SOLD OUT - The 2018 SOLGM Well-being Indicator Workshop

Drawing on both national and international work, this free event will be your opportunity to contribute to the development of a Well-being Indicators Framework for use in the 2019 Chief Executive Pre-Election reports and the 2021-2031 LTP round.

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With the Local Government Community Well-being Amendment Bill now reported back to the House, SOLGM is proceeding to ready the sector for its role in promoting and reporting on community well-being. Drawing on both national and international work, this will be your opportunity to contribute to the development of a Well-being Indicators Framework for use in the 2019 Chief Executive Pre-Election reports and the 2021-2031 LTP round. Even if your council has not yet initiated any formal work in this area, you will still have an important contribution to make to the development of the Well-being Indicators Framework.

9. 30am Welcome from the Facilitator

9.35am NZ leading the way again? What have other countries been doing?

Pim Borren, Principal Economist, SOLGM

SOLGM has done a review of the progress and practice of other countries with respect to community well-being and you might just be interested to find out where we sit compared to others.

10.00am What the Government is doing with Well-being and why?

Hon Nanaia Mahuta

You’ve all heard that the Community Well-being Bill is making its way through the House. Hear from Hon Nanaia Mahuta why the purpose of local government is being expanded and what the government’s expectation of local government will be regarding community well-being.

10.30am Morning Tea

11.00am Three councils’ approach to well-being

A city, a district and a regional council talk about what they’ve been doing in the Well-being space.

You may be interested in doing something but didn’t know where to start or thought that it would cost too much or even thought it was for other communities and not yours. In this session your colleagues from around the country will take you on their journey, what they did, what they found out, how they have used the information on well-being to engage and work with their communities. There will be plenty of time for questions.

12.00 Noon The Living Standards Framework

Tony Burton, Deputy Chief Economic Advisor, Treasury

What is the work that Treasury has been progressing, and how will the LSF relate to community well-being?

12.30pm “Stats, more stats and damn lies…”

Eleisha Hawkins, Office of the Government Statistician and Chief Executive Stats NZ Tatauranga Aotearoa and Project Executive, Indicators Aotearoa NZ & John Morris, Senior Advisor, Indicators Aotearoa New Zealand

Indicators Aotearoa New Zealand is being developed by Stats NZ as a source of measures for New Zealand’s well-being. The set of indicators will go beyond economic measures, such as gross domestic product (GDP), to include well-being and sustainable development. The indicators will assist the work of Treasury and may impact on your work too.

1.00pm Lunch

1.45pm Making this real – a draft framework for community well-being

SOLGM Well-being Advisory Group

SOLGM set up an Advisory Group to identify how well-being might be articulated and measured from a local perspective, rather than a cutdown version of a national framework. Taking a ground up approach, the group will present their early thinking on how you might want to conceptualise well-being for your community,

2.30pm Making this really real


In this interactive workshop you will be invited to comment on the draft framework and then work to refine the indicators and templates into a form that would be not just useful but usable for your council.

3.45pm Wrap up and next steps

Karen Thomas, Chief Executive, SOLGM

This short session will pull together the day’s work and map out where to next, including what might be expected from the sector and how you will be able to deliver on that.

The workshop will conclude at 4.00 pm

This is a FREE event.


  • Karen Thomas

    Chief Executive, SOLGM

    Karen has responsibility for fulfilling SOLGM’s vision to promote and support professional excellence in local government.

    Karen’s previous roles have included Chief Executive at the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners and Regional Assistant Commissioner at the State Services Commission where she led the development of the proposal to establish the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG), a world-leading educational institution.

    Karen’s interests include supporting her teenage old son in his competitive swimming. With an “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” outlook, she is a qualified technical official, recently officiating at the Oceania Swimming Championships in Auckland. She has also been involved with AFS New Zealand and is a Rotarian.

  • Dr Pim Borren

    Principal Economist, SOLGM

    Pim has recently joined SOLGM as an economist (part time) after previously serving on the executive board for three years and as a vice president for one.

    Previously Pim was Chief Executive at Masterton District Council for four years in his first role in local government.He has had two previous CE roles in the public sector (institutes of technology) and worked as an economist for almost 20 years prior to that.He has a passion for economics and education and with his more recent experience in local government fits SOLGM range of offerings very well.

    Pim is a member of the Institute of Directors and has served on several commercial and non-commercial boards. He has a PhD in economics.

    Apart from always ensuring that work is fun, Pim plays golf, reads, and spends time with family in his spare time.

  • Dr. Tony Burton

    Deputy Chief Economic Adviser, The New Zealand Treasury

    As the Deputy Chief Economic Adviser, Tony oversees the Treasury’s research and advice on broad economic policy issues, embedding the living standards framework and developing economics capability at the Treasury.

