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 2019 Management Challenge

The 2019 NZ Leg of the Australasian Management Challenge will take place on the 21 and 22 of May 2019 at Silverstream Retreat, in Upper Hutt.

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About the 2018 Management Challenge

Fifteen councils took part in the 2018 Management Challenge. The winning team, Bay of Plenty Regional Council, was announced on 12 April 2018 at the SOLGM Gala Dinner . They then competed in, and won, the Australasian Finals which were held in conjunction with LGProfessionals Australia's National Congress in Canberra from 22-24 August 2018.

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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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