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Local Government Excellence Awards ® winners announced

17 April 2015

2015 McGredy Winder SOLGM Local Government Excellence Awards ® winners announced

Project Helix, an end to end online building consenting system, submitted by Selwyn District Council was announced Supreme Award Winner of the 2015 McGredy Winder SOLGM Local Government Excellence Awards® by the New Zealand Society of Local Government Managers (SOLGM) at their inaugural Gala Dinner held in Wellington last night.

The Gala Dinner, hosted by award winning journalist Amanda Millar, celebrated a number of achievements in professional management across the local government sector with the McGredy Winder SOLGM Local Government Excellence Awards® being just one of them.

“The Gala Dinner was a very special event for the Local Government sector,” says SOLGM Chief Executive, Karen Thomas.

“We have held the SOLGM Local Government Excellence Awards® for 25 years, and for many years we have partnered with a number of organisations to offer leadership development opportunities including overseas manager exchanges and scholarships. This year we wanted to create a special evening to truly celebrate and recognise the successes of local government professionals.”

Alongside the 2015 McGredy Winder SOLGM Local Government Excellence Awards® the following were also announced at the SOLGM Gala Dinner:

2015 SOLGM Overseas Manager Exchanges:

United States Exchange (sponsored by Civic Assurance Ltd)
Anusha Guler, Manager Democratic Services, Wellington City Council

Australia, New South Wales Exchange (sponsored by JLT)
Jamie Cox, Engineering Manager, Wairoa District Council

British Columbia, Canada Exchange (sponsored by JLT)
Mark Bruhn, Manager Parks, New Plymouth District Council

2015 SOLGM Leadership Scholarships

Mt Eliza Business School Leadership Development Programme (sponsored by The Skills Organisation):

Tanya Winter, Chief Executive, Westland District Council

Leadership Development Centre Leadership in Practice Programme:

Steven May, Environmental Services Manager, Grey District Council

Opus ‘Leading Self’ Programme:

Charlotte Almond, Strategy and Development Manager Wanganui District Council
Ross McCarthy Business Transition Lead Manager, Wellington City Council

The winners of the New Zealand leg of the LGMA Australasian Management Challenge (sponsored by Civica)
Tauranga City Council – Team Blue Sky

The Tauranga City Council’s team will go on to compete in the Australasian Finals to be held in Melbourne in June. New Zealand teams have an exceptional track record at the finals, where they compete against the Australian State finalists, with results for the past three years being two wins and a second.

The 2015 McGredy Winder SOLGM Local Government Excellence Awards®

36 entries were received this year, the second greatest number since the Awards started in 1990. The panel of five judges considered that the high standard of entries reflected very well on the performance of the New Zealand local government sector.

The winner of the Supreme Award, Selwyn District Council’s entry Project Helix, showcased their work developing an end to end, online building consenting system.

Peter Winder, one of the Award judges said, “This project met a number of key criteria. It was developed in collaboration with the private sector, it transformed the way building consenting can be delivered and at a time when there has been unprecedented demand. Importantly, it has already demonstrated it is applicable across the sector”.

“Project Helix is an outstanding example of the sector’s ability to develop and implement solutions at a national level,” said Mr Winder.

Alongside the Supreme Award the following category winners were also announced at SOLGM’s Gala Dinner:
Building Organisational Capability Category
Auckland Council on behalf of the NEMS Steering Group - National Environmental Monitoring Standards

Joined Up Local Government Category
Environment Canterbury on behalf of the Combined Health and Environmental Risks Programme Control Group - Canterbury’s Waste and Environmental Management Team

Council-Community Relationship Category
Gisborne District Council - Gigatown

Transforming Service Delivery Category
Selwyn District Council – Project Helix
The judges also awarded a Highly Commended award to Kaipara District Council in this category for their entry Retaining BCA Accreditation.

Brookfields Environmental Leadership and Sustainability (sponsored by Brookfields Lawyers)
Waikato Regional Council - The Tui Mine Remediation


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