Principal Sponsor - Simpson Grierson

Simpson Grierson is New Zealand's leading local government law firm.

We have the largest local government practice in New Zealand. Our expertise ranges from the day-to-day operation of councils in their statutory and political environments, to the highest level strategic developments affecting local government as a whole.

Our local government specialists regularly work alongside our experts in property and infrastructure to advise local authorities, New Zealand Government owned and controlled entities, and corporate clients to deliver successful outcomes for their major projects.

The areas in which we are regularly involved include decision-making processes, local legislation, financial management and funding, property, infrastructure, environmental management, regulatory matters, commercial contracts, tendering, and governance.

We are committed to helping local authorities serve their communities by providing strategic and practical advice that is proactive and innovative.

Gold Sponsor - PwC

When you work with the dedicated local government team at PwC, you’ll have access to local advisers with global experience. 

In New Zealand, PwC employs over 1,300 people and has offices in the Auckland, Waikato, Hawkes Bay, Taranaki, Wellington, Canterbury and Otago regions. 

We can advise on key organisational strategy and priorities ranging from the execution of digital technologies through to the innovative financing of infrastructure. 

For more information on how we can help you, visit 

Summit Audio Visual (AV) Sponsor - Image Group NZ

We are a production & styling services company that has earned a strong reputation for delivering outstanding events, social functions and weddings.

Based centrally in the Manawatu, we work across New Zealand and provide a wide range of production services including planning, lighting, audio, visual, staging and styling.

Combining our extensive expertise and creativity with an excellent range of equipment, we work closely with our clients, whether they are event organisers, managers, social groups or private individuals, to provide a customised solution to help them achieve their vision.

By taking the time to understand your requirements we can take care of all technical and styling aspects of your event, wedding, or social function whether this be design, planning, implementation and equipment hire.

Silver Sponsor - Berl

Established by a group of practising economists in 1957, BERL initially provided quarterly forecasts and assessments of the New Zealand economic situation. From these early days, BERL has developed to become the leading provider of a broad range of economic research, analysis, advice and consultancy for business enterprises, organisations, iwi, institutions, community groups, industry associations and public sector clients.

BERL is a privately-owned company whose staff collaborate with a network of consultants and specialist contributors to bring together the best range of expertise suitable for the various projects we tackle. The provision of sound, practical, independent business and economic advice continues to be the hallmark of BERL’s work.

The difference with BERL is that we are all about people, their communities, and their potential.  Yes, we are economists, but our view of economics is broad and practical, not narrow and theoretical.  What’s more, we want our work to make a difference.

Our work will add to the knowledge of the way your business, iwi, workforce, community, or industry works.  And we will use that knowledge to help improve your organisation. We inform your decisions by understanding your problems, collecting evidence and applying our economic insights.

Underlying it all, we have a commitment to the wellbeing of current and future generations. And that is why we don’t shy away from sometimes having to tell clients what they would prefer not to hear – all the time backed up with evidence.

Silver Sponsor - Civic Financial Services

Civic Financial Services Ltd is owned by local government and supplies local government with a range of financial services.

Prior to 1 March 2017 it was known as New Zealand Local government Insurance Corporation Ltd and traded under the name of Civic Assurance. Its history goes back to 1941.

Services administered by Civic Financial Services Ltd include LAPP ( and the SuperEasy and SuperEasy KiwiSaver Superannuation Schemes (

Silver Sponsor - QV

QV has a proud history of helping and supporting New Zealanders in making decisions using property information.  As a State-Owned Enterprise we work closely with local government to provide the latest relevant property information and insights that enables you to provide your services. We want the right information to be accessible to the right people, in the right place at the right time that delivers you value.  At QV, we feel privileged to be able to support your local communities and we recognise the property marketplace is rapidly changing; technology is transforming how people apply property data, information and insights.

To help support the services you provide the community we are continually building on our role of developing a partnership and delivering seamless accurate and relevant property systems, data and insights.  We are investing in a modern technology platform, Monarch, which will provide the foundation to build our operational efficiency, develop a world-leading customer experience, acquire richer business intelligence and support you with the services, data, insights and applications you require.  We look forward to supporting your annual Summit and talking more about new possibilities for councils and your relationship with QV.

Lunches Sponsor - NZIER

NZIER is a specialist consultancy that uses applied economic research and analysis to provide a wide range of strategic advice to clients in the public and private sectors, throughout New Zealand and Australia, and further afield. NZIER was established in 1958 to undertake independent economic analysis and encourage debate on economic issues affecting New Zealand society. 

We are an Incorporated Society and governed by our Board. As part of our Public Good programme we launched Data1850; an interactive website that allows you to explore, visualise, compare and download long-term economic data for New Zealand.

We pride ourselves on our reputation for independence and delivering quality analysis in the right form, and at the right time, for our clients.

We provide membership services that include access to regular forecasts, commentary and expert advice. Members of NZIER have access to exclusive reports and data, including the long-running and highly respected Quarterly Predictions and the Quarterly Survey of Business Opinion.

