The Society of Local Government Managers (SOLGM) was formed in the early 1900’s and has continually evolved to meet the always changing needs of the local government sector. Today the organisation and its members support local councils in their purpose to promote community well-being – improving the social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being of communities.
SOLGM wanted a new name – one that reflected who they are today, and what they stand for. Having explored territories that reflected different characteristics of the organisation – including translations to Te Reo of english concepts – none of which hit the mark, a different approach was needed.
Taking a Te Ao Māori view we worked to understand the fundamental nature of the role and contribution the organisation made to local government. Simply put, to work within councils providing support in the form of expertise where needed. In late 2020, the organisation became Taituarā. A name that among other things, represented the support, empowerment and courage of local councils to do new things – the backbone of local government. The name was gifted by Hon. Peeni Henare, Minister of Defence and Whānau Ora.