Christchurch | Dawn Baxendale Unplugged

7:00am Wednesday, 24 February 2021
9:00am Wednesday, 24 February 2021
Rydges Latimer Square
30 Latimer Square
Christchurch Central, Canterbury 8011
New Zealand


At this 'unplugged' breakfast event, Dawn Baxendale, Chief Executive, Christchurch City Council will introduce herself to members, opening the door for future collaboration. Alongside her professional story, Dawn will front up on issues close to all our hearts and discuss topics vital to Christchurch's growth. 

The discussion and question-time will include: 

  • Chch2050 - the future vision and direction of our region.
  • Council's 10-year Long Term Plan and strategic delivery focus.
  • Council's aim for partnerships to work for the "greater good".
  • An outline of how the Property Council and its members can engage with initiatives that continue to support the regeneration of our city

With her own unique style and personality, this promises to be an invigorating and entertaining event from one of our city's leaders. It's definitely worth getting up early for!

Special thanks to event sponsor Foodstuffs South Island Limited and event supporter Resene.

A note about COVID
In these changing times, a live event is a rare and precious thing. While we will do everything in our power to bring this event to you as a face-to-face experience, should the situation change and restrictions on event numbers fluctuate due to government restrictions, we may be forced to take this event online or change the format. Of course, you'll still be getting the same great content, just in a different format. Please ensure you have read and understood the event terms and conditions and bear with us as we play the hand we are dealt over the coming months. We will always strive to deliver the best-case scenario to our members, and we appreciate your support and understanding with any adaption we may have to undertake to achieve that.


Dawn Baxendale

Chief Executive, Christchurch City Council

In 2019 Dawn Baxendale was appointed Chief Executive of Christchurch City Council and moved 19,000 kilometres from England with her family to take up the role. Originally from Huddersfield in the north of England, Dawn had long held the ambition to move to New Zealand, and the opportunity to do so was too good to pass by.

Dawn brought with her more than 30 years' experience working in local government in the UK, where she built a reputation as someone with energy and enthusiasm who works collaboratively with others to get results. She sets high expectations for herself and for her teams, and is known for taking a keen interest in performance (people and finances) of the organisations she leads to deliver for the community.

Dawn has been at the forefront of public sector reform in Britain, including regeneration, work skills, unemployment, health and social care.  Her technical background in economic development and regeneration, always focused on driving ambition and realising potential. She has a track record of achieving clear business and commercial outcomes and has led negotiations that have delivered a strong mixed economy to the towns and cities where she has worked.

It's a long way from Huddersfield to Christchurch - a city still dealing with the consequences of the earthquakes and 2019 terror attacks. However, Dawn is unfazed by the challenges ahead. As she puts it: "I am excited by the opportunity and know that we are on a journey that is going to be hard, hard work. Covid-19 has reinforced the need for us to all work together. I genuinely believe that public authorities need to be at the heart of their communities. Local authorities should be leading and influencing the economic, environmental and community legacy that will remain for decades to come."


Please note this is a member-only event. Should you wish to enquire about becoming a member, please contact Sahra Grinham

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Ticket prices

 Non MemberN/A
 Member $58.00

All prices exclude 15% GST.

We know that the best discussions, thinking and productivity occurs when there is diversity. Property Council is committed to creating an industry that leverages diversity to drive success. Please consider this when registering people for this event.

Terms & Conditions

Submission of your registration indicates your acceptance of all terms and conditions. Click to read these in full.

Confirmation of registration will be sent to each attendee and an invoice/receipt will be sent to the purchaser upon check out. Please note that credit is offered to Property Council New Zealand members only, with non-members required to pay in full upon check out via credit card or POLi direct bank transfer.

Should you need to cancel your attendance, you may reassign your registration to another person by notifying the Event Manager in writing. If you are unable to arrange a replacement, a full refund will be made providing notification is received in writing at least one week prior to the event (please note that this may not be applicable for national events or Awards functions). After this date, no refunds are available. If, for reasons beyond the control of Property Council New Zealand, the event is cancelled, the registration fee will be refunded after deduction of expenses already incurred.

Property Council New Zealand reserves the right to refuse entry or to remove from the premises any person at their sole and absolute discretion. Property Council New Zealand is intent on creating quality events within safe and respectful environments for all attendees to share knowledge, express their thoughts and opinions and network. Our code of conduct requires all attendees and stakeholders to act in a manner which is harassment-free and respectful of people in a public environment, be it gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, race or religion. It is our expectation that attendees will act in a responsible manner in regard to alcohol consumption.

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$58.00 *
$58.00 *
* Price excludes GST where applicable

Contact Information

Sahra Grinham

Regional Manager

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Additional Information

  • Parking is available in Rydges car park (subject to availability) or via on-street parking on Latimer Square.
  • Please note that a grazing breakfast and networking will take place before the presentation commences. 
  • We ask all attendees to please arrive early to allow you time to register, enjoy breakfast and find your seat prior to starting.

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