Conference Programme

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Day One: Thursday, 4 May 2017
Venue: Civic Theatre Foyer


5.30pm: Welcome by Tangata Whenua
Welcome Mayor Tim Shadbolt
Welcome address by Hiromi Morris, President SCNZ
To be followed by a drinks function in the Drawing Room, Civic Theatre

7.00pm: Welcome dinner, Victoria Rooms, Civic Theatre (included in registration)


Milky Way - Bluff
Milky Way over Stirling Point, Bluff

Day Two – Friday, 5 May 2017
Venue: Victoria Rooms, Civic Theatre 


8.00am: Registration Desk opens, Civic Theatre Foyer

8.45am: Introduction and Welcome by MC Darren Ludlow

8.50am: Opening Address

9.10am: Keynote Address – Dil Belworthy, Glowing Sky

9.40am: Speaker to be confirmed 

10.00am: Mayor of Hurunui Winton Dalley and Michelle MacWilliams

10.20am: Morning tea

10.40am: Coach leaves for field trip

11.00am: Awarua Communications Museum, Robin McNeil, Venture Southland.

Visit Bluff Hill and Stirling Point for photos with Bluff signpost

12.30pm: Lunch at Oyster Cove, Stirling Point

1.15pm: Paul Casson, CEO Venture Southland

1.45pm:  Depart Oyster Cove and travel back to Civic Theatre

2.30pm: Jane Stanton, Seriously Good Chocolate Company

2.45pm: Presentation by 2018 Host City, Hutt City

3.00pm: Afternoon Tea

3.15pm: SCNZ AGM

4.30pm: BREAK

5.30pm: Coach departs Kelvin Hotel for Richardson’s Transport World

5.45pm – 6.45pm: Tour Richardson’s Transport World

7.00pm: Awards Dinner
After dinner speaker – Mayor Tim Shadbolt
Local entertainment

10.15pm: Coach returns to Kelvin Hotel


Day Three – Saturday, May 2017
Venue: Victoria Rooms, Civic Theatre


9.00am: Penny Simmonds, Chief Executive, Southern Institute of Technology

9.25am: The Japan Local Government Centre, (CLAIR) Sydney

9.45am: Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries

10.05am: Sister Cities Australia

10.25am: Marcus Boshier, SCNZ Youth Sub-Committee

10.45am: Halswell School

11.05am: Morning Tea

11.15am: Board coach for afternoon field trip to Southland District (destination either Te Anau Glow Worm Caves, or Riverton seaside village)

Mayor of Southland District, Gary Tong

Conference ends when coach arrives back in Invercargill, which will be mid-afternoon if the destination is Riverton, or approximately 6.30pm if the destination is Te Anau Glow Worm Caves.