2017 SOLGM Annual Gala Dinner

Our annual Gala Dinner celebrates the outstanding projects and people that contribute to the success of the sector. The Marketplace provides space for councils entering our Excellence Awards to showcase their projects.

  • 12 Apr
  • Langham Hotel, Auckland
  • 5.30 pm - 10.30 pm
  • $160.00 excl. GST. for members
  • $175.00 excl. GST. for non-members
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This is our annual event that celebrates the outstanding achievements of local government professionals. Pre-dinner drinks commence at 5.30pm with the formal part of the evening beginning at 6.30pm.

Announcements being made at the dinner include:

> The six category winners and the Supreme Winner of the 2017 McGredy Winder SOLGM Local Government Excellence Awards

> The winner of the Brookfields Emerging Leader of the Year Award

> The winning team in New Zealand leg of the Australasian Management Challenge

> The recipients of our Leadership Scholarships and our Overseas Manager Exchanges

Dress code for the evening is Cocktail.

The Marketplace

From midday on the 12th of April we'll be holding The Marketplace at The Langham. This is an exhibition space for councils that have entered the Excellence Awards so that they can showcase their projects in the afternoon prior to the Gala Dinner. It was a very successful initiative that we first offered in 2016 (see photos below). Entry to The Marketplace is free.

Councils that have booked a Marketplace booth can find more information here.


For information on sponsorship opportunities for this event and our Excellence Awards you can read the sponsorship prospectus here or contact Leeanne Templer at Leeanne.Templer@solgm.org.nz.


The Langham, Auckland have provided a 10% discount on the best available rate for the night of the gala dinner. To make use of this discount please click here and make your booking via this web page.


  • Melodie Robinson

    Master of Ceremonies

    Melodie Robinson is a well-known kiwi sports journalist and presenter.

    She played rugby union at international level – winning two world cups with New Zealand’s women’s team – the Black Ferns.

    Playing blindside or openside flanker, she played in 18 tests with the Ferns from 1996 to 2002.

    While playing rugby at the elite level she gained a BA from the University of Otago, as well as studying Journalism in Wellington. Her first work was in radio – working at the press gallery in Wellington covering politics.

    Her obvious ability and passion for sports led her to becoming the online sports producer for Xtramsn.co.nz. While working at Xtra from 1998 to 2002 she produced innovative sports websites like allblacks.com and teamnewzealand.com.

    Robinson moved on to Sky Sports in 2002, commentating and presenting for the Super 12 and NPC.

    She is the regular host of Super Rugby and ITM Cup build ups, hosts the ANZ Championship and international netball build ups, and is of course, a regular on World Rugby's Women's Sevens Series as a commentator.

    Nowadays, Melodie is something of an all-rounder…

    This unstoppable high-achiever, and former winner of the Miss Canterbury Beauty Pageant, is currently balancing her role at Sky Sport with studying for an MBA at Auckland University's Business School.

    Melodie is a media personality with credibility in the sporting world and a professional wealth of experience like no other.