2019 Staff Training Workshops Directory

We have run a wide range of staff training programmes since 2008.  Our directory of training programmes is set out in the following link

Staff training programmes MAGS Training Programme Outline Local Govt staff

Please contact us for further information or to discuss running one of these courses for your Council.


2019 Standing Orders workshops July 2019

Meetings are an integral part of decision making in Local Government and Standing Orders are part and parcel of all formal meetings whether Council, Committee, Local Board or Community Board.  Being familiar with Standing Orders, understanding what makes an efficient and effective meeting and being able to offer advice to elected members in the political meeting environment is a prerequisite for staff who attend and support elected members at meetings.

Most local authorities have adopted the new, streamlined Standing Orders released in 2016.  Those Standing Orders are being updated and this workshop will be able to explore those changes so that staff are well prepared for supporting the incoming elected members post the October 2019 elections.

This workshop will also be of interest to Governance Staff, reporting officers and senior staff that support political meetings.

Dates and Locations

Time:                     9.15am – 3.15pm (course proper starts at 930am)

We are holding the one-day workshop in four locations around New Zealand as follows:

Tuesday 16 July 2019                 Auckland

Wednesday 17 July 2019            Dunedin

Tuesday 23 July 2019                 Wellington

Wednesday 24 July 2019            Christchurch


The workshop brochure can be opened by clicking this link 2019 Standing Orders Brochure

The workshop registration form can be opened by clicking this link 2019 Registration form SO’s


2019 New Governance Professionals two-day workshop Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 August 2019

Committee Advisers play an integral part in supporting the governance systems, processes and elected representatives within the local government sector.  This role is a highly professional role requiring skills and knowledge to enable elected members to make good decisions in a framework that complies with legislation and good practice.

This two-day introductory course for people new to the role will provide all the core elements of knowledge that a new Committee Advisor will need to undertake the role in their initial stages of development.

Day One – Tuesday 13 August 2019

9:15 AM – 4:30 PM

Day Two – Wednesday 14 August 2019

8:30 AM – 3:00 PM

Venue – Rimu Room, Brentwood Hotel, 16 Kemp St, Kilbirnie, Wellington 6022


The brochure is available by clicking the link here 2019 New Governance Professionals Symposium August 2019

The registration is available by clicking the link here 2019 New Gov Profs registration form 1314 August 2019


Governance Professionals Symposium 2020 Advance Notice

We have been running this symposium since 2012 and feedback from attendees has been extremely positive.

The following details have been confirmed:


Thursday 23 January 2020, 915 am – 430pm; and

Friday 24 January 2020, 830am – 230pm


West Plaza Hotel, Wakefield Street, Wellington


The symposium programme and registration form will be made available in October 2019. If you would like to register an expression of interest to attend the symposium, please email us at info@meetinggovernance.co.nz your name, role at Council and your contact details (email, phone number).