Three Hawke’s Bay councils win Taituarā Excellence Awards

Hastings District Council has won the Local Government Funding Agency Supreme Award at the Taituarā Excellence Awards for its work on water treatment facility Waiaroha.

It also took out the GHD Award for Excellence in Environmental Leadership, highlighting projects with significant environmental benefits.

Waiaroha – Heretaunga Water Discovery Centre – not only supplies clean and safe drinking water to Hastings but also features a unique educational component.

This innovative approach, combining cutting-edge technology with community engagement, impressed the judges and secured the Supreme Award win.

”Waiaroha is world-first for combining education, community engagement, place-making, and state-of-the-art water management in a single project,” said Taituarā Chief Advisor Raymond Horan.

Central Hawke’s Bay District Council Project Manager, Rebecca England, was recognised with the Sheffield Emerging Leader Award.

The award acknowledges an outstanding young leader who is making a significant difference in their community, and England leadership had demonstrably improved Central Hawke’s Bay, particularly in the wake of Cyclone Gabrielle, Katy Anquetil, Executive Director of Sheffield Wellington said.

”Following Cyclone Gabrielle, she played a pivotal role in the cyclone recovery. Her proactive approach and forward-thinking leadership are an inspiration.”

Napier City Council Community Strategies Manager, Anne Bradbury, was selected for an overseas exchange programme to Queensland.

The AskYourTeam Overseas Manager Exchange provides a local government professional with the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and gain valuable insights from colleagues in Australia.


First published by Hawke’s Bay Today.


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