There has been a great response to our call for entries into the 2016 McGredy Winder SOLGM Local Government Excellence Awards®. The winners of these Awards will be announced at our annual Gala Dinner in Wellington on 14 April.

Entries to the Awards closed last week with 31 entries across the five project categories and 12 entries for the new Brookfields Emerging Leader of the Year Award. You can find our news release about the Award entries in our website here.

Along with the Excellence Award winners the recipients of our Overseas Manager Exchanges and our Leadership Scholarships will be announced at our Gala Dinner. Applications for both are open till 11 March.

The winning team from the New Zealand leg of the Australasian Management Challenge will also be announced. We have had 16 teams register - up from the nine teams that entered last year's Challenge.

If you would like to part of our celebration of excellence in local government management, you can register for the Gala Dinner here.

This quick reference guide to all our currently scheduled major events in 2016 plus information on parliamentary legislation relevant to the sector, key local body election information, a summary of our Suite of Services for the sector and our Member benefits, was mailed out last week. If you have not received a copy you can find a soft copy here.

Chief Executives Forum and Masterclass

14 & 15 April in Wellington

We have just added further information about the programme and presenters to the Event page. The new Minister for Local Government, Hon Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, has agreed to spend time with Forum delegates in an informal Q&A session, so this is a fantastic opportunity for Chief Executives to ask him those burning questions. The final programme is expected to be available shortly.

Health & Safety Training Roadshow

We have three dates remaining: Auckland on 16 February, Palmerston North on 17 February and Dunedin on 1 March.

The Christchurch training held earlier this week was very well received. Feedback included "I feel that I can come away from this with a positive way forward. I found everything covered was extremely valuable” and “Very helpful information - helped me crystallise my awareness of H&S”.

You can register for the training closest to you in our Events Calendar. There you will also find all out other events right through to August available for registration. Our next scheduled leading practice Forum is the Risk Management Forum on in Wellington on 23 & 24 February.