2019 LGNZ Conference

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

The 2019 conference theme was "Riding the localism wave: Putting communities in charge". It was about communities and empowering them to take charge of their social, economic, environmental and culture well-being through localism.  This is a global concept reshaping governments around the world, recognising that best outcomes are a result of local people making local decisions about the places they live.

In spite of our highly centralised governance political system, examples of localism abound in New Zealand.  The conference focused on these best practice examples, and how we apply the lessons from these examples to how communities, local government and central government engage with each other.

Approximately 600 delegates attended, 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 LGNZ EXCELLENCE Awards are designed to showcase council projects, programmes and people who have made a real impact in local communities.

The EXCELLENCE Awards recognise and celebrate excellent performance by councils in promoting and growing the well-being of their communities.

This year, the sixth year the awards have been held, saw applications from councils around the country and the entries showed real examples of the local government sector delivering value and exemplary services to our communities.

2019 Awards Winners

The winners of the 2019 LGNZ EXCELLENCE Awards were named at the Fulton Hogan conference dinner and LGNZ EXCELLENCE Awards function on Monday 8 July 2019.  

To view short videos about the winning projects click here.

Congratulations to all our finalists and winners in this year's Awards. The sector should be incredibly proud of its achievements as we celebrate these outstanding projects and individuals.  We look forward to seeing what 2020 brings.