Coun­cil projects in awards fi­nals

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The new Ngaru­awahia-to-Horotiu cy­cle­way and Perry Bridge are among four Waikato coun­cil projects named as fi­nal­ists in this year’s Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment New Zealand Ex­cel­lence Awards.

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

Waipa¯ Dis­trict Coun­cil is a fi­nal­ist in the Ful­ton Ho­gan award for Com­mu­nity En­gage­ment for its pro­ject Out of the Shad­ows — Bring­ing Waipa¯ ’s Her­itage to Life, and the Waikato May­oral Fo­rum in the award for Ser­vice De­liv­ery and As­set Man­age­ment for the RATA (Road As­set Tech­ni­cal Ac­cord) pro­gramme.

The awards recog­nise and cel­e­brate the key lead­er­ship role that lo­cal gov­ern­ment plays in com­mu­ni­ties around the coun­try.

The North Waikato In­te­grated Growth Man­age­ment Busi­ness Case had 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”.

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.

The RATA pro­ject, ini­ti­ated by the Waikato May­oral Fo­rum, is a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween nine Coun­cils in the Waikato re­gion to im­prove strate­gic road as­set man­age­ment plan­ning.

Judges praised it as 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”.

LGNZ 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 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.“

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

Photo / Tom Rowland

The Perry Bridge over the Waikato River. The bridge is part of the Te Awa cy­cle­way.

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