Conference Programme

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


5.30pm: Welcome – Tangata Whenua led by Kaumatua Cyril Gilroy
Welcome – Mayor Tim Shadbolt
Welcome address – Hiromi Morris, President SCNZ
New Zealand National Anthem – led by Cheryl Anderson
To be followed by a drinks function in the Drawing Room, Civic Theatre

7.00pm: Welcome dinner – Victoria Rooms, Civic Theatre


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 – MC Darren Ludlow

8.50am: Joint Opening Address – His Excellency the Ambassador of Japan, Toshihisa Takata and Mayor Kiyoshi Tomioka, Kumagaya, Japan.

9am: Keynote Address – Dil Belworthy, Glowing Sky

9.40am: Xie Yuan, Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries.

10.00am: David Shamy, representing Auckland City – Auckland Council’s experience in developing its strategic approach to global engagement. 

10.20am: Morning tea

10.40am: Coaches depart for field trip

11am: Awarua Communications Museum – Robin McNeil, Venture Southland Enterprise Project Manager.

11.45am: Coaches depart

12.00: Visit Bluff Hill and Stirling Point for photos

12.30pm: Lunch at Te Rau Aroha Marae, Bluff

1.15pm: Michelle MacWilliam – how a small Council overcomes the distance of Sister City relationships.

1.30pm: Maria Pera – Awarua Runanga

1.45pm:  Depart Te Rau Aroha Marae for 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: Coaches depart Kelvin Hotel for Richardson’s Transport World

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

7.00pm: Awards Dinner
Guest speakers
– Rob Tate, Embassy of the United States
– Mayor Tim Shadbolt
– Cheryl Anderson

10.15pm: Coaches return to Kelvin Hotel


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


9.00am: Penelope Simmonds, Southern Institute of Technology

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

9.45am: Paul Casson – Venture Southland

10.05am: Marcus Boshier, SCNZ Youth Advisor

10.25am: SCNZ  Youth Sub-Committee discussion

10.45am: Penny O’Connell, Halswell School

11.05am: Morning Tea

11.15am: Board transport for pre-booked afternoon field trips to Riverton (Mayor Gary Tong, Southland District Council) or Te Anau Glow Worm Caves (Richard King, Invercargill City Council).

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