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Christchurch City Council Media Release Monday 27 January 1997



The first ever national community board conference, proposed by members of the Christchurch City Council, will be held in Christchurch on 13 - 16 March, at the Christchurch Town Hall.

"We're really excited about this first conference, it's a great opportunity to share knowledge with other cities and towns and make our Community Boards work better for Christchurch," said Peter Francis, Community Manager. "We're expecting delegates from each of the 139 Community Boards around the country," he said.

The theme of the Conference is a challenge to all elected members, councillors, board members and Council staff, of the New Zealand 139 Community Boards to join together to find better ways of serving the public through sharing of knowledge, techniques and technology.

The organising committee has put together a programme of interesting, informative and challenging speakers, including - Chief Ombudsman Sir Brian Elwood; Motivational Expert David Nottage; Community Board Association Chairperson Faye Storer; Kerry Marshall President Local Government Association; Executive Director of the Local Government Association, Tasmania Stewart Wardlaw, plus many more.

The Conference will be a hard working one with Keynote Speakers; workshop sessions and panel discussions to ensure participation from all attendees.

Discussion topics include Future Role of Community Boards; Community Boards of the 21st Century; Rural/Urban Community Boards; Funding of Community Boards; Community Boards - a unique response to Community Government; The governance role of Community Boards, and many other challenging and timely topics.

However time has been allowed for attendees to enjoy some of Christchurch's entertainments, attractions, garden city beauty, plus the National Rose Show and the World Music Festival - both on over this weekend. An exciting partners programme and local tours are available for partners and families to take advantage of.

Barbara Ford


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