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BearingPoint Innovation Awards 2004 announced

11 October 2004

BearingPoint Innovation Awards 2004 announced

The New Zealand Climate Change Office has won the Supreme Award at this year ’s BearingPoint Innovation Awards for its Projects to Reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions.

The annual awards aim to recognise and promote world-class innovation in service to the public and in organisational management in the public sector. They are jointly sponsored by BearingPoint and the Institute of Public Administration New Zealand (IPANZ).

The winners in six categories, as well as the Supreme Award Winner were announced at a ceremony in Wellington tonight. They were:

PUBLIC SERVICE

Winner: New Zealand Climate Change Office, Ministry for the Environment Projects to Reduce Emissions (PRE) Programme

Highly Commended: Ministry of Education Assessment Tools for Teaching and Learning (asTTle)

LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Winner: Auckland Regional Council Text Updates for Service Delays

Highly Commended: Environment Waikato Biosecurity Information System

STATE SECTOR

Winner: Creative New Zealand/Ministry of Research, Science and Technology (MoRST) Smash Palace

Highly Commended: Massey University/Ministry of Health Te Rau Puawai: Workforce 100

INNOVATION IN SERVICES TO MAORI

Winner: Ministry of Education Te Mana

INNOVATION IN TECHNOLOGY

Winner: Department of Conservation Development of New Trap Technology

Highly Commended: Ministry of Education Assessment Tools for Teaching and Learning (asTTle)

MANAGEMENT OF INNOVATION

Winner: Asure NZ Ltd Pi³ MasterCube

Judges Convenor Ross Tanner said while the number of entries was lower than past years, the quality of the finalists remained high. He said the Projects to Reduce Emissions Programme was a clear winner when choosing the Supreme Award.

“The tender process and trading system for emission credits that the Climate Change Office has put together are an excellent solution to what is an important global issue. They are an innovation that will provide significant benefits to the economy and to the successful companies who join the process. The systems are replicable and transferable, and something that could become an international benchmark.

“Other winners were also great examples of innovative practice in action, several of which provided ‘neat fixes’ to difficult problems, such as the Development of New Trap Technology from the Department of Conservation.”

Mr Tanner also made special mention of the Ministry of Education for receiving highly commended awards in two categories, as well as winning the Innovation in Maori category.

IPANZ President, Christine Goodman said it was exciting to see the range of public sector organisations represented in the finals this year.

“It is also impressive to see the number of public sector organisations working together in the kind of collaborative way the Government has been encouraging – that collaboration is innovative in itself – and it’s great to see organisations looking at how they can work creatively across the boundaries in the public sector.

“Well done to all the finalists and congratulations to the winners.”

BearingPoint Managing Director and Awards MC Judy Maller said once again the Awards had showcased instances of innovation that might stimulate new thinking in public sector organisations, and recognised teams and individuals who had achieved real organisational or community benefits through innovation.

“The Awards are designed to highlight innovative approaches, endeavours and methodologies in a sector that is by its nature risk averse and subject to public scrutiny. Each year we see a range of submissions that overcome these constraints and achieve outcomes via innovation – this year is no exception.

“We are proud to be associated with the calibre of people and organisations that have been honoured at the BearingPoint Innovation Awards 2004."

As winner of the Supreme Award, the NZ Climate Change Office is now eligible to compete in the Commonwealth Association of Public Administration and Management (CAPAM) Innovation Awards.

ENDS


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