Call for expressions of interest - SOLGM Regulatory Reference Group
SOLGM is establishing a Regulatory Reference Group to provide a sounding board for work on its Legal Compliance Programme and other SOLGM work of a regulatory nature. We are looking for a group of four people with experience in regulatory practice and management who would be interested in participating in this Group.

It is expected that most of the work of the Regulatory Reference Group will be conducted by teleconference and email. An initial meeting will be held once the group is established (probably in Wellington) and the cost of this travel would fall on your council, as it does for SOLGM Working Parties.

Interested parties should submit an expression of interest, accompanied by a short CV and a statement or email from their Chief Executive supporting the application to Karen Thomas, Chief Executive at SOLGM. Closing date for expressions of interest is Friday, 30 June 2017.

For further information, please contact Richard Mabon, Senior Advisor, Sector Improvement at SOLGM.

Submission closing date brought forward
The closing date for submissions to the Justice and Electoral Select Committee Inquiry into the 2016 local authority elections has now been brought forward to Tuesday, 22 August 2017. This Inquiry will inform decisions about legislation for future elections. For further information click here.

Changes to the law on electoral signs
Local authorities are responsible for regulating when, where and how election signs can be displayed. However, as the rules may vary between each local authority, under sections 221B and 267A of the Electoral Act, election signs up to three square metres in size are allowed to be put up from a specified time before each general election. The period for allowing this used to be two calendar months before an election, but the recent Electoral Amendment Bill made changes to replace two months with nine weeks. For the 2017 General Election, this nine week period starts on Saturday, 22 July.

This provision overrides any more restrictive local authority rules about the size of signs and when they can go up. However, local authority rules about the location and density of signs and any application procedures to put up electoral signs will still apply. Some local authorities may allow larger signs to be put up and for signs to be put up before 22 July.

Annual Member Survey
If you are a member of SOLGM and haven’t yet completed our 2017 Member Survey, please do because survey responses will guide our actions over the next 12 months. The survey has ten questions and it should take no more than five minutes to complete. If you haven’t yet received an email invitation, please check your junk mail. If it isn’t in there, please contact us at so we can get an email invitation out to you.

Upcoming SOLGM events
Representation Review Forum 23 June, Wellington
This forum is for governance and policy professionals involved in reviews of electoral systems and representation arrangements and elected members with an interest in the review process.

What Happened to the Better Local Services Legislation? 23 June, Webinar
The Government has signalled that there will be significant change to the Better Local Services Legislation when the Bill is reported back on 16 June. If you want to understand what’s changed, why it’s changed and what happens next, register for this webinar.

Chief Executive Masterclass: Under Pressure 30 June, Wellington
This Masterclass Programme will provide Chief Executives with practical strategies for dealing with those times when they are under pressure.

Governance Professionals and Committee Advisors Forum 17 July - 18 July, Auckland
An interactive Forum for those working in governance to share their knowledge, consider best practice and develop their professional capability with plenty of new content for delegates who have attended in the past.

Masterclass: 21st Century Public Leadership - Ethics, Empathy and Efficiency
1 August, Wellington
Barry Quirk, who has been the Chief Executive of the London Borough of Lewisham for nearly 25 years, will address critical leadership, social and political issues that the local government sector will face in the next five-ten years.