2020 Chairing Meetings Workshop Thursday 6 August 2020

This workshop identifies the pre / during / post-meeting systems and processes for effective chairing of a meeting whether with members physically present or meeting remotely. We address what high-quality leadership of a meeting looks like and techniques that you can apply to ensure meetings lead to quality discussion and decision-making. We explore the best practice elements to effective chairing including
the working relationships needed, and dealing with “interesting” scenarios that crop up during meetings including dealing with different personalities.

Who should attend?

  • Chairs/Deputy Chairs of Council Committees or Sub-committees
  • Mayors/Deputy Mayors of Councils and Chairs/Deputy Chairs of Regional Councils
  • Staff that support elected members in the meeting environment

Course Details

Thursday 6 August 2020 9.00 am – 1.00 pm
Venue – Meeting Room Two, West Plaza Hotel, Wakefield Street, Wellington

Workshop fee – $550.00 plus GST $82.50 = $632.50 includes morning tea and resource materials

Course brochure 2020 Chairing meetings 06082020 brochure – Final

Registration form 2020 Chairing August 6 2020 registration form_

2020 Standing Orders workshop Tuesday 25 August 2020

Standing Orders are part and parcel of all formal meetings in local government whether of the Council, Committee or Community Board.  Elected Members should be familiar with Standing Orders top participate effectively in meetings.  The staff that support meetings of the Council, Committees and Community Boards provide advice on Standing Orders to elected members in the political meeting environment.

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

This is an opportunity to explore the “ins and outs” of Standing Orders and to hear about recent updates that have come from recent reviews of Standing Orders.

Course details:

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

Date:                  Tuesday 25 August 2020

Venue:                West Plaza Hotel

Wakefield Street, Wellington

Catering:            Morning tea and lunch will be provided

Registration:       Refer separate registration form

Course fee:         $550.00 + GST per person ($632.50 including GST)

Registrations close on Friday 7 August 2020

To book a room at the West Plaza:

Email:  reservations@westplaza.co.nz

Quote “MAGS Standing Orders”

Room only rate: $125.00 NZD per night inclusive of GST & unlimited WIFI


Room & Breakfast for 1 person: $150.00 NZD per night inclusive of GST & unlimited WIFI

24-hour cancellation policy

Car parking: $25 per night & can be organised on arrival, 1.8 metre height restriction


The brochure is available by clicking the link here 20200825 Standing Orders brochure 2020

The registration is available by clicking the link here 2020 SO August SO’s registration form_


2020 New Governance Professionals Introductory Course 8 & 9 September 2020

Committee Advisors 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.

This two-day course will be held as follows:

Day One – Tuesday 8 September 2020

9:15 AM – 4:30 PM

Day Two – Wednesday 9 September 2020

8:30 AM – 3:00 PM

Venue – West Plaza Hotel, Wakefield Street, Wellington

Registrations close on Friday 28 August 2020

Course fee – $900.00 plus GST $135.00 = $1035.00

Brochure click here 2020 New Governance Professionals Symposium September 2020

Registration form click here 2020 New Gov Profs registration form 89 September 2020


2020 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.