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Local Govt excellence awards: Hastings District Council ‘overwhelmed’ with national wins

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Hastings District Council has scored its first – and second – wins at the Local Government Excellence Awards, with two of its three nominated projects topping their categories and the other receiving highly commended.

The Hastings Place-Based Housing Plan won the Kāinga Ora Homes and Communities Excellence award for Social Wellbeing and Toitoi Hawke’s Bay Arts and Events Centre won the Creative New Zealand Excellence Award for Cultural Wellbeing.

The Mahi for Youth programme was also highly commended in the Kāinga Ora Homes and Communities Excellence award for Social Wellbeing.

The council has been a finalist in previous awards, but had never before.

Hastings mayor Sandra Hazlehurst said she felt “incredibly proud and humbled” to accept the awards.

“To be recognised on the national stage of local government is something I will never forget.”

 

First published by Hawke’s Bay Today. Click here to read the full article.