Community Services & Facilities Event

This event provides an opportunity for community services & facilities managers and professionals to discuss best practice and connect on topical matters.

  • 28 Apr
  • Sudima Hotel, Christchurch
  • 9.00 am - 4.30 pm
  • $480.00 excl. GST. for members
  • $580.00 excl. GST. for non-members
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With the theme, `Creating Community Value` this one day event is designed to provide outstanding professional development and networking opportunities for community services and facilities professionals working in the sector. The programme is an inspiring mix of interactive workshops, led by experts in their fields, and innovative case studies and will provide participants with both practical information and thought provoking ideas.

The topics in the programme below cover three main themes, funding, making a case for services and facilities and managing those services and facilities.

Who Should Attend:

All local government community services and community facilities executives, managers, advisors and officers. This embraces parks and reserves, indoor and outdoor recreation, aquatic facilities, libraries, galleries and museums, community development and community safety.

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NOTE: Delegates who are planning on being in Christchurch the evening before this event are invited to join the event's steering group and SOLGM staff at the restaurant at the Sudima at 7.30pm for an informal dinner. This is not part of the formal Event programme so is on a book and `pay-your-own` basis.

If you have any queries please email or call 04-978-1273

The Programme

Friday 28 April 2017

8.30 am Registration and Coffee

9.00am Welcome from the Chair

Theme One – Funding for services and facilities

9.05 am Session One – The Funding Environment Today

Ian Maxwell, Director of Community Services, Auckland Council

What are the realities of current funding environment? What is happening to the major sources of funding for community facilities? What does it mean for local authorities? Ian presents a scene-setter on the current state of play.

9.25 am Session Two – Getting around the funding roadblocks

Jenni Giblin, The Giblin Group

Fundraising for community facilities requires the skill to bring together a successful mix of community fundraising, grants from funding agencies and a commitment of council expenditure. Each potential funding source is a different audience, with different criteria and expectations. How can we do this successfully?

10.10am Morning Tea

Theme Two – Making the case for services and facilities

10.40am Session Three – Evidence-based Regional Strategies

Steve Fabish, Group Manager - Community Services, Hauraki District Council

How empirical information is used to form strategies that Councils can use to prioritise where they put their investment.

11.25am Session Four – Making the Case – Step by Step

Jamie Delich, Facilities Consultant, Sport NZ

Sport NZ has built a national framework for the development of sporting facilities. This embraces a regional approach for better decision making with an emphasis on robust needs assessment, feasibility and business case. Learn how you can help build a convincing argument for investment.

12.10pm Lunch

Theme Three – Managing our services and facilities

1.00pm Session Five – Looking After Our Facilities

Kathy Dever-Tod, Director, Dever-Tod Advisory Ltd

How does the asset management of community facilities stack up against asset management for networked infrastructure? Is it the poor relation? How do we close the gaps?

1.45pm Session Six - Health and Safety at Work

Lance Vervoort, General Manager Community, Hamilton City Council

The introduction of the Health and Safety At Work Act 2015 has raised the bar for health and safety management in New Zealand. How prepared are you for dealing with a serious workplace event? Lessons from the Hamilton City experience.

2:30pm Afternoon Tea

3.00pm Session Seven – National Facilities Benchmarking Tool

Julian Todd, Places and Spaces Consultant, Sport New Zealand

Sport New Zealand and NZ Recreation Association have partnered to develop a free, national, benchmarking tool for community facilities. This can provide useful insight into how your facility compares with like facilities, and focus attention on your greatest strengths and your best business improvement opportunities.

3.30pm Session Eight – Bringing It All Together

Two case studies to illustrate how a large city council and a smaller district Council knitted together the fundraising, the business case and operational management to deliver successful facilities and services.

Peter Sergel, Director, Hamilton Gardens Hamilton City Council

Hamilton Gardens Redevelopment

Lee Corbett Barton, Events and Venues Manager, Kawerau District Council

Kawerau Adventure Hub

4.30 pm Wrap-up and close


  • Kathy Dever-Tod

    Director, Dever-Tod Advisory Ltd

    Kathy has been recognized throughout New Zealand for more than 18 years as leading asset management practice through her work with industry groups such as IPWEA and SOLGM developing best practice guidelines and delivering industry training. She has worked closely with Treasury since 2010 on implementing Asset Management as a business change process in Central Government. Kathy is the Chair of the Ministry of Education Infrastructure Board and a member of the NAMS Group board. Kathy is also the former CEO of the National Asset Management Support (NAMS) Group.

    Kathy has 15 years experience as a Local Government Infrastructure Manager, with a strong background in Parks and Community Facilities. For the past 8 years Kathy has worked as an independent asset management advisor with a focus on the delivery of training, coaching and mentoring, the development and review of organisational performance management frameworks and undertaking asset management peer reviews.

