2018 Gala Dinner & The Marketplace

Showcasing and celebrating the outstanding projects and people that contribute to the success of the local government sector.

  • 12 Apr
  • Cordis, 83 Symonds Street, Auckland
  • 5.30 pm - 9.30 pm
  • $160.00 excl. GST. for members
  • $175.00 excl. GST. for non-members
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Join us for a night of glamour, fun and celebration.

Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta will deliver the opening address at our Gala Dinner.

We will announce the winners of the 2018 McGredy Winder SOLGM Local Government Excellence Awards® including the six project categories, from which the Supreme Award winner will be selected, the 2018 Brookfields Emerging Leader of the Year Award, the recipients of our Overseas Manager Exchanges and our Leadership Scholarships, and the winning team from the New Zealand leg of the Australasian Management Challenge.

The Marketplace is an opportunity for Excellence Award entrants to showcase the innovative and inspiring local government projects that are positively impacting our communities.

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Please note - a group discount is available when registering a table of eight of $1200 + GST

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There are rooms available at the Cordis on 11 April for $269. On 12 April the rate will go up to $449, or $718 for two nights. This is because the Lionel Richie concert is on the same night as the Gala Dinner. Please contact Leighton Tekotahi in Group Reservations at the Cordis, 09 300 2846, to take advantage of this discount.

If this rate exceeds your budget, or if the Cordis books up, we suggest you consider other accommodation in the area including the IBIS, Copthorne, Pullman, Scenic or St Martin's apartments. At this stage, these options are offering more competitive rates.


  • Oscar Kightley


    Oscar first recognised his ability to make people laugh when he was a school boy, and at Rutherford High he developed his skills in humour and English. Following a cadetship at The Auckland Star, Oscar moved into radio, theatre, television and film.

    Oscar was appointed to the council of Creative New Zealand in 2007. In 2008, Oscar was awarded a Sir Peter Blake Trust Emerging Leader Award (so he’s well qualified to ‘preside over’ the 2018 Brookfields Emerging Leader of the Year Award). In 2009, he received The New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to television and theatre.

    Oscar is perhaps best known for Sione's Wedding and bro'Town.