The LGNZ EXCELLENCE Awards recognise and celebrate excellent performance by councils in promoting and growing the well-being of their communities.

The Awards are judged on a combination of general and specific criteria, incorporating best practice and components from the CouncilMARK™ excellence programme's four priority areas.

Award categories

The categories for 2021 are as below:

  • Creative New Zealand EXCELLENCE Award for Cultural Well-being;
  • MartinJenkins EXCELLENCE Award for Economic Well-being;
  • Air New Zealand EXCELLENCE Award for Environmental Well-being; and
  • Kāinga Ora Homes and Communities EXCELLENCE Award for Social Well-being

In addition, one or more individuals will be awarded the Te Tari Taiwhenua Internal Affairs EXCELLENCE Award for Outstanding Contribution to Local Government, and Fulton Hogan will also select the Local EXCELLENCE Award from among the finalists.

Awards timeline

EXCELLENCE Awards LaunchedFebruary 2021
Entrants complete Expression of Interest formDue 19 March 2021
LGNZ to compile EOI forms for assessment22 - 26 March 2021
Judges select shortlist31 March 2021
LGNZ to notify shortlist1 April 2021
Shortlist complete full applicationDue 30 April 2021
LGNZ to compile applications for assessment3 - 7 May 2021
Judges select award recipients and Sponsor selects overall category recipient11 May 2021
Conference dinner and EXCELLENCE Awards recipients announcedFriday 16 July 2021
LGNZ Awards evening 1