SOLGM Annual Summit

  • Napier Conference Centre
Register now


2019 SOLGM Annual Summit

    Our 2019 Summit is being held in Napier on 26 and 27 September 2019.

    If it takes a village….

    If it takes a village to raise a child, what does it take to raise a community?

    Join us at the Napier Convention Centre for the 2019 SOLGM Summit where we will explore the village through the lens of the four well-beings – social, economic, environmental and cultural.

    EXPLORE new ideas and approaches to better understand what it takes to raise a community where people can flourish.

    LEARN who is responsible for leading, building, maintaining and caring for the people, the infrastructure and the public services within the

    NETWORK with local government professionals from around New Zealand, central government colleagues, and sector and industry representatives.

    ENGAGE in our concurrent discussions around topics including climate change, crisis management, ethics, regulation and infrastructure.

    ENJOY Hawke’s Bay, one of New Zealand’s leading wine producing region, and Napier’s Art Deco style. Why not make a weekend of it?

    Sponsorship Opportunities

    Our Annual Summit puts your profile and brand in front of local government decision makers. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities for the 2019 Annual Summit, please email Paul Walker or Ann Thomson.

    Have a look at some of the highlights from our 2018 Summit


    Here is the programme for the Annual Summit.



    Dame Anne Salmond

    Dame Anne Salmond is an eminent historian, writer, environmentalist and academic. She worked closely with Eruera and Amiria Stirling, noted elders of Te Whānau-ā-Apanui and Ngati Porou, a collaboration which led to the publication of several books. Salmond has been the recipient of numerous literary awards, scholarships and academic prizes. In 1995 she was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire for services to New Zealand history, in 2004 she received a Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement for non-fiction, and in 2007 she became an inaugural Fellow of the New Zealand Academy of the Humanities.

    Geoff Cooper

    Geoff is Chief Economist at PwC and Director of the Cities Institute. He is an experienced economist with a passion for cities, using economics to help our cities be inclusive, sustainable and competitive.

    Geoff has over 10 years of global urban policy experience including with the United Nations, the United States Treasury and the Federal Reserve. He is a former Chief Economist of Auckland Council, where he worked on infrastructure, housing, regulation and financial policy.

    Geoff holds a Master of Economics with First Class Honours from the University of Auckland and a Master of Public Affairs from Princeton University. In 2012 he was awarded the IPANZ New Government Professional of the year and in 2018 was included in the University of Auckland’s inaugural list of 40 under 40 to watch.

    Dr Ganesh Nana

    Dr Ganesh Nana is the Chief Economist and Executive Director at BERL.

    Ganesh is a first-generation New Zealander, born and bred in Wellington. He has over 30 years of experience in the field of economics including research, tutoring and lecturing at Victoria University and a four-year stint consulting in the UK.

    Ganesh joined BERL full-time in 1998 and has since worked on a wide range of projects, including development strategies; cost-benefit analyses; labour market projections; infrastructure assessments; and examining policy options.

    Ganesh’s area of expertise is where numbers and economics intersect. The imperative for New Zealand’s competitive export-oriented economy to be strengthened has been a common theme throughout most projects. Over the past few years Ganesh’s work has seen a focus on the Māori economy and incorporating this information into a nation-wide modelling framework. In addition, he has worked to advocate the use of broader indicators of wellbeing beyond the conventional GDP and productivity measures of economic prosperity.

    Ganesh is an experienced conference speaker and is a regular commentator on the New Zealand economy for various media. Outside of economics, he is an avid cricket purist, and is regularly in training for his next marathon.

    Jo Miller

    Jo Miller is the outgoing Chief Executive of Doncaster Council in the UK, and recently appointed Chief Executive of Hutt City Council.

    At Doncaster she held one of the most high-profile local government jobs in the UK, with an outstanding track record for motivating people, creating solutions and brokering agreements in major housing, economic regeneration and capital investment schemes.

    Jo is recognised as having brought exceptional growth and optimism to a previously economically depressed town. The Local Government Chronicle said Doncaster had been “dragged up from the depths of despair to something to be proud of.”

