River 4

Find the silenced voices: Engaging with diverse communities

  • 23/09/2019
  • 05:30 pm - 07:30 pm
  • Function Room, Ground floor, Christchurch City Council, 53 Hereford Street, Christchurch, Canterbury
  • CPD: 4.00
  • $10.00+GST (member), $20.00+GST (non member), $5.00+GST (student-member)
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Engagement – and many communications – practitioners are working to engage with all our communities on many levels, we know we need to hear voices from across our communities, how do we find the voices and really listen to them?

Join us for a panel discussion with three practitioners who are working in different areas of the engagement universe to discuss and dissect diversity in engagement in Aotearoa.

Hear from the panel and others about the three best things they’ve seen or done in engagement and the three worst things they would like to never see again.

This is a joint event with the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2). Please email violet@prinz.org.nz to get the member rate if you're a member of IAP2.


Chris Mene

Chris is an IAP2 trainer and specialist in facilitation, community and stakeholder engagement with a particular interest in bi-cultural and multicultural engagement and leadership. Chris has contributed to a range of engagement and governance roles over the last 20 years. These have spanned commercial, community, government and philanthropic sectors.

Chris and his wife Leanne have run their own professional services company since 2005 with Chris specialising in facilitation, community and stakeholder engagement. He is particularly interested in bi-cultural and multicultural engagement and leadership.

An area of special interest within engagement is working with diverse multi stakeholders in complex environments. He also enjoys collaborative co-design process development and facilitation. Particularly in relation to strategic planning, change leadership and management.

Daisy Lavea-Timo

Daisy has been a youth worker, mentor in a women’s rugby league team, English and Drama teacher in Japan and at Cashmere High School and held safe spaces for rangatahi to express themselves through poetry as the 2017 NZ Slam Poetry Champion.

Currently the Southern Regional Relationship Manager for the Ministry of Youth Development, Daisy places a big value on “Teu le vā” building relationships across a wide range of stakeholders: central and local government, corporate, education, community and more importantly, the youth sector.

Daisy is the curator of the VAKA Speaker Series, a platform to share and showcase indigenous ways of thinking and being. Her happy place is telling stories, facilitation and bi-cultural and multicultural engagement.

Sarona Iosefa

Sarona has more than 30 years’ experience in managing strategic stakeholder and community relationships in corporate, local and central government environments. She has extensive experience in working with communities under stress, working in recovery agencies and on the ground after the Kaikoura earthquake.

Currently Manager, Communication and Engagement for Aurecon, her strength is in working with communities. Sarona has been using her strong stakeholder engagement and public consultation skills to work with Aurecon to upskill staff in working and engaging with under-represented groups, e.g. Māori, Pacifica, young families and young people.

Venue information:

Parking is available on nearby streets, at the Art Gallery, or at West End carpark, 48 Hereford Street (access via Cashel Street, exit via Hereford Street).

The Hereford Street entrance is only open until 5pm. After 5pm please come to the Worcester Boulevard entrance where Council's PRINZ members will let you in.

Please be aware of PRINZ payment and cancellation policy.