Tuning Up The Engine

At our first meeting with the Minister, Hon Nanaia Mahuta accepted our briefing for her as the incoming Minister.

She asked if we had specific recommendations for change to the legislation that sits within her portfolio. We were pleased to advise that we had a ‘sequel’ to our briefing in preparation.

This briefing, Tuning up the Engine, was delivered to the Minister on 4 December. Tuning up the Engine makes 44 recommendations for changes to six pieces of legislation within the local government portfolio. The recommendations have a focus on empowering the sector and the communities is serves to get on with the ‘business’ of promoting community wellbeing, remove or correct confused drafting, and reduce unnecessary compliance.

We are happy to say that the Community Wellbeing Bill and the Electoral Matters Bill give effect to six of the recommendations between them. The passage of the Rates Rebates (Residents of Retirement Villages) Bill gave effect to another. We continue to discuss the others with officials.

You can find the full briefing here.

Programmes released

SOLGM has released the programmes for two upcoming fora.

Future Workforce Forum - building great communities through employing great people.

Governance Professionals and Committee Advisors Forum - this year’s Forum focuses on co-governance, advising members on the Member’s Interests Act, community governance, the role of governance professionals in an emergency and resilience skills for governance professionals.

Nominations are open for the New Zealand Exercise Industry Awards

The Exercise Industry Awards have been recognising excellence in the exercise industry since 2005, awarding those contributing to the health and wellness of New Zealanders through exercise and fitness.

Councils are invited to enter the Community Contribution category. The emphasis in this category is that exercise participation is encouraged in a population that would normally find such exercise difficult to access (may include low/no cost options, services for groups with special exercise requirements or outcomes). Visit the Awards website for more information.