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02/12/2020 12:18pm
Electrifying HIKO HAURAKI have done it again

First they won the New Zealand round, then it was time to take on Australia!

It was a David vs Goliath battle as Hiko Hauraki, representing the smallest council in the competition, took on the might of the Australian councils, in the final of the 25th SOLGM (Society of Local Government Managers) Australasian Management Challenge, but team Hiko Hauraki proved that small can be mighty.

Chief Executive, Langley Cavers announced this morning that Hiko Hauraki took out the top spot in the challenge and he couldn't be prouder.

"HDC has a reputation for punching above its weight, and this special team has once again shown what can be achieved with hard work and commitment to the end goal", he said.

SOLGM's role

SOLGM's goal is to help promote innovation and excellence in local government management enabling local government to better serve their local communities.

"It's only the fifth time we've entered the SOLGM Management Challenge so to take out the Australasian title is outstanding. Each time we participate, the increased confidence, practical skills and professional development of the team improves how we deliver our services. It's a win-win for us and our communities", said Langley.

Congratulations Hiko Hauraki!

After a whole year of training and practice, team leader Chris Zampeze (IT) said the secret to their success was knowing that each team member was capable of handling any of the tasks.

"When we first started out, we worked to our strengths, but after such intensive training and bonding as a team, I knew I could delegate any task to any person and it would be done well. So it comes down to training, commitment to the process and trust in your team members", said Chris.

"It was an awesome feeling to take on the Ozzies and win", he added.


Chief Executive Langley Cavers proudly watches on as team leader Chris Zampese  and the team is presented with the winning trophy from Karen Thomas, Chief Executive of SOLGM New Zealand. Karen has been Chief Executive since September 2011 and has responsibility for fulfilling SOLGM's vision to promote and support professional excellence in local government. 

Hiko Hauraki Win 3

 Hiko Hauraki Trophy