We are delighted to announce that Far North District Council has won The 2022 LGFA Supreme Award for its Te Hiku o te Ika Revitalisation Project.

Te Hiku o te Ika Revitalisation Project is highly successful collaboration between Far North District Council, the Kaitaia Business Association, the five iwi of Far North’s Te Hiku region and the wider community. Its purpose is to create employment in, and enhance the vibrancy of, three of New Zealand’s most deprived areas. Some 81 urban development, restoration and revitalisation projects were identified and folded into the project. Te Hiku o te Ika Revitalisation Project is also the winner of the Minister of Local Government’s Award for Council/Community Relations. 

The Judges said "this is an exemplar of how modern local government acts as leader and broker of solutions that promote community wellbeing, and achieves tangible results. This pragmatic and focused wellbeing initiative is exactly the outcome that Parliament had in mind when it restored wellbeing to the statutory purpose of local government."

Last year's winner of The LGFA Supreme Award was Western Bay of Plenty District for its Transfer of Ownership of Panepane Purakau.

The New Zealand Local Government Funding Agency (LGFA) specialises in financing the New Zealand local government sector, the primary purpose being to provide more efficient funding costs and diversified funding sources for New Zealand local authorities. LGFA was established to raise debt on behalf of the local government sector in a cost-effective manner.

This is the second year that the Local Government Funding Agency has sponsored The Supreme Award, and the eighth year they have supported the Excellence Awards (having been the sponsor of the Transforming Service Delivery Category).

For further information, please see the 2022 Awards Media Pack.