As 2015 draws to a close we'd like to thank everyone for their support during 2015. It's been a busy year and we wouldn't have been able to deliver what we have without the contribution and hard work of many in the sector.

We'll be closing the office at midday on the 24th of December and reopening on the 5th of January.

However we already have a good deal planned for 2016 so keep an eye on our Events Calendar - we've just opened registrations for our first leading practice Forum of the year (see below) and we'll be opening registrations for most of our other 2016 forums and major events during January.

23 & 24 February in Wellington

This is the annual professional development and networking opportunity for risk management practitioners and will showcase relevant and innovative case studies. You can find more details and register here.

Dates for the rest of our 2016 Leading Practice Forums and other major events were published in our Pulse magazine released earlier in the month.

We're pleased to announce the judging panel for the projects section of these Awards and they are:

- Lyn Provost, Auditor-General

- Peter Winder, Director, McGredy Winder

- Michael Willis, former President of SOLGM and ICMA

- Mark Butcher, Chief Executive, Local Government Funding Agency

- Helen Algar, representing IPANZ

You can find more on the Awards including the entry forms for both the projects and our new Brookfields Emerging Leader of the Year Award here. Entries close on 3 February.

A reminder too that entries close for the Australasian Management Challenge at the end of January. For councils considering entering a team you can find more information here.

Finally, Thames-Coromandel District Council are the hosts of the 2016 Inter Council Sports Tournament on 12 March. Check out their Facebook page for more information.