We are excited to let you know that registrations are now open for the 2018 SOLGM Annual Summit, being held in Queenstown on 10 & 11 September.

The theme for this year's Summit is Know your Community, Serve your Community.

As local government professionals, understanding the diversity of our communities is essential. But how do we get to know our communities, and how do we address the diverse needs of varied cultures and groups?

The aim is to provide you with ideas, approaches and new strategies to better understand and serve your communities, including ways to harness community enthusiasm and capability to achieve objectives and maintain value for your ratepayers.

You can register on our Summit website.

Find out what our CE, Karen Thomas has to say:

BERL, one of our family of sponsors, will award Summit registrations to two lucky members. You are welcome to apply if you work in business, economic or community development; or in strategy or planning. An interest in how Māori can participate in and contribute to the development of your community will be an advantage. More information about the criteria and how to apply is on our Summit website.

Climate Change and Local Government Forum, 21-22 June in Wellington
Hear from leading practice experts on climate change and do the best for your communities to respond to ongoing challenges.

Contract Management Forum, 26-27 June in Wellington
For local government professionals who are involved with contracts and procurement covering how to negotiate, monitor and manage effective contracts with suppliers.

Governance Professionals and Committee Advisors Forum, 5-6 July in Wellington
For governance professionals involved in co-governance, advising on the Member's Interests Act, community governance, the role of governance professionals in an emergency, and resilience skills.

Webinar: Through the Looking Glass - Lessons for NZ local government from the UK, 25 July
After eight years of austerity, local government in England, Scotland and Wales has valuable lessons to share with New Zealand about change, leadership structures, and smarter thinking for the future of local government.

LG Accelerated Leadership Programme - Top of the South Island, 30 July
This five-month programme, developed in association with the Capability Group, is for those in leadership roles in local government, including those managing project teams.

Community Plan Forum, 13-14 August in Rotorua
For local government professionals focusing on the trends and issues that will arise in the 2021-31 LTPs, including lessons from the 2018 LTP processes, making the LTP a living document, and some of the best stories of community engagement.

2018 SOLGM Annual Summit, 10-11 September in Queenstown
Our annual must-attend event for all local government professionals. A valuable opportunity for learning and networking.

Applications are open for our 12-month LG Executive Leaders Programme starting in November. The Programme is aimed at Tier 2 or Tier 3 managers with significant leadership experience and who have attended the Accelerated Leadership Programme (or similar). The Programme is unique in that it brings together the latest thinking in brain-based science and leadership effectiveness. It is a cohort-based experience balanced with an emphasis on meeting the development needs of the individual. To find out more, please contact Samantha Morris.

SOLGM members will have received an email yesterday from Karen Thomas regarding an amendment to the Rules of the Society to provide for the addition of Special Interest Groups (SIGs). If you intend to submit a vote on this, please return your voting paper by 5pm on Thursday 21 June.

The Board of the Australian Management Challenge have moved the Management Challenge days to May for 2019. Entries are expected to close at the end of February, and the Pre-Challenge Task will be at the end of April. The New Zealand Challenge days will be on 20-21 May at our Silverstream Retreat.

Have a great weekend.

The SOLGM Team