Innovation and excellence in New Zealand’s local government sector was recognised today by the NZ Society of Local Government Managers (SOLGM). 

Six category winners of the 2020 McGredy Winder SOLGM Local Government Excellence Awards®, including a Supreme winner were announced, along with the Brookfields Emerging Leader of the Year Award, several Overseas Manager Exchanges (sponsored by Civic Financial Services, AskYourTeam and Marsh), the Skills Organisation Melbourne Business School Leadership Scholarship, the SOLGM Distinguished Management Award, and the President’s Award for Distinguished Contribution to SOLGM. 

A Bay of Plenty biosecurity management initiative took out the prestigious Supreme Award for Te Arawa Catfish Killas, an initiative with Bay of Plenty Regional Council and Te Arawa Lakes Trust. The project, which incorporates the matauranga and tikanga of Te Arawa, has resulted in the removal of 80,000 catfish from Lakes Rotorua and Rotoiti in three years.  

The initiative was praised by the judges as an inspirational example of managing biosecurity through co-management with Māori. 

Bay of Plenty Regional Council also won the Te Puni Kōkiri Award for Bicultural Leadership category, and the BERL Award for Collaborative Government Action for Project Kopeopeo Canal Remediation, a project to safely remove dioxin-contaminated sediment from the Kopeopeo Canal near Whakatane. This is the first time since 2012 that a council has won more than one Excellence Award category. 

SOLGM’s Chief Executive, Karen Thomas, said that the McGredy Winder SOLGM Local Government Excellence Awards® are an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the incredible work of professionals in the local government sector. 

“The contribution and the commitment to communities that our local government professionals demonstrate is wonderful.  

“At a time when councils when are working tirelessly to provide services and support to their communities, it is great to be able to announce this news. 

“Huge congratulations to Bay of Plenty on these wins and thank you to all our sponsors for support.” 

Also announced today: 

McGredy Winder 2019 SOLGM Local Government Excellence Awards® Supreme Award 

Bay of Plenty Regional Council and Te Arawa Lakes Trust, Te Arawa Catfish Killas 

Te Puni Kōkiri Award for Bicultural Leadership 

Bay of Plenty Regional Council and Te Arawa Lakes Trust, Te Arawa Catfish Killas 

The BERL Award for Collaborative Government Action 

Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Kopeopeo Canal Remediation Project  

The Minister for Local Government’s Award for Innovation in Council/Community Relations 

Rotorua Lakes Council, The 2019 Rotorua Child Equity Programme Pilot 

Highly Commended: Dunedin City Council, Ohinepouwera (Karitāne Sandspit Restoration) 

The Capability Group Award for Innovation in Organisation and People Development 

Central Hawkes Bay District Council, Together We Thrive! E Ora Ngātahi Ana 

The Tompkins Wake Award for Better Policy and Regulation 

Porirua City Council, At the Heart of Out City: Strategic Framework for Children and Young People in Porirua

The Local Government Funding Agency Award for Transforming Service Delivery 

Auckland Council, Request for Service  

Brookfields Emerging Leader of the Year Award 

Kane McElrea, Biosecurity Manager – Partnerships & Strategy, Northland Regional Council 

Civic Financial Services Overseas Manager Exchange to the United States 

Kym Fell, Chief Executive, Whanganui District Council 

Marsh Overseas Manager Exchange to British Columbia 
Sarah Nichols, Governance Manager, Waimakariri District Council 

Marsh Overseas Manager Exchange to Canada 

Nicola Pinfold, Group Manager Community & Planning, Dunedin City Council 

AskYourTeam Overseas Manager Exchange to New South Wales 

Karel Boakes, Regulatory Manager, Manawatu District Council 

AskYourTeam Overseas Manager Exchange to Queensland 

Doug Tate, Group Manager Customer & Community Partnerships, Central Hawkes Bay District Council 

AskYourTeam Overseas Manager Exchange to Australia 

Martyn Cole, Water & Wastewater Asset Manager, Kapiti Coast District Council 

The Skills Organisation Melbourne Business School Scholarship: Leading for Strategic Success 

Sanchia Jacobs, Chief Executive, Central Otago District Council 

SOLGM Distinguished Management Award 

Basil Chamberlain, Chief Executive, Taranaki Regional Council 

SOLGM President’s Award for Distinguished Contribution to SOLGM 

David Ward, Chief Executive, Selwyn District Council 
 
SOLGM’s annual Gala Dinner event was cancelled due to COVID-19, and so award recipients were announced online this year. 

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