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Notes on local government issues

Workshop notes

In this article I share a trick to help you with presentations, list some resources to help staff write quality reports, reflect on the value of getting the first draft done, and mention an excellent book for people developing workplace training These notes are all...

How to add the strategy into strategic planning

While everyone is capable of both strategic thinking and planning, it’s natural to have a preference for one over the other. The whole brain thinking framework is one way to understand whether strategic thinking or planning comes more naturally to you....

Thinking like a councillor

We all speak, write and make decisions based on our own experience – and we tend to walk around assuming everyone sees the world pretty much as we do. It can be kind of shocking to realise how different other people’s perspectives and values can be. That’s why we need...

Editing notes

This podcast discusses what to do once you have a first draft in place – and emphasises focusing on the big questions before improving the wording. Some of my takeaways from this discussion with Daphne Gray-Grant are: It's important to leave time between writing the...

Coping with uncertainty

Changes in direction related to the RMA, three water management, and spending priorities for transport all impact on the local government sector. Changes in Government policy could see your work programme completely altered, resulting in wasted work –...

Resources to help you complete your Long Term Plan

Resources to help you complete your Long Term Plan

What a year for local government! Cyclones and floods have created havoc for infrastructure budgets, U-turns have been signalled for the Affordable Water and RMA reforms, and rates rises are unacceptable for many in the community. Now we need to reflect these issues...

Case studies for councils and consultants

Case studies for councils and consultants

Case studies help us to apply theoretical ideas to real life. They are a great way to: celebrate successful projects, and the people who contributed to them share repeatable solutions with other professionals for the benefit of New Zealand as a whole retain valuable...

How to write an executive summary

How to write an executive summary

Can you just write an executive summary? If you’ve just finished your asset management plan or infrastructure strategy this request may not exactly be music to your ears! That’s because writing an executive summary for an asset management plan or any other large...

Ideas for your next consultation document

Ideas for your next consultation document

Here are some ideas for you to consider when developing your next consultation document.They are sourced from nine of the best LTP consultation documents in 2021, according to the judges of the 2021 Taituarā Great Consultation Documents Competition....