How a  Swedish fitness trend could lead to a more sustainable future  

‘Plogging’, a Swedish fitness trend combining jogging or walking with picking up litter to clean up waterways, is a proposal put forward by one of this year’s Management Challenge teams. The proposal is a great example of engaging the local community for a common cause – in this case removing waste to improve the environment.  

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11:23 AM, 10 September 2020

Bringing the community together to deliver better environmental and well-being outcomes   

An end-to-end pest management proposal by one of this year’s Management Challenge teams is a great example of connecting communities together for a common cause – in this case caring for the environment and connecting with the land and each other.

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1:52 PM, 2 September 2020

Public drinking fountains key to reducing plastic waste and improving health outcomes of our communities

RefillNZ has been working with councils around the country to identify the locations of most of the public water fountains, from Invercargill to Whangarei. Now, for the first time, drinking fountains covering about 85% of the population New Zealand are on RefillNZ’s online map –1,200 drinking fountains.

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11:30 AM, 18 August 2020

A winning team and an amazing personal development experience…

Every year without fail, teams involved in the Management Challenge tell us it is one of the best personal development opportunities they’ve undertaken. We spoke with Grace Davies of Hauraki District Council on her experience as part of the winning team, Hiko Hauraki, in this year's NZ leg of the JLT Australasian Management Challenge.

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10:42 AM, 18 August 2020

RMA Reform: potential implications for local government

Jonathan Salter and Padraig McNamara - both Partners at Simpson Grierson advise on potential implications for local government with the RMA Reform.

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9:29 AM, 18 August 2020

Interview: A Day in the Life of Kevin Lavery during Aotearoa’s Level 4 Lockdown

When Aotearoa went into a four-week Level 4 lockdown to combat the global COVID-19 pandemic, a number of local government leaders were left wondering what this would mean for the essential services they provide their local communities. Questions such as, can cemeteries remain open? How can our council safely provide rubbish collection? How do we continue to deliver water and wastewater services? With just 48 hours notice of the lockdown, clarity was needed and it sure was needed fast!

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4:08 PM, 10 August 2020

Management Challenge winner announced

A team from Hauraki District Council, Hiko Hauraki, have won the New Zealand leg of the JLT Australasian Management Challenge and will take part in the Australian final in October.

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1:28 PM, 6 August 2020

Three Waters Reform Programme Investment Package

The Minister of Local Government, Hon Nanaia Mahuta, has announced allocations of the Three Waters investment package - part of a three-year programme for reforming three waters service delivery arrangements.

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3:32 PM, 4 August 2020

Start-up launches to help organisations secure sustainable and diverse range of funders

Hawkes Bay business Giblin Group has launched an innovative online platform which aims to help community organisations secure sustainable funding.

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3:26 PM, 4 August 2020

Midlands Area Branch Report

This year, Midlands Area Branch President, Tanya Winter submitted a video for their Annual Report Branch Report.

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10:18 AM, 29 July 2020

The countdown is on to the 2020 Virtual Management Challenge!

The JLT Australasian Management Challenge has been helping local government professionals to grow and learn or over 20 years. Each year SOLGM runs the New Zealand leg of the Challenge, and this year is no exception – although for a while we thought it might be!!

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2:54 PM, 7 July 2020

$60 million funding boost for New Zealand libraries announced

At the end of May 2020, Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin announced a $60 million funding package for local libraries and librarians. This funding will protect jobs and library services, allowing them to play a key role in supporting their communities and people seeking jobs as part of the recovery from COVID-19.

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2:37 PM, 7 July 2020

Interview: Tiffany Daubitz - Local Government & Community Well-being e-learning

We interviewed Tiffany Daubitz on how completing SOLGM’s Local Government & Community Well-being e-learning modules has helped in her role as Customer Services Librarian at Masterton District Library.

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2:23 PM, 2 July 2020

Dunedin City Manager heads to Canada

Dunedin City Council Group Manager Community and Planning, Nicola Pinfold, has been awarded an Overseas Manager Exchange to Canada from the NZ Society of Local Government Managers (SOLGM).

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11:21 AM, 8 May 2020

Peter Winder announces the Supreme winner of the 2020 McGredy Winder SOLGM Excellence Awards®

Innovation and excellence in New Zealand’s local government sector was recognised today by the NZ Society of Local Government Managers (SOLGM).

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4:47 PM, 7 May 2020

SOLGM Executive announces the 2020 Distinguished Manager & President’s Award

The SOLGM Executive Board has recognised two outstanding SOLGM members for distinguished management in the local government sector and their significant contribution to SOLGM.

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4:37 PM, 7 May 2020

Central Otago Chief Executive heads to Melbourne Business School

Central Otago District Council  Chief Executive, Sanchia Jacobs, has been awarded a prestigious scholarship by the NZ Society of Local Government Managers (SOLGM).

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4:32 PM, 7 May 2020

Northland Biosecurity Manager receives prestigious leadership award

Northland Regional Council Biosecurity Manager, Kane McElrea, is the recipient of the hotly contested Brookfields Emerging Leader of the Year Award, awarded by the NZ Society of Local Government Managers (SOLGM).

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4:30 PM, 7 May 2020

Kapiti Coast Manager heads to Australia

Kapiti Coast District Council  Water and Wastewater Asset Manager, Martyn Cole, has been awarded an Overseas Manager Exchange to Australia by the NZ Society of Local Government Managers (SOLGM).

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4:27 PM, 7 May 2020

Double win for Central Hawke's Bay District Council

It was double the success for Central Hawke’s Bay District Council today with an Excellence Award win, and an Overseas Manager Exchange awarded to a senior manager by the NZ Society of Local Government Managers (SOLGM).

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4:25 PM, 7 May 2020

Manawatu Manager heads to New South Wales

Manawatu District Council Regulatory Manager, Karel Boakes, has been awarded an Overseas Manager Exchange to New South Wales, Australia by the NZ Society of Local Government Managers (SOLGM).

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4:20 PM, 7 May 2020

Waimakariri Manager heads to Canada

Waimakariri District Council Governance Manager, Sarah Nichols, has been awarded an Overseas Manager Exchange to Canada by the NZ Society of Local Government Managers (SOLGM).

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4:15 PM, 7 May 2020

Whanganui Chief Executive heads to the US

Whanganui District Council Chief Executive, Kym Fell, has been awarded an Overseas Manager Exchange to the United States by the NZ Society of Local Government Managers (SOLGM).

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4:10 PM, 7 May 2020

Bay of Plenty Regional Council recognised for local government excellence for a second time

A Bay of Plenty biosecurity management initiative has been awarded the Te Puni Kōkiri Award for Bicultural Leadership by the NZ Society of Local Government Managers (SOLGM).

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4:08 PM, 7 May 2020

Auckland Council recognised for local government excellence

A large-scale IT transformation project that saw Auckland Council move its property maintenance reporting online has been awarded the Local Government Funding Agency (LGFA) Award for Transforming Service Delivery by the NZ Society of Local Government Managers (SOLGM).

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4:02 PM, 7 May 2020