Principal Sponsor - Simpson Grierson

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.

Gold Sponsor - PwC

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 

Gold Sponsor - BERL

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.

Silver Sponsor - Civic Financial Services

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 (

Silver Sponsor - QV

QV has a proud history of helping New Zealanders make decisions using property information. As aState-Owned Enterprise, we partner with government and business stakeholders to provide you with the latest property insights. We want you to be able to access the right information at the right time. We feel privileged to be able to serve New Zealand’s local communities to help them grow and prosper. 

We are investing in new technology to help deliver operational efficiencies, which will enable us to provide better customer experiences with unique data insights. We want to work with you to align how we deliver our services, so that we can create great customer experiences that meet your needs and that of your customers. We’re really looking forward to showing our support for the 2018 SOLGM Annual Summit and sharing ideas on ways we can better serve our local communities in future years.

Silver Sponsor - Revera

Revera is the first-choice cloud services provider for Kiwi companies that want to get fast on their feet.

From our early days as a data centre and computing infrastructure specialist, we’ve added choice and expertise to deliver hybrid clouds, multi-cloud management tools, as-a-service platforms, and cloud consulting services to ensure our clients get the best from the cloud.

Migrate to the cloud, protect and secure enterprise data, connect your workers and deliver smart collaboration apps, build cloud native, deliver and optimise cloud workloads, and master big data.

Get fast on your feet with Revera.

Silver Sponsor - Sheffield

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 Sponsor - JLT

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.

Bronze Sponsor - LG Hub

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

Bronze Sponsor - Squiz

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  | |

Bronze Sponsor - Alicia McKay – The Strategic Minimalist

Facilitator, advisor and accountability coach.

Alicia works with Councils to set clear priorities, define a meaningful direction and walk the strategy talk.

Bronze Sponsor - Boffa Miskell

Boffa Miskell is a leading New Zealand environmental planning and design consultancy with offices in Auckland, Tauranga, Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown and Dunedin. They work with a wide range of local and international private and public sector clients in the areas of planning, urban design, landscape architecture, landscape planning, ecology, biosecurity, cultural diversity (Te Hihiri), graphics and mapping. Over the past four decades they have built a reputation for professionalism, innovation and excellence. During this time, they have been associated with a significant number of projects that have shaped New Zealand’s natural and built environment.

Coffee Cart Sponsor - GHD Advisory

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.

Coffee Cart Sponsor - Heaney & Partners

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.

Morning Tea Sponsor - Massey Business School

The Massey Business School is one of the largest business schools in New Zealand. We have a proud foundation of academic and administrative excellence, teaching business studies since 1972. Today we are a leading provider of tertiary education, research and training in business and management in the top 2% of business schools worldwide. Our enduring popularity is testament to our quality programmes, research-led teaching, flexible delivery modes and world-class faculty.

The Business School is home to one of the largest Management schools in New Zealand, with a history of teaching and research in public management and administration, spearheaded by the interdisciplinary Public Sector Management group, and the School’s Executive Education division.

Massey Business School

Name Badge Sponsor - Strategic Pay

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


Pads & Pens Sponsor - MAGIQ Software

MAGIQ Software Ltd is an international software business providing web based and Cloud delivered finance and business administration software for the Public Sector. The Company is focused on delivering the MAGIQ Enterprise Platform, an eco-system of innovative software products including the MAGIQ Finance, MAGIQ Payroll, MAGIQ Council, MAGIQ Performance, MAGIQ Documents, and MAGIQ Mobile Suites.

The Company supplies more than 500 customers across New Zealand, Australia, USA, UK, Singapore and South Africa. Key markets include: Government; Local Government, Health and Community; Utilities; Education and Not for Profit. A highly skilled and experienced team of more than 100 staff provide dedicated local support and product development from offices in Napier, Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland, Christchurch and Los Angeles.

Summit Audio Visual (AV) Sponsor - Image Group NZ

We are a production & styling services company that has earned a strong reputation for delivering outstanding events, social functions and weddings.

Based centrally in the Manawatu, we work across New Zealand and provide a wide range of production services including planning, lighting, audio, visual, staging and styling.

Combining our extensive expertise and creativity with an excellent range of equipment, we work closely with our clients, whether they are event organisers, managers, social groups or private individuals, to provide a customised solution to help them achieve their vision.

By taking the time to understand your requirements we can take care of all technical and styling aspects of your event, wedding, or social function whether this be design, planning, implementation and equipment hire.

Summit Print Sponsor - Pivotal Print

Our experienced team, work with you – the customer – through each phase, from concept to delivery. We listen to what you want, when you want it and how you want it. Our medium sized nature enables us to respond quickly to requests and our modern plant and in-house bindery gives us the ability and flexibility to produce and deliver goods as and when required whilst maintaining a high level of security. Businesses are looking for the best way to undertake their print projects, Pivotal offers smart print solutions.

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