Local Government Conference in Christchurch

Stuart Crosby, Chairman of Local Government of New Zealand (LGNZ).

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Stuart Crosby, Chairman of Local Government of New Zealand (LGNZ).

Christchurch has been chosen to host next year’s Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) conference.

The July conference is expected to attract 600 delegates, regional and local council leaders from across the country.

It will be held at the city’s new conference center, Te Pae.

LGNZ Chairman Stuart Crosby described the conference as an important platform to discuss key issues and formulate submissions. He said it would be the first opportunity for the sector to come together after the 2020 local elections.

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Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel said she was delighted the conference brought together so many leaders from the local government sector in Ōtautahi Christchurch.

The city’s promotion and economic development agency, ChristchurchNZ, put together the bid for the conference on behalf of Christchurch City Council. A ChristchurchNZ spokesperson said the offer did not include an incentive payment, as is sometimes done to attract major events.

The main auditorium of Te Pae can accommodate 1400 people.

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The main auditorium of Te Pae can accommodate 1400 people.

Last year, two Christchurch councillors, Sam MacDonald and Jake McLellan, proposed that the council cancel its $130,000 annual LGNZ membership over its unhappiness at signing an agreement with the Crown on controversial water reforms.

Councilors requested a report on the matter from staff, who then recommended that the council retain its LGNZ membership.

The LGNZ 2022 conference was held this week in Palmerston North.

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