    Landmark projects with a total investment of £2 billion have boosted economic performance, putting Doncaster in the UK’s top ten for growth. Jo was the elected President of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and in 2017 the Local Government Chronicle named her the third most influential person in local government.

    Diane Turner

    Diane has been the Director Office of Seniors since October 2016. Diane and her team are based in the Ministry of Social Development, and support the Minister for Seniors to advocate for the issues and interests of older people.

    Previously Diane spent thirty years working in local government, including five years as CEO of the Whakatāne District Council.

    In 2011 Diane took up the position of Deputy Chief Executive of Recovery Strategy, Planning and Policy Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA), where she led development of the Recovery Strategy and Recovery Plans.

    Diane worked for three years at Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. Her roles there included contributing to the earthquake recovery and development of the shared equity home ownership scheme for whānau. In 2014 Diane established Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu (South Island Commissioning Agency), a $15 million investment fund for building whānau capability, owned by the nine iwi of the South Island.

    Diane has a Bachelor Social Sciences from Waikato University, a Bachelor Town Planning from Auckland University and a Master Business Administration from Massey University. Diane is also a member of the Institute of Directors, and is a Justice of the Peace.


    Gold Sponsors

    Simpson Grierson is New Zealand's leading local government law firm.

    We have the largest local government practice in New Zealand. Our expertise ranges from the day-to-day operation of councils in their statutory and political environments, to the highest level strategic developments affecting local government as a whole.

    Our local government specialists regularly work alongside our experts in property and infrastructure to advise local authorities, New Zealand Government owned and controlled entities, and corporate clients to deliver successful outcomes for their major projects.

    The areas in which we are regularly involved include decision-making processes, local legislation, financial management and funding, property, infrastructure, environmental management, regulatory matters, commercial contracts, tendering, and governance.

    We are committed to helping local authorities serve their communities by providing strategic and practical advice that is proactive and innovative.

    Established by a group of practising economists in 1957, BERL initially provided quarterly forecasts and assessments of the New Zealand economic situation. From these early days, BERL has developed to become the leading provider of a broad range of economic research, analysis, advice and consultancy for business enterprises, organisations, iwi, institutions, community groups, industry associations and public sector clients.

    BERL is a privately-owned company whose staff collaborate with a network of consultants and specialist contributors to bring together the best range of expertise suitable for the various projects we tackle. The provision of sound, practical, independent business and economic advice continues to be the hallmark of BERL’s work.

    The difference with BERL is that we are all about people, their communities, and their potential. Yes, we are economists, but our view of economics is broad and practical, not narrow and theoretical. What’s more, we want our work to make a difference.

    Our work will add to the knowledge of the way your business, iwi, workforce, community, or industry works. And we will use that knowledge to help improve your organisation. We inform your decisions by understanding your problems, collecting evidence and applying our economic insights.

    Underlying it all, we have a commitment to the wellbeing of current and future generations. And that is why we don’t shy away from sometimes having to tell clients what they would prefer not to hear – all the time backed up with evidence.

    When you work with the dedicated local government team at PwC, you’ll have access to local advisers with global experience.

    In New Zealand, PwC employs over 1,300 people and has offices in the Auckland, Waikato, Hawkes Bay, Taranaki, Wellington, Canterbury and Otago regions.

    We can advise on key organisational strategy and priorities ranging from the execution of digital technologies through to the innovative financing of infrastructure.

    For more information on how we can help you, visit

    Silver Sponsors

    Civic Financial Services Ltd is owned by local authorities and has been exclusively servicing local government for more than fifty years.

    Civic Financial Services is a specialist superannuation provider for local government. It administers the SuperEasy superannuation schemes - SuperEasy KiwiSaver Superannuation Scheme and SuperEasy employer scheme (

    It also administers the New Zealand Local Authority Protection Programme (LAPP) Disaster Fund (

    Having placed many of New Zealand’s top executives for over five decades, Sheffield are market leaders, connecting leadership talent with a diverse range of organisations. We have considerable experience in both the public and private sectors and recruit leaders across all business functions from mid-level to CEO. We also appoint Non Executive Directors. Our consultants are trusted advisors and work as a team with our clients to identify and attract leaders who can deliver results.

