International Liveable Communities Awards 2010
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Porirua is a fantastic world class city. Those of us who live here have always known it and now we have proven it on the world stage.
At the 2010 International Liveable Communities Awards (LivCom), Porirua City was recognised with three Gold standard awards - the only one of the 43 city finalists to do so.
Endorsed by the United Nations Environment Programme these are the world's only awards recognising excellence in the sustainable development of cities.
Finalists from some of the world's largest, oldest, newest, richest and poorest communities take part each year in the awards to share knowledge, ideas and support for establishing a global network of communities committed to respecting the environment, actively protecting and enhancing it, actively engaging in the future planning of their communities and living healthy lifestyles.
Our community was singled out by the international panel of judges as a world leader in the way we work together as a community to make good things happen for our people and environment.
Check out our videos below and see for yourself what it is that makes our city so great.
What Porirua Won
At the 2010 LivCom Awards, Porirua City's entry in the Whole of City Award achieved gold standard – the equivalent of excellence.
In its category, based on population size, Porirua placed second behind Chrudim, Czech Republic and ahead of Dubuque, USA. All three achieved gold standard – making this category one of the most competitive at the Finals.
Porirua City topped the Community Participation and Empowerment criteria in the Whole of City section when judged against all other 43 cities entered regardless of population size, including cities such as Norwich (England), Miami Beach (USA) and Wuxi (China).
"Porirua is a truly inclusive community that gives its citizens a sense that they belong in that place, a place where they are comfortable that they have a voice that can easily be heard." Judge Yoritaka Tashiro of Japan.
Hailed as the finest example of a world leading socio economic project, Porirua's Village Planning Programme beat entries from Canada and Germany to win first place and a gold award in the Socio-Economic Section of the Environmentally Sustainable Project Award.
“This programme engages and empowers residents in each sector of the city to develop and implement plans in their own way to reflect the distinct identity of each village. It is a ground-breaking partnership between the city council and the communities it serves." Project Judge Gus Stahlmann (USA).
These two films were part of Porirua City's winning presentation package at the 2010 LivCom Awards in Chicago. They are on YouTube.
Producer: Pamela Meekings-Stewart
Field Director: Cheryl Cameron
Camera/Editor: Matthew Warmington
Narration: Grant Tilly
Whole of City (10 minutes via YouTube)
Villages Planning Programme (4 minutes via YouTube)
LivCom Presentation - Whole of City
These presentations are in Quicktime .mov format and are the formal presentations made to the LivCom Judges. They consist of the powerpoint presentation with voiceover and are under 10 MB each. Speakers are Mayor Nick Leggett; Moira Lawler, General Manager, Strategy and Planning; and David Rolfe, General Manager, Environment and Regulatory Services.
Click on the links below to view and listen to the Whole of City award presentation as it was delivered in Chicago to a judging panel of international experts.
Whole of City
LivCom Presentation - Villages Planning Programme
These presentations are in Quicktime .mov format and are the formal presentations made to the LivCom Judges. They consist of the powerpoint presentation with voiceover and are under 6 MB each. Speakers are Mayor Nick Leggett, and Moira Lawler, General Manager, Strategy and Planning.
Click on the links below to view and listen to the Villages Planning Programme award presentation as it was delivered in Chicago to a judging panel of international experts.
Villages Planning Programme
Whole of City - Category B (average daytime population of between 20,000 – 75,000) This award was judged against six criteria: natural and built landscapes; arts, culture and heritage; environmental best practices; community participation and empowerment; healthy lifestyle and strategic planning.
Whole of City Award Application (1.06MB pdf)
This recognises innovative Projects that demonstrate sustainability and environmental awareness, and have a positive impact on the local community and environment. We entered our Porirua Village Planning Programme.
Environmentally Sustainable Project Awards (705KB pdf)
For more information about the Liveable Communities Awards, please contact:
Porirua City Council
PO Box 50-218
Phone 64 4 237 5089