2021 LGNZ Conference

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

The theme for LGNZ Conference 2021 was Reimagining Aotearoa – from community up It was about the once in a generation reform programme - three waters, resource management and Future for Local Government - which created both uncertainty but also opportunity and the sector's chance to help shape a new kind of local government to support stronger, more resilient communities.

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 seventh 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.

2021 Awards Winners

The winners of the 2021 LGNZ EXCELLENCE Awards were named at the Fulton Hogan conference dinner and LGNZ EXCELLENCE Awards function on Friday 16 July 2021.  

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 2022 brings.

Click to view a selection of photos from the conference.

Click to view videos from the conference.