Council Collaboration and Partnering Forum

A word that’s easy to say but not always easy to put into practice. This event is for those interested in leading practices in collaboration between councils, between councils and central government, and councils and those outside government spheres. The event is based on a case study approach and will feature real life examples told by the people who make it work on the ground, one for those who deal with the practical rather than the theoretical.

  • 27 Nov
  • Harbourside Function Venue (formerly Macs Function Centre), Wellington
  • 27 Nov 9.00am - 4.15pm; Venue: Harbourside Function Centre (formerly Macs Function Centre), 4 Taranaki Street Wharf, Cnr Cable & Taranaki St, Wellington
  • $550.00 excl. GST. for members
  • $650.00 excl. GST. for non-members
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This forum is for those interested in leading practice in collaboration, especially between councils, and between councils and government.The Forum is intended to encourage greater and more successful collaboration between local authorities and between local authorities and other groups, especially central government agencies.

The event is based on a case study approach and will feature real life examples told by the people who make it work on the ground.The case studies are drawn from a range of different areas of activity – social, economic, infrastructural, scientific and even the support activity gets a run.Each case has a focus on how the initiative got off the ground, and what it takes to make these work on a day to day basis.We’ll draw together the lessons and common themes from the cases in a final capstone session.

The last government saw the so-called section 17A reviews as a means for encouraging greater collaboration amongst councils, and between councils and other organisations.While many of these reviews will be undertaken on a 6 yearly cycle, its likely most councils will find they need to do at least one a year.There will be a session focussing on getting the best from these reviews.

This event is one for those who want practical ideas and means for working with others for better results.

Who should attend:

  • Policy managers
  • Activity managers
  • Asset managers
  • Anyone undertaking a section 17A review or who is considering a collaborative approach to an issue.


9.00am Welcome

Raymond Horan, Chief Advisor, SOLGM

9.05am Introduction – What’s Collaboration

Nasi Jenkin, Director, Shared Solutions Ltd

This opening session provides the frame for the day with an introduction to collaboration, different models, when the collaborative approach works best, and some general pointers to developing a collaborative approach and maintaining the relationship.

9.45am Getting the Best from a Section 17A Review

Peter Winder, Director. McGredy Winder

The 17A reviews are intended to encourage local authorities to seek efficiency gains, including through collaborative approaches.McGredy Winder will provide some pointers to getting the best from a review, from the perspective of an agency that’s undertaken reviews for a variety of local authorities.

10.30am Morning Tea

10.50am The Healthy Homes Initiative

Anne-Marie Mujica & Glenda Lock, The Southern Initiative

The Southern Initiative (TSI) champions, stimulates and enables social and community innovation in south Auckland.The Healthy Homes initiative is a set of interventions co-designed with central government, the community and business to create warm, dry homes in South Auckland.

11.30am The Kaikōura Harbour Remediation

Angela Oosthuizen, Chief Executive,Kaikōura District Counciland Dave Brash. DPMC

The North Canterbury Earthquake of 2016 raised the seabed of Kaikōura’s South Bay, effectively rendering the harbour unusable for the fishing and marine tourism that are the mainstays of the local economy.This is a story of an outstanding cross-government, cross-community collaboration that successfully delivered a better harbour inside twelve months.

The Kaikōura Harbour Remediation was the winner of the BERL Award for Collaborative Government Action at the 2018 McGredy Winder SOLGM Excellence Awards.

12.10am Pathways to Employment

Gary Haddon, HR Operational Advisor, Wellington City Council

The Pathways to Employment programme is a partnership initiative between the Ministry of Social Development and the Wellington City Council. Pathways to Employment provides young adults on job seeker support with training, skill development and work experience in a supportive working environment to help them become more marketable, find employment or go on to further training.

12.50pm Lunch

1.30pm What’s Coming Up from SOLGM?

Raymond Horan, Chief Advisor, SOLGM

The annual update on all of SOLGM’s good works, including an update on the progress of the Business Performance Working Party which has responsibility for this event.

1.50pm The Integrated Kaipara Harbour Management Group

Willie Wright, Integrated Kaipara Harbour Management Group and Bruce Griffin

The Integrated Kaipara Harbour Management Group (IKHMG) was established in 2005 and its key purpose is to promote integrated management and inter-agency coordination and kaitiakitanga of the Kaipara Harbour and its catchment. Integrated management of the Kaipara harbour is a process of utilising both traditional Maori philosophy and western science philosophy to manage the Kaipara as an interdependent system

2.30pm Environmental Monitoring and Reporting Framework and Land, Air, Water Aotearoa (LAWA)

Tony Phipps, Northland Regional Council

Demand is increasing from all sectors of the community for readily available, high quality environmental information. In response to this, the Regional Sector, in partnership with the Ministry for the Environment, has developed an Environmental Monitoring and Reporting (EMaR) Framework.

