12 September 2012

Official Information Request No. 9000117619
(Please quote this in any correspondence)

Mr Bernard Orsman The New Zealand Herald PO Box 32 Auckland 1140 Via email: bernard.orsman@nzherald.co.nz

Dear Mr Orsman

I refer to your letter dated 20 July 2012, which we received on 23 July 2012 requesting information relating to the Local Government New Zealand Conference (2012) held recently in Queenstown. The Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) conference brings together elected members from across New Zealand to share ideas and experiences with the goal of better representation for their own communities. Conference 2012 was also an opportunity for delegates to discuss the proposed local government reforms, which will have a profound impact on the development of the country. LGNZ is responsible for the location of the conference venue. The conference is rotated around New Zealand. This year Christchurch was the original choice but that location was unavailable due to the earthquakes. Next year the conference is closer to Auckland in Hamilton. Auckland Council considered it important that Auckland contributes to the development of discussions on local government reform given our unique view of amalgamations and the government’s proposed legislation. Considering the nature of these topics, Auckland representatives chaired a number of forums at the conference. Out of more than 500 delegates to the conference, Auckland’s contribution of 35 people represented 6 per cent of the total delegates at the conference. These 35 delegates represented one-third of the country's population and the diverse communities and political backgrounds within our region. These included 5 council staff, 6 councillors, 22 local board members, and 2 Independent Maori Statutory Board Members. This number of delegates was fewer than the number that participated under the eight former councils. The total costs for Auckland Council particpation in the Local Government New Zealand Conference was $86,234.80. The break down of these costs are as follows:

Airfares Accommodation Registration Meals/Conference Dinner Tours/Welcome Transport Total

$22,085.57 $13,955.79 $49,075 $454 $390 $274.44 $86,234.80

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Please find attached a full breakdown on the attached spreadsheet. Non-refundable airfares booked for either elected representatives, IMSB members or staff who could not attend and whose trip was cancelled amounted to $847. The variance in accommodation costs are due to other incidental expenses i.e., breakfasts etc that were charged back to the delegates rooms. The tour was an official part of the conference whereby three options were presented to those delegates who chose to participate. The breakfast session was part of the conference and included a guest speaker. Yours sincerely,

Information Advisor Public Information Office Democracy Services

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LGNZ CONFERENCE - QUEENSTOWN - JULY 2012
Name Council Staff 1 Mike Giddey 2 Claire Richardson 3 Theresa Stratton 4 Patricia Reade 5 Wendy Brandon Andrew McKenzie Councillors 6 George Wood 7 Richard Northey 8 Christine Fletcher 9 Alf Filipaina 10 Penny Hulse 11 Penny Webster Local Board Members: 12 Hine Joyce-Tahere 13 Chris Darby 14 Stephen Gray 15 Andy Baker 16 Bill Cashmore 17 Jill Naysmith 18 Jo Holmes 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 Simon Randall Brenda Steele Gary Holmes Jack Weir Tracy Kirkley Brett Clark Lindsay Waugh Pippa Coom Ella Kumar Margaret Miles John Spiller Angela Dalton Denise Yates Peter Skelton Donna Lee Registration Airfares Accomm Breakfast Session Meals Confernece Tours Transport Notes

earlybird earlybird earlybird

1,204.35 1,204.35 1,204.35 1,291.30 1,291.30

574.79 486.09 919.13 637.39 619.14 132.18 590.44 681.74 707.82 326.96 574.79 927.84 368.70 530.44 645.23 574.79 574.79 574.79 557.40 619.14 601.75 619.14 619.14 662.62 601.75 619.14 353.91 486.96 677.39 653.05 512.18 635.66 635.66 635.66

379.56 547.83 365.22 503.91 503.91

26.09

Cancelled - non-refundable airfair 389.57 206.96 438.26 382.61 389.57 462.61 365.22 365.22 376.52 365.22 365.22 365.22 578.35 425.22 380.00 491.31 382.18 497.83 432.18 415.65 365.22 444.78 374.78 395.65 356.52 412.17 0.00 403.48 30.43 30.43 30.43 30.43 30.43 30.43 30.43 30.43 30.43 26.09 26.09 26.09 26.09 195.44 26.09 Transport includes mileage, parking at airport and car hire Includes accommodation at Akl Airport both ways 26.09 26.09 26.09 26.09

earlybird earlybird earlybird earlybird earlybird earlybird earlybird earlybird earlybird earlybird earlybird earlybird earlybird earlybird earlybird earlybird earlybird earlybird earlybird earlybird earlybird earlybird earlybird earlybird earlybird

1,204.35 1,204.35 1,204.35 1,204.35 1,204.35 1,204.35 1,204.35 1,204.35 1,204.35 1,204.35 1,204.35 1,204.35 1,204.35 1,204.35 1,204.35 1,204.35 1,204.35 1,204.35 1,204.35 1,204.35 1,204.35 1,204.35 1,291.30 1,204.35 1,204.35 1,291.30 1,204.35

24.35

54.70 24.95

79.00 26.09

Taxi to airport and 2 meals Breakfast

30.43

26.09 26.09

Awaiting invoice from Hotel Replaced John McCracken

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John McCracken Carrol Elliot IMSB Members 34 Anahera Morehu 35 Tony Kake John Tamahere James Brown Total GST

earlybird

1,204.35

273.92 114.79 715.65 716.65 132.18 194.78 413.92 413.92

Cancelled - non-refundable airfair Cancelled - non-refundable airfair

1,291.30 1,291.30

Cancelled - non-refundable airfair Cancelled - non-refundable airfair 304.34 45.65 339.13 50.87

42,673.91 6,401.09

Totals incl. GST

49,075.00

22,085.57

13,955.79

349.99

104.00

390.00

274.44

$86,234.80

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