Talk to look at where power actually lies

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Leading change is the focus of a talk by Wellington author and economist Max Rashbrooke .
In his talk, titled ‘‘Power to the People? Leading Change in Wanaka and New Zealand’’, he will discuss where power and influence lie and how government, business and community sectors effect change.
‘‘Towns like Wanaka are getting squeezed on all sides of the democratic debate,’’ Mr Rashbrooke said.
‘‘They are rapidly expanding, and know that they have to engage the public in a discussion about what that looks like, who is affected and how infrastructure copes.
‘‘But at the same time, they face a public increasingly dissatisfied with the traditional forms of engagement and the predominance of the usual suspects in consultation processes,’’ he said.
Ways public bodies could ‘‘deeply and thoughtfully engage people in conversations’’ would be discussed.
LINK Upper Clutha facilitator Kathy Dedo said Mr Rashbrooke ‘‘brings a deep understanding of government, economic forces and democratic engagement in both national and local settings’’.
‘‘With growth bringing both opportunity and challenge to our region, we’re keen to find ways forward that accurately reflect community sentiment on key issues,’’ she said.
The talk, being organised by LINK Upper Clutha in partnership with Ignite Wanaka Chamber of Commerce and Scope Media, is being held at the Lake Wanaka Centre on Thursday, August 1 at 7pm.
For tickets and information email kathy@link.org.nz