    To achieve this we have a dedicated research team utilising New Zealand’s largest private executive database, our extensive network of executive connections, and the latest digital and social media. Our evaluation and assessment processes enable us to develop deep insights into the performance potential of candidates. The level of this ability is well beyond that found in the majority of Search and Selection firms. As such, we back ourselves to get it right with our unique 12-month replacement guarantee.

    We also have proven expertise in helping clients to align and enhance performance through effective organisational development solutions at an individual, team and organisational level. It is the skills of our consultants, combined with our use of global-best practice methodologies that enable us to make a tangible and enduring difference to organisational performance.

    With over 50 years of experience behind us we have the experience and judgement to know what good leadership looks like, and how to source, select and shape tomorrow’s leaders. Whether your next leader is yet to be found or right under your nose, we can work with you to identify, attract and develop them.

    Bronze Sponsors

    JLT is a global organisation of specialists and one of the world’s leading providers of insurance, reinsurance and employee benefits related advice, brokerage and associated services. Our globally coordinated approach enables us to share knowledge, solve problems and deliver the best solutions for our clients. JLT is a global specialist in the Local Government sector with over 500 Council clients in Australasia alone.

    JLT is proud to be the sponsor of the The Australasian Management Challenge, developed in Australia by LG Professionals Australia and delivered by SOLGM in New Zealand and in addition a long standing sponsorship relationship via the SOLGM Overseas Manager Exchanges.

    Business Papers on Mobile Devices and Much More

    LG Hub is the next generation in content management and delivery for mobile devices.

    It can be deployed on iPads, Android and Windows tablets and is also available as a web app.

    LG Hub is delivering real benefits to Councils including:

    • Better management and control of content.
    • Faster distribution of content to Councillors and Management.
    • A better user experience for Councillors and Management
    • Reduced cost of printing and distribution of content
    • On Boarding and training to make it easy to implement

    See why over 150 Councils in Australia and New Zealand have chosen LG Hub to securely organise and deliver Council Business Papers, Agendas and much more to mobile devices.

    Contact us at or call us on +61 2 9966 8849

    Datacom Local Government, transforming council operations and community engagement with innovative digital cloud solutions.

    Datascape is a complete smart city offering that enables data transparency, creates a digital two-way conversation with the community on a sophisticated digital platform. It leverages the latest technology, encouraging open communication, maximising community self-service and quicker response rate allowing for more efficient services.

    Datascape’s ‘Virtual Assistant’ will help guide customers to commonly requested information and answers, freeing up staff to work smarter, faster, turning time consuming task into a quick and streamlined process.

    Datascape’s innovative, responsive design gives the freedom to easily access information, anywhere, from any device with an internet connection. Datascape will help transform the way you work with your community enabling collaborative governance.

    Begin your smart community journey with Datascape.


    Notepads & Pens

    Squiz helps councils harness digital technologies to deliver online services and serve their communities better.

    Used by local governments in New Zealand, Australia, the USA and the UK, our platform for building out council services online:

    • integrates into any environment
    • includes pre-built solutions for common council activities such as consultations and emerging customer service practices such as chatbots
    • allows development of a modern digital workplace for your employees, with streamlined digital workflows
    • supports council innovation and utilisation of emerging technologies such as Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and machine learning.

    Contact Kathy Olsen, (04) 805 0098 | |

    Coffee Cart Sponsors

    Since 1976, David Heaney QC and his partners have been establishing reputations for achieving quality outcomes to liability disputes.

    The insurance companies, local authorities, real estate agents and others who choose us want problems resolved quickly. At least cost.

    Tired of legal point scoring, they know we will collaborate with them and find the safest path to the most satisfactory solution.
    Our mission is to drive efficiencies and growth, enabling your business to be a competitive front-runner.

    GHD Advisory addresses the need for business outcomes that challenge the status quo in our rapidly changing environment. Underpinning our approach is the unique combination of creative thinking, sound business acumen and 90 years real-world experience in design, delivery and operations.

    GHD Advisory partners with clients throughout the business and asset lifecycle, leveraging our global network to deliver integrated solutions with long-term benefits.

