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Council projects up for national awards

Two Gisborne District Council projects are finalists in the 2021 Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) Excellence Awards.

The 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 in the Social Wellbeing category while the Puhi Kai Iti Cook Landing Site redevelopment is in the running for the Cultural Wellbeing award.

GDC 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 the Department of Conservation and is a great example of what can be achieved by working together on a shared vision for Tairawhiti.

“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 its seventh year, the awards attracted 53 applications across four categories, with 14 finalists named.

LGNZ president Stuart Crosby said all finalists and the wider local authority sector could be proud of their achievements.

“Local councils provide the essential infrastructure and wide range of other services which are essential to the wellbeing of all New Zealanders,” Mr Crosby said.

“Our finalists are great examples of how councils provide exemplary leadership, engage with communities and demonstrate innovative and strategic approaches to develop and deliver solutions and services that provide exceptional value to millions of New Zealanders every day.”

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

AWARDS FINALIST: The Puhi Kai Iti Cook Landing Site is a finalist for the Cultural Wellbeing category of the Local Government New Zealand Excellence Awards. The winners are named at a ceremony in Blenheim next month. Picture by Liam Clayton