You'll probably be aware that the Minister for Local Government indicated in his announcement of 16 March that the next Local Government Amendment Bill, Better Local Services Package, will contain reforms that provide for more flexibility to collaborate and develop shared services. His announcement specifically mentioned greater use of CCOs making our event - Managing CCOs and Alternatives Training, very timely and a 'must attend ' for all local government staff involved in managing CCOs, advisors and officers, elected members and directors of CCOs. We will have presentations by expert speakers from Simpson Grierson, PwC and a number of councils.

This two day training, on in Wellington on 30 & 31 May, is organised into three themes that recognise the complexities of CCOs:

- The Fundamentals: when to set up a CCO, who to appoint, changes in legislation and taxation.

- Monitoring and Evaluating CCOs: Statement of Intents, reporting performance, policy on appointing directors of CCOs and how best to evaluate and influence CCOs.

- Alternatives: joint ventures and joint committees.

As part of the programme we'll provide an opportunity to discuss the proposed legislation change. You can find the full programme and register in our website here. If you know of others that may be interested and who don't receive our updates please do pass this information on.

Check out our other upcoming events, including our Community Resilience Webinar on the 5th of April, in our Event Calendar here.

SOLGM members recently agreed to a change in rules. The changes were primarily about opening up full membership to all those working in local government and they will be applicable from the start of the new financial year – 1 July 2016. From that date the new membership types will be:

- Full Membership will now be open to all local government staff.

- Associate Membership will be open to anyone not working in local government.

The other two membership types are Honorary Members - former Full SOLGM members, now retired, and Life Members – decided at the AGM based on their significant contribution to the sector.

You can find more on SOLGM membership in our website here. We'll be updating this information as it's effected by the new rules in June.

Public Sector Qualifications

The Skills Organisation are currently developing Public Sector Qualifications at Levels 3, 4, 5 (Certificates) and Level 6 (Diploma). They are seeking expressions of interest from anyone wanting to be involved in a working group to draft the qualification content prior to approval from the governance group. Anyone wishing to be involved should contact Tyler Robbins 09 583 1319 or email in the first instance for further information.

Managing the Impact of Sea Level Rise in New Zealand - One Day Conference

Finally a reminder that the Sea Rise Conference on in Auckland on 8 April, is offering SOLGM members a preferential registration rate of $395+GST. Call 021 303-181 or email to register. The programme can be downloaded here.