|Wednesday 12 March 1997|
FIRST EVER COMMUNITY BOARD CONFERENCE
STARTS ON FRIDAY
New Zealand's first ever Community Board Member Conference starts in Christchurch this Friday.
Media are invited to the opening of the Conference to hear Vicki Buck speak.
9 am till 9.45 Friday 14 March at Town Hall
The conference, which was the initiative of Christchurch City Council Community Board Members, will take place at the Christchurch Town Hall over three days. Delegates from around New Zealand will be welcomed with an opening address from Christchurch Mayor Vicki Buck which will kick off an interesting agenda of speeches, workshops and panel discussions.
Conference delegates will have the opportunity to hear from Sir Brian Elwood, Chief Ombudsman and architect of local government reorganisation who will speak on participation and accountability, and Kerry Marshall, President of Local Government New Zealand who will discuss whether Community Boards make a difference. The only New Zealander ever to win the world championship of public speaking, David Nottage, will speak about `daring to dream'. Stephen Wardlaw the Executive Director of the Local Government Association of Tasmania will share Australian experience with delegates.
Nearly all of Christchurch's community board members will attend along with over 200 other community board members from around the country.
The theme of the conference is to challenge all elected members, councillors, board members and council staff to join together to find better ways of serving the public through the sharing of knowledge, techniques and technology.
For further information contact:
Peter Francis 385 3079
Shirley Community Manager
Barbara Ford 382 8117
Papanui Community Manager.