SOLGM delivers many sector updates, such as policy and legislation changes, as well as some learning and development content via webinars. This provides attendees with access to local government expertise from the convenience of their own council offices saving both time and money. These webinars are usually recorded as they are broadcast and then made available as recordings. Our current list of recorded webinars, available for purchase, is below. Upcoming live webinars can be found in our Event Calendar.

If you wish to purchase any of these recordings please e-mail webinars@solgm.org.nz

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What's Happening with Holiday Pay

This webinar will help you separate the facts from the hyperbole around the issue.You’ll hear about the indicators and warning signs that you may have an issue.You’ll also hear about the other consequences that can flow from getting your holiday pay wrong - such as tax.

With labour inspectors taking a view that all employers are underpaying unless they can demonstrate otherwise, this is a webinar that councils can’t afford to miss.

If your council has purchased this recording you can access it here .

Effective Advocacy

Do you write a lot of submissions for MPs and Parliament? Concerned your council’s local voice isn’t being heard? Tired of being the last to know what’s happening in Wellington?

Better Advocacy provides practical guidance on working with MP's, both in and outside Parliament and what you can do to stay informed.

If your council has purchased this recording you can access it here.


How understanding the brain will get managers better results

The emerging field of neuroscience is giving managers and leaders new insights into effective ways of working with and leading others.

If your council has purchased this recording you can access it here.


Understand the new accounting standards part 1 & part 2

Financials supporting the LTP consultation document must be prepared under the new accounting standards (PBE standards).There are four issues that all local authorities should be aware of: exchange/non-exchange revenue; property plant and equipment; service concessions and related party disclosures.

The first of this webinar series provides a new finance person with everything they need to know about PBE in advance of the LTP. The second webinar provides anyone working on the exchange/non-exchange issue with an example from a local authority that’s already done it.

If your council has purchased this recording you can access part one here and part two here.

Project Management and Procurement – getting projects started on the right track

By attending this webinar you will learn a fast and effective technique for getting projects off on 'The Right Track'. Frank Aldridge of The Integral Group is an expert in project management and will take you through a particular technique that he has developed and refined in 2014.
Frank has successfully implemented this technique for a number of projects within councils all over New Zealand.

If your council has purchased this recording you can access it here.


Nothing New Under the Sun – What the Rating Case Law Really Says

This 90 minute webinar will provide you with an overview of what the rating policy cases actually means (as opposed to what some claim it means).

If your council has purchased this recording you can access it here.


How Local Government Works Induction Series 2015

SOLGM's How Local Government Works induction series is a fantastic tool for introducing new employees to the legislative environment of local government. The five webinars in the series cover the key things that make local government different from any other sector, including relevant legislation.

Make these webinars part of your council’s induction programme and you will see your new staff quickly become more productive in their roles.

If your council has registered for this series you can access the recordings here.
Making Sense of Service Delivery Reviews

In this webinar Raymond will demonstrate how a little common sense and a co-operative mindset can reset expectations and make this requirement a whole lot simpler and easier to implement.

If your council has registered for this webinar you can access the recording here.
BERL 2015: New Adjustors, Same Economy

BERL have conducted a fundamental review of the BERL adjustors and construction of the Local Government Cost Index. This is very similar to the five yearly reviews that Statistics New Zealand undertakes on its price and cost indices.

One of New Zealand’s leading economic forecasters, Dr Ganesh Nana, will:

- explain what’s changed and why

- provide an overview of the economic situation, and what that means for your bottom lines.

If your council has registered for this webinar you can access the recording here.
Coming Ready or Not - Emerging Technologies and Local Government Part One and two
The next wave of new technology is already upon us. As a species we now create as much data in two days as was created up to the end of 2003. At the same time the emergence of cheap, relatively mobile electric motor vehicles, new forms of renewable energy and a distributed generation will change how we get around and therefore, the urban form so the importance of understanding the implications for local government is greater than ever before.

Importantly these webinars (and the report) aren’t dry sessions for the techies or blue skies sessions for those who are into science-fiction. If you work in a policy or strategy focused role you’ll find them a useful aid that will improve the quality of your advice. If you’re in an operational role you’ll gain more understanding of how technology might change your role in the future. Each of the ten technologies is here now, and in use in local government here and overseas.

If your council has registered for this webinar you can access part one here and part two here.
The “New” Annual Plan: Same Story, Different Day
This session is for anyone wondering whether they’ll need to consult on their next annual plan or wanting some guidance on how they might consult. It showcases the concepts and messages in the upcoming SOLGM practice note on the annual plan – including what happens if your council finds it won’t need to consult. If your council has registered for this webinar you can access it here.
Health and Safety 101: Clarifying and understanding your responsibilities under the new H&S reforms This webinar will explain the essence of the reforms, in particular it will highlight new terms and definitions such as PCBUs; Officers; the duty of care, liability, reasonably practicable and the respective roles of Elected Members, Chief Executive and staff.





If your council has registered for this webinar you can access it here.
Health & Safety 102: Good Practice in H&S Reform Implementation
This second Health and Safety webinar focuses on four different perspectives of the reforms - a legal; Elected Member; Chief Executive and operational perspective. If your council has registered for this webinar you can access it here.
Local Government in Austerity: Lessons from England
Funding cuts in English local government provide valuable lessons on the financial sustainability of council services. This webinar explores the complex nature of fiscal constraint and which financial mechanisms have been employed to protect council services. The extent to which services have been affected is explored.

