12 April 2019
Te Aka Mauri has been highly commended by the judges at last night’s SOLGM Local Government Excellence Awards.
A collaboration between Rotorua Lakes Council and Lakes District Health Board, Te Aka Mauri – which is home to the Rotorua Library and the DHB’s Children’s Health Hub – celebrated its first birthday in February.
Last night’s commendation is the second time it has received national recognition.
In July 2018 Te Aka Mauri received the LGNZ excellence award for Service Delivery and Asset Management.
The 2019 BERL Award for Collaborative Government Action focusses on community benefits achieved through Council working with other local or central government agencies.
Rotorua Mayor Steve Chadwick says the results speak for themselves.
“This recognition and the previous award confirm what we already know. This is an enduring partnership that will continue to deliver benefits to the community around wellbeing and learning.
“Te Aka Mauri is not only being showcased nationally but globally as well. The IUHPE World Health Conference, the largest of its kind, is in town this week and a visit to Te Aka Mauri is on the agenda. They can see the innovation that the rest of the country is beginning to discover.”
The Te Aka Mauri project came about when Council was looking to upgrade its Haupapa Street building including repairs and earthquake strengthening. At the same time the DHB wanted to establish a central, accessible centre for outpatient child health and family services, away from the hospital environment. One aim was to increase attendance at these services.
“This is such a positive example of what can happen when Councils and Government agencies work together in partnership,” says Mayor Chadwick.
“We can all be very proud of this wonderful facility which caters to everyone in our community.”
Rotorua Library Director Jane Gilbert and Children’s Health Hub Manager Bridget Wilson were at the gala to accept the commendation on behalf of both organisations.
Click here to see the Te Aka Mauri update presentation made to the Rotorua Lakes Council’s Operations and Monitoring Committee on 7 March 2019
What the judges said:
Te Aka Mauri is one of several great examples of the joined-up locally led solutions to local and national challenges that the Government is looking to promote. The entry has a number of practical examples where the delivery of a public health programme has been joined with what’s going on in the library. It’s also a shining example of turning a set of challenges into an opportunity, and then into a facility and combined service with great outcomes.
Photo: Rotorua Mayor Chadwick with Chidren's Health Hub Manager Bridget Wilson and Rotorua Library Director Jane Gilbert
SOLGM Media release
Te Aka Mauri highly commended for collaborative project
Rotorua’s Te Aka Mauri Library and Children’s Health Hub project has been highly commended by judges at a Gala Dinner in Auckland.
At the Dinner, held by the Society of Local Government Managers (SOLGM), six exceptional and innovative project winners were announced, including a Supreme Award winner, as part of the 2019 McGredy Winder SOLGM Local Government Excellence Awards®..
Te Aka Mauri was recognised in the BERL Award for Collaborative Government Action category. The project brings together the library and children’s health services under the same roof, having been delivered by Rotorua Lakes Council and the Lakes DHB.
The project has attracted global interest from librarians and from health administrators both for the co-location of the services, and the innovative collaboration between the two.
The judges praised Te Aka Mauri as a great example of a joined up local-led solution to a local and national challenge that the Government is looking to promote.
“Te Aka Mauri has a number of practical examples where the delivery of a public health programme has joined up with what’s going on in the library, said SOLGM’s Chief Advisor, Raymond Horan.
“It’s also a shining example of how a set of challenges can be turned into an opportunity, and then into a facility and combined service with great outcomes.”
SOLGM’s Chief Executive, Karen Thomas said that the Gala Dinner is an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the amazing work of public servants in the local government sector.
“This is our 5th Gala Dinner and it’s a very special event for the local government sector.
“We recognise the outstanding contribution and commitment to communities, and also celebrate the inspiring projects and people that contribute to our sector.
“Our thanks to the BERL for their support.”
Also announced on the evening were the six category winners of the McGredy Winder SOLGM Local Government Excellence Awards®, a including a Supreme Winner, the Brookfields Emerging Leader of the Year Award, several Overseas Manager Exchanges, and a leadership scholarship.
For further information and photos, please contact Ann Thomson, firstname.lastname@example.org, 027 294 3852. A full media kit is available on the SOLGM website at www.solgm.org.nz