This Forum, one of our annual Leading Practice Forums, is on in Auckland on 15 & 16 August.

This year we focus on some of the issues that will come up during the 2018 LTP process including developments in the policy and regulatory space, climate change and technological change and their implications for the LTP and its related disciplines.

Using actual council case studies we revisit the exceptions based annual plan and service reviews one year on and reflect on what's working (and what's not). And we'll look at community engagement with examples of the best, most innovative and most inspirational including those honoured in the Council/Community Relations Category of the 2016 McGredy Winder SOLGM Local Government Excellence Awards®.

Who should attend: local government managers and staff who are involved in direction-setting, community planning and engagement processes.

You can find the full programme and register here.

Last year a few councils took advantage of our 'register 5 delegates and get the 6th free' offer to bring a group to the Summit. That way they could get together at different times throughout the three days to reflect on the issues being presented while they were fresh in the mind. It also meant they had the numbers to cover all of the interactive workshop topics. They found it a really positive experience and we'd encourage other councils to consider doing the same. The '6 for 5' registration offer is open till 19 August here. The Summit is in Auckland from 21 to 23 September.

It's long been a SOLGM tradition to, for a short time at least, encourage Summit delegates to leave the serious business of managing local government behind and embrace their less-serious side with a dress-up dinner and live band. The 2016 Summit Dinner is no exception. With the theme of The Pacific Ring of Fire we're looking forward to seeing a room full of Californian hippies, Hello Kitties, Ice Road Truckers and maybe some volcanologists for good measure. We're repeating the informal format of the 2015 Summit dinner and we'll have food stations where delegates can choose from cuisine from round the Pacific.

Register now to get the early bird discount, here.