SOLGM is pleased with the excellent response to a call for entries into the 2017 McGredy Winder SOLGM Local Government Excellence Awards ®. When entries closed on 1 February SOLGM had received 33 entries across the six available categories, two more than received in 2016.

SOLGM`s Sector Improvement Manager, Raymond Horan reports that entries included a diverse mix of projects across the full range of local authority activities from a digital repository to flood remediation to joint procurement.

As always the Council/Community Relations Award category will be particularly competitive with 13 entries. Competition will also be tough in the Transforming Service Delivery category (sponsored by the Local Government Funding Agency) and the Collaborative Government Action category (sponsored by BERL)," Mr Horan said.

The other categories in this year`s Awards are the Innovation in Organisation and People Development category, the Innovation in Policy and Regulatory Development category and this year`s new category, the Minister of Local Government`s Award for Innovation in Asset Management. This recognises strategies, plans, processes or techniques for managing assets that are innovative and transferable to other local authorities.

The 2017 Supreme Award Winner will be selected from amongst the six category winners and will be announced at the SOLGM Gala Dinner to be held at the Langham in Auckland on 12 April.

The SOLGM Gala Dinner is also the night when the recipients of other SOLGM awards and scholarships are announced including:

  • the winning team in the New Zealand leg of the Australasian Management Challenge
  • the winner of the Brookfields Emerging Leader of the Year Award
  • the recipients of SOLGM`s Overseas Manager Exchanges, and Leadership Scholarships.

Those that would like to part of this celebration of excellence in local government management can register for the dinner in the SOLGM website.

The full list of projects entered in the 2017 McGredy Winder SOLGM Local Government Excellence Awards is provided below:

  • 1.Ashburton - Start With A Smile
  • 2.Auckland Council - Auckland Council Election Campaign
  • 3.Auckland Council/Auckland Transport - Auckland Transport Alignment Project
  • 4.Auckland Council - My Time
  • 5.Christchurch City - The CCC Way
  • 6.Christchurch City Council - CELect
  • 7.Christchurch City Council - Newsline
  • 8.Christchurch City Council - Partnership Approvals
  • 9.Hauraki District Council - Waikino Memorial Bridge and Art Wall Project
  • 10.Horowhenua District Council - Education Horowhenua
  • 11.Horowhenua District Council - Property Contracts 2015-6
  • 12.Kapiti Coast District Council - Getting Mckays to Peka Peka Expressway on the Road
  • 13.New Plymouth District Council - Wahi Tapu and Archaeological Sites Review - using a GIS platform to support a collaborative planning process
  • 14.Queenstown-Lakes District Council - Proud to Be QLDC
  • 15.Queenstown-Lakes District Council - Project Aspiring: Restoring QLDC`s Asset Management Capability.
  • 16.Palmerston North City Council - Manawatu Heritage: A Community Digital Repository
  • 17.Rangitikei District Council - Taihape Memorial Park Irrigation Project
  • 18.Rotorua Lakes Council - Te Amorangi ki Mua, Te HÄpai Å Ki Muri - Bicultural Capability Development Programme
  • 19.Tauranga City Council - Event Health Safety and Risk Services Project
  • 20.Timaru District on behalf of the Mid/South Canterbury councils - Mid-South Canterbury Roading Collaboration
  • 21.Upper Hutt City Council - On the Wall
  • 22.Waikato Regional Council - Basic investigative skills for local government training programme
  • 23.Waikato Regional Council - Healthy Rivers: Plan for Change/Wai Ora: He Rautaki Whakapaipai
  • 24.Waikato Regional Council - Increasing natural heritage - together (Natural Heritage Partnership Programme)
  • 25.Waikato Region on behalf of the Local Government Geospatial Alliance - Historic aerial imagery project
  • 26.Waikato Regional Council on behalf of Waikato Means Business- the Waikato Story
  • 27.Waikato Regional Council - Graham`s Creek Flood Mitigation
  • 28.Waimakariri District Council - Draft Waimakariri Residential Red Zone Recovery Plan
  • 29.Waipa District Council - Yes You Can! (Do it Yourself)
  • 30.Wellington City Council - Shared Services Office
  • 31.Western Bay of Plenty District Council - Dogs of the Western Bay
  • 32.Whanganui District Council - Risk Based Asset Management
  • 33.Whangarei District Council - Trilogy