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Public Sector Innovation Showcased In 2003 Awards

Public Sector Innovation Showcased In 2003 Awards


Wellington, New Zealand, September 23, 2003 — A monolingual Maori dictionary, a classroom kit to help keep kids safe on the Internet and a hotline for Work and Income clients are just a few of the projects shortlisted for the 2003 BearingPoint Innovation Awards.

The awards have been running for five years and are sponsored jointly by BearingPoint, one of the world’s largest business consulting and systems integration firms, and the Institute of Public Administration New Zealand, a non-profit organisation committed to promoting the highest professional standards in and the fullest understanding of policy development and public sector management.

Winners will be announced at a ceremony in Wellington on October 14.

The awards are open to public sector organisations that can demonstrate innovation in their work, and aim to celebrate world-class government management and organisational excellence.

Prizes are awarded for innovation in local government, central government and the state sector, in the use of technology, in services to Maori and in management. One organisation will take away the Supreme Award. The Supreme Winner is eligible to compete in the international CAPAM innovation awards (Commonwealth Association of Public Administration and Management).

Past category winners have included Christchurch City Council, New Plymouth District Council, New Zealand Police and the Ministry of Commerce. Last year’s Supreme Award went to Auckland Regional Council for its “Virtually Thr” initiative which enables users to get information on public transport via their mobile phones.

BearingPoint Senior Manager Anne Cheetham said it was important that public sector organisations continued to innovate because there was so much at stake – from staff development to business success.

“The sector is not only a major employer in its own right, with 268,000 people working in public service, but its systems, services and processes support the lives of all New Zealanders. At the same time, it is an extremely complicated sector with multiple interdependencies.

“Public sector efficiencies and innovation should aim to make all our lives easier, break through bureaucratic barriers and ensure tax dollars are spent to best effect.”

Ms Cheetham said that celebrating public sector achievements in innovation helped to highlight best practice and ensure information was shared across the whole sector so all organisations gained from each other’s learning.

The standard of public sector innovation within New Zealand was generally very high, she said.

About BearingPoint, Inc.

BearingPoint, Inc. (NYSE:BE) is one of the world’s largest business consulting, systems integration and managed services firms serving Global 2000 companies, medium-sized businesses, government agencies and other organizations. We provide business and technology strategy, systems design, architecture, applications implementation, network, systems integration and managed services. Our service offerings are designed to help our clients generate revenue, reduce costs and access the information necessary to operate their business on a timely basis. BearingPoint’s global headquarters is in McLean, Virginia. For more information, visit the Company’s website at www.BearingPoint.com.

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For further information:

http://www.innovationawards.com

BearingPoint Innovation Awards 2003 Application Shortlist

Local Government Category

Wellington City Council Safe City Programme A package of activities developed with key partners, including the Police, to make city streets safer
Wellington City Council CityVIEW : A snapshot of Property in Wellington Council staff have fingertip access to all property-related information including aerial photos
Auckland Regional Council Miracle at Mangere Restoration of the Mangere foreshore – from oxidation ponds to environmental sanctuary
New Plymouth District Council Puke Ariki A world class, interactive cultural centre developed from the merger of a museum, library and visitor information
Taranaki Regional Council Taranaki – Our Place, Our Future Delivering high quality, scientifically defensible environmental information to the community

Central Government Category

Inland Revenue Department Secure Correspondence Delivering a secure environment for customer conversations
Department of Conservation Eradication of Rats – Campbell Island The confluence of GPS technology, environmental know-how and a dedicated team.
NZ Police and Ministry of Education Netsafe Kit for Schools Working together to help keep kids safe on the internet
Ministry of Social Development Service Express An 0800 service that delivers account information on the spot
Ministry of Social Development: Economic Living Standards Index A social research project that tracks living standards

State Sector Category

Foundation for Research Science and Technology The Technology NZ Maori Collectives’ Sub-scheme Helping to improve Maori access to research and technology funding
Foundation for Research Science and Technology MyFRST portal An online application process that saves time and money
Counties Manukau District Health Board Kidslink Project Technology that has sent immunisation rates soaring
Transit New Zealand Transit NZ Project Alliance Building a totally integrated team, collectively responsible for all aspects of a project

Innovation in Services to Maori Category

Foundation for Research Science and Technology The Technology NZ Maori Collectives’ Sub-scheme Helping to improve Maori access to research and technology funding
Te Taura Whiri I te Reo Maori
Maori Language Commission Monolingual Maori Language Dictionary
“Te Matapuna” A project to research and preserve the Maori language and a world first

Innovation in Technology Category

Wellington City Council CityVIEW : A snapshot of Property in Wellington Council staff have fingertip access to all property-related information including aerial photos
Foundation for Research Science and Technology MyFRST portal An online application process that saves time and money
Inland Revenue Department Secure Correspondence Delivering a secure environment for customer conversations
Ministry of Social Development Service Express An 0800 service that delivers account information on the spot

Management of Innovation

Meridian Energy Peak Practices An organisational excellence programme that encourages involvement through “story-telling”
Transit New Zealand Transit NZ Project Alliance Building a totally integrated team, collectively responsible for all aspects of a project
Department of Conservation Eradication of Rats – Campbell Island The confluence of GPS technology, environmental know-how and a dedicated team.


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