The Well-being budget introduced by Grant Robertson is a new step for Central Government. However, at the Local Government level, thinking about well-being has been embedded for a long time.
As with many of these concepts, implementing them, making them real for New Zealanders, is always the challenge.
Mike Reid from Local Government New Zealand will talk about the challenges and opportunities for putting well-being frameworks into action at a local level. He will draw on the experiences in a number of other countries, including Wales and Scotland. But he will also be very keen to know from you in the Auckland audience the lessons from your own experiences of what works. This is an opportunity for Mike to talk about localism and local democracy. It will be useful for central and local government people alike, and others who work close to communities in Auckland.
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About the Speaker:
Dr Mike Reid, Principal Policy Advisor, Local Government New Zealand
Mike has been employed at LGNZ since 1996 during which time he has worked in a diverse range of policy areas including local governance, elected member development, legislative change, social policy, relationships with Māori and local democracy. Mike completed his PhD in public policy in 2011 and is currently on the board of the Institute of Governance and Policy Studies. He speaks regularly in local government matters and has published widely.