SOLGM congratulates Greater Wellington Regional, Mackenzie District, Timaru District, Christchurch City and Auckland Councils who were named finalists at the 2012 IPANZ Public Sector Excellence Awards.
"It is encouraging to see local authorities, big or small, being recognised for the positive impact they have on their communities," says Clare Hadley, SOLGM President.
"Many of the things that councils are doing for their communities are left unnoticed by the general public and a national recognition such as these awards, puts the purpose of local government in a positive spotlight."
"Mackenzie and Timaru District Councils are great examples of how rural local authorities can work effectively with a government agency that delivers a tangible benefit to communities."
Mackenzie and Timaru District Councils, alongside Department of Conservation, are finalists in the Working Together category for their Aoraki/Mount Cook Solid Waste Plant Development project.
Greater Wellington Regional Council, a finalist in two categories, commends the amount of dedication, focus and commitment from council staff as well as other external stakeholders.
SOLGM also congratulates Geoff Cooper, Chief Economist at Auckland Council for being a finalist in the New Professional of the Year category.
Geoff has been working in local government for 4 years straight from university. He holds a Masters degree in Economics from University of Auckland.
"I love working in local government. The work is challenging and energizing and you never know what the day is going to throw at you. I enjoy being part of the team that is implementing an ambitious vision for the whole of Auckland," says Geoff. "It is not surprising to see a young professional such as Geoff being recognised in this manner. There are many young bright sparks out there working in councils who are not only qualified, but also dedicated and enthusiastic to make a difference in their communities through the work they do," added Clare Hadley, SOLGM President.
SOLGM is the New Zealand Society of Local Government Managers - a professional management organisation that builds capability among managers and staff.
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