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  • 2 Dec 2022 11:43 AM | Anonymous

    After six years as President of the Association of Local Government Information Management (ALGIM), Billy Michels stepped down with an emotional speech at the Annual General Meeting, held at the 2022 Annual Conference in Christchurch last week. He is being replaced by Marion Dowd, CIO of Western Bay of Plenty District Council and Justin Bagust, CIO from Timaru District Council. Billy, CIO from Otorohanga District Council, joked he had to be replaced by two people, but it was the result of an equal vote from the rest of the board for Marion and Justin. 

    Billy said “I have been proud to lead and represent ALGIM and I want to take this opportunity to thank the board, the ALGIM team and our members for supporting me over the past six years.  

    I am sure that there are many wonderful things ahead for us and I am thrilled to be handing the reigns over to both Marion and Justin.  I have known them both for many years.  They are both widely recognised in the local government environment and they will continue to provide positive leadership for ALGIM.” 

    Marion and Justin are looking forward to working together, agreeing their diverse skill set will be complementary. Having worked well together for the last eight years, they are excited for the future of ALGIM. 

  • 29 Nov 2022 1:09 PM | Anonymous

    Over 220 delegates, 60+ speakers and 150 vendors attended the largest ALGIM conference at Te Pae, Christchurch 21-23 November 2022. We also hosted delegates from Sweden, UK, USA, Australia, Canada and Belgium for five days including the conference. Highlights included keynote presentations from Dr Tom Furness, pioneer of virtual reality; futurist Roger Dennis; Nigel Latta and Jo Fair. All the presentations, workshops, site visits, keynotes and panel discussions were well received by delegates who gave instant feedback on the conference app.

  • 22 Nov 2022 1:16 PM | Anonymous

    Congratulations to all the 2022 award winners:

    Project of the year: 

    GIS - Northland Regional Council 

    ICT - Ruapehu District Council 

    IRM - Auckland Council 

    CX - Gisborne District Council 

    Smart Cities award: 

    Christchurch City Council 

    Team of the year: 

    Tasman District Council 

    IRM Professional of the year:  

    Sarah Hoskings, Waimakariri District Council 

    Training and professional development awards: 

    Ben Highstead, Gore District Council 

    Hannah Small, Napier City Council 

    Most improved cybersecurity: 

    Clutha District Council 

    Most improved website: 

    Tasman District Council 

    Best website: 

    Waikato Regional Council 

    Most improved CX experience: 

    Southland District Council 

    Best CX experience: 

    Western Bay of Plenty District Council 

    LOLA International project of the year: 

    South London Partnership - Innovate 

  • 29 Jun 2022 2:57 PM | Anonymous

    After having to postpone the 2021 annual conference twice, ALGIM held the largest annual conference to date with three days, up to five parallel sessions, seven keynote speakers, two dinners, over 220 delegates, 100+ speakers and 57 exhibitors.

    The TSB Arena in Wellington was pumping with delegates, exhibitors and speakers all excited to finally be connecting in-person.

    Again, the quality of the projects, team and professional finalists for the awards was outstanding.  They are all listed on the 2021 awards page.

    Photos from the event are posted on our Facebook page

  • 9 Mar 2022 1:42 PM | Anonymous

    Due to the uncertainty surrounding events at the current red traffic light status of the country, our annual conference has been rescheduled to 15-17 June 2022.  We have reconfirmed our speakers and are offering a stellar lineup of presentations, case studies, panel discussions, round tables, site visits and exhibitors focussed on ICT, GIS, Customer Experience, Information and Records Management, Web and Digital in local government.  Join us for what will be our biggest conference yet. This conference will only go ahead if we are in the orange traffic light setting.

  • 6 Oct 2021 2:10 PM | Anonymous

    Due to the current level three restrictions and uncertainty around travel from Auckland, Australia and Hamilton affecting many speakers, exhibitors, sponsors and delegates, the ALGIM Board have made the difficult decision to postpone our annual conference until March 2022.

    The ALGIM Annual Conference planned for November 2021, including the ALGIM Annual Awards, will now take place 15-17 March 2022 at the same venue – TSB Arena and Shed 6, Wellington.

    We want to put on another high-quality conference which provides excellent value for all attending – from networking to hearing first-hand from inspirational and innovative leaders. This is not possible with current health and safety controls and restrictions.

    By March 2022, the percentage of fully vaccinated New Zealanders will be higher, giving more protection to everyone involved with the conference, and there will be more certainty around what restrictions are necessary to ensure the health and safety of all. Under these conditions, we believe we can put on another outstanding conference giving all attendees a great experience within a safe environment. Already, our keynote speakers have been confirmed to the new dates.

    All delegates booked for the 2021 conference have been transferred to the March 2022 dates.

    We are disappointed to have to postpone but want to protect the health of everyone involved and at the same time, make sure that we put on a conference up to the standards you have all come to expect from ALGIM.

  • 4 Oct 2021 12:59 PM | Anonymous

    Three new members have been appointed to the Board of ALGIM, the Association of Local Government Information Management following the retirement of Jim Higgins and Mike Wanden, and resignation of Valerie Davis who has left local government. 

    “I am thrilled to welcome three outstanding new members to the ALGIM Board.  They will bring valuable perspective, energy and experience to help us deliver on our vision for a digitally transformed local government sector” says ALGIM President Billy Michels. 

