Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Wellbeing model in finals at Local Government awards

Horowhenua’s Community Wellbeing model in finals at inaugural Local Government awards

Horowhenua District Council’s move to help government agencies and community groups co-ordinate efforts to support local people has earned it a place in the finals of the inaugural LGNZ (Local Government New Zealand) Excellence Awards.

The awards recognise and celebrate outstanding leadership and impact across community, infrastructure and economic development within local government.

Horowhenua is one of six finalists for the Fulton Hogan Excellence Award for Community Impact, for a Council that has delivered a project or programme that has created a more culturally-connected, technically-informed, safe or vibrant community.

Strategic Partnerships and Community Services Group Manager Monique Davidson says the Community Wellbeing in Horowhenua initiative provides an over-arching structure that helps people access the services they need, and helps local services co-ordinate and collaborate with each other to provide services better.

She said successful projects include the establishment of a Teen Parent Unit, a reduction in youth apprehensions, an annual “Age on the Go” expo, and improved accessibility around the district for people with disabilities. Linking into it is the Ministry of Social Development’s Social Sector Trials, which looks for new and better ways to deliver social services for young people.

LGNZ President Lawrence Yule said it is very easy for people to get lost between services, or for multiple services to be doing the same thing.

“Showing strong leadership, the Horowhenua District Council has helped facilitate and co-ordinate a structure that cuts down on both, and has resulted in improved community well-being," he said.

“Nearly four years after the framework started, Horowhenua District Council reports it is continuing to enhance social service delivery in the region. This includes stronger community engagement, as well as better knowledge sharing, planning, use of resources and accountability among services. The judges recognised it has also resulted in stronger council leadership, which is what all local authorities strive to achieve."

Mr Yule said the LGNZ Excellence Awards finalists represent some of the most successful and innovative projects in the local government sector.

"A high volume of entries were received and the quality was deeply impressive. I’m delighted to note the number of smaller district councils within those finalists. It’s thrilling to see the impact that they can have with their often limited resources,” he said.

Other finalists for the Community Impact Excellence Award are Environment Canterbury's Canterbury Water Management Strategy, Hastings District Council's Development of William Nelson Park and Skatepark, Kawerau District Council's Adopt a Nation – 2013 World Rafting Champs, Rangitikei District Council's Path to Well-being Initiative, and Wairoa District Council's Raupanga Amenity Area.

The LGNZ Excellence Awards judges are BERL Chief Economist Dr Ganesh Nana, former Wellington Mayor Kerry Prendergast and the Chair of New Zealand Council for Infrastructure Development John Rae. Winners will be announced at the LGNZ conference in Nelson from 20-22 July.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

#Kexit: Prime Minister John Key Announces Resignation

Prime Minister John Key has announced that he’s resigning as Prime Minister in seven days’ time. He made the unexpected announcement at a 12.45 press conference at Parliament, called with less than an hour’s notice.

“It has been an enormous privilege to be Prime Minister of New Zealand, and these last eight years have been an incredible experience. Throughout these years I have given everything I could to this job that I cherish, and this country that I love...“ More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Resignation

The resignation of John Key is one thing. The way that Key and his deputy Bill English have screwed the scrum on the leadership succession vote (due on December 12) is something else again. It remains to be seen whether the party caucus – ie, the ambitious likes of Steven Joyce, Judith Collins, Paula Bennett, and Amy Adams – will simply roll over... More>>

 

Q+A: Labour's Michael Wood Wins Mt Roskill

Labour’s Michael Wood, who last night won a 6,000 vote majority in the Mt Roskill by-election, says the reason for the win was simple, clear messaging... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Anne Tolley’s Callous Folly

Last week’s conflict between Social Development Minister Anne Tolley and District Court judge Carolyn Henwood illustrated quite a few of the flaws in the system. More>>

ALSO:

Members’ Bills: Greens' Domestic Violence And Loans Bills Pulled From Ballot

Jan Logie’s Domestic Violence-Victims' Protection Bill introduces workplace protections for victims of domestic violence, including allowing victims to request paid domestic violence leave for up to 10 days... Gareth Hughes’ Bill allows Kiwis with student loans to defer their student loan repayments into a first home savings scheme. More>>

ALSO:

IPCA: Police Did Not 'Deliberately' Use Pepper Spray On 10-Year-Old

"When spraying the man, the officer did not properly consider the necessity of using pepper spray in a confined space, the likelihood that it would affect the other innocent passengers or the fact that he was using a more powerful spray." More>>

ALSO:

Donor Bill Passes: Full Income Compensation For Live Organ Donors

Unanimous cross-party support for the Compensation for Live Organ Donors Bill represents a critical step in reducing the burgeoning waiting list for kidney donations, according to Kidney Health New Zealand chief executive Max Reid. More>>

ALSO:

Earthquake Response: Emergency Legislation Prepared

Three new Bills have been drafted in the wake of the magnitude 7.8 earthquake on November 14 to ensure the government can enable affected communities to respond quickly and efficiently. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news