  • Lee Barton

    Events and Venues Manager, Kawerau District Council

    Lee Corbett Barton has been employed at Kawerau District Council since October 2009. Having spent 10 years as a Youth Worker prior, he became Council’s first Event Co-ordinator. Since then Lee has witnessed the smallest mainland territory go from strength to strength and leverage off the districts surrounding natural resources. Initially operating in a silo in his early years, Lee is now the Events & Venues Manager, which includes youth and community activities in his portfolio. Lee describes his journey over the past 7 years at Council as a life changing occurrence with some astonishing successes along the way.

  • Julian Todd

    Spaces and Places Consultant, Sport New Zealand

    Julian has been a senior manager in the sport and recreation sector for over 25 years, with experience in facility management, planning and development. With experience in both the UK, and New Zealand, he has worked for not-for profits, commercial operators, and local government the most recent of which was for Wellington City Council.

    His current role within the Community Sport team at Sport New Zealand has a national focus, providing advice and support across a range of planning and development initiatives for community sport and recreation facilities.

  • Jenni Giblin

    The Giblin Group

    Leading the Giblin Group team, Jenni brings vast local and central government experience with a healthy dose of vitality to all projects. With expertise in capital raising and an innate understanding of relationship brokering, she has secured many business developments by bringing the right people together with the right questions. One of her strengths is making social capital relevant in a local context to add significant value to council initiatives.

    Jenni has worked on a huge range of projects over the last 9 years. Highlights have included the Len Lye Centre building, the Sargent Gallery redevelopment and currently she is working on the Hastings Opera House earthquake strengthening project and the Wild For Taranaki biodiversity project.

    She’s a woman of action and making things happen. As the saying goes, if you need to get a job done, ask a busy person. Jenni is a board member of Business Hawkes Bay and a Board member of the Wanganui Collegiate College Board. Jenni has a Bachelor of Arts in Social Policy and an Honours degree in Public Policy from Victoria University.

  • Jamie Delich

    Spaces and Places Lead, Sport New Zealand

    Jamie has been a senior manager in the public sector with extensive experience in sport and recreation facility planning, development, and service delivery for over forty years. Twenty-five years of this time was spent in various roles with the Wellington City Council.

    In his current role as Sport New Zealand’s Community Sport, Spaces, and Places Lead, he has a national role providing advice and support for local, regional, and national organisations considering development of community sports and recreation facilities. Jamie is also an active participant and contributor to the sport and recreation industry with his services to the sector recently were recognised when he was awarded a Fellowship of the New Zealand Recreation Association.

  • Mr Ian Maxwell

    Director of Community Services, Auckland Council

    As Director of Community Services I am accountable for the delivery of service from libraries, parks, sports grounds, beaches, swimming pools, recreation and fitness centres, cemeteries, community centres, houses and halls, art centres and public art, housing for older people, community development and events

    Prior to this role I was responsible for the Parks Sports and Recreation Department at Auckland Council and before that I led the Community Services Division at Manukau City.

    I am an economist and urban planner by training and have worked overseas with development banks. I am married with two daughters, and enjoy tramping and cycling as well as teaching local history.

  • Lance Vervoort

    General Manager Community, Hamilton City Council

    Lance Vervoort is currently Deputy Chief Executive and General Manager, Community at Hamilton City Council where he has been for 6 years. He has had an extensive career in senior executive and operational management roles in local government and also has experience as a consultant. During this time Lance has had responsibility for a wide range of functions which provide facilities, public places and services for large numbers of the public and everything that comes with that – the good and the bad! He is passionate about developing high performing teams that can provide great spaces and places where memorable recreational experiences can be had by the communities that use them.

  • Steve Fabish

    Group Manager - Community Services, Hauraki District Council

    Steve Fabish is Hauraki District Council’s Group Manager Community Services and Development. He has held this position since 2011 and is responsible for leading a team delivering all of Council’s Community Services, Community Development, Property, Democracy Services and Economic Development. Prior to 2011 Steve spend 5 years at Matamata Piako District Council as their Community Facilities Manager. His work over the last 10 years has given him the opportunity to work closely with Sport Waikato at both a local and regional level. With Matthew Cooper being unavailable to present “Session Three – Evidence-based Regional Strategies”, Steve has agree to present this on his behalf.

  • Peter Sergel

    Peter Sergel, Director, Hamilton Gardens Hamilton City Council

    Is director of Hamilton Gardens and the key person behind the transformation of the old Hamilton dump site into an international award winning garden. Despite little initial Council funding he’s worked closely with the community to develop each garden area. While still under development, Hamilton Gardens attracts well over a million visits a year and has become a flagship for the local billion dollar visitor industry. Last year Hamilton Gardens won the SOLGM Supreme Award for the way they’d brought together: a vision, extensive fundraising, community partnerships and a continual drive for excellence.