Welcome to our first newsletter of 2017. We hope you had a relaxing Christmas and New Year break.

The summer break is often a time for reflecting on careers so a good time to remind everyone about SOLGM's LGJobs, New Zealand's only sector specific jobs board. For councils looking for the best applicants, particularly for specialist local government jobs, LGJobs is the place to be. As this service is part of our Recruitment and Retention initiative that supports the sector attract and retain quality talent the listing fees are very reasonable. You can find more information on listing with us here or email lgjobs@solgm.org.nz.

If you're unfamiliar with LGConnect's discussion groups this is a service SOLGM provides exclusively and free of charge to all local government staff. They are email based forums that allow subscribers to connect with their peers around the country. There are over 50 groups to choose from covering a wide range of sector activities. They are all listed in the LGConnect website here and local government staff can sign up for as many as they choose.

By the way, councils can promote jobs listed on LGJobs through selected LGConnect groups - that means the advertised job will get in front of exactly the right people.

Webinar: LGOIMA on 25 January at 10am: Our first event for 2017 is this webinar about dealing effectively with LGOIMA requests. It's priced per council and you can register here.

JLT Risk Management Forum on 16 & 17 of February in Wellington: The first of our annual Forums for the year, you can find the full programme and register here.

Managing Performance Masterclass on 24 February in Wellington: Highly recommended for those that need to manage performance issues this masterclass will provide tangible skills and tools for having challenging conversations that constructively solve performance problems. It's being led by international authors and researchers, the Glasers and you can find more about this event and register here.

Free Webinar: Building Consent Authority Accreditation Scheme on 2 March at 10am: This is new to our schedule and brought to you in conjunction with MBIE. They will outline changes to the existing Building Consent Authority Accreditation Scheme. You'll also learn how to use the MBIE regulatory guidance to ensure your BCA complies with the minimum standards and criteria for accreditation and ensure compliance before your accreditation assessment. Register for the webinar, which will also be available as a recording, here.

Emerging Leaders Development Programme on 6 - 8 March in Palmerston North: For those wanting to kick start their people leadership careers this programme will be intensive and challenging yet relaxed and fun. Mike Richardson, who for the ten years headed the Christchurch City Council, facilitates this programme which will be limited to about 20 participants. You can find more information on the programme and register here.

This isn't a complete list - you can find everything currently open for registration in our Event Calendar.