May update: Chief Executives Forum

The Chief Executives Forum met by videoconference on 4 May 2020.

Key agenda items were:

  • regional and sub-regional co-ordination of COVID recovery planning for Canterbury
  • reviewing Canterbury councils’ proposals for ‘shovel-ready’ infrastructure investment – to reactivate the construction sector post-lockdown, create jobs and enable wellbeing now and in the future
  • progressing a climate change regional risk assessment, aligned with central government’s national risk assessment that will be reported later in 2020
  • opportunities to adopt a common methodology for council carbon footprint assessments
  • the direction of the Government’s Three Waters (drinking water, wastewater, stormwater) reforms, particularly in relation to drinking water provision
  • appointment of David Ward (Chief Executive, Selwyn District Council) as chair of the Canterbury Policy Forum, to replace Bill Bayfield, who concluded his employment as Chief Executive of Environment Canterbury on 1 May to take up a new position as Establishment Chief Executive for the new Taumata Arowai (Crown entity drinking water regulator).

Coming up

  • The next quarterly meeting of the Canterbury Mayoral Forum is on 22 May 2020.
  • The Chief Executives Forum will next meet on 27 July 2020.

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