Take a moment to read reflections from Cashy Ball, Manager Strategy and Community Development at Whakatane District Council, on her experience as the 2017 Brookfields Emerging Leader of the Year recipient.

For Cashy, the ICMA Conference in San Antonio Texas was a great opportunity to learn, be inspired, reflect and network.

“One of the messages that resonated was the importance of embracing diversity and ensuring that equity and tolerance remains at the heart of the work we do, said Cashy.

“For vibrant communities to thrive, everyone needs to feel welcome and included. This needs to flow through our organisations, schools, communities and neighbourhoods.”

Cashy said the conference highlighted how fortunate we are in New Zealand to have an opportunity to make improvements to enhance our communities.

“American towns and cities are dealing with many injustices and social inequalities, including derelict communities following the global financial crisis and the political environment. The community-building and rejuvenation underway is inspiring.

“We have a huge opportunity in New Zealand to make improvements that can really enhance our communities. Our role as local government professionals is to ensure that everyone has a voice.

“The messages left me reflecting on both my professional and personal life, my aspirations and my role in local government.

“The Brookfields Emerging Leader of the Year Award has given me the confidence to believe in myself, and a desire to continue to enhance my core value of continuous improvement for the benefit of my community. I am so grateful to Brookfields Lawyers for sponsoring the Award that gave me this opportunity to grow.”

Applications are now open for the 2018 Brookfields Emerging Leader of the Year Award which includes travel to the 2018 International City/County Managers Association (ICMA) annual conference in Baltimore, Maryland.

2018 Professional Administrators Forum - full programme confirmed!
23 March 2018 in Christchurch

This Forum has been designed to meet the specific needs of PAs in the local government sector.

The 2018 programme focuses on personal inspiration, networking and practical tools that can be immediately applied.

- Understanding how professional administrators impact their councils and communities from a CE’s perspective.
- Being the 'first responders' to problems – internal and external – especially when crises hit. How can PAs in emergency situations impact outcomes?
- Balancing the competing demands, ‘hats’ and expectations of a PA role.
- Meeting personal goals while organising others’ lives.
- Building networks across New Zealand.

PAs can also choose to attend a networking dinner the night before at Francesca’s Italian and go on the rubble to rebuild CBD bus tour.

See more information about the Forum, and register, on the Forum’s webpage.

2017 SOLGM Prize for Best Paper in Introduction to Public Policy

On 30 November, SOLGM Chief Executive Karen Thomas applauded as Danielle Petri-Deely was presented with the 2017 SOLGM Prize for Best Paper in Introduction to Public Policy at the Annual Victoria University of Wellington's School of Government Prize-giving Ceremony.

Congratulations Danielle!

Management Challenge - early bird pricing closing next week

The Management Challenge is a simulation-based team building, learning and networking programme using real local government themes – the types of issues that a senior management team in a council would most likely face.

CEs surveyed and interviewed recently said they consider the Management Challenge is a unique, targeted programme that is simply unrivalled for the development of local government staff. They told us, in their experience, the Management Challenge:

- Assists with growth of individuals and teams.
- Boosts pride in the organisation and builds a positive reputation.
- Builds corporate knowledge.
- Builds networks and break down silos.
- Creates strong teams (that can also be used after the Management Challenge as project resource).
- Develops leaders.
- Increases staff skills through new challenges and putting people outside of their comfort zone.
- Shows commitment to development - the challenge is a very public way to show the organisation is committed to staff development.

Register your team now!

Please visit the website to view additional information, including testimonial videos by CE’s, mentors and participants speaking about the many benefits that the Management Challenge delivers to individuals, teams and organisations.