Thriving Citizens in Well Communities: Local government as agents of wellbe...

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Gallery Room, University of Otago Staff Club

90 Union Place

Dunedin, OTA 9016

New Zealand

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The government has placed wellbeing at the centre of its social and economic policy. Essential elements of wellbeing are safe and inclusive social environments and well communities, the business of local government.

Become more familiar with wellbeing principles, and how local government can be agents of wellbeing. An opportunity to look at how to orient long term community plans, recreation facilities, public transport and urban development towards a wellbeing framework.

Hear from an experienced wellbeing specialist who has lectured and implemented numerous wellbeing programmes at the local, national and international levels

It has long been recognised that local government is a key player in creating the conditions for material wellbeing. It does this through increasing employment opportunities, regenerating the physical environment and strengthening the local economy. But more recent evidence also highlights the importance of nurturing psycho-social wellbeing so to build strong and resilient communities and for its citizens to thrive.

Wellbeing is much more than a warm subjective feeling. It is determined by proven social, economic and cultural factors that positively or negatively impact on the wellbeing of individuals and communities. Defined as the capacity to feel, think, and act in ways that enhance our ability to enjoy life and respond to the challenges we face, it recognises the importance of culture, diversity, equity, social justice and personal dignity. It forms the basis on which individuals, whānau, hapū and iwi and communities are able to thrive.

Well individuals contribute to well whānau, communities, schools and workplaces, economies and society.

Public policy, the economy, community resilience and assets, urban planning, transport, the physical environment and public space are just some of the determinants that impact on the wellbeing of individuals, whānau and communities. These and other determinants are part of the “core business” of local government therefore council policies, planning and programmes are more likely to directly influence the wellbeing of its citizens, even more than those of central government.

"The government believes that wellbeing should be at the heart of policymaking" 2019 Policy Statement

Self-determination, social agency, participation and connection, safe and inclusive communities, social cohesiveness and social capital are key for individual and collective thriving. Internationally, it has been proven that councils who adopt wellbeing principles and apply wellbeing outcomes to their planning and service delivery have been successful in addressing many community issues such as social isolation, community safety, violence, vandalism, graffiti, crime and poor education and training outcomes.

Workshop Description

This workshop will provide participants with an overview of what is meant by wellbeing and the opportunity to explore how local government can be agents of wellbeing. The principles of wellbeing and how they inform and shape council policy, urban planning and service delivery will be examined as well as how a wellbeing focus contributes to addressing many of the social issues facing our communities.

There are several internationally recognised wellbeing models and frameworks as well as local models such as Whare Tapa Whā. Based on the determinants of wellbeing and frameworks it is possible to develop an evidence-based programme logic with clear wellbeing outcomes and indicators and evaluation tools. The wellbeing determinants, frameworks and outcomes will be covered comprehensively in the workshop including Treasury’s Living Standards Framework.

It will offer a framework for local government to apply a wellbeing lens to its work and deliverables as well and wellbeing outcomes and indicators

Tools such as the Mental Wellbeing Impact Assessment Tool provides a systematic approach to assessing the impact of public policy, resource management and planning and programme delivery on mental wellbeing. A summary of the tool will be given.

This workshop would be of value to:

  • Local and regional councils

  • Iwi trust boards

  • Public health services

  • Safer Community Councils

Topics covered

  • Defining Wellbeing

  • Social and cultural determinants of wellbeing

  • Local government as an agent of wellbeing

  • Applying wellbeing principles to policy, urban planning and community development

  • Measuring Wellbeing - Indicators and outcomes

  • Overview of Mental Wellbeing Impact Assessment Tool

An opportunity for a day of learning with award winning wellbeing specialist, Barry Taylor

Barry has proven leadership over 30 years at local, national and international levels in using community initiatives and strength-based approaches to improve individual and community wellbeing and the prevention of suicide.

Barry has lectured on wellbeing both nationally and internationally and been appointed to numerous government advisory committees on mental wellbeing and suicide prevention.

As a Health Sociologist and Public Health practitioner, Barry has a long-term interest in the social and cultural determinants of wellbeing and how social policy, housing, public transport and urban planning impacts on wellbeing outcomes for individuals, whānau and communities.

In 2016 he was awarded the NSW Mental Health Commissioner's Community Champion Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to mental wellbeing and suicide prevention.

After a number of years overseas, Barry is living back in New Zealand and is passionate about building the knowledge base, competence and capability within our country to promote well whānau, hapū, iwi, communities and for the incorporation of wellbeing principles in public policy, urban planning and health and social service delivery.


Minimum Number of Participants: 10 Maximum Number of Participants: 30
Places in each workshop are limited. If the workshop is full please register your name on the waitlist.

Payment: Payment is by either Visa or Mastercard.

Organisations can request to pay by invoice. At the payment method part of the registration process click on Change and select Pay By Invoice

Terms for Payment By Invoice

Payment by Invoice is only for NGOs, Government Departments, DHBs, PHOs, Schools and tertiary organisations, businesses.

By selecting Pay By Invoice the organisation agrees to the following conditions:

1. Your place in the workshop is not confirmed until payment has been received. Payment of the invoice must be made within seven days of registering to avoid having your registration cancelled. Late payment fees apply.

2. Please IGNORE the invoice from Eventbrite. A NZ tax compliant Tax Invoice from TaylorMade Training and Consulting will be sent to you separately which will contain bank details for payment.

3. By registering for the workshop, you agree to the cancellation and policy. (refer below). Organisations who cancel within seven days of the workshop and have not paid the invoice for the outstanding registration fee are still obligated to pay the outstanding debt.

This workshop is fully catered. Please indicate in the registration process if you have any particular dietary requirements. If you register after the registration closing date, while every effort will be made, your dietary requirements may not be able to be catered.

There is a limited number of partial and full scholarships for those wishing to attend the workshop. Full scholarships are available for mental health consumers, carers and volunteers. Partial scholarships of either 25% or 50% off the registration fee are available for full time tertiary students in health, social service and disability related courses. Further information and how to apply for a scholarship is available on the TaylorMade website.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Workshops can fill quickly. If you are no longer able to attend the workshop please cancel your registration as soon as possible. The following refund policy is strictly adhered to.

Cancellation up to seven days prior to the commencement of the workshop: Full Refund less $30 + GST admin fee
Cancellation within seven days prior to the commencement of the workshop:
No refund but registration can be transferred to another person. To transfer your registration log on to your registration and update the name and contact details to the new person attending.
No show on the day of workshop: No refund

Cancellation of Workshop by TaylorMade: TaylorMade Training and Consulting (TMTC) reserve the right to cancel the workshop if there are not the minimum number of registrations. If cancelled, participants will be offered a refund either by way of a credit to attend another TMTC workshop (within 12 months of the cancelled workshop) or full refund of their registration fee. Refunds will made by electronic transfer into a bank account specified by the participant. TMTC accept no responsibility for any other costs incurred by participant as a result of a workshop cancellation.


The information provided in the workshop handout notes and at the workshops are the views of the trainer, and do not necessarily reflect the views of TaylorMade Training and Consulting. The information and professional advice delivered in the workshop and the associated printed material is provided solely on the basis that before relying on this material, participants should obtain appropriate advice relevant to their particular circumstance to evaluate its accuracy, currency, completeness and relevance for their purposes. TaylorMade Training and Consulting will not be liable for any damages of any kind to any person or entity arising from the use of this information. Your attendance at this workshop reflects your acceptance of this statement.

Organiser Contact Details
Barry Taylor
Principal Consultant
TaylorMade Training and Consulting
Office: 04 905 6145
Mobile: 022 104 5060

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