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25 OCTOBER 2012


Host for the Day: Hewitt Humphrey

Radio New Zealand Broadcaster and President of the Rotary Club of Wellington (2012). 

8.30 - 9.00 Registration

9:00 – 10:00 Welcome


Hewitt Humphrey, President, Rotary Club of Wellington  


Keynote: Sir Geoffrey Palmer, former Prime Minister and Chair of the Wellington Region Local Government Review Panel.


"Wellington what do we want? - What the independent Review Panel learned during its engagement process."


Youth perspectives – introduced by Professor James Liu, Academic Director for the Forum and Professor of Psychology, Victoria University of Wellington  

Brittany Trilford, Queen Margaret College, International Youth Speaker at the Rio+20 Earth Summit  

Ben Guerin, Scots College, finalist in the Rotary Club of Wellington Eureka awards for young science orators 2012  

William Guzzo, Victoria University of Wellington, finalist in the Rotary Club of Wellington Eureka awards for young science orators 2012

Rangimarie Teautama, Wellington East Girls' College, Winner of the Koromiko trophy for the senior English section at the Nga Manu Korero speaking competitions

10:00 – 10:10 Short break

10:10 - 11:10

Session #1: Community Leadership and Local Governance Frameworks – What Do We Know?


Peter McKinlay, Director, Local Government Centre, AUT 

Matiu Rei, Executive Director, Te Runanga O Toa Rangatira  

Prof Peter Hughes, Head, School of Government, Victoria University  

Panel and discussion

(chaired by Hewitt Humphrey ) 

11:10 – 11:30 Morning Tea

11:30 – 12:30  

Session #2: Who Makes the Decisions About the Kind of Community We Get?


Rod Oram, media commentator and Sunday Star Times columnist

Hon David Caygill, former Minister, Deputy Chair, Environment Canterbury 

Mary-Jane Rivers, founder and Trustee of Inspiring  Communities   

Panel and discussion

(chaired by Hewitt Humphrey )

12:30 – 1:30 Lunch

1:30 – 2:40  

Session #3: Options for Wellington:  What Do We Want?


Sam Knowles, Company Director, former CEO of Kiwibank 

Dave Gibson, Producer and Chair, Gibson Group 

Susan Blaikie, former Wellington City Missioner 

Wayne Alexander, Environmental Activist 

Panel and discussion

(chaired by Hewitt Humphrey)

2:40 – 3:00 Afternoon Tea

3:00 – 4:10  

Session #4: Reflections and Perspectives From Local Government Leaders

The Mayors and the Chair of Greater Wellington have been invited to build on the other sessions and address three questions:

What kind of Wellington are you trying to create?

Where do you stand on who should make the decisions and how?

What are you going to do about it?


Celia Wade-Brown, Mayor of Wellington 

Nick Leggett , Mayor of Porirua 

Wayne Guppy, Mayor of Upper Hutt 

Hon Fran Wilde, Chair, Greater Wellington Regional Council 

Panel and discussion (chaired by Pat Walsh ) 

4:10 – 4:15 Short break
4:15 – 4:45

Forum Summary and Lessons for Wellington

Grant Robertson, MP for Wellington Central 
4:45 – 5:00

Forum Closure and Call to Action

Hewitt Humphrey, President , Rotary Club of Wellington 


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