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Published: 2013-11-20 00:00:00

A large-scale, local government information technology success story involving Waikato Regional Council has won a second top award.

At the Association of Local Government Information Managers conference in Taupo last night, the Integrated Regional Information System (IRIS) picked up the collaboration award.

It followed an earlier national excellence award for “Joined Up Local Government” several weeks ago.

The new collaboration award is shared by six regional councils which have worked together on IRIS to develop and share specialist technical software needed for their core functions.

The collaboration award recognises the complexity and scale of the project and the large number of partners involved, said Waikato Regional Council’s corporate services group manager Junine Stewart.

“It’s very satisfying to have the hard work of the six councils further recognised by the local government sector.

“Around 200 staff from the Northland, Waikato, Taranaki, Horizons, West Coast and Southland regional councils, along with 50 from contractor Datacom, have been involved in what is a complex project. The database alone is made up of hundreds of thousands of resource consents and other records.

“We’ve collectively been able to deliver a system that is on budget, fulfils its brief and provides a high quality way of replacing outdated software.

“Councils working on their own could not have delivered this outcome at an affordable price.”