Monday 27 January 1997
Christchurch City Council is hosting a meeting of 11 other local authorities from North America, Europe and Japan on 29/30 January.
The Local Authorities were all finalists for the prestigious international Bertelsmann Foundation Award which in 1993 was for local authorities that were efficient, evolutionary and citizen-focussed. (In other years the single Bertelsmann Award is made for other categories.)
Christchurch won the Award jointly with Pheonix, Arizona, USA.
The finalists have kept meeting as a Network since 1993 and shared knowledge and ideas in pursuit of local authority excellence. This is the first time the Network has met in Christchurch.
"Already Christchurch residents have gained from what we have learnt from other members of the Bertelsmann Network, and in taking innovations from other places we are able to improve our City," said Mike Richardson, City Manager.
The agenda will include a section where Christchurch City Council will show the members of the Network how to change structures and with the support of staff.
|Changing culture with staff, culture change that puts people first
||Mike Richardson, Christchurch City Council, City Manager
Dorothea Brown, Christchurch City Council, Human Resources Director
|Christchurch and the Bertelsmann Network - covering prize,
||Dr Marga Prohl, Bertelsmann Foundation
Carole Stigley or Mike Reid, LocalGvtNZ
|International Co-operation to make better cities
||Dr Marga Prohl
Prof Freider Naschold, Dir Research -Technology-Work Centre, Berlin
Carole Stigley or Mike Reid
|Councils are big business
||Johannes Boelens - Consultant
and Lybrand Netherlands
|Delegates meeting at Mona Vale