Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Inaugural local government Awards highlight community impact

12 June 2014

Inaugural local government Awards highlight community impact

New Zealand’s smaller councils have shown their strength by taking out an impressive number of spots in the finals of the inaugural Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) EXCELLENCE Awards.

The awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding leadership role local government plays within communities. “Local government does a critical but often unsung job in a region, town or city,” said LGNZ President Lawrence Yule. “These awards give national recognition to the strong impact projects driven by local authorities can have through community, infrastructure and economic development.”

Local authorities were invited to submit in four categories: Fulton Hogan EXCELLENCE Award for Community Impact; MartinJenkins EXCELLENCE Award for Local Economic Contribution; the Beca Infrastructure Project of the Year; and the LGNZ Community Event of the Year.

“We received a very pleasing number of entries and our judges were impressed with the quality of the entries. In announcing the 15 finalists, 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,” Mr Yule said.

The judges in the inaugural Local Government New Zealand EXCELLENCE Awards are: BERL Chief Economist Dr Ganesh Nana, former Wellington Mayor Kerry Prendergast and the Chair of NZCID John Rae.

The finalists for the LGNZ EXCELLENCE Awards 2014 are:

LGNZ Community Event of the Year

• Auckland Council: The Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines – Well exceeding its own organisers’ expectations, the Auckland Nines attracted 45,000 people to Eden Park on each of the two-day rugby league showcase, generating significant returns to Auckland’s economy.
• Napier City Council: Tremains Art Deco Weekend – The city’s famous weekend of history, culture, fashion and music continues to grow and evolve each year, attracting more than 35,000 people to 200 events over five days.
• New Plymouth District Council: TSB Bank Festival of Lights – Held over six weeks at the city’s Pukerua Park, this 60-year-old event continues to attract a high level of community and family engagement.

Fulton Hogan EXCELLENCE Award for Community Impact

Environment Canterbury: Canterbury Water Management Strategy – An example of best-practice engagement on water management, this strategy has seen decisions about water allocation change to a highly collaborative approach with excellent outcomes.
Hastings District Council: Development of William Nelson Park and Skatepark – A multi-use recreational park was built to meet the needs of the city’s young people and wider community, attracting more than 12,000 users over a five-month period. The council worked with Sports Hawkes Bay which provided coaching and mentoring services for the young users of the new, safe facility.
Horowhenua District Council: Community Well-being in Horowhenua – A new Community Well-being Framework for government and non-government agencies to co-ordinate efforts has achieved more than 200 objectives and initiatives for the benefit of the local community. These include a teen parenting unit, an annual Age on the Go expo, and a 57% reduction in youth apprehension rates.
Kawerau District Council: Kawerau Adopt a Nation – 2013 World Rafting Champs - Local schools and the whole town got behind the championships that used one of the area’s best resources – its river – and was expected to bring 70 rafting teams from 30 nations to Kawerau. The local council leveraged the champs to get the town working together on intiatives that won the area positive national and international media coverage.
Rangitikei District Council: Path to Well-being Initiative – An over-all programme to improve outcomes for local people by working in partnership with agencies responsible for local services.
Wairoa District Council: The Raupanga Amenity Area – A run-down and graffiti-prone amenity area was transformed into an attractive space for locals and visitors.

MartinJenkins EXCELLENCE Award for Local Economic Contribution

Hauraki District Council: Hauraki Rail Trail – Not only is this rail-turned-cycle-trail historic and scenic, it’s had an immediate economic impact on a community once hard hit by the Global Financial Crisis.
Selwyn District Council: Electronic Building Consent Process – The council’s end-to-end web-based building consent system has resulted in 97 per cent of all applications being received online and within timeframes, speeding up its regulatory and service delivery responsibilities.
Wanganui District Council: 100% Connected – The council’s innovative broadband strategy has extended broadband beyond the urban area into remote and sparsely settled hill country.

