LGNZ Excellence Awards

The Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) EXCELLENCE Awards are designed to recognise and celebrate the leadership role that local government plays within communities.

They recognise and celebrate the outstanding leadership role local government plays within communities. LGNZ President Lawrence Yule said local government is the lifeblood of New Zealand’s communities and makes contributions to people’s lives on a daily basis. “Through these EXCELLENCE Awards, we are able to demonstrate the value we provide to community, economic development, infrastructure and the environment.”

Grey District Council had two entries in the 2015 Awards which were both selected for the finals:

EXCELLENCE Award for Community Impact Entry

​Grey District Identity Project

​An extensive project designed to grow confidence and pride in the Grey District. This included rebranding, a 'real stories; campaign, 150th celebrations and the development of a Signage, Interpretation & Public Art Framework.

EXCELLENCE Award for Environmental Impact Entry

​Cobden Aromahana Sanctuary and Recreation Area

​Restoration of the Cobden wetlands and development of a former dump site into a recreational asset.

Winners announced

On 20 July 2015, the 2015 winners were announced at the LGNZ Annual Conference dinner in Rotorua, which was attended by more than 600 delegates from local and central government and stakeholders.

Whilst Grey District Council did not walk away with the grand prize this time round, both projects were highly commended by the judging panel.

LGNZ President, Lawrence Yule, praised the councils, their entries and on-going commitment to their communities. “The high calibre of entries from both large and small councils demonstrates the strong impact local projects have through community, infrastructure and economic development,” he said.
“These awards, now in their second year, give national recognition to that vital contribution to our communities countrywide. As we celebrate these outstanding projects the sector should be proud of its achievements.”

Quecha Horning, Manager Corporate Planning and Community, attended the awards and is really pleased that both projects were highly commended.

“These projects are great examples of Council partnering with the community to achieve amazing outcomes, reinforcing our positive identity and improving our local environment. We will continue to work with the Department of Conservation and all of the community groups on the Cobden Aromahana Sanctuary and Recreation Area and all of our different communities in telling the 'Real Stories' of our people and our place,” said Ms Horning.

CEO Paul Pretorius is extremely proud of the successes Council have achieved over many years and which have recently been recognised formally.

“It is confirmation of the strong focus on excellence, achievement and service delivery within Council and its Administration, something which I am extremely proud of and thankful for. It is an absolute privilege to work in an environment where people inspire each other to do the very best they can," said Mr Pretorius. 

Mr Pretorius extends his congratulations to all winners and finalists of the 2015 LGNZ Excellence Awards.

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