Essentials Series

Digital Induction Series

Essentials series CM

Life is a learning opportunity, and one of the challenges for you is the need to constantly upgrade your essential skills and knowledge, to enable you to make well-informed contributions as a governor. The Essentials Series is a package of ten informative and entertaining digital modules created specifically for elected members who want to increase their competency in the local government space.

This series forms the fourth phase of EquiP's Elected Member Induction Programme.

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Digital Induction Series

These ten digital modules, based on the Elected Member Skills & Knowledge Check, will allow councils to provide a nationally consistent set of 'Essential Skills' training on general topics needed by all governors.

Purpose

To assist all elected members to be able to make informed decisions and contributions to effective council strategy and plans. These are all focussed at governors and provide the information they need to know and ask about for each topic.  

The ten modules focus on:

  • the first key things you need to know as a councillor;
  • the top five big issues for local government;
  • what (and who) to ask; and
  • the most likely challenges you’ll come up against.

The Ten Essentials

1. Governance 101

Purpose

To inform elected members about their governance role and the questions to ask to support their effective decisions.

Outcomes

By the end of this module you will be able to:

  • describe your role as a governor;
  • differentiate between governance and management;
  • explain how core council documents set the council’s priorities and decisions; and
  • know what questions to ask, and who to ask to find the information governors need.
2. Financial Decision-making and Transparency

Module purpose

To demonstrate the importance of prudent financial decision-making and transparency for our communities.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this module you will be able to:

  • Decide if a council financial decision is prudent;
  • Identify the purpose of the council’s Long Term Plan (LTP) and Annual Plans;
  • Explain how the council’s financial strategy sets limits on rates and debts; and
  • Clarify the purpose of your Audit and Risk Committee.
3. Asset Management and Infrastructure

Purpose

To outline the key points about asset management and infrastructure and the role they play in council decision-making.

Outcomes

By the end of this module you will be able to:

  • Describe what asset management is and why it is important;
  • Explain the purpose of an infrastructure strategy;
  • Clarify what an Asset Management Plan is and its purpose; and
  • Use this information within good decision-making in a council context.
4. Quality Decision-making

Purpose

 To explain the importance and value of quality decision-making in a council setting.

Outcomes

By the end of this module you will be able to:

  • Identify your key areas of focus as described by the Local Government Act;
  • Explain the role of standing orders and meeting procedures;
  • Identify the factors that influence decisions in a council setting; and
  • Describe the importance of effective decision-making to councils.
5. Political Acumen

Purpose

To inform elected members about the value of political acumen to the positive outcomes of council decision-making.

Outcomes

By the end of this module you will be able to:

  • Describe the value of effective participation;
  • Recognize and correct bad behavior in yourself and others;
  • Know which questions to ask and when; and
  • Identify how your behavior might affect your electoral aspirations.
6. Cultural Awareness

Purpose

To demonstrate how cultural awareness in a council context enriches relationships and contributes to a holistic, long-term vision for our communities.

Outcomes

By the end of this module you will be able to:

  • Describe the purpose of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in a Local Government context;
  • Clarify the value of having a level of comfort around Maori customs and protocols;
  • Know how to use your Pepeha to introduce yourself in the correct context;
  • Review the effect of different models of governance on decision-making; and
  • Explain how the history of the land impacts our modern-day communities.
7. Strategic Thinking

Purpose

To demonstrate the importance of strategic thinking to long-term positive outcomes for our communities.

Outcomes

By the end of this module you will be able to:

  • Describe what strategic thinking is and why it’s important;
  • Explain what is a successful council strategy;
  • Engage in a conversation with a strategic focus; and
  • Talk to people in the community about the council’s strategic direction.
8. Ethics, Values, Integrity, and Trust

Purpose

To demonstrate the importance of ethics, values, integrity and trust to the reputation and credibility of a council.

Outcomes

By the end of this module you will be able to:

  • Explain what LGOIMA is and its importance to council behavior;
  • Describe why upholding the highest standards of integrity is a key part of council credibility; and
  • Identify high-risk environments and behaviours in a council setting.
9. Standing Orders

Purpose

To demonstrate how standing orders provide a framework of rules and principles for effective and fair decision-making.

Outcomes

By the end of this module you will be able to:

  • Describe the purpose of standing orders;
  • Explain how standing orders are used in council meetings;
  • Know the right questions to ask about standing orders; and
  • Use some key standing orders within effective and fair decision-making.
10. Conflicts of Interest

Purpose

To demonstrate what a conflict of interest is in a council context and how to manage it effectively for the best community outcomes.

Outcomes

By the end of this module you will be able to:

  • Identify a conflict of interest;
  • Take appropriate steps to manage a conflict of interest;
  • Engage in a discussion about a conflict of interest; and
  • Reference the guidelines about conflicts of interest in a council setting.

For subsequent knowledge

(For those who need more in-depth knowledge, a subsequent set of workshops will also be available for delivery in-house or for a combined group at a location close to you. More information is provided in 'Essential Workshops', on page 18 of this guide.)

Here’s a sneak peek at a short collection of segments of one of the modules, Governance 101.

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The ten topics
1. Governance 101 (this one)
2. Financial Decision-Making and Transparency
3. Asset Management and Infrastructure
4. Quality Decision Making
5. Political Acumen
6. Cultural Awareness
7. Strategic Thinking
8. Ethics, Values, Integrity, and Trust
9. Standing Orders
10. Conflicts of Interest