General Info & Social



Palmerston North Conference & Function Centre, 354 Main Road.

Airport Transfers

These are your responsibility. Palmerston North Convention Centre is approx 10 minutes from the airport – taxis are available.


Participants carry their own risk for personal injury or loss of property during the Forum. RIMS and the administrators are in no way responsible for any claims concerning insurance. The Organising Committee, RIMS, Palmerston North Conference & Function Centre and The Conference Team accept no liability or responsibility for death or illness, or injury / accident to or financial loss by any person attending the Forum, whatever the cause. Registration will indicate an acceptance of these conditions by the delegate.

Cancellation & Refund Policy

A cancellation fee of $100 will be charged. After 19 February 2018 refunds will be at the discretion of the Organising Committee and processed after the Forum. No refunds will be made for late arrival or early departure whatever the cause. Registrations may be reassigned to another person from the  same organisation without penalty. Please notify The Conference Team of any changes prior to the Forum.


The information contained in this registration information is correct at the time of printing. The RIMS Committee reserves the right to alter or delete items from the programme as circumstances dictate. Changes will be notified on this website.


The Conference Team, Joanne Reddock, 03 359 2600


Happy Hour

An opportunity to mix and mingle at the end of Day One – included with the registration fee.

When: Wednesday 21 March

Time: 5.00pm – 6.00pm

Where: Elwood Room – around the trade exhibition

Includes: Beer, wine, non-alcohol drinks and nibbles

Forum Dinner, Award presentation and After dinner speaker (optional)

An Innovation Award presentation will be made at the dinner.

When: Wednesday 21 March

Time: 7.30pm – 11.00pm

Where: Conference Room

MC: Pio Terei

Cost: $95

Includes: Welcome drink, buffet dinner, wine on tables, non-alcoholic drinks & After dinner speaker

Shrinking, ageing and leaving.  What’s happening to our communities and what can we do about it?
Alicia McKay
Social, economic and demographic changes on the global stage are taking hold in local and regional New Zealand.  Alicia provides some thought-provoking discussion about these shifts and what they mean for New Zealand Councils.

Alicia is a strategic consultant and local government specialist, supporting New Zealand Councils to make better decisions and spend money more wisely. Specialising in strategy, business cases and tricky issues, Alicia’s policy background and signature style make her a popular choice for workshop facilitation and presentations. Known for her down-to-earth manner, sharp insight and wicked sense of humour, Alicia encourages Councils to take an evidence-based and strategic approach to solving problems and planning for the future. Since establishing an independent consulting practice in early 2014, Alicia has advised Councils of all sizes across New Zealand, as well as private companies, NGOs, universities, DHBs and central government agencies.