About the LGFA Taituarā Local Government Excellence Awards

The Local Government Funding Agency Taituarā Local Government Excellence Awards® are for programmes, projects, and approaches that demonstrate professional excellence in local government management. The Awards are open to any council, or council controlled organisation (CCO) in New Zealand.

The Awards support a culture of success in the local government sector and encourage the sharing of good ideas and good practice amongst local authorities. Councils are encouraged to enter to impact the local government sector and to gain recognition of their excellent work.

Lessons from the winners, and many other entries will be used to inform development and redevelopment of guides and training for the sector.

Recent Supreme Award Winners include:

2015 - Selwyn District Council, Project Helix

2016 - Hamilton City Council, Council Transforms A City Dump – the Hamilton Gardens Project

2017 - Waimakariri District Council, Draft Waimakariri Residential Red Zone Recovery Plan

2018 - Waikato Regional Council, Kawe Kōrero

2019 - Auckland Council, Kia Puāwai

2020 - Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Te Arawa Catfish Killas

2021 - Western Bay of Plenty District Council, The Transfer of Panepane Purukau

Applications for the 2022 LGFA Taituarā Local Government Excellence Awards have closed.

    What are the 2022 award categories?

    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 the effective management of local communities;

    • The Datacom Award for Transforming Service Delivery
    • The MartinJenkins Award for Collaborative Government Action
    • The GHD Award for Environmental Leadership
    • The Minister of Local Government Award for Council-Community Relations
    • The Capability Group Award for Organisation and People Development
    • The BECA Award for Excellence in Placemaking
    • Te Tohu Waka Hourua - The Buddle Findlay Award for Māori-Council Partnerships (the Double Canoe)

    2021 LGFA Taituarā Local Government Excellence Awards 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.

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

    This award recognises programmes, projects or initiatives that demonstrate outstanding results through excellent community engagement or community empowerment.

    Winner of the Capability Group Award for Excellence in Organisation and People Development

    This Award recognises approaches that build an exceptional organisational culture or capability through the application of transformational leadership.

    The Buddle Findlay Award for Bicultural Leadership

    This award recognises programmes, projects or initiatives that demonstrate outstanding results from working in partnership with Māori.

    The MartinJenkins Award for Better Policy and Regulation

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

    The Datacom Award for Transforming Service Delivery

    This award is for programmes or projects that result in an exceptional service experience through new delivery models or the redesign of business processes or practices.

    GHD Award for Environmental Leadership

    This award recognises programmes, projects, or initiatives that provide tangible benefits to the environment, or showcase leading practice in managing environmental impacts in the local community.

    The LGFA Supreme Winner

    This award recognizes outstanding achievement across all of the Taituarā 2021 Excellence Awards.

    How to apply

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