The EXCELLENCE Awards are open to all of New Zealand's 78 local authorities each year. The Awards, now in their seventh year, recognise and celebrate excellent performance by councils in promoting and growing the well-being of their communities. Awards are judged on a combination of general and specific criteria.

Awards recipients were announced at the Fulton Hogan conference dinner and LGNZ EXCELLENCE Awards ceremony on Friday 16 July 2021.

Click here to read a media release about the award winners.

The categories for 2021 are as below:

  • EXCELLENCE Award for Cultural Well-being;
  • EXCELLENCE Award for Economic Well-being;
  • EXCELLENCE Award for Environmental Well-being; and
  • EXCELLENCE Award for Social Well-being.

The winners of the LGNZ EXCELLENCE Awards 2021 were:

Creative New Zealand EXCELLENCE Award for Cultural Well-being

Hastings District Council: Toitoi – Hawke’s Bay Arts & Event Centre

The other finalists were:

  • Gisborne District Council: Puhi Kai Iti Cook Landing Site Redevelopment
  • New Plymouth District Council: Te Hono - New Plymouth Airport Terminal Project ​
MartinJenkins EXCELLENCE Award for Economic Well-being

Ōpōtiki District Council (in partnership with Whakatōhea): The Ōpōtiki Harbour Transformation Project

The other finalist was:

  • Grey District Council: Mayors Taskforce For Jobs
Air New Zealand EXCELLENCE Award for Environmental Well-being

Hamilton City Council: Hamilton's new rubbish and recycling service

The other finalists were:

  • Auckland Council / Waiheke Resources Trust (WRT): Love Our Wetlands Waiheke
  • Canterbury Regional Council (Environment Canterbury): Whakaora Te Ahuriri project
Kāinga Ora Homes and Communities EXCELLENCE Award for Social Well-being

Hastings District Council: Hastings Place-Based Housing Plan

The other finalists were:

  • Christchurch City Council: Hoon Hay Park Youth Project - Community Hub & Basketball Hoops Competition
  • Gisborne District Council: Tairāwhiti Roading Package - Provincial Growth Fund
  • Hastings District Council: Mahi for Youth Programme 
  • Palmerston North City Council: He Ara Kotahi - the pathway that brings people together
  • Selwyn District Council: World‐class service – transforming the customer experience  
Fulton Hogan Local EXCELLENCE Award

Ōpōtiki District Council (in partnership with Whakatōhea): The Ōpōtiki Harbour Transformation Project

Te Tari Taiwhenua Internal Affairs EXCELLENCE Award for Outstanding Contribution to Local Government during the COVID-19 response

Auckland Council