The McGredy Winder SOLGM Local Government Excellence Awards® are for programmes, projects and approaches that demonstrate professional excellence and innovation in local government management.

We encourage your Council to enter to impact the local government sector and to gain recognition of your excellent work.

Last year, thirty-three entries were received across a range of local government activity – from the preservation of historical heritage to managing freshwater. The back-office functions that the public don’t see, such as human resource management and finance, were also represented among the entries.

At the SOLGM Gala Dinner and Marketplace, entrants exhibit their work and both category winners and the overall winner for the year are announced.

The Capability Group Award for Innovation in Organisation and People Development

Is your local authority effectively developing its people and culture? This category recognises innovative approaches to building an exceptional organisational culture or capability through the application of transformational leadership. Entries in this category might be multi-year programmes or one-off projects but they will involve organisational redesign, human resource management, capability development or related aspects.

The LGFA Transforming Service Delivery Award

On-going fiscal constraints, increasing regulatory standards and increasing community expectations on the part of our communities are challenging us to find new ways of delivering a better service experience. This category is for programmes or projects that result in an exceptional service experience through innovative delivery models or the redesign of business processes or practices. The programme or project can relate to any area of council activity which is about delivering improved value for money to ratepayers.

The Giblin Group Award for Innovation in Council-Community Relations Award

Are your Council’s community relationships delivering results? This award recognises programmes, projects or initiatives that demonstrate outstanding results through innovative means of community engagement or community empowerment. Entries may come from any area of local government activity, but must have community engagement, empowerment, or partnership as a key aspect. Entries may include successful collaboration with private or community organisations.

The BERL Collaborative Government Action Award

What benefits has your community achieved through your council working with other local or central government agencies? This award recognises outstanding results that have been achieved through local authorities working with other government agencies. This category could include programmes or projects from any area of local government activity provided there is a demonstrable community benefit.

The Better Regulation and Policy Award

Is your policy development or regulatory development cutting edge? This award recognises the development of robust and effective evidence-based policy or local regulatory initiatives. Any policy, plan or regulatory initiative is eligible for this award. Entrants will be expected to clearly demonstrate their initiative was based on the application of the principles of effective policy or regulatory design and implementation as well as the development of an evidence base.

The Minister of Local Government’s Award for Innovation in Asset Management

How do you get the best performance from your assets? This category recognises procedures, planning, or practices that demonstrate innovative approaches to the management of assets. For example, this might be an excellent infrastructure strategy or asset plan, an innovative approach to demand management, a new use of technology, or the innovative use or creation of asset related data. Submission of constructed projects will not, in themselves, meet these criteria.

Find out more and apply today.

To benefit the sector, all entries must be capable of transfer to, or application by, other local authorities.

Please note, entries must be in by 5pm on 7 February 2018. No extensions will be granted in fairness to those who enter by 7 February. We recommend you apply by 2 February as Waitangi Day on 6 February may make completing your application more difficult.