    His work is focused on improving the knowledge base for policy; including, policy focused research, the use of ‘big data’ and improving our understanding of non-government social sector providers.

  • Hon Nanaia Mahuta

    Minister of Local Government

    As a mother, and a constituent MP with 20 plus years’ experience who has come from ‘flax-root’ politics, Hon Nanaia Mahuta remains connected to the aspirations of people from all walks of life.

    Nanaia is married and has two children Waiwaia and Niua-Cybele who both attended Te Kōhanga Reo. She lives close to her Tūrangawaewae at Ngāruawāhia. Hon Nanaia Mahuta has strong links to the Māori King Movement, being the daughter of Sir Robert Mahuta, who was the adopted son of King Korokī and the elder brother of Māori Queen Te Atairangikaahu. She has an MA (Hons) in social anthropology.

    Hon Nanaia Mahuta is a tribal member of Waikato-Tainui, Ngāti Maniapoto and Ngāti Manu and her parliamentary experience has enabled her to contribute to the collective aspirations of Māori and all New Zealanders.

    All her political life she has worked for her people so that their children can do better. She has championed greater investment in education, employment and training opportunities particularly for young people, supported the continuation of the Treaty Settlement process and supported specific initiatives that lift the wellbeing and opportunities for young mums and those who are vulnerable and victims of abuse.

    Hon Nanaia Mahuta today holds the portfolios of Māori Development, Local Government and Associate Environment.

    She was previously a cabinet minister in the Fifth Labour Government, serving then as Minister of Customs, Minister of Local Government, Minister of Youth Development, Associate Minister for the Environment, and Associate Minister of Tourism

  • 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.

  • Ruth Buckingham

    Manager, Social and Economic Science, Science and Strategy, Waikato Regional Council

    Ruth manages the Social and Economic Science team in the Science and Strategy Directorate at Waikato Regional Council and currently has oversight of several strategic projects, including the Waikato Progress Indicators. She is a research professional who graduated from University of Waikato with a Master’s degree in Social Science and Post graduate qualifications in Community Psychology. Ruth has experienced working in local government at city, district and regional levels, managing teams responsible for community development, strategy and social science.

  • Nerissa Aramakutu

    Senior Policy Advisor, Masterton District Council

    Nerissa has been in her role at Masterton District Council for just over three years, and brings with her several years policy experience working in the public sector.

    Nerissa previously worked at Te Puni Kōkiri – the Ministry of Māori Development in Wellington.

    Nerissa leads a small policy team at MDC, whose work includes coporate and strategic planning, policy development and review, as well as engaging with the community on council projects.

    Nerissa is passionate about cultural wellbeing and community engagement.

  • Agnes Piatek-Bednarek

    Environmental & Sustainability Lead, Masterton District Council

    Agnes is the Environmental & Sustainability Lead at the Masterton District Council and prior to this she worked at the University of Northampton in England.

    Agnes holds a Master of Science Degree in Geology with specialisation in Environmental Protection and Natural Resources Protection as well as the full membership of the international Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES).

    For over 13 years Agnes has worked in the climate change and sustainability field where she developed professional skills leading on many strategic initiatives and projects.

    She is a huge fan of Stanley Kubrick’s and David Lynch’s movies.

  • Eleisha Hawkins

    Director – Office of the Government Statistician and Chief Executive Stats NZ Tatauranga Aotearoa

    Eleisha Hawkins is Director, Office of the Government Statistician and Chief Executive. She provides support and advice to the Chief Executive of Stats NZ and the Minister of Statistics. She has been working at Stats NZ for the past 13 years, making her way around almost every part of the organisation from methodology, to microdata access, to the production of official statistics and into the corporate areas including the programme office, IT, Information Management, and now as she leads Indicators Aotearoa New Zealand, measuring NZ’s progress through a wellbeing and sustainable development lens. Eleisha is excited by the interest and engagement in the world of ‘data’ seen today and is passionate about making data accessible and meaningful to support evidenced based decision making for all.

  • John Morris

    Senior Advisor, Indicators Aotearoa New Zealand

    John Morris is a Senior Advisor working on Indicators Aotearoa New Zealand - Ngā Tūtohu Aotearoa.He has been working at Stats NZ for 34 years, initially in the production of official statistics and latterly providing advice within and outside of Stats NZ around the statistical system. This has recently covered areas such as Tier 1 statistics, utilising data effectively and assessing the quality of information. John is excited by the vision of Indicators Aotearoa New Zealand in measuring NZ’s progress through a wellbeing and sustainable development lens.