Registrations have just opened for the 2017 Australasian Management Challenge, a leadership development programme designed to provide participants with real life problem solving experiences. For the 25 years it's been running those experiences have translated into relevant and tangible benefits for both participants and their councils. Most who have gone through the Challenge have also found it fun and intense so what's learned tends to stick in ways that more formal approaches don't always achieve.

Here's how it works - Councils enter teams of six and each team has a mentor. The six team members typically come from departments throughout council and they are usually, though not exclusively, in mid-tier roles. Before registrations close on 10 February each registered team will receive a pre-Challenge task to complete before the actual challenge day so there's an advantage to forming and entering a team early. On challenge day teams from around New Zealand come together to complete a number of tasks. In the past teams have tackled tasks such as taking part in mock public meetings, writing a report for a mayor or assessing the financial viability of a project.

The winning team is announced at our Gala Dinner in Auckland on the 12th of April and the Australasian Finals, being held in conjunction with LGProfessionals Australia's National Congress, is in Hobart on 22- 24 May 2017. There the New Zealand winners will compete against the Australian State winners.

About the New Zealand leg of the Management Challenge

The New Zealand leg of the Challenge will take place at Silverstream Retreat near Wellington in the week of 13 - 17 March 2017. Teams will be advised of the actual date of their challenge day once we know how many teams have registered. We can host a maximum of 13 teams each day and we attracted 16 teams for the 2016 Challenge, double the 2015 team numbers, so expect we’ll need to run two Challenge days in 2017.

More information on the Challenge can be found in our website here. That also has the link to the LGProfessionals Australia's registration site - they are our sister organisation in Australia and administer the Management Challenge while SOLGM runs the New Zealand Challenge so if you need more specific information on the New Zealand leg please email me.

The Road to 2018 LTP Roadshow is already underway but it's not too late to register for the seminar in Christchurch on Thursday or the Palmerston North seminar on the 16th of this month and the Auckland seminar on the 17th.

Free Webinar: Tips for an Award Winning Entry - this webinar is on 15 November and is for Councils looking to enter the 2017 McGredy Winder SOLGM Local Government Excellence Awards and people considering our 2017 Brookfields Emerging Leader of the Year Award. Register for this webinar here.

The 2016 Elections Debrief is in Wellington on 2 December - register here.

Early in the new year we have:

Top of the South Branch Marlborough Colloquium on 27 & 28 January in Blenheim. Registrations for that event close in early December. Find out more here.

A Project Management Course is being held in Wellington on 1 & 2 February. Find out more and register for this event, designed to provide the fundamentals of project management, here.

Our annual Risk Management Forum is also in Wellington on 16 & 17 of February. Find out more and register here.

Save the Date for the 2017 SOLGM Summit. It's on 27 - 29 September 2017 and is being held in Rotorua and the theme is 'Today, Tomorrow: Transforming today's vision into tomorrow's reality'.

Other events right through to June 2017 are available for registration in our Event Calendar here.

As you receive these emails you're already a registered user in our website – That means you can simply log-in, go to the relevant events page and purchase your tickets.

If however someone will be registering for you here's what they'll need to know: firstly they'll need to register as a user in our website by clicking the link under the Register image on the home page. Once they’ve done that we’ll connect them to the relevant council account – it usually takes no more than one working day – then they can go ahead and purchase tickets. A tip – when entering the attendees’ names it pays to type slowly. In that way the system has time to recognise them if they are already in our system. That’s important if they are SOLGM members entitled to our member registration rates.