – He kawa ora. The project area is 34,000ha of alpine, forest and coastal environment. The project is working with others in the region including the Kaitake Community Board in particular to inspire the Taranaki community to pick up this challenge to create a step change in biodiversity restoration.

https://taranakimounga.nz/

https://predatorfreenz.org/5126-2/

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1805/S00467/towards-a-predator-free-taranaki.htm


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The important role of Youth Voice Groups locally and regionally
Sarah Colcord
Friday 12.00pm

Youth councils, youth voice groups, and youth advisory groups provide representation or a voice for youth in the community. They play an important role as they connect, support and empower young people to be involved in the community and they elevate the voice of young people in decision-making spaces. As these groups grow across Aotearoa, there is an opportunity to work collectively towards increasing youth participation, engagement and advocacy on both local and regional levels.  

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Best Practice Awards presentations
Friday 2.30pm

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CONCURRENT WORKSHOP
Community Emergency Planning
Ben Ingram
Friday 3.45pm

 

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CONCURRENT WORKSHOP
Building strong Te Ao Maori relationships
Puna Wano-Bryant and Wharehoka Wano
Friday 3.45pm

An interactive workshop which will encourage participants look at a te ao Maori framework and see how it can be applied not only in Te Ao Maori engagement but with their own boards and authorities
 
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CONCURRENT WORKSHOP
Age friendly movements: getting there by community
Diane Turner and Julia Tinga
Friday 3.45pm

Most of us are living longer lives – what does this mean for the future of our communities?

There is a world-wide movement to create age-friendly cities and communities as a way to respond to and prepare for an ageing population, and New Zealand has formally committed to it. Find out what it's about, what resources are around to help you, and what some communities are doing.

This will be an interactive session where you'll have the chance to work through some of the steps and apply them in your community. It is also an opportunity for those who are already underway to share their experiences, and get ideas from others on their next steps.
 
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CONCURRENT WORKSHOP
Towards Predator-Free Taranaki
Toby Shanley
Friday 3.45pm

The Towards Predator-Free Taranaki project aims to restore the sound and movement of our wildlife and rejuvenate native plants in urban and rural Taranaki. The project aims to support and build on the foundations of the many projects already working to restore the native biodiversity of Taranaki.

Toby's background is in conservation and ecological restoration, having experience working on a number of pest-free offshore islands around NZ. The inspiration gained from these experiences has provided the motivation to strive towards restoring the unique ecology of the Taranaki region.
 
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Setting the foundations for community development
Shay Wright
Saturday 9.45am

We all want to see the growth in local enterprise, the financial sustainability of community organisations, the creation of good jobs, and the growth in regional leadership amongst our people. Shay will share some of the practical insights that we can apply after working across the country with more than 100 Maori enterprises, and in shaping the Government's regional growth strategies.
 
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CONCURRENT WORKSHOP
How to activate, develop and empower your local youth voice
Shay Wright and Sarah Colcord
Saturday 11.00am

This workshop will provide you with the necessary tools so that you and your community board can better engage and activate young people to positively contribute to community decision-making.
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CONCURRENT WORKSHOP
Rural Connectivity Group – RBI2 and Mobile Black Spots Programme
Caitlin Metz
Saturday 11.00am

In August 2017 the Rural Connectivity Group was appointed by the government to be the infrastructure provider to bring 4G mobile and wireless broadband coverage to rural New Zealand under the Rural Broadband Initiative Phase 2 and the Mobile Black Spot fund. The Rural Connectivity Group is an independent entity established to build the infrastructure shared by New Zealand's three mobile network operators and to operate and maintain the new open access network. In partnership with Crown Infrastructure Partners we will deliver new mobile and wireless broadband coverage to approximately 36,000 rural homes and businesses, provide new mobile coverage across parts of 32 rural state highways, and provide connectivity to at least 100 top New Zealand tourist destinations by December 2022.

Caitlin will provide an overview of the national programmes and an update on progress across the regions, including Council participation. There will be the opportunity for questions and discussion on how we can all contribute to a successful outcome for a connected rural New Zealand.

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CONCURRENT WORKSHOP
Are we people friendly enough?
Lance Girling-Butcher
Saturday 1.30pm

Lance will talk about work he has done meeting this challenge during his time on the New Plymouth District Council and since. This will include developing strategies to look after the disabled and aged plus other needy minorities.  He will tackle this from a positive aspect detailing success.  Lance's workshop will also outline the role of Community Boards in this process.

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Population Aging and Local Government
Natalie Jackson
Saturday 1.30pm

Natalie will give us an update on population ageing in New Zealand, with a particular focus on its local dimensions and implications. 

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Thinking about Education to Employment
Warwick Foy
Saturday 2.15pm

We have nearly 300,000 students currently enrolled in our secondary school system. How many of them will be well-prepared for the future? How many of them will value the skills that employers look for alongside their qualifications? How many of them will be well-informed about their many employment opportunities? How many of them will go to work? In their lifetime, almost all of them will work in some way. We need to talk more about work at school. Work works.

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