SOLGM's Electoral Working Party has, for a number of years, developed a whole range of resources to assist and guide electoral officers in local authorities as they manage the local elections. With 2016 being a local body election year there are a number of initiatives they have been working on including the extensive Electoral Resources available to councils in our LGSectorGoodToolkit website.

The initiative that is being rolled out at the moment is one that encourages those who pay rates on a property in a territorial authority (city or district council) outside of the area they usually live in to sign up to the Ratepayer Electoral Roll, an electoral roll that records voters as a non-resident ratepayer elector in that district. That would apply to those that own a beach house, holiday home, business or whanau land in say, Wellington, but who normally live in Napier.

As part of this campaign SOLGM provided an update to electoral officers last week on the roll out including statutory Public Notices and planned advertising as well as the national Freephone Number 0508 08 10 16, operational from 11 April to 26 August and answered by people fully qualified in answering ‘qualification’ questions and putting enquirers in touch with the appropriate electoral officer.

WEBINAR: Community Resilience - Tuesday, 5 April

Registrations have just opened in our website here for this webinar which is being run ahead of the regional workshops, starting on the 7th of April, that the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management will be holding to discuss the ‘National Disaster Resilience Strategy’.

SOLGM Annual Gala Dinner - this event has been very popular and has sold out. If you missed registering look out for the results on the 15th of April, in our website here and on our Facebook page. Local Government Chief Executives can still register for their Annual Forum on at the same time - 14 & 15 April, here.

Procurement for Local Authorities Made Simple is on 29 & 30 March in Wellington. Register here for this two day course.

Our Annual EA/PA Forum is in Wellington on 12 & 13 May. You can find more information and register here.

A two day training on the topical issue of Managing CCOs and Alternatives is being held on 30 & 31 May in Wellington. Find out more and register here.

For those involved in addressing the future shape of the local government workforce, our Future Workforce Forum is a must. Dates are 20 & 21 June and it's being held in Wellington. Registrations are open and full details including the programme will be available shortly in our website here.

We're holding a one day workshop on Changing Demographics on 30 June in Wellington. Look out for it in our Event Calendar later in the month.

Many of us here at SOLGM have just spent a week running the New Zealand leg of the 2016 Management Challenge. The winning team will represent New Zealand at the finals in Australia in June. The sixteen teams that took part in the three Challenge days were:

Christchurch City Council

Dunedin City Council

Hastings District Council

Hauraki District Council

Hutt City Council

New Plymouth District Council

Otorohanga District Council

Rotorua Lakes Council

Ruapehu District Council

Tauranga City Council

Waipa District Council

Wellington City Council

West Coast Councils (a combination council team)

Western Bay of Plenty District Council

Whakatane District Council

Whanganui District Council

We'll be announcing the winning team at our Gala Dinner on the 14th of April but congratulations to all teams for their enthusiastic participation through what were truly challenging days. We'll have photos from the days available soon but the pre-Challenge videos (the first Task that teams needed to complete) can be found in the playlist here other than Whakatane's video available here and West Coast Councils video, here.