A couple of weeks ago the Government introduced the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill 2016, also known as the Better Local Services legislation. SOLGM will be running a one day seminar to give local authorities the opportunity to explore the implications of the Amendment Bill through a series of interactive workshops and plenary sessions. It will also provide an opportunity to contribute to the development of the sector's submission on the Bill.

The Seminar is on in Wellington on 14 July and you can find out more and register here. However because the Select Committee is still to set a submission deadline this date may be subject to change.

This event is suitable for finance, asset and strategy managers, CCO managers, advisors and specialists as well as policy advisors and analysts. Please note that this event is primarily for council staff. Non-council staff should email our Manager, Sector Improvement, Raymond Horan if they would like to attend.

2016/17 SOLGM Events Wall Chart

We have just produced the second edition of our Wall Chart which details all of our scheduled events through to mid-2017. You can expect a printed copy to arrive in the mail shortly or you can download it from here. Almost all the events listed in the Wall Chart are already open for registration in our Event Calendar. If you're not sure about your attendance at any of these events selecting the Save the Date option at top of the actual event's page puts it in your calendar - just don't forget to register once you've made a decision.

Upcoming Webinars

We're delivering three webinars over the coming few weeks. As always they are a great way to gain sector specific information from the comfort of your office at a very reasonable per-council price.

29 June: Proposed National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity

This webinar is being presented by Sarah Holdem, Policy Advisor at the Ministry for the Environment who has led the development of the National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity (NPS). She will provide an overview of the proposed NPS and its application. Find out more here.

13 July: Prepare for Earthquake-prone Building Regime Changes

Hamish Harwood, an Associate from Simpson Grierson’s Local Government team, will present this webinar describing the key parts of the Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Act 2016 which was passed by Parliament in early May. Find out more here.

27 July: The New Paradigm of Procurement

Frank Aldridge of the Integral Group has worked with many councils on improving their procurement work and this webinar will outline his successful methodology “The New Paradigm of Procurement”. Find out more here.

June 2016 Issue of Pulse magazine

If you missed my email of earlier in the week the June issue of Pulse is out now. This issue includes articles on everything from Future Leaders to Infrastructure plus information on our membership changes which come into effect on 1 July. You can read the June Pulse here.