About the 2018 Management Challenge

Fifteen councils took part in the 2018 Management Challenge. The winning team, Bay of Plenty Regional Council, was announced on 12 April 2018 at the SOLGM Gala Dinner . They then competed in, and won, the Australasian Finals which were held in conjunction with LGProfessionals Australia's National Congress in Canberra from 22-24 August 2018.

2018 Participants were: 

  • Christchurch City Council 
  • Western Bay of Plenty District Council 
  • Taupo District Council 
  • Tauranga City Council 
  • Rotorua Lakes Council 
  • Whakatane District Council
  • Otago Regional Council 
  • New Plymouth District Council 
  • Hastings District Council 
  • Bay of Plenty Regional Council 
  • Waikato District Council 
  • Hauraki District Council 
  • Otorohanga District Council 
  • Auckland Council 
  • Wellington City Council.

The judges said:

"2018 was a hotly contested challenge with a very high calibre of teams. A competitive, fun spirit was apparent this year and the high standard of previous years was once again evident. This year's winner is Bay of Plenty Regional Council. An extremely close run second goes to Hastings District Council, and third to Otago Regional Council."

"The judges were impressed by the calm, business like attitude and well thought through team management of Bay Of Plenty Regional Council. This group produced high quality reports across a number of areas, successfully using evidence based research and information to back up their recommendations. The Silverstream venue once again provided a centralised working space for teams that engendered high levels of energy and focus."

"The judges would like to congratulate all of the teams. Every team put 100% effort into every challenge which reflects their commitment to the Local Government sector. We believe all the teams would agree that using The Management Challenge as a part of the Council's overall training strategy is of significant benefit to the Council and the participants".

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