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Broad range in 17 finalists for local government EXCELLENCE Awards

Published: 14 June 2017

News type: National news   

From a weed blitz to mountain biking and innovative economic strategy, finalists in the 2017 Local Government New Zealand EXCELLENCE Awards span a broad range of outstanding council leadership initiatives. 

The awards, now in their fourth year, recognise and celebrate the key role local government plays within New Zealand communities. 

From 56 applications, 17 finalists for five awards have been named, with winners to be announced at the LGNZ conference dinner in Auckland on 24 July 2017. 

LGNZ President Lawrence Yule says local government plays an essential role in driving residential, community and economic activity throughout New Zealand and the finalists in the EXCELLENCE Awards showcased outstanding leadership being provided by councils throughout the country. 

“Local government is at the centre of every community in New Zealand, helping shape the environment in which we work and play,” Mr Yule says. 

“Being named as a finalist is a great achievement and reflects the vision shown by councils and the innovative work being done by staff.  The finalists include some exceptional projects that are having a profound impact on communities.” 

Local authorities were invited to submit award applications in five categories:

  • Fulton Hogan EXCELLENCE Award for Community Engagement
  • Creative New Zealand EXCELLENCE Award for Best Creative Place
  • Air New Zealand EXCELLENCE Award for Environmental Impact
  • Chorus EXCELLENCE Award for Best Practice in Infrastructure
  • Crown Fibre Holdings EXCELLENCE Award for Best Practice Contribution to Local Economic Development

Judges for the awards are former Wellington Mayor Kerry Prendergast, Chair of EQC Sir Maarten Wevers and The New Zealand Initiative’s Director, Dr Oliver Hartwich.  The winners will announced at the LGNZ Conference and Awards dinner on 24 July.

The 17 finalists in the LGNZ EXCELLENCE Awards 2017 are: 

Fulton Hogan EXCELLENCE Award for Community Engagement

Creative New Zealand EXCELLENCE Award Best Creative Place

  • Napier City Council – City Vision: Small City, Big Ideas - This overarching strategy for projects in the City Centre, Ahuriri and the Waterfront areas is guiding Napier to an integrated future where opportunities are seized and the city is both beautiful and memorable.
  • Waikato District Council – Placemaking Programme - This programme is reclaiming public spaces by encouraging groups and individuals to develop artistic and cultural ideas for projects as diverse as delivery of library services through Little Libraries, and knitting poppies for trees to mark Anzac Day. 

Air New Zealand EXCELLENCE Award for Environmental Impact

Chorus EXCELLENCE Award for Best Practice in Infrastructure Management

Crown Fibre Holdings EXCELLENCE Award for Best Practice Contribution to Local Economic Development

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