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TSB Bank Arena and Shed 6, Wellington


When: Monday 8 July
Time: 2.45pm - 4.45pm
Where: All walkshops will depart from TSB Bank Arena and take place offsite. Please note a small amount of walking is required for these walking tours and space is limited. 


Social well-being: Housing affordability - Making it happen

Housing is a significant issue for all New Zealanders.  We need to get housing right for the sake of our communities' social and economic futures.  Unaffordable housing is having a negative impact on local economies, discretionary household expenditure and social well-being.  This means addressing matters of supply, how social and community housing needs are met and the importance of healthy homes.  Underpinning the issue is the need for appropriate funding and financing.

This session will follow on from the plenary session looking at the housing affordability problem, presenting additional case study examples and explore the learnings in-depth.


Economic well-being: Transforming the way local government works digitally

The challenges facing governments around the country and the world have never been more significant. Problems like global warming, cybersecurity and privacy are "big-picture" problems, but there are also the day-to-day challenges of digital transformation, citizen-centric government and participatory democracy that are faced by agencies in most countries.

Lightning Lab GovTech, launched in mid-2018 by Creative HQ in partnership with WREDA and Victoria University of Wellington, is providing a structured and methodology-based experimentation environment for rapid innovation in the public sector with the aim to deliver seamless digital public services for consumers and solutions to improve the frontline performance of government agencies around the world.

As one of the first GovTech Accelerators in the world, it has brought together entrepreneurs and public sector employees to test, prototype and develop solutions using LEAN and Agile principles, and is cementing Wellington's position as leaders of the GovTech space globally with a view to transforming the way government's work digitally.

This session will look at the challenges of, and opportunities for, digital transformation are for local government.

Economic well-being walkshop kindly sponsored by


Environmental well-being: Bringing back our native flora and fauna

The greatest threat to our native birds are introduced predators: rats, ferrets, stoats, weasels, possums and hedgehogs.  Achieving a predator free New Zealand is a huge challenge and it will only be made possible by everyone working together and doing their bit. We've all got a role to play.

Wellington city is well on its way to become New Zealand's first predator free city.  Predator Free Wellington is a joint project between Wellington City Council, Greater Wellington Regional Council, and the NEXT Foundation, and has been successful in creating a strong community trapping movement in the wider city.  Many communities involved in the programme are noticing the increase of native species in their neighbourhoods, as well as noticing other benefits such as people connecting with others at trap building workshops, bbqs or just asking their neighbour to check their trap while they are away.  Schools, early childhood centres, churches and marae are all getting involved in supporting the community led programmes.

This session will explore the benefits and requirements of a predator free environments, and discuss how to support and connect community groups to assist in the vision.


Cultural well-being: "Not core business?" What the arts and cultural well-being means for communities

Local government is a significant co-investor and funder of the arts in Aotearoa New Zealand.  Our sector's responsiveness is increasing, including through new and refreshed arts plans and strategies, and the arts featuring as a key enabler in more local authority long-term plans.

As the Government plans to restore the 'four well-beings' to local government legislation, the thinking around 'social capital' and 'human capital' will develop as well as the well-being measures supporting this.  As a result, local government needs to consider updating best practice around cultural well-being, as well as identifying opportunities to collaborate with central government, stakeholders, its communities and iwi in delivering arts and culture services.

This session will explore practical tools and strategies for how local government can deliver cultural well-being for its communities through arts and culture.

Cultural well-being walkshop kindly sponsored by





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