NZIER has been reviewing the quality of policy advice for central and local government for more than 10 years using a consistent set of criteria grounded in leading practice. NZIER encourages improvements in the quality of policy advice through these reviews and analysis of the benchmarking information across a significant number of organisations over this time. We have produced a series of Masterclasses on both theoretical and practical ways of improving the quality of policy advice.

Bronze Sponsor - JLT

JLT is an international group of Risk Specialists and Employee Benefits Consultants and one of the largest companies of its type in the world. We offer a distinctive choice to our clients and partners through our combination of independence, scale and specialism.

JLT New Zealand is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group plc (JLT).

Bronze Sponsor - LG Hub

Business Papers on Mobile Devices and Much More

LG Hub is the next generation in content management and delivery for mobile devices.

It can be deployed on iPads, Android and Windows tablets and is also available as a web app.

LG Hub is delivering real benefits to Councils including:

  • Better management and control of content.
  • Faster distribution of content to Councillors and Management.
  • A better user experience for Councillors and Management
  • Reduced cost of printing and distribution of content
  • On Boarding and training to make it easy to implement

See why over 120 Councils in Australia and New Zealand have chosen LG Hub to securely organise and deliver Council Business Papers, Agendas and much more to mobile devices.

Contact us at or call us on +61 2 9966 8849

Bronze Sponsor - Nexus Australasia

Nexus Australasia is the exclusive licensed manufacturer and distributor of the patented FlagTrax® Flag and Banner Display System in New Zealand.

FlagTrax® is a unique and disruptive product designed and developed in New Zealand by industry experts at Nexus Developments Limited. FlagTrax utilises a widely patented ‘PushPull’ system to simply and safely raise and lower the thousands of ‘street flags’ (or ‘street banners’) that decorate towns and cities throughout Australasia and beyond.

FlagTrax® removes virtually all of the complications and costs previously associated with street flag and banner displays and is saving users literally millions of dollars around the world.

Please contact us anytime to learn more about the FlagTrax® range.

Bronze Sponsor - Structured Conversations

Structured Conversations are accredited experts in cutting-edge methods for strategy, policy and planning. For Councils, we specialise in strategic planning, LTP strategy, s17A reviews and business cases. We have a reputation for tackling the tricky issues and asking challenging questions.

Councils from Auckland down to Gore choose us, because of our awesome workshops and bang-on recommendations. We’re experts in our field and we understand the kind of challenges that your Council is facing.

Specialising in the planning 'front end' - workshop facilitation, investment logic mapping, business case development, policy, strategy and strategic planning, we don’t claim to know it all.

We get excited about working together with Councils to have ‘aha’ moments  - our business cases, reviews and recommendations don’t just tick a box, they add genuine value.

Contact  or call Alicia McKay on 027 514 6778.

Coffee Cart Sponsor - Anthony Harper

Anthony Harper is an award-winning national law firm. For more than 150 years we have helped and advised New Zealand and international clients achieve their goals.

Our high performing, award-winning, internationally ranked solicitors include Katherine Anderson. Katherine is a recognised expert in public law and has worked extensively with both central and local government.

As the previous Director (Legal and Risk) at Auckland Council (Australasia's largest local authority) Katherine has unparalleled knowledge of the local government sector, the strategic and technical legal and risk issues that arise, and the political context in which hard decisions must be made.

Katherine and the national Anthony Harper local government team have a real passion and understanding of the role of local government in our communities.

There is a difference.

Coffee Cart Sponsor - Heaney & Partners

Since 1976, David Heaney QC and his partners have been establishing reputations for achieving quality outcomes to liability disputes.

The insurance companies, local authorities, real estate agents and others who choose us want problems resolved quickly. At least cost.

Tired of legal point scoring, they know we will collaborate with them and find the safest path to the most satisfactory solution.

Pads & Pens Sponsor - MAGIQ Software

MAGIQ Software is a software business focused on helping its clients to effectively manage their business performance and core business operations to achieve efficiency and success across the entire organisation.

  • The business has a long and successful history within its chosen markets, which include State and Federal Government, Local Government, Health and Community Services, Utilities, Education and the Not for Profit sector.
  • The MAGIQ software suites are used by more than 400 clients throughout Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific, Singapore, the UK, the US and South Africa.
  • The business has a team of more than 90 staff working to deliver great software and a high quality customer service and support experience that will ensure excellent business outcomes and enjoyable, long-term business relationships.

Summit Print Sponsor - Pivotal Print

Our experienced team, work with you – the customer – through each phase, from concept to delivery. We listen to what you want, when you want it and how you want it. Our medium sized nature enables us to respond quickly to requests and our modern plant and in-house bindery gives us the ability and flexibility to produce and deliver goods as and when required whilst maintaining a high level of security. Businesses are looking for the best way to undertake their print projects, Pivotal offers smart print solutions.

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