July 18, 2021
Partnership with iwi brings awards for Hastings council
A Hastings District Council scheme to tackle the district’s housing needs has won the award for social well being in this year’s Local Government New Zealand Excellence Awards.
The Hastings Place-Based Plan includes not only building new affordable houses and papakāinga but also addressing homelessness and conducting repairs on existing Māori-owned homes to make them healthier and more liveable.
Its Mahi for Youth programme was highly commended in the same category, and its Toitoi Hawke’s Bay Arts and Events Centre won the award for cultural well being.
Mayor Sandra Hazlehurst says it’s a strong endorsement of the council’s partnership approach – working with central Government, non-government organisations, iwi, and the commercial sector to achieve measurable results.
Other awards went to Ōpōtiki District Council, which won the economic development and the overall Local Excellence Award for its harbour transformation project, Hamilton City Council’s new rubbish and recycling service, and Auckland Council for its COVID-19 response.
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