We were really excited to launch, at our Gala Dinner last week, this campaign with the first showing of a new video - check it out in our LGCareers website here. We're really pleased with the reception the video received with the Associate Minister of Local Government, Hon Louise Upston calling it a highlight of the evening.

We'll be making this video available to councils that subscribe to our Recruitment and Retention initiative. As well we'll have flyers that can be overprinted with council contact details, and the loan of a pull up banner for career days etc.

We're also taking a space at a Careers Expo in Wellington on 17 and 18 June. Councils that would like to have their careers material and/or a representative knowledgeable about council careers at our booth can contact me for more details.

By the way, councils that support the Recruitment and Retention initiative are also able to advertise secondment placements on our LGConnect discussion groups at no cost. Contact lgconnect@solgm.org.nz if you'd like more information.

The Local Government Operational and Management Effectiveness Programme provide comprehensive performance data across five key organisational areas. Run by SOLGM's sister organisation, Local Government Professionals Australia, NSW with PwC, Sydney in Australia since 2013 the Programme was made available to New Zealand councils last year. The 26 'foundation' councils that joined then have already received their 2014/15 financial year reports. Applications to join the surveys that cover the 2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18 financial years opened in February. There's some substantial savings to be made by applying before 30 April - more information and applications can be found in our website here.

Our AV supplier and sponsor Streamliner have put together a short video of the dinner which shows what a special night it was. We're already looking forward to next year's celebrations! We've been adding more photos from our Facebook page since the night and LGMagazine are running some articles on the dinner in their May issue.

We've opened registrations for this year's Summit on at The Langham in Auckland on 21-23 September. We already have Kim Hill booked as our MC and an outline of the programme, based round the theme of 'Inspiring Leadership' will be online soon. We'll be following the success of our 2015 Summit programme with plenty of inspiring speakers, interactive workshops and the popular Hot Topics discussion panel will be back. We've secured a great rate for accommodation at The Langham so encourage delegates to look at the registration with accommodation package. You can register in the Summit website here.

All of our upcoming events are listed in our Event Calendar. Here's what's in the calendar over the next couple of months:

EA/PA Forum in Wellington on 12 & 13 May. We've put together a programme that's a real mix of inspiring speakers and networking opportunities. It's also tailored to meet the specific needs of EAs and PAs working in the local government environment. Find out more and register here.

Project Management in Christchurch on 19 & 20 May. This two day workshop will take people with little or no prior project management experience and give them a good grounding in the fundamentals that will enable them to tackle an everyday project logically, competently and with confidence. Find out more and register here.

Managing CCOs and Alternatives Training in Wellington on 30 & 31 May. This two day training explores the complex relationships between local authorities and their Council Controlled Organisations (CCOs) and explores how they may best work together to overcome the inherent challenges of this relationship and achieve an integrated strategic direction. Register for this training here, and please pass the information about this event on to anyone involved in CCOs that you feel would be interested in attending.

Future Workforce Forum in Wellington on 20 & 21 June. This Forum will address four key burning topics at the heart of our current thinking around the future of People and Capability and Human Resource Management in local government. Those involved in addressing the future shape of the sector's workforce should find out more about this exciting new Forum and register here.

Please note that we have changed our postal address effective immediately to:

P O Box 10373

The Terrace

Wellington 6143

We haven't changed location - we're still Level 8, Civic Assurance House, 116 Lambton Quay, Wellington.