About the LGFA Taituarā Local Government Excellence Awards®

Taituarā's 2021 Awards, Exchanges and Scholarships

Applications for Taituarā's 2021 Awards, Exchanges and Scholarships closed 17 February 2021. Our 2022 Awards, Exchanges and Scholarships will open in November 2021.

The winners of the 2021 LGFA Taituarā Local Government Excellence Awards will be announced at the Gala Dinner, to be held in Wellington on 6 May 2021.

    What are the Excellence Awards?

    The awards, held annually, recognise excellence and innovation in local government management. The seven categories that are recognised in the awards each represent a key characteristic of effective management of local communities;

    • policy and regulation
    • council-community relations
    • organisation and people development
    • service delivery
    • collaborative government action
    • bicultural leadership
    • environmental leadership and sustainability

    The 2020 Award Category Winners

    Winner of the BERL Award for Collaborative Government Action

    This Award recognises outstanding results that have been achieved through local authorities working with other government agencies (this is not limited to local government – a project or programme that brings in central government agencies would be eligible).

    Winner of the Minister for Local Government's Award for Innovation in Council/Community Relations

    This Award recognises programmes, projects or initiatives that demonstrate outstanding results through innovative means of community engagement or community empowerment.

    Winner of the Capability Group Award for Innovation in Organisation & People Development

    This Award recognises innovative approaches to building an exceptional organisational culture or capability through the application of transformational leadership.

    Winner of the Tompkins Wake Award for Better Policy and Regulation

    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.

    Winner of the Te Puni Kōkiri Award for Bicultural Leadership

    This Award recognises programmes, projects or initiatives that demonstrate outstanding results from working in partnership with Māori. Entries may come from any area of local government activity but must be able to demonstrate a commitment to partnership with Māori, with a demonstrable impact on community well-being.

    Winner of the LGFA Award for Transforming Service Delivery

    This category recognises programmes or projects that result in an exceptional service experience through innovative delivery models or the redesign of business processes or practices.

    The 2019 Award Category Winners

    Winner of The Capability Group Award for Innovation in Organisation and People Development

    This category recognises innovative approaches to building an exceptional organisational culture or capability through the application of transformational leadership.

    Winner of the BERL Award for Collaborative Government Action

    This category recognises outstanding results that have been achieved through local authorities working with other government agencies.

    Winner of the LGFA Award for Transforming Service Delivery

    This category recognises programmes or projects that result in an exceptional service experience through innovative delivery models or the redesign of business processes or practices.

    Winner of The Minister of Local Government's Award for Council/Community Relations

    This category recognises programmes, projects or initiatives that demonstrate outstanding results through innovative means of community engagement or community empowerment.

    Winner of the GHD Advisory Award for Innovation in Infrastructure and Asset Management

    This category recognises procedures, planning or practices that demonstrate innovative approaches to the management of assets.

    Winner of the Tompkins Wake Award for Better Regulation and Policy

    This category recognises the development of robust and effective evidence-based policy or local regulatory initiatives.

    How to apply

    If you have any queries regarding these Awards please contact raymond.horan@taituara.org.nz or phone 04 978 1283.