Local Government New Zealand annual conference delegates in
Queenstown include (from left) Westland Mayor Maureen Pugh,
Gore Mayor Tracy Hicks, Auckland deputy mayor Penny Hulse,
Opotiki Mayor John Forbes, Dunedin Mayor David Cull and
LGNZ president Lawrence Yule, of Hastings, outside the
conference venue, the Millennium Hotel, yesterday. Photo by
For the moment the epicentre of grassroots government
power, Queenstown is hosting the annual conference of Local
Government New Zealand (LGNZ).
A total of 570 delegates were welcomed by the organisation's
president, Lawrence Yule, yesterday to the three-day
Queenstown businessman Sir Eion Edgar will talk about the
campaign to launch Winter Games NZ in a breakfast session
today, followed by the official opening involving the
Minister of Local Government, David Carter, Queenstown Lakes
Mayor Vanessa van Uden and Mr Yule.
Guest speakers include 2011 Rugby World Cup winning coach Sir
Graham Henry, political commentator Fran O'Sullivan, Tourism
Industry Association chief executive Martin Sneddon and
Andrew Hamilton, chief executive of business growth centre
Opposition spokeswoman for housing and local government
Annette King and Green Party co-leader Russel Norman are also
scheduled to give presentations.
The conference will offer workshops led by LGNZ's team of
policy specialists and look at some of the issues facing the
local government sector across social, environmental,
governance and transport and infrastructural areas.
The conference continues until tomorrow, but delegates will
have the opportunity to attend the National Economic
Development Forum, which starts tomorrow afternoon and has a
full day on Wednesday.