This webinar covers the following topics:

- Financial mechanisms employed in austerity

- Services affected

- Shared service arrangements and amalgamation

- Outsourcing

- Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs)

If your council has registered for this webinar you can access it here.
Community Resilience

International (and Kiwi) thinking is moving towards a broader definition of community resilience that focuses more on building the capacity of communities to survive, adapt and thrive in the face of shocks and chronic stresses.

This webinar is for anyone in planning, management, policy or service delivery whose role helps build the communities capacity to adapt to survive, adapt and thrive in the face of shocks and chronic stresses. Those who are planning to attend the upcoming MCDEM workshops on the new National Disaster Resilience Strategy are likely to find this useful preparation.

If your council has registered for this webinar you can access it here.
What's Happening with Holiday Pay?
This webinar will help you separate the facts from the hyperbole around the holiday pay issue. If your council has registered for this webinar you can access it here.
Proposed National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity
This webinar will provide an overview of the proposed National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity (NPS) and its application. If your council has registered for this webinar you can access it here.
Prepare for Earthquake-prone Building Regime Changes
The Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Act 2016 was passed by Parliament in early May 2016 following much consultation and select committee consideration. Although the Act does not come into force for another two years there are steps councils can take to prepare themselves for the new regime. If your council has registered for this webinar you can access it here.


The New Paradigm of Procurement


Frank Aldridge of the Integral Group has worked with many councils on improving their procurement work and will introduce his successful methodology “The New Paradigm of Procurement

If your council has registered for this webinar you can access it here.

BERL 2016: New Adjustors, Same Economy

At the end of September SOLGM released the latest edition of the SOLGM/BERL adjustors and the Local Government Cost Index. Most local authorities treat these as one of their key forecasting assumptions for annual planning purposes.

If your council has registered for this webinar you can access it here.

LTP 101: An Introduction to the 2018 LTP

Webinar One: 18 October at 10:00 am

- what the LTP is and does
- the LTP and the Local Government Act
- the 2018 LTP jigsaw
- the six ground rules for long-term planning
- the purpose of local government (as reimagined in 2012)
- community outcomes and activity choice
- grouping activities
- infrastructure strategies and asset plans
- levels of service, performance measures and targets

If your council has registered for this webinar you can access it here.
LTP 101: An introduction to the 2018 LTP - Part 2

Webinar Two: 26 October at 10:00 am

- the financial strategy and prudence
- financial policies
- the consultation document
- getting the community involved
- what else goes in an LTP
- the LTP audit
- SOLGM’s LTP guidance
- The Road to 2018 Seminars

If your council has registered for this webinar you can access it here.
Tips for an Award Winning Entry.
Entries are now open for the 2017 McGredy Winder SOLGM Local Government Excellence Awards and nominations are open for the 2017 Brookfields Emerging Leader of the Year Award.

Both awards are hotly contested – there were 31 entries across the five categories, including 13 in a single category, for the 2016 Excellence Awards. As well there were 12 nominations for the Emerging Leader Award – the first time this was offered. With the addition in 2017 of travel to the ICMA conference in Texas for the Emerging Leader Award winner we expect even more nominations.

This webinar is designed to give entrants some important pointers on what judges are looking for in an excellent entry.

As well we’ll provide Excellence Award entrants further information on The Marketplace – an exhibition space provided free of cost so that they can showcase their projects to other councils, central government representatives and our Gala Dinner guests.

Further information on the Gala Dinner, where the awards will all be announced, and The Marketplace can be found here. You can also purchase Dinner tickets at that link.

You can access this webinar here.
LGOIMA Webinar
At this one hour webinar on effectively managing LGOIMA requests you’ll learn about:
  • your council's obligations under LGOIMA
  • when to release, and when to withhold information
  • the tricks and traps in the LGOIMA process
  • when to deal with a request under the Privacy Act
  • What happens when someone complains to the Ombudsman?
If your council has registered for this webinar you can access it here.


Building Consent Authority Accreditation Scheme Webinar - Recording

In conjunction with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) we would like to invite everyone with an interest in the Building Consent Authority accreditation scheme to join this free webinar outlining changes to the existing Building Consent Authority Accreditation Scheme

If your council has registered for this webinar you can access it here.

What is the State of Play with Spatial Planning? The challenges of designing for the communities of the future, housing affordability, demographic shifts and economic transformation are becoming increasingly multi-faceted and complex. Policy-makers in both central and local government are returning to spatial planning as a potential tool for bringing stakeholders together to determine and commit to the future development of communities. If your council has registered for this webinar you can access it here.
LTP 101: An Introduction to the 2018 LTP - Part 1 -14 June 2017
  • what the LTP is and does
  • the LTP and the Local Government Act
  • the 2018 LTP jigsaw
  • the six ground rules for long-term planning
  • the purpose of local government (as reimagined in 2012)
  • community outcomes and activity choice
  • grouping activities
  • infrastructure strategies and asset plans
  • levels of service, performance measures and targets
If your council has registered for this webinar you can access it here.
LTP 101: An Introduction to the 018 LTP - Part 2 - 21 June 2017
  • financial strategy and prudence
  • financial policies
  • the consultation document
  • getting the community involved
  • what else goes in an LTP
  • the LTP audit
  • SOLGM’s LTP guidance
  • The Road to 2018 events
If your council has registered for this webinar you can access it
here
What happened to the Better Local Services Legislation? - 29 June 2017
The Government has signaled that there will be significant change to the Better Local Services Legislation when the Bill is reported back on 16 June. If you want to understand what’s changed and why, and just as importantly, what happens next then this webinar will provide you with all you need to know. If your council has registered for this webinar you can access it here.