SOLGM Annual Summit - 21 to 23 September

With only 15 days till the start of our Annual Summit at the Langham in Auckland now is the time to check out our impressive list of presenters. The programme can be found in our Summit website here.

For those who haven't yet registered we have secured a great accommodation rate at the Summit venue, The Langham, so encourage delegates to select the 'Registration with Accommodation' option.

Summit Optional Extra: Bus Tour of Auckland

This is a fabulous optional extra organised by Auckland Council, which will take place on the afternoon of the 23rd of September following the official close of the Summit.

Gael Surgenor, Director of Community & Social Innovation of the Southern Initiative, will be the MC for the tour which will stop at:

> Te Oro music and arts centre in Glen Innes featuring award winning architecture. This is a multi-purpose space for youth and local community to perform, practice and learn the arts, and celebrate their cultures.

> Toia pool and leisure facility, Otahuhu. This is a new facility with swimmers entering the leisure centre via the library, increasing exposure to books and library services.

> Weymouth housing development. This is a mixed housing development undertaken in partnership with iwi which is nearing final stages of completion.

> The MIT Manukau and Transport Interchange - this comprises a project which fully integrates three essential operational elements; a teaching/learning facility for MIT and a new Auckland Transport railway station and bus interchange. This combination of education and transportation facilities is unique within New Zealand and represents a major opportunity for increasing participation in tertiary education.

Please note that at the end of the tour the bus will deliver those who are flying out on Friday to the airport by about 5.15pm but traffic can be unpredictable so please allow extra time. All others on the tour will be dropped back at The Langham by about 6.15pm. The cost of this tour is $30+GST and Summit delegates must register for it separately from the Summit registration by 16 September.

Apply to join the LGExecutiveLeaders Programme starting in November

This 12 month programme has been designed with the Continuum Group to produce leaders who have the ambition, aspiration and skillsets to be credible candidates for Chief Executive roles. Importantly it uses the latest in brain based science and leadership effectiveness to get results and drive behavioural change. It does not look to duplicate or even emulate previous developmental experiences; the focus is on the `who` of leadership, not so much the `what`.

Who Should Attend: The LGExecutiveLeaders programme is designed for executives who are already in positions of influence - participants will be those who aspire to positions at the highest levels of Local Government. The first national programme is due to start in November in Wellington. We only have a small number of places remaining available - to find out more visit our website or email our Manager, Learning and Development, Natalie Stevens.

Upcoming SOLGM Events

Other events, following our Summit, available for registration now include:

Funding and Rating Forum

3 & 4 October in Wellington

The SOLGM Funding and Rating Forum is for all those who need to know about the often overlooked, yet mission critical, area of local authority funding and rating. Find out more and register here.

'Road to 2018' LTP Seminars

These four seminars are being held around the country in November and are a must-attend for those who manage or contribute to the development of LTPs. You can register for your choice of the Queenstown Seminar (1 November), Christchurch Seminar (3 November), Palmerston North Seminar (16 November) or Auckland Seminar (17 November).

2016 Elections Debrief

2 December in Wellington

The Electoral Officers debrief is a triennial debrief for those involved in managing local elections to come together as a group to review the election process and set the agenda for the next three years. Find out more and register here.

Top of the South Branch Marlborough Colloquium

27 and 28 January 2017 in Blenheim

The biennial two day event is organised by our Top of the South branch. The programme will include high calibre speakers and a not to be missed Colloquium dinner. Find out more here.

Other 2017 Events:

We already have opened registrations for a number of 2017 events including a Project Management course, Managing Performance Masterclass, Risk Management Forum, Strategic Finance Forum, Aspiring Chief Executives Forum, Chief Executives Forum, Annual Gala Dinner, Procurement course, Professional Administrators Forum (previously our EA/PA Forum) and our Workforce Forum.

Reminder on behalf of Fulbright New Zealand: Apply by 14 October for the New Zealand Harkness Fellowship

The New Zealand Harkness Fellowship is for emerging New Zealand leaders in any field of study or vocation (excluding health care policy and practice) to study or research in the US for between eight and twelve weeks. One New Zealand Harkness Fellowship worth NZ$30,000 will be offered in 2016 (for travel in 2017), to a person who is currently employed in a public sector organisation in New Zealand. This includes the State Services, tertiary education institutions, State-Owned Enterprises and Crown companies, agencies that operate as part of the Legislative Branch of Government, and Local Government. Applications are due 14 October. More information including how to apply can be found here.