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Working for our award winning District

This page contains information about several staff members who have won professional awards recently.
Updated: 9/05/2018 12:00 a.m.

​With award winning cemeteries, parks, planning for vibrant cities and Papakāinga developments through to top notch information management - Council is leading the way, nationally.

"Staff have won a swathe of professional awards recently and all of them are good news for the District," says Council Chief Executive Rob Forlong.

“I am very proud of the staff from across the organisation. These results are recognition by experts in their respective fields. They represent the pride these staff (as well as the rest of the organisation) have in doing their absolute best for the District.”

The first of the awards was to Council's Group Manager Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer, Alan Adcock, who has been named as number 30 in the CIO100, the annual report by CIO which recognises the most transformative technology and digital leaders in New Zealand. Alan was cited for his leadership of the Council's Trilogy programme which has been transforming Council into a 'digital council' via huge changes to its information management systems. The CIO100 leaders were chosen by a panel of judges based on how they are delivering change across their organisations while excelling in business transformation, innovation and leadership.

Two of the awards were from the New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI) and two were international Green Flag Awards. One each came from the Society of Local Government Managers (SOLGM) and the Cemeteries and Crematoria Collective of New Zealand.

“Our planning team worked with Kaipara and Far North District Councils plus Northland Regional Council with Barker and Associates to develop the Te Tai Tokerau Papakāinga toolkit. Aside from working as a team to put together a toolkit that will help unlock under-utilised multiply owned Maori land - the team took out the NZPI Best Practice Award Non-Statutory Planning.

Our strategic planners received a highly commended NZPI Best Practice Award - Strategic Planning and Guidance, for an innovative Whangarei City Centre Plan that sets a strategic vision for developing the city centre over the next 30 years. This plan promotes new approaches like tactical urbanism to get Council, the community, business owners, land owners and developers thinking along the same lively lines when it comes to the central city.

Our Council Information Services Trilogy Programme Team was the co-recipient of the 2018 Local Government Funding Organisation (LGFA) Award for Transforming Service Delivery for the Trilogy project, which has transformed the way Council uses information systems to run all its services and behind-the-scenes systems for Council’s operations and customers.

Whangarei’s Maunu Cemetery has just received international Green Flag Accreditation, making it one of only two cemeteries in New Zealand to reach this international standard (the other is Waikumete Cemetery in Auckland). The team at the cemetery made reaching the standard for accreditation a major goal for the last year and plan to implement recommendations made by Green Flag to make the cemetery even better.

Council’s huge Parihaka Reserve, including its walking tracks, summit look out and memorial, Mair Park, A H Reed Memorial Park and Otuihau (Whangarei Falls), has received its fourth Green Flag award. 

“The award is a real credit to Council staff and contractors who work so conscientiously behind the scenes to make the most of our beautiful natural environment," said Parks Manager, Sue Hodge.

"It is also kudos to the people of this District who value these assets and support the work we do.” 

Two awards for excellence have also been received by individual staff devoting their talents to benefit Whangarei District.

Senior Cemetery Operator, Hayden Parr, received an individual excellence award from the Cemeteries and Crematoria Collective of New Zealand, in recognition of his leadership, putting Maunu Cemetery up for a Green Flag award and coordinating his team to achieve all the behind the scenes and system work required to succeed.



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