The Challenge is designed to enhance leadership and management skills of managers and staff in local government. This team-based learning and development programme which has been running for more than 20 years, is delivered in New Zealand and in Australia.

This is not just a one day event. Councils can use the Management Challenge to achieve strategic professional development outcomes for staff. It is recognised for its hands-on and real-life approach to leadership development. Participants come away with new and practical insights into excellence in leadership and management. 

The Challenge is different to other seminar or traditional training programmes and benefits councils by:

  • Growing inter-departmental relationships
  • Breaking down silos
  • Building capacity
  • Attracting and retaining staff
  • Improving organisational culture, and
  • Promoting team-work.

The teams participate in a huge range of activities all designed to test management skills both as a group and as individuals. The Australasian Management Challenge is developed in Australia by LG Professionals Australia and delivered by Taituarã in New Zealand. It is sponsored by JLT.

Want to know more? For more information please contact:

The Australian Management Challenge website also has more information.

Who Should Enter

Any council who wants to develop the leadership and management skills of their staff. 

The team members can be:

  • Any council staff who you have identified as having potential to be a leader or manager in your organisation
  • Any up and coming managers or emerging leaders in your organisation
  • May also include elected members or staff working in your CCOs

Small council? No worries!

The Management Challenge is not just for large councils. 

Joined Forces

Smaller councils can join forces to form a regional team. In the past, we have seen joined up teams from Gore and Waitaki District Councils and Rangitikei and Manawatu District Councils.

This approach can promote team work across two different councils and more importantly, share the costs of entering.

Guest team members

Territorial authorities with populations under 30,000 or a regional council with population of 100,000 may invite up to two guests to form a team of 6.

Your guest members can come from any organisations, such as CCOs, private companies or government or community organisations you work with on a regular basis.

You can negotiate with them to share the cost of entering. This is a great opportunity to promote cross organisational team work.

Find out more about picking a Challenge team