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Learning & support

Helping you succeed in your local government career with expert advice and timely learning opportunities.

It’s an amazing privilege to serve on council/kaunihera, but it can be tough going. That’s why our programme of learning, development and support has been specifically designed to assist through every experience.

We offer capability building in two ways. First, through individual learning and development opportunities for elected members (mayors, chairs, councillors, community and local board members). And secondly, we support building the capability of councils as a whole through our CouncilMARK programme.

  • Ākona
    Designed by and with local government, Ākona is our learning and development programme for elected members.
  • Capability framework
    Building your skills starts with a plan, that’s where our capability framework comes in.
  • Ākona Advisory Group
    A learning and development programme built for you, with guidance from your most experienced elected members and council staff.
  • Governance guides
    The ‘all you need to know’ guides for how to be an effective elected member, Mayor or Chair.
  • Te Korowai
    Discover how Te Korowai can help your council identify areas for improvement and make a plan to get there.
  • Get help & support
    We understand the challenges faced by elected members and are here to support you every step of the way.