About the 2020 Management Challenge

The 2020 NZ Leg of the Australasian Management Challenge will take place in Wellington on 6 - 7 April 2020 - the Challenge Day will be Tuesday 7th April, and all teams will take part  on the same day! This means we have a new venue which will be the Lower Hutt Events Centre.

The introductory session and networking opportunity taking place the evening prior on Monday 6th April. 

Registrations are now open - early bird pricing available until 13 December so round your team up now!

Key dates for the 2020 Management Challenge are:

  • Early bird registrations extended to 13 December 2019
  • Registrations close 14 February 2020
  • Pre Challenge Task released 17th February 2020
  • Pre Challenge Task due 30th March 2020
  • Pre Challenge Networking Evening at Lower Hutt Events Centre on 6th April 2020
  • Challenge Day for all Teams at Lower Hutt Events Centre on 7th April 2020

    The Australasian final will be held at the LG Professionals National Congress in August 2020.

    Register for the 2020 Management Challenge

    You can find out more about Management Challenge on the Australasian Management Challenge website

    To register please complete the online registration form.

    *Please note that NZ teams will be invoiced in $A.

    Picking a Challenge Team

    Teams have six members and a mentor. Councils that have taken part in the Challenge for many years will usually have a strategy for selecting their team members. For councils new to the Challenge the team members typically come from a variety of departments across the council. This means the team can not only draw on a range of skills and knowledge, it importantly adds to the collaborative experience - some past participants have said they've learned more about their wider council at a Challenge than while at work! We recommend that the team include someone who has communications experience as the day's tasks usually include at least one where reporting or external communications is a very useful skill.

    Team members are usually, though not exclusively, in mid-tier roles. The final selection of team members will depend on each council's objectives for the Challenge so it's perfectly legitimate to select someone with leadership potential but who is still at the start of their local government career. Conversely very senior managers have taken part and found it a valuable experience.

    Please email info@solgm.org.nz if you'd like more information on the Challenge.

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