    Name Badge Sponsor

    Strategic Pay is New Zealand’s largest source of remuneration knowledge. Businesses rely on us to provide unmatched advice, innovation and information in strategic reward and performance development. With the broadest, most comprehensive remuneration data services available, an approachable, responsive team of experts across the country, no other specialist is as well-resourced or ready to help clients achieve their business goals.

    We work alongside you to provide a compelling proposition that attracts, retains and motivates the best people. |

    Auckland 09 303 4045 | Hamilton 07 834 6580 | Wellington 04 473 2313 | Christchurch 03 353 0909 | Dunedin 03 479 0637


    The 2019 SOLGM Summit is being held at the Napier Conference Centre.

    Pricing is as follows (all options include GST and the Simpson Grierson Dinner):

    SOLGM Member $1,250
    Non-member or Public Sector $1,600
    Private Sector $2,500
    Pre-approved Complimentary Complimentary
    Sponsor (included in sponsor package) Included
    Sponsor (not included in sponsor package) $1,250
    Simpson Grierson Dinner only $175

    5+1 Offer

    5 + 1: If you register 5 delegates, your 6th registration will be FREE. We will adjust and resend your invoice with the reduced amount. To obtain this discount all registrations must be entered at the same time.

    Register now

    Accommodation options

    The Crown Hotel

    Corner Bridge Street and Hardinge Road

    Freephone: 0508 THE CROWN (0508 843 276)

    Phone: +64 (0)6 833 8300

    Overlooking the stunning waterfront in the historical seaside village of Ahuriri, Napier, with the sun, sea and landscape on your doorstep.

    A boutique 4.5 star hotel with 39 guestrooms offering studios, 1 and 2 bedroom.

    Distance to Napier War Memorial Conference Centre 2.9 km

    Quest Napier

    176 Dickens Street, Napier, 4110

    Telephone (06)833 5325

    Quest Napier serviced apartment style hotel rooms offer guests a relaxed and comfortable Napier accommodation experience perfect for short or long stays. Quest Napier is conveniently located in the Napier town centre, and is a short walk to the beach, Coastal Walkway and Municipal Theatre and the Napier Conference Centre.

    Distance to Napier War Memorial Conference Centre 800 mtr

    The Nautilus Napier

    387 Marine Parade

    Napier 4110

    Telephone (06)974 6550

    The Nautilus is a sophisticated, Art Deco-inspired waterfront accommodation. The Nautilus offers self-contained executive studios and suites, one bedroom apartments and premium suites, and a fully-licensed restaurant and bar.

    Distance to Napier War Memorial Conference Centre 1.2 km

    Bluewater Hotel

    10 West Quay, Ahuriri

    Call Free: 0508 Napier (0508 627 437)
    Phone: 06 835 8668

    Distance to Napier War Memorial Conference Centre 3.6 km

    A luxury hotel with a fantastic restaurant and the finest facilities, the Bluewater Hotel is the perfect place to stay for your next trip to beautiful Napier. Only five minutes from Hawke’s Bay airport and Napier’s city centre, our location is central to all the local attractions this region has to offer. When you’re looking for top quality accommodation in Napier, make it the Bluewater Hotel.


    Join us for a casual vineyard picnic, with the world recognised wine and fresh produce of the Hawke’s Bay Region. Picture the 1930s, an era of glamour and elegance. Think well-tailored casual sports clothes, a linen suit, bias cut floral prints and polka dots accessorised with matching gloves, boater hats, deco designs and pearls.

    Try your hand at a civilized game of croquet or cornhole.

    Register for 2019 SOLGM Annual Summit

    BERL Awards

    BERL 2019 Summit Awards

    BERL will award SOLGM 2019 Summit registrations to two lucky members to attend the 2019 Summit in Napier on 26-27 September*. You must:

    • have worked in the local government sector for at least two, and no more than five, years,
    • be working in business, economic or community development; or in strategy or planning (or related) divisions of business.

      You will need to submit a 100-word statement outlining your interest in how Māori can participate in and contribute to the development of your community, district, city or region.

      We also welcome applicants who may not meet the criteria in full, but may still be stand-out candidates.

      The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 28 June. Application forms are here. Completed application forms can be submitted to with the subject line ‘BERL Summit registration application’.

      *Award includes 2019 Summit registration valued is at $1,250 + GST and excludes travel and accommodation.