Best Practice Awards


An opportunity for your Community Board to showcase a project or initiative and a chance to win the Supreme Best Practice Award.

This year's entries: 

Eketahuna Community Board Eketahuna town upgrade  AWARD FOR ENHANCING COMMUNITIES & SUPREME AWARD
Paraparaumu – Raumati Community Board M2PP expressway project
Banks Peninsula Community Board Lyttelton temporary library
Waikenae Community Board Our future Waikenae beach  AWARD FOR ENGAGING COMMUNITIES
Papanui Innes Community Board Edible Garden Awards – a partnership with the Canterbury Horticultural Society
Omokoroa Community Board Omokoroa skate path
West Harbour Community Board Sycamore Removal – Dunedin's West Harbour  AWARD FOR LEADERSHIP
Banks Peninsula Community Board Little River – Big ideas

Te Hiku Community Board Remembrance Park upgrade
Rangiora-Ashley Community Board Hegan Reserve, Rangiora
Hastings Rural Community Board Recycling Initiative

What are the Awards?

- the Community Boards Executive Committee Best Practice Awards recognise excellence in the implementation of projects and initiatives in local governance

- these awards are offered by the New Zealand Community Board Executive Committee (CBEC)
- prizes will be presented to the winners along with a runner up of each category (see below)
- a supreme winner will be chosen by CBEC from the winners of the individual categories

The objectives of the Awards are

- recognition of significant contributions made by Community Boards to the process of achieving excellence in local governance
- development of the Award's scheme as a learning tool for quality improvements in the functioning of Community Boards
- fostering the exchange of the best practice and innovative ideas.


The Judges will be looking for
- an individual or Community Board whose contribution has enhanced the work or reputation of Community Boards
- examples that show a Community Board which has commissioned (jointly or singly) a project that has made a significant benefit to a part or all their communities' well being - a Community Board that has adopted a facilitation role to address a community problem, i.e. has helped organisations to help themselves

Enhancing Communities (sponsored by BERL)
The Judges will be looking for
- projects or initiatives through which a Community Board has promoted diversity in their communities or contributed to harmonious relationships
- have made a community safer
- have incorporated the views of young people in their decision making or addressed the needs of children and young people in their areas
- a Community Board initiative that has protected or enhanced its community's heritage (this includes all types of heritage e.g. cultural, natural etc.)

Engaging Communities (sponsored by IAP2)
The Judges will be looking for examples
- where Community Boards have employed innovative approaches to consultation and/or where consultation resulted in a better policy or programme outcomes
- Community Boards that have addressed a community concern by partnering with another agency such as its parent Council, another Board or external agency and/or community group
- for projects and initiatives that highlight good relationships between Boards and Maori and/or other ethnic organisations in their communities

Supreme Winner (sponsored by Equip)
In addition, from each of these categories CBEC will select an overall winner, which will reflect the project or initiative that is the most innovative and resulted in the greatest community value. Equip sponsors the supreme award prize which will be a learning solution best suited to the winning team's needs or interests. After discussion with Equip this may take the form of participation in a workshop, webinar or digital module.

How to enter

You can submit as many entries as you wish, however, each entry should relate to a single category only and specifically address the purpose of that category. The judges may transfer entries into a different category if they feel this is appropriate.

Applications can be in the format of your choice (such as a PowerPoint presentation/video/photos, etc)

Electronic submissions will make it easier to share your project information after the Conference.

Each application should include all the relevant information relating to your application.

What information to provide
1. the name of the project
2. the Community Board and parent Council
3. a contact person's name, address, telephone numbers/s, fax number and email address (if available)
4. the category and how the entry meets this category
5. brief description of how the initiative was implemented and what was achieved
6. period during which the initiative was undertaken
7. who was involved in the initiative (including local government agencies, community organisations, businesses, individuals, etc) and how you got them involved
8. brief estimation of the total initiative's cost, how the finance was achieved (eg rates, grants, etc) and any cost savings
9. brief explanation of improvements in service quality and/or other benefits
10. information on lessons learned, including barriers encountered, what you would do differently next time, and how the initiative might be useful to other Community Boards

Send your entry to

Closing date for entries
5.00pm Friday 17 March 2017.  CLOSING DATE EXTENDED TO THURSDAY 13 APRIL

Awards co-ordinator  
Mike Reid

Judging process
All applications will be reviewed by the Conference Judging Panel.

Announcement of the winners
The Awards will be announced and presented at the Conference Dinner on Friday 12 May 2017.

Showcasing best practice
To promote best practice in the functioning of Community Boards and to foster the exchange of best practice and innovation, winning entries will be featured on the Local Government New Zealand website.

By entering the awards you are agreeing to the publication of your entry.

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