New Governance resources – here’s what you need to know
SOLGM’s best-practice governance resources and advice provide councils with guidance in areas around legislative obligations, LGOIMA expectations and changes to the Privacy Act. A new governance section in SOLGM’s LGSectorGoodToolkit outlines some of the changes that have taken place in these areas this year.1:16 PM, 3 December 2020
Are you on track with your 2021 LTP?
Project teams are in the depths of developing their Long Term Plans (LTPs), a three-yearly process which sets out council priorities for the next ten years. Since 2006, SOLGM has been supporting councils with LTP development with a range of guidance documents which are available to all council staff.8:57 AM, 25 November 2020
Using volunteers to improve well-being and bring the community together
Using volunteers for a food-sharing service and social initiative, ‘The Food Circle’, is a proposal put forward by one of this year’s Management Challenge teams – Hiko Hauraki of Hauraki District Council. The proposal is fantastic example of engaging with the local community to support well-being while sourcing knowledge on how to grow food and cook seasonal, healthy meals.3:00 PM, 6 November 2020
Using data to inform decision making in a COVID-19 environment
SOLGM has partnered with Data Ventures to produce a report looking at the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on local CBD populations.12:51 AM, 30 October 2020
Harnessing the community to tell local stories…
Using volunteers and technology to tell local stories of cultural and historic significance is a proposal put forward by one of this year’s Management Challenge teams – BlueSky of Tauranga City Council. The proposal is a fantastic example of engaging with the local community to build a sense of belonging.9:34 AM, 28 October 2020
Climate Change + Business Conference
Covid-19 has given us an opportunity - an obligation - to transform our future. The 2020 Climate Change + Business Conference will explore the extent to which we have seized that opportunity. Will we act with the level of ambition and hope that the climate crisis requires of us?9:00 AM, 19 October 2020
Reducing carbon emissions and influencing community behavioural change
Using volunteers to action climate change initiatives and influence community behavioural change is a proposal put forward by one of this year’s Management Challenge teams – the ‘Taiao Angels’ of Bay of Plenty Regional Council. The proposal is an excellent example of engaging with local community for a common cause – in this case improving the environment by reducing emissions.9:27 AM, 12 October 2020
Overcoming social exclusion through digital literacy
Using volunteers to increase digital literacy in the community is a way of building a sense of community, create opportunities for people to feel included in a social group and build meaningful relationships with others.
For this year’s Management Challenge, Hutt City Council’s ‘Kapa Toa’ team has proposed the use of local volunteers in libraries to engage with those in the community who are socially isolated.
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.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.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.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.
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.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!4:08 PM, 10 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.3:26 PM, 4 August 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!!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-19.2:37 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.2:23 PM, 2 July 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).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.4:37 PM, 7 May 2020