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Aboriginal Affairs Local Decision Making Conference Nov 2016

Local Decision Making

Partnership and Collaboration Conference

Optimising community leadership. Sharing decision-making. Building better partnerships.


The Local Decision Making Partnership and Collaboration Conference Final Report is now available:

View PDF of the Conference Final Report

The inaugural Local Decision Making Partnership and Collaboration Conference was held on the 14 and 15 November 2016 at the Cypress Lakes Resort in the Hunter Valley.

Hosted by Aboriginal Affairs, the Conference was delivered as part of the Local Decision Making initiative under OCHRE: the NSW Governments community focused plan for Aboriginal affairs.

The Conference brought together over 130 representatives from both the NSW Government and Aboriginal regional alliances. Participants had the opportunity to hear firsthand from national and international First Nation leaders and workshop key issues in the areas of optimising community leadership, sharing decision-making power and building better partnerships.

A key aim of the Conference was to strengthen relationships between the NSW Government and Aboriginal regional alliances, and to develop a shared long-term vision for Local Decision Making.

A communiqué highlighting the key themes of the conference is now available

View PDF of the communiqué here

Guest Speakers

Mr Rahui Papa, New Zealand
Mr Rahui Papa has represented his marae in the tribal parliament since its inception in 1999 and currently co-chairs the Ngaati Koroki-Kahukura Tribal Trust. He has a background in broadcasting and education, and currently chairs several community organisations from Koohanga Reo to Tribal and Community Trusts and sits on Iwi-Government governance groups. Mr Papa has been a director and member on various tribal, local and national organisations, mainly focusing on the well-being and development of Waikato- Tainui and Maaori in general. He is an orator and a recognised authority on Waikato reo and tikanga. Mr Papa’s keynote presentation on Day 1 of the conference highlighted the thinking and practical applications that have led to the renaissance of Maori to the political, cultural and economic decision tables in national, regional and community setting and the decisions that have a wider reaching effect to benefit Maori society and New Zealand communities.

A copy of the presentation that Mr Papa delivered can be found below.

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Dr Allen Benson, Canada
Dr. Allen Benson is a member of the Beaver Lake First Nation and has dedicated his life to advocating for the poor and disenfranchised and for the actualisation of healthy Aboriginal individuals, families and communities, both in Canada and internationally. Dr. Benson has spearheaded the development of many groundbreaking programs for Aboriginal people. Dr. Benson’s presentation drew from the Native Counselling Services of Alberta Model of Building Individual, Family and Community Relationships. Strategies for creating meaningful, productive partnerships will be explored through a discussion of the three key principles of the model: reclaiming our interconnectedness, reconciliation of damaged relationships and the repatriation of the power to self-determine.

A copy of the presentation that Dr Benson delivered can be found below.

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Conference program

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Further information

For further information please contact

Carly Horadam
02 9561 8556

Brittaney Herring-Cullen
02 9561 1158

What is Local Decision Making?

Further information on Local Decision Making can be accessed here: About Local Decision Making

An infographic which summarises the Local Decision Making process can be accessed here: Local Decision Making process infographic