1-4 October 2017  |  Living Springs, Governors Bay, Christchurch


Building on last years combined event, this years Strengthening Communities Hui is all about how we build resilience as a response to the wicked issues we’re facing. With the Social Enterprise World Forum taking place the week before, we figure its the perfect time to delve into how communities are using social enterprise to create value.

We’ll hear from practitioners who are helping their communities achieve solutions to some tough problems, as well as leading local and international thought leaders. We’ll be together for three days, which will include keynotes, case studies, workshops, dialogue and networking and activities.

Expect to be connecting with people from across a range of sectors: established and emerging community recyclers, healthy home assessors and installers, community based sustainability experts, representatives from government agencies, local government and other community based organisations.


We’re working hard on the programme, but know that in order to get good prices on flights and sort out your plans some information is useful to have now.

With that in mind we’ve decided the event will officially kick off at 2pm Sunday the 1st October with afternoon tea and an opportunity to get involved in a local community project. Sunday nights activities will be about getting to know who’s there and what the groups represented do. The programme of speakers and workshops will kick-off first thing Monday morning, so we do suggest coming on Sunday so you’re settled in and ready to go on Monday.

The event will close after lunch on Wednesday the 4th October, at 2pm.

We will be organizing transport to and from Christchurch Airport, the town centre, and Governors Bay.


Full hui attendance includes meals and on-site accommodation Sunday, Monday and Tuesday nights; all meals Monday and Tuesday; breakfast, morning tea and lunch on Wednesday; access to all sessions / tours (as applicable).

Day attendance includes morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea; Monday speakers sessions; and access to the breakout sessions of attendees choice.

Please note: some sessions will run concurrently with either an energy / healthy homes, resource recovery or general environmental focus. You will be asked upon registration on Sunday night / Monday morning to select your preferred sessions for arrangement of seating. Some Tuesday sessions may be closed – i.e. open to members of the host organisation only – these will be identified on the programme.

Registration will open in June 2017