We have three deadlines looming that you should know about.
First up is The Council Self Assessment Programme. The early bird discount was to finish today, Friday, the 11th of September. We have negotiated an extension till the end of Monday, 14th September. This Programme, which has been run successfully by SOLGM’s sister organisation, Local Government Professionals Australia, NSW for the past two years in 80 Australian councils, measures five key operational areas: Corporate Leadership, Finance Management, Operations Management, Risk Management and Workforce Management. For more information on this exciting initiative take a look through the Q&A section in our website. The acceptance form is on page 9 of the Brochure which is also in this page of our website.
It's not too late to attend our Streamliner Communications Professionals Forum on in Wellington next Tuesday and Wednesday (15 and 16 September). This Forum is the ‘once-a-year’ opportunity for communications professionals working in the sector to learn from our expert presenters and from others that understand the unique challenges of working in local government. A special guest presenter is former broadcaster and now lawyer, Linda Clark. Prior to becoming a lawyer Linda held some of the most prestigious positions in New Zealand journalism. She was TVNZ’s political editor throughout the 1990s and later was host of Radio New Zealand National’s Nine to Noon programme. As a political reporter Linda covered five elections. Since 2006 she has been a sought after political commentator and election night panellist while studying and now practising law. You can register for this Forum here.
The last deadline we want you to be aware of is around the early bird registration discount for our Annual Summit. Register by 9 October to receive the discount and also take advantage of our '5+1 free' registration offer. This year our Summit, with the theme of "Leading for Tomorrow", is being held in Palmerston North from 9 to 11 November. You can find more details in our Summit website here.
Calling for Annual Summit "Hot Topics" Session topic suggestions
Those who attended last year's Annual Summit in Dunedin will recall the Hot Topics panel discussion chaired by Kim Hill. The central topic was local government's reputation with the rate paying public. We will be repeating this popular session at this year's Summit and are looking for topic suggestions. If you have a burning issue that you would like to see discussed please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday, 17th of September.
We have just added to our Event Calendar details of this year's Funding and Rating Forum. This two day Forum is designed for those in local government who need to be up to date with the latest on funding and rating policies. It brings together experts in the field from both the sector and relevant central government agencies and is being held in Wellington on 19 and 20 November. You can register here.
The two day Electoral Officers Training is the must attend event for anyone involved in the 2016 local elections. SOLGM usually runs this training event early in the year of the elections so please note that it is being run earlier than usual – dates to put in your diaries are 12 and 13 October, in Wellington. Find out more here.
Don't forget to check out all our other upcoming events in our Event Calendar, including Webinars on Consultation Documents (23 September), BERL (14 October) and our recently released Emerging Technology Report (22 and 28 October).