The 2024 New Zealand leg of the Australasian Management Challenge will take place in Lower Hutt on 30 April – 1 May. Challenge yourself in 2024!

  • 30 Apr 2024-01 May 2024
  • 15:00 - 17:00
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  • Lower Hutt Events Centre, Laings Rd, Lower Hutt , New Zealand

About this event

The Australasian Management Challenge has been at the forefront of professional development in local government in Australia and New Zealand for more than 30 years. It is a simulation-based team building, learning and networking program using real local government themes.

Teams are provided a series of tasks throughout ‘Challenge Day’ which require them to respond to series of scenarios,

The Management Challenge helps participants to develop key skills such as leadership, analytics, communication, negotiation, decision-making, and presentation skills.

The winners of the New Zealand leg of the Challenge go on to represent Aotearoa New Zealand at the Australasian finals. There they compete against the winning teams from the seven Australian states and territories. New Zealand teams have an exceptional record at the finals with four firsts during recent years.

You can find out more about the 2024 Management Challenge in this brochure, including how to appoint a mentor, forming a team, and how the challenge works.

Early bird team fee: $5,750.00 + GST per team

Regular team fee: $6250.00 + GST per team

The Management Challenge process:

  1. Work in local government? Get a team of five or six together.
  2. Appoint a mentor from your council to assist the development of your team.
  3. Work together on a real-world, pre-challenge task.
  4. Test your skills and creativity against other teams in an exciting, one-day regional challenge.
  5. Get feedback on your performance from professionals in the sector.
  6. Regional winners go on to compete against the best of the best in an international final.

Key Dates

Early bird registrations close Monday 29 January 2024

Registrations close Monday 19 February 2024

Pre-Challenge Task released Monday 26 February 2024

Pre-Challenge Task due Monday 1 April 2024

New Zealand leg of the Challenge Tuesday 30 April – Wednesday 1 May 2024

Australasian Final – August 2024

Winners of the 2023 Management Challenge

Find out about the winning team and runners up.

    Who should be part of your team?

    Anyone! You don’t have to be a manager to enter – the Management Challenge is about developing people, including future leaders. The many thousands of local government employees who have participated in the Management Challenge have demonstrated that almost any local government officer with the right attitude will take away enduring benefits from the experience.

    Past participants have included staff members from all council disciplines and levels including librarians, team leaders, IT specialists, community service professionals, marketing professionals, HR managers, arborists, and experienced managers, to name a few.

    The Australasian Management Challenge Final

    Following the post-challenge assessment process, one overall winning team will be declared in each region. These teams will go on to participate in the Australasian Final in August 2024, competing against the winning teams from all other regions.

    Teams will be required to cover their own travel expenses – but to assist the winning team with their finals bid, Taituarā will contribute $500.00 + GST per participating team member to help the winning team meet these costs.

    Information relating to accommodation, including location and costs, will be made available prior to the Australasian Final.

    Find out more

    More information on the Management Challenge is available in this brochureor on the Australasian Management Challenge website. Please note that the prices on the website are in Australian dollars and that dates refer to the Australian locations.

    To enter the New Zealand leg of the Australasian Management Challenge, Contact us with any queries at