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Council among finalists in LGNZ Excellence Awards

9 June 2021

Two Council projects are among the finalists recognised in this year’s LGNZ Excellence Awards.

The Local Government Awards recognise and celebrate excellence of work by local councils to promote and grow the wellbeing of communities.

The Tairawhiti Roading Package – Provincial Growth Fund is a finalist for the social well-being award category, while the Puhi Kai Iti Cook Landing Site Redevelopment is in the running for the cultural wellbeing award.

Council engagement manager Fraser Hopkins said it was great to see the two successful projects recognised at a national level.

“Puhi Kai Iti was a joint project with Ngati Oneone and Department of Conservation and is a great example of what can be achieved by working together on a shared vision for Tairāwhiti. The final result of Puhi Kai Iti is something the whole community can be proud of.

“Similarly, the Tairawhiti Roading Package showed what can be achieved for local communities when social outcomes are prioritised. Through working hand-in-hand with government and community partners, we were able to empower our local contractors to scale up, take on more staff and provide new career prospects for so many.”

Now in their seventh year, the awards attracted 53 applications across four categories with 14 finalists named.

The winners of each of the categories will be announced at the LGNZ Excellence Awards ceremony in Blenheim on Friday 16 July.