Council scoops prestigious public sector award

Publish Date : 07 Jul 2016
Council scoops prestigious public sector award
From left to right: Sally Grey, Rose McLaughlan, Karl Ferguson, Patricia Read, Jim Quinn, PM John Key, Paul Wilson, Christine Etherington

Auckland Council’s bylaws review programme won the Prime Minister’s Supreme Award at last night’s Institute of Public Administration New Zealand (IPANZ) public sector excellence awards.

The five-year review consolidated 158 often complex and contradictory bylaws of eight former councils into 32 new and improved bylaws for the whole region. The process included extensive consultation across all of Auckland, including hard-to-reach communities.

Conducted by the council’s Community and Social Policy team, the review was described by judges as “a comprehensive, impressive, customer-focused project with outstanding results.”

The review entry also won the IPANZ Excellence in Regulatory Systems Award.

The council’s Chief of Strategy, Jim Quinn, attended the awards on behalf of Chief Executive Stephen Town and said the Supreme Award was great recognition for a superbly executed council programme.

“A dedicated team has produced a wonderful result for all Aucklanders and reduced a complicated web of often confusing bylaws into a single common sense set. It’s a tremendous outcome for all concerned.”

"This project delivered great outcomes for Auckland Council and the people of Auckland," said Councillor Calum Penrose, Chair of the council’s Regulatory and Bylaws Committee. 

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