Climate Change + Business Conference

Covid-19 has given us an opportunity - an obligation - to transform our future. The 2020 Climate Change + Business Conference will explore the extent to which we have seized that opportunity. Will we act with the level of ambition and hope that the climate crisis requires of us?

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Reducing carbon emissions and influencing community behavioural change

Using volunteers to action climate change initiatives and influence community behavioural change is a proposal put forward by one of this year’s Management Challenge teams – the ‘Taiao Angels’ of Bay of Plenty Regional Council. The proposal is an excellent example of engaging with local community for a common cause – in this case improving the environment by reducing emissions.

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Reflections of an outgoing Chief Executive…

Manawatū District Council Chief Executive, Dr Richard Templer, will shortly step down from his role to take up the role of Chief Executive of Engineering New Zealand. Richard reflects on the past four and a half years.

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Upcoming Events

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27 Oct 20 - 30 Oct 20

Online Forum: 2020 Funding and Rating

(run in four online sessions over 27-30 October)

The Funding and Rating Forum is an event delivered in four online modules designed to build knowledge and awareness of funding and rating policy issues and practice challenges across the sector.


09 Nov 20

Members only webinar: Leadership - lessons from leading through a pandemic

SOLGM's Chief Executive, Karen Thomas will be joined by Dr Ashley Bloomfield and Director of Civil Defence Emergency Management, Sarah Stuart-Black for a conversation about lessons learned from leading through a pandemic. Please note that this webinar is for SOLGM members ONLY and will be free of charge. You can find out about SOLGM membership here.

16 Nov 20

Webinar - Assumptions for a New Era: Transitions to Low Waste and Low Emissions

This session will map out some ‘big picture’ current and future assumption about waste as well as draw on some practical New Zealand projects and cases that are innovating new ways of making these critical transitions.

Member Benefits

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These provide local government managers with the opportunity to share knowledge and ‘best practice’ in Local Government in another country

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Members receive quarterly briefings containing information that is highly relevant to management roles in local government.

Through our sponsor Skills, we are able to provide outstanding leadership development opportunities to our Members. Entries usually open in October each year and the recipients are announced at our annual Gala Dinner in April

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Members of SOLGM's five Working Parties have the opportunity to influence and support sector activities of national importance as well as contribute to our key work programmes. Members participating in our Working Parties gain a wealth of knowledge and insight in respect to issues that are critical to local government professionals while also enhancing their leadership skills and career opportunities.

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