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The local government year is kicking off fast. So, we thought we’d spell out the deadlines and options for entering upcoming awards, scoring scholarships and nailing down opportunities for getting your work showcased at conferences. Here’s a quick guide.

Friday February 8: 5pm

Entries close for 2019 McGredy Winder SOLGM Excellence Awards

This is the final deadline for completed, signed and scanned entries to be submitted by email for the 2019 McGredy Winder SOLGM Excellence Awards. The event is one of the highlights of the local government calendar. There are six categories and a chance to bask in the winners’ spotlight at SOLGM’s Gala Dinner on April 11.

Entries must be emailed to Raymond Horan at SOLGM. Raymond.Horan@solgm.org.nz.

Make sure you use the words ‘2019 Excellence Awards Application’ in the subject line.

For more information go to: bit.ly/SOLGM_2019_Awards_Application

Friday February 8: 5pm

Cut off for scholarship package

This is also the deadline for applying for a SOLGM/Skills Organisation sponsorship package to attend the prestigious Melbourne Business School Leading for Strategic Success programme. The package, worth around $12,000, is open to local government chief executives.

The winner of the scholarship will be announced at SOLGM’s Gala Dinner on April 11 in Auckland.

More information from SOLGM’s Fiona Purchas: fiona.purchas@solgm.org.nz or 04 978 1272.

Include the words ‘2019 Skills Scholarship’ in the subject line when applying.

Download your entry form from: bit.ly/SOLGM_SkillsOrg_Scholarship

Friday February 8: 5pm

SOLGM’s Overseas Manager Exchanges

Similarly, SOLGM, JLT and Civic Financial Services have clubbed together to offer four overseas manager exchanges this year. On offer are chances to spend time at, and then host on a reciprocal basis, local authorities in the US, Canada, and Australia’s New South Wales and Queensland.

Applications close on February 8. As above, SOLGM will announce the selected recipients on April 11. Include ‘2019 Overseas Manager Exchange’ in the subject line when emailing info@solgm.org.nz

More details on bit.ly/SOLGM_Overseas_Manager_Exchanges_2019

Friday February 15: 5pm

Smart stormwater ideas wanted

Water New Zealand reminds us that applications to pitch at this year’s 2019 Stormwater Innovations Showcase close at 5pm sharp on February 15. The annual Innovations Showcase runs alongside the 2019 Stormwater Conference & Expo which is being held from May 1 to 3 at Auckland’s Grand Millennium.

Pitches should be no more than five minutes long. A panel of judges and the audience will cast votes for the overall best innovation.

The entry must involve a technology, product, service or process aimed at solving a problem related to stormwater challenges in this country. And at least one presenter must be available to attend the showcase.

For more information contact James Austin on 04 473 8044 or waternz@avenues.co.nz

Or go to stormwaterconference.org.nz/2019-innovations-showcase/

Thursday February 28

Entries close for local leg of the 2019 Australasian Management Challenge

This is the final cut-off date for entering your council team in the New Zealand leg of the 2019 Australasian Management Challenge.

NZ Local Government Magazine has covered the challenge extensively over the years and attended a couple of events too. So, we know what we’re talking about when we say this is one of the most fun ways for mid-tier council officers to get simulated hands-on experience at being part of the boss-team in their future careers.

It can be very high-pressure, though, and is not for the faint-hearted. Gird your loins and enter a team.

More information on bit.ly/ManagementChallenge2019

Friday March 29

Applications close for Xyst Young Leaders Scholarship

Last chance to apply for a Xyst Young Leaders Scholarship. The scholarship will support one young potential leader to develop their professional career in the community recreation / parks / outdoor recreation and facilities sectors.

The successful applicant will receive mentoring, support, recognition as an Accredited Recreation Professional (ARPro), written publication experience, conference presentation experience, and professional development.

Find out more: bit.ly/Generate_Scholarship

Coming up

LGNZ EXCELLENCE Awards entries

As we went to print, we hadn’t got the final date for submitting entries for this year’s LGNZ EXCELLENCE Awards. But start gearing up now. It’s well worth the effort.

This is a huge event in the annual local government calendar. Winners get to showcase their work in front of a stellar line-up of mayors, chairs, CEs and other influencers and dignitaries at the LGNZ Awards which, this year, will be held at Wellington’s TSB Arena on July 8.

We’ll keep you posted on entry dates as we get them. Also keep an eye on the LGNZ website for more details. www.lgnz.co.nz

This article was first published in the February 2019 issue of NZ Local Government Magazine.

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