SOLGM Annual Summit

We have just updated our Summit Programme with information on the nine interactive Workshops that form a large part of this year's programme:

Workshop Sessions

Tuesday, 10 November starting at 11am

Workshop One: Ethics and Principle-based Leadership - Chaired by Sue Bidrose, Chief Executive at Dunedin City Council

Workshop Two: Fit for the Digital Future - Chaired by Bill Bayfield, Chief Executive at Ecan

Workshop Three: Health and Safety Leadership - Chaired by Gavin Ion, Chief Executive at Waikato District Council

Tuesday, 10 November starting at 1.30pm

Workshop Four: Creating a Performance Culture - Chaired by Judy Campbell, Chief Executive at Gisbourne District Council

Workshop Five: Smart Asset Management - Chaired by Don McLeod, Chief Executive of Matamata-Piako District Council

Workshop Six: Nailing Community Engagement - Chaired by Wilma Falconer, Managing Director, Project Partners Ltd

Wednesday, 11 November starting at 10.30am

Workshop Seven: Talent Management - Chaired by Leanne Mash, Chief Executive at Central Otago District Council

Workshop Eight: Public Sector Redesign - Chaired by Tanya Winter, Chief Executive at Westland District Council

Workshop Nine: Building Community Resilience - Chaired by Jim Palmer, Chief Executive at Waimakariri District Council

You can find more information on the Programme, including more information about these Workshop topics, and register in the Summit website here. Early Bird registration and the "5+1 free" registration offer finishes on 9 October.

SOLGM Climate Change Report: Local Government Can Make a Difference

This Report is the second in what will be an on-going series of thought leadership reports from SOLGM - the first was the Emerging Technologies - Fit for the Digital Future Report. We welcome ideas from the Sector for future topics.

In writing this Report we were aware of developments in the policy environment such as the Emissions Trading Scheme review and New Zealand's determination of its Independent Nationally Determined Contribution. This activity has a focus on mitigation - we chose to focus on adaptation as something the Sector will have to grapple with, and is.

We would like to thank Blair Dickie, Maryanne McLeod, Cameron McIntosh and Ronnie Cooper for their contributions to the Report, which you can view and download here.

SOLGM Overseas Manager Exchange Blog

Jamie Cox, Engineering Manager at Wairoa District Council was the recipient of our 2015 New South Wales, Australia Overseas Manager Exchange. You can read about his experiences at Cootamundra Shire in rural south west NSW in his blog published in our LGCareers website. This Exchange was made possible by the support of our long-term sponsor, JLT.

Upcoming SOLGM Events

We currently have three Webinars in our Event Calendar:

Making Sense of Service Delivery Reviews on 7 October

BERL 2015: New Adjustors, Same Economy on 14 October; and

Coming Ready or Not - Emerging Technologies and Local Government (two parts) on 22 and 28 October

If you're involved in the management of next year's local body elections you should be registered for our Electoral Officers Training on in Wellington on 12 and 13 of October.

RMA Hearings Administrator Training is a one and half day training in Auckland on 4 and 5 November.

Local Government Funding and Rating Forum on in Wellington on 19 and 20 November.

Important Note: If you're registering other people from your council for an event please take your time entering their name so that the database has time to find them in our system and give you the option to select their name rather than type it in. It's particularly important if they are SOLGM members - typing them in as a new person will mean they won't get the correct member pricing.

Contacting SOLGM on Friday 9 October and Monday 12 October

We're currently doing some alterations to our office in Wellington. That will mean that on Friday 9th and Monday 12th of October we need to vacate our office and we will have no access to our server and emails on the Friday and limited access on the Monday. We hope this doesn't cause any inconvenience.

SOLGM Diaries

Many of you will know that we have produced a printed diary for many years now. However sales have been steadily declining and we have decided that they are no longer economical to produce and, somewhat sadly, we won't be offering a diary for 2016. We would like to thank those who loyally bought our diaries over the years.