Her­itage high­light

Coun­cil up for an award for its his­toric sites tours

Te Awamutu Courier - - Front Page -

Waipa¯ District Coun­cil’s ef­forts to high­light the district’s her­itage, in­clud­ing its role in the New Zealand Land Wars, has al­ready created waves in Welling­ton.

Waipa¯’s com­mu­ni­ca­tion and en­gage­ment team is one of three Waikato or­gan­i­sa­tions named as fi­nal­ists in the Lo­cal Govern­ment New Zealand Ex­cel­lence Awards 2018, which ac­knowl­edge lead­er­ship ef­forts na­tion­wide.

It’s the sec­ond time the Waipa¯ team has been up for na­tional ac­co­lades. In 2015, Waipa¯ won the top award for com­mu­nity im­pact for its suc­cess in en­gag­ing the com­mu­nity on its 10-Year Plan.

Waipa¯ District Coun­cil’s Out of the Shad­ows project in­spired con­ver­sa­tion about Waipa¯ ’s rich his­tory, in prepa­ra­tion for a pro­posed sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in her­itage in­vest­ment, in­clud­ing plans for a Waipa¯ Dis­cov­ery Cen­tre in Te Awa­mutu.

Judges praised it as “a novel ap­proach that used an ef­fec­tive and well-de­signed cam­paign to ad­dress a com­plex is­sue of con­flict­ing nar­ra­tives about his­tor­i­cal events.

“The project demon­strated broad com­mu­nity en­gage­ment that linked its his­tory and fed through into its fu­ture plan­ning.”

Waipa¯ District Coun­cil man­ager her­itage and mu­se­ums Tony Roxburgh said bus tours of his­toric sites out of Te Awa­mutu and Cam­bridge was one of the ini­tia­tives pop­u­lar with the pub­lic. Coun­cil ran about 17 tours, and there is still de­mand for one­off tours from vis­it­ing groups.

Tony says most par­tic­i­pants com­mented that they learnt some­thing new about our district and its his­tory.

He says word of mouth was a valu­able ad­ver­tise­ment.

He ex­pects the com­pe­ti­tion at the Lo­cal Govern­ment New Zealand Ex­cel­lence Awards to be tough, but says mak­ing the fi­nals is good recog­ni­tion for those in­volved with the project.

Waipa¯ is up against six other fi­nal­ists in the Ful­ton Ho­gan Ex­cel­lence Award for Com­mu­nity En­gage­ment.

Waipa¯ also shares in a sec­ond fi­nal­ist in the Ex­cel­lence Award for Ser­vice De­liv­ery and As­set Man­age­ment — the Road As­set Tech­ni­cal Ac­cord (RATA) pro­gramme ini­ti­ated by the Waikato May­oral Fo­rum.

Judges said it was “an ex­cel­lent ex­am­ple of nine Coun­cils col­lab­o­rat­ing on road­ing, join­ing to­gether to im­prove strate­gic road as­set man­age­ment plan­ning with shar­ing of ex­pe­ri­ence and knowl­edge that led to in­creased ef­fi­ciency and ef­fec­tive re­gional ser­vice de­liv­ery”.

For the North Waikato In­te­grated Growth Man­age­ment Busi­ness Case, Waikato District Coun­cil, Auck­land Coun­cil, Hamil­ton City Coun­cil, NZTA, the Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil, Auck­land Trans­port, the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion and two district health boards co-op­er­at­ing to de­velop a busi­ness case for man­ag­ing and proac­tively plan­ning for ex­pected growth in the district over the next 30 years.

Judges wel­comed the ini­tia­tive as a holis­tic ap­proach and “a means of fu­ture-proof­ing and pre­par­ing for clear chal­lenges of fu­ture pop­u­la­tion growth”.

Waikato District Coun­cil is a fi­nal­ist in two cat­e­gories — the Ex­cel­lence Award for Best Prac­tice in Gov­er­nance, Lead­er­ship and Strat­egy, for its North Waikato In­te­grated Growth Man­age­ment project, and in the Ex­cel­lence Award for Best Prac­tice Con­tri­bu­tion to Lo­cal Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment cat­e­gory, for the Te Awa River Ride — Nga¯ru­awa¯hia to Horotiu.

The col­lab­o­ra­tive project which de­liv­ered the Nga¯ru­awa¯hia-toHorotiu cy­cle­way and new Perry Bridge Struc­ture, has al­ready re­sulted in visi­tor num­bers us­ing the new fa­cil­i­ties in­creas­ing from 40 per day to over 700.

Judges said “this is an am­bi­tious tourism in­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ment which pro­vides the op­por­tu­nity for pos­i­tive long-term so­cio-eco­nomic growth and health well­be­ing in the District”.

Lo­cal Govern­ment New Zealand pres­i­dent Dave Cull says that be­ing named as a fi­nal­ist is a sig­nif­i­cant achieve­ment and re­flects strong lead­er­ship and the in­no­va­tive work be­ing de­liv­ered by coun­cils across the coun­try.

“The fi­nal­ists in­clude some ex­cep­tional projects that are hav­ing a pro­found im­pact on com­mu­ni­ties,” he says.

“The Ex­cel­lence Awards fi­nal­ists all demon­strate in­no­va­tion, ex­cel­lence in com­mu­ni­ca­tion and con­sul­ta­tion to in­volve com­mu­ni­ties in the de­ci­sions and plan­ning which frame their fu­ture.”

The fi­nal­ists in­cor­po­rate best prac­tice cri­te­ria un­der LGNZ’s Coun­cilMARK ex­cel­lence pro­gramme which is de­signed to im­prove the pub­lic’s knowl­edge of the work coun­cils are do­ing in their com­mu­ni­ties and to sup­port in­di­vid­ual coun­cils to fur­ther im­prove the ser­vice and value they pro­vide.

“Over­all the judges felt that the strong­est en­tries demon­strated a strong strate­gic fo­cus, clear out­comes, mea­sured re­sults, cost ben­e­fit anal­y­sis and en­gage­ment with ex­ter­nal or­gan­i­sa­tions — par­tic­u­larly a col­lab­o­ra­tive ap­proach with stake­hold­ers, and mean­ing­ful en­gage­ment with iwi and Ma¯ ori.“

This year had the high­est num­ber of en­tries in the awards’ his­tory.

Winners will be an­nounced at the LGNZ con­fer­ence din­ner in Christchurch on Mon­day, July 16.

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WAIPA ¯ District Coun­cil ran 17 her­itage bus tours.

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SHAR­ING her­itage site tours us­ing vir­tual re­al­ity tech­nol­ogy.

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BE­HIND the scenes mak­ing one of the video clips.

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