LGNZ conference and excellence awards

2020 LGNZ Conference & EXCELLENCE Awards postponed.

Regretfully the LGNZ National Council has made the decision to postpone the 2020 LGNZ Conference based on the uncertainty around COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

The decision has not been made lightly, given the incredible amount of work that has gone into the organisation of what was shaping up to be an outstanding conference.  However, LGNZ needs to act wisely and ensure the health and well-being of our members and stakeholders so that they can continue serving their communities and maintain social distancing.

National Council decided to make this decision as early as possible to maximise the opportunity for delegates to alter their travel and accommodation arrangements.

We’re very disappointed not to have the conference run in 2020 as planned. Postponement, given the unusual times we are in, is the right thing to do.

All existing paid registrations and associated bookings will be transferred to the new dates in July 2021 and the team at Conference Innovators will be able to assist with any queries.  You do not need to action anything in regards to this rollover.

For those delegates who have registered but payment has not been received, your registration and associated bookings will be automatically cancelled and sent a notice of this. You will be able to register again in the usual way in early 2021.

We have been able to reschedule the conference to Thursday 15 to Saturday 17 July 2021 at the same venues in Blenheim and we hope to see you there.


2021 LGNZ Conference 

The next LGNZ annual conference and EXCELLENCE Awards will be held in Blenheim from 15-17 July 2021.

Approximately 600 delegates are expected to attend, such as mayors, chairs, chief executives, councillors and senior management from New Zealand's councils, along with key players from the private sector, business, government and non government agencies.

The conference website (containing programme, social functions, accommodation and registration information) will be available in the new year.



The LGNZ EXCELLENCE Awards are designed to showcase council projects, programmes and people who have made a real impact in local communities.

These prestigious awards will be presented at the black tie Fulton Hogan conference dinner and LGNZ EXCELLENCE Awards function on Friday 16 July 2021.

The Awards recognise and celebrate excellent performance by councils in promoting and growing the well-being of their communities.  The 2020 award information and criteria will be available in the new year.

The 2019 LGNZ annual conference and EXCELLENCE Awards was held in Wellington from 7-9 July 2019.

The 2018 LGNZ conference and EXCELLENCE Awards were held in Christchurch from 15-17 July 2018.

The 2017 LGNZ conference and EXCELLENCE Awards were held in Auckland from 23-25 July 2017.

The 2016 LGNZ conference and EXCELLENCE Awards were held in Dunedin from 24-26 July 2016.