Each year SOLGM runs the New Zealand leg of the Management Challenge, Australasia’s premier forum for current and emerging local government leaders. The Australasian Management Challenge is developed in Australia by LG Professionals Australia and delivered by SOLGM in New Zealand. It is sponsored by JLT. The winners of the New Zealand leg then go on to represent New Zealand at the Australasian Finals. There they compete against the winning teams from the seven Australian states. New Zealand teams have an exceptional record at the finals with three firsts during recent years.

About the 2020 Management Challenge

The 2020 NZ Leg of the JLT Australasian Management Challenge took place on 21`st July 2020. The Challenge was held ‘virtually’ this year with six teams taking part.

The winning team from Hauraki District Council will represent New Zealand in the finals being held virtually in October.

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About the 2019 Management Challenge

Fifteen councils took part in the 2019 Management Challenge. The winning team, Western Bay of Plenty Regional Council travelled to Darwin, Australia in July 2019 to compete in the finals.

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More about the Management Challenge

The Challenge is designed to enhance leadership and management skills of managers and staff in local government. This team-based learning and development programme which has been running for more than 20 years, is delivered in New Zealand and in Australia.

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