    Dr Kimberley Tuapawa is a distinguished academic with over 13 years in higher education and six years’ leadership and corporate experience in local government.  Her research has focused on understanding human experiences using technology in tertiary environments. In 2018 she returned to her hometown to take up the role of Group Manager Information and Customer Experience at Wairoa District Council.  


    Kimberley leads the delivery of customer experiences across the areas of information services, cybersecurity, GIS and mapping, customer services, after hours, long-term and annual planning and engagement, the public library, digital hub, archives, records, and administration. Through ALGIM she wants to contribute her energy and expertise to develop insights and build intelligence around best practice for customer experiences for all local authorities. 

    Mark Denvir is Director ICT, Auckland Council, Patron of Taitamariki Potentia and 2020 IDC Dx Leader of the Year - Australia and New Zealand.  He brings 20 + years' experience leading significant ICT environments in the private and public sectors.  He is passionate about the impact ICT can make on how local government operates and believes the sector can be seen as one that leads New Zealand’s digital uptake. 

    With cleasignals about future local government reform, Mark wants the ALGIM Board to take the opportunity to help signal how the sector can deliver better outcomes for our communities, leveraging our combined scale and expertise. 

    Duncan Blair is the Business Analyst Lead at Invercargill City Council.  He has worked with four New Zealand councils in various leadership roles involving technology.  His technical expertise with systems infrastructure and cybersecurity has helped him advocate with his councils for innovative solutions that benefit the community. 

    He is keen to help the lower South Island Councils benefit from inter-regional collaboration and participation. In particular, he wants to help smaller councils understand the potential of incremental changes by focusing on human-centric design, process improvements, and affordable technology solutions.  Duncan is a strong advocate for ethical digital practices that focus on inclusion, environmental sustainability, equity and the protection of individual privacy. 

    Retiring Board Member and Founder of ALGIM 

    Retiring after 46 years ALGIM President Billy Michels acknowledged the huge contribution Jim Higgins made to the organisation he founded in 1975. ALGIM was initially known as the Information Technology Management Group (ITMG), which was part of the New Zealand Local Government Association (NZLGA). In 1995 ITMG became independent of the NZLGA.  As a resultthe Association of Local Government Information Management (ALGIM) was officially established on July 11996.   

    "It feels like the end of an era with Jim, the ‘father of ALGIM’ stepping down. His insight and understanding have been invaluable to us all over the many, many years and he will be greatly missed,” said Billy Michels. 

    Jim received the New Zealand Computer Society (now IT Professionals NZ) Award for the Greatest Contribution to NZ Public Sector Computing in the 20th Century. He has, over the years, served on many mainly IT-oriented companies and other organisations. Jim is a Fellow of the NZ Computer Society and of InternetNZ.  Although retired from the ALGIM Board, he is still a life member and will be attending his 50th ALGIM conference in November. 


  • 12 Feb 2021 3:47 PM | Anonymous

    In 2020 ALGIM worked in partnership with members of our international network LOLA across NZ, Australia, UK, Canada, and Europe to collect information to produce the first whitepaper on Technology Trends in 2020 across local government.

    ALGIM were asked to contribute to the same research exercise in December 2020 to understand the 2021 trends. The CIOs in public sector organisations identified the following primary priorities for 2021: Cloud computing , IoT, AI, cyber security, low-code development and video conferencing. Secondary priorities for 2021 and beyond are 5G networks, drones, driverless cars and gamification.

    The survey canvassed the opinions of local government ICT professionals where New Zealand was a significant contributor. The 2021 report is now available for our members to view here  SOCTIM 2021 Public Sector Digital Trends.

  • 5 Aug 2020 7:01 PM | Anonymous

    Thank you to those councils who submitted a nomination for the ALGIM 2020 Special Awards. We are delighted by the response, having received 46 incredible nominations.

    We look forward to announcing the award winners at an online ceremony on Friday, 2 October, more details to follow.

    As a reminder, the three categories for nominations were:

    Supportive Team Award

    This award is all about the people. Whether it's your team, or another team you worked with, this award will recognise those who pulled together and made the seemingly impossible happen. It could be your customer service team shifting to a remote call centre in two days, the IT team that worked tirelessly to ensure everyone could work from home, or the comms team that kept everyone updated and in the know. Whoever it is, we want to award their hard work.

    Fast-Tracked Project Award

    Did you see COVID barreling toward us and suddenly realise the project you were working on would soon be a necessity? That's what this award is all about. Those projects that were already on the programme for this year, but had to be brought forward to meet your council's business needs.

    New Initiatives Award

    This one is all about the innovation. We've heard plenty of stories of how councils came up with brand new initiatives to keep their core business functions running, stay in communication with their communities, and ensure everyone was safe. So, if you have a new project that only came about because of COVID and its impacts, this award is for you!

  • 29 Jul 2020 11:04 AM | Anonymous

    We've had some great entries into our 2020 ALGIM Special Awards to recognise the incredible work carried out by unsung heroes throughout local government.

    With our special awards programme, ALGIM wishes to recognise the amazing work done by councils in response to the COVID crisis.

    These awards focus on three main areas; people, projects, and innovation.

    They are open for all ALGIM members to apply - across ICT, GIS, Information/Records Management, Web & Digital, and Customer Experience disciplines.

    Please enter, share your story, and be part of celebrating the successes of local government.

    The awards will be presented at a special online awards ceremony on Thursday, 24 September 2020.

    Nominations close 5 pm, Friday, 31 July 2020

    Nominate here

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