To quote a delegate at last week's Summit it had "a positive, inclusive atmosphere [and MC] Kim Hill was great. Intelligent - as always - and funny too." Thanks to all our delegates for contributing to that positive atmosphere.

Humanitarian and author, Rabia Siddique was one of our Summit's standout keynote speakers, provoking plenty of thoughtful conversations. While Rabia was in the country she was interviewed by Seven Sharp. Learn a bit more about this amazing woman's story in her interview here. Presentations by other speakers at our Summit can be found here.

At the Summit we released a new Code of Ethics. We commissioned Katina Conomos to assist us with this significant refresh of our Code and she interviewed a number of members as part of the project. You can find it in our website here. The new Code reinforces our commitment to promoting professional management in the sector.

We also took the opportunity at our Summit to remind delegates of some of SOLGM's current work for the sector:

> Natalie Stevens, our Manager, Learning and Development talked about our two current leadership programmes, LGExecutiveLeaders and LGAcceleratedLeadership, both part of our LGLeadershipPathways initiative designed to develop leadership capabilities in the sector. Email Natalie to find out how to apply.

> In last week's newsletter I said that the first of our updated LTP guides "Your Side of the Deal 2018: Performance Management & the LTP" was being released at the Summit. This and the other LTP guides are available to council staff in the LGSectorGoodToolkit website. Email for login details.

> We played our "Take a Closer Look at a Career in Local Government" video to Summit delegates that may have missed the original launch of this campaign at our Gala Dinner in April. It's part of our LGCareers initiative to assist councils attract and retain quality talent. Councils that subscribe to our Recruitment and Retention initiative are able to have the video and other campaign collateral branded to use at career expos and the like. Email me if you'd like to know more.

At our Summit we recognised members who have provided many years of service to the sector. Find out who received this year's awards here. Congratulations to all our Awardees.

Finally, we do have dates and a location for the 2017 Summit - we're holding it in Rotorua on 27 - 29 September. Don't forget to save the dates to your calendar.

Entries open next week for the 2017 McGredy Winder SOLGM Local Government Excellence Awards, Leadership Scholarships, Overseas Manager Exchanges and Brookfields Emerging leader of the Year Award. Details will be in my next newsletter and winners and recipients will be announced at our Gala Dinner on the 12th of April 2017 at the Langham in Auckland.

Funding and Rating Forum: 3 & 4 October in Wellington

Time is running out to register for this Forum. It's for 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.

BERL 2016: new Adjustors, Same Economy Webinar on 12 October starting at 10am. Register here.

Webinar Series: LTP 101 - An Introduction to the 2018 LTP on 18 and 26 of October. Find out more and register here.

'Road to 2018' LTP Seminars: Four dates in November

These four seminars are being held around the country and are a must-attend for those who manage or contribute to the development of LTPs. We strongly recommend that anyone new to the LTP process sign up for the webinar series listed above before attending one of these seminars. 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).

Registrations open for the Australasian Management Challenge in November. Find out more about entering a team including the March dates and location of the New Zealand leg of the Challenge here.

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.

Seminar on Auckland Council's Bylaw Review Programme: 20 October 12pm to 1pm

This programme won the Deloitte IPANZ Public Sector 2016 Excellence Awards in July. Hear how Auckland Council, working with industry and the community, reviewed 158 ‘legacy’ bylaws, inherited from the eight former local councils, to achieve a coherent and sustainable set of regulations. Kataraina Maki, General Manager, Community & Social Policy, Auckland Council will talk about the scale of this project, its challenges and successes; and the plans for improvements to future decision-making in Auckland.

Location: Deloitte, Level 17, Deloitte Centre, 80 Queen Street, Auckland - read more and register here