The project focuses on improving the quality and consistency in collection, availability, and presentation of environmental data. The public face of this work is As the system matures, this will provide for a higher-quality debate about the challenges New Zealand faces in managing its environment and natural resources

3.10pm Keeping Well - a 10 year+ collaboration

Claire Bryant, Team Leader Policy, Christchurch City Council and Sandy Brinsdon, Senior Health in all Policies Advisor, Canterbury District Health Board

Central government (Community Public Health) and local government (the Christchurch City Council and, more recently, the Greater Christchurch Partnership) have been collaborating for more than a decade using a Health in all Policies framework to influence wellbeing outcomes in planning, policy, and practice.

Over the years, partnerships and collaborations have grown, been formalised and weathered large changes, but working in a Health in All Policies framework has kept the relationships alive and relevant.

3.50pm Lessons from the Case Studies

4.10pm Summing up

4.15pm Close


  • Sandy Brinsdon

    Senior Health in all Policies Advisor, Canterbury District Health Board

    Sandy Brinsdon is a senior Health in all Policies (HiAP) advisor at the Canterbury District Health Board. Sandy is part of the team that works collaboratively with other organisations, specifically local and regional government. These organisations have a large role to play in supporting the health and wellbeing of the community and by working together the gains can be large for all of us. Sandy has a Master’s in Public Health and has worked within the health sector in research, policy and funding. She brings her relationship building and collaboration skills to the HiAP team.

  • Claire Bryant

    Team Leader Policy, Deputy Chief Resilience Officer, Christchurch City Council

    Claire Bryant has twelve years team leader experience in local government economic development and strategic policy. Claire co-ordinates the Christchurch City Council’s strategic framework and policies that impact community wellbeing. In her dual role as Deputy Chief Resilience Officer for the Resilient Greater Christchurch Plan, Claire focuses on social innovation and inclusive growth projects.

  • Nazanin (Nasi) Jenkin

    Director, Shared Solutions Ltd

    Nasi facilitates collaboration and collective impact across the business spectrum. Her clients say, she “presents a complex topic in a way that others can understand and work with”.

    Nasi’s research on collaboration in the New Zealand context, “Working Towards Working Together”, delivered ground breaking thought leadership, and was published in Public Sector Journal.

    She uses a wide toolbox and is an accredited practitioner of the first internationally recognised business collaboration framework ISO 44001: Collaborative business relationship management systems – Requirements and framework.

  • Tony Phipps

    Group Manager, Northland Regional Council

    Tony is a Group Manager at Northland Regional Council and chairs the EMaR Project Steering Group. He also currently chairs other collaboration/partnerships: the NZ Port and Harbour Marine Safety Code implementation working group, the Northland CDEM Coordinating Executive Group and is a member of the ReCoCo (Regional Council Collaboration) advisory group. Tony has 35 years experience in Northland local government in a variety of roles including; environmental monitoring and reporting, consents and planning, compliance and enforcement, maritime, transport and CDEM; and at all levels from frontline to Chief Executive.

  • Gary Haddon

    Project Lead - Pathways to Employment, Wellington City Council

    Gary joined the Wellington City Council in 2012 as a Team Leader in Community Services after spending 16 years working here and abroad in the Tourism industry. In 2016 he was seconded into Human Resources to start and lead a project in partnership with the Ministry of Social Development.

    The Pathways to Employment programme is now in its third year and has delivered outstanding results. The collaboration happening between Gary, the steering group and key staff at MSD has seen the programme grow from strength to strength.

    The Pathways to Employment programme was a finalist in this year’s HRINZ awards.

  • Peter Winder

    Director, McGredy Winder & Co

    Director of consulting firm McGredy Winder & Co., Peter is recognised as one of New Zealand’s leading authorities on local government. He provides policy, management, and governance advice to councils, government agencies and businesses across the country. Peter has done considerable work on local authority shared services and a number of S17A reviews.

    Peter was one of the three Commissioners appointed to govern the Kaipara District Council when it got into difficulty. He is the Chairman of the Manukau Institute of Technology, and was the Chief Executive of the Auckland Regional Council prior to Auckland amalgamation.

  • Raymond Horan

    Chief Advisor, SOLGM

    Raymond re-joined SOLGM in June 2014 taking on a new role, Sector Improvement Manager. He has spent most of the last 20 years in local government related roles, most recently with the Department of Internal Affairs.

    He describes his job as two-thirds, providing assistance to the local government sector and one-third providing advice to central government on local government matters. His ambition is to help develop a Local Government Act that doesn’t require changes every 18 months. He asks that you wish him well with this task.