BECA Infrastructure Project of the Year

Kapiti Coast District Council: Kapiti Water Supply Project – An innovative approach to water management and infrastructure investment providing a sustainable, good quality drinking water supply to Kapiti Coast residents.
Taupo District Council: Taupo Water Treatment Plant – An excellent example of strong, local engagement while constructing a new water treatment plant within limited space and on challenging geotechnical conditions.
Whangarei District Council: Lower Hatea River Crossing – The construction of an architectural award-winning 265m bridge across the Hatea River, including a lifting section to provide passage to yachts and other maritime craft.

The winners will be announced at the annual LGNZ conference in Nelson on 21 July 2014.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On Winston Peters’ Latest Bout Of Immigrant Bashing

So in the latest 3News-Reid Research poll, New Zealand First and the Conservatives have been the big winners. It is only one poll, but rather than cannibalising each other’s vote, Colin Craig and Winston Peters do seem to be managing to find the room to co-exist...

Poll fixation though, is a symptom of horse race journalism. To date, the focus has been on the poll numbers for New Zealand First – at 6.3% in this latest poll – and the power that this puts in Peters’ hands. Few are questioning how he’s got to this happy place, and what it says about the mood of the electorate. Yet as sure as night follows day, Winston Peters is once again peddling bile at the immigrants in our midst. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Collins 'Misinterprets Media Reports': "Too Compromised To Remain Justice Minister"

Bizarre claims by Judith Collins this morning that she had been cleared of inappropriate behaviour by the Privacy Commissioner demonstrates she is too compromised to remain Justice Minister, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. More>>

ALSO:

Labour On Climate Change: Focus On The Now For The Future

A Labour Government will put in place a comprehensive climate change strategy focusing on both mitigation and adaptation, establish an independent Climate Commission and implement carbon budgeting, says Labour Climate Change spokesperson Moana Mackey. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On National’s Housing Assistance Plan

So, as many as 90,000 people could derive some benefit from National’s housing assistance plans for low and middle-income earners... Yet in reality, the benefits seem likely to be insignificant, and they will be skewed towards those at the top end of the income group that’s supposedly the target. More>>

ALSO:

Election Data Consortium: National’s Worst Case Scenario At Stage One?

A month out from the general election and ipredict traders are still forecasting National’s vote to slip below current polling levels and there is potential for it to fall further. More>>

ALSO:

From The Scoop Video Archive: PM Says SIS "Told Me" About OIA Release

In a press conference immediately following an controversial OIA release of notes on an SIS briefing to then Labour leader Phil Goff, Key said "at that point [Tucker] told me he'd release it ...". Since the release of Nicky Hager's 'Dirty Politics' Key has denied being personally informed and said references by officials to 'the PM' being told briefed referred to his office. He now says the same about his own statement. More>>

ALSO:

  • Scoop Video in the news - New questions over Key claims | NZ Herald News - Stuff.co.nz
  • Earlier - Felix Marwick: Laying out facts over SIS documents - Newstalk ZB
  • Labour - Director’s letter contradicts Key’s claims
  • ACT - The Letter - 26 days to go
  • TV3 Video - Housing issue nudges Dirty Politics aside - David Cunliffe: Key's SIS explanation 'defies belief' - SIS leak came from Key's Office - Goff - Key 'categorically denies' Slater OIA discussion - Video: Key faces more Dirty Politics questions

  • TVNZ - Winston Peters: ‘Dirty Politics' is a new low
  • The Nation - Debate Between Grant Robertson And Russel Norman
  • NZ First - “The Words Mean What I Say They Mean”
  • Schools, PPTA Sign Up: Primary Teachers And Principals Vote Down Govt Plan

    Teachers and principals have voted overwhelmingly against the Government’s controversial “Investing in Educational Success” policy, including proposed highly-paid principal and teacher roles. More>>

    ALSO:

    Gordon Campbell: On The Usual Round Of Mud Slinging And Name-Calling

    This week gave an interesting example of how hard it is to untangle the reality from the slanging matches. The issue that emerged early this week could hardly be more important. Does the government intend to cut spending in health, education and on the environment if re-elected, or not? More>>

    Earlier:

    Electionresults.co.nz: National and NZ First Rise in Roy Morgan Poll

    National has bounced back in the latest Roy Morgan Poll but the big winner has been New Zealand First who rise to their highest level of support since September 2013. More>>

    ALSO:

    Get More From Scoop

     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Politics
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news