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BearingPoint Innovation Awards finalists announced

Published: Wed 29 Sep 2004 11:02 AM
BearingPoint Innovation Awards 2004 finalists announced
Projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, a text message information service for Auckland train commuters, and a programme to increase the Maori Mental Health workforce are just some of the finalists in this year’s BearingPoint Innovation Awards.
The annual awards aim to recognise and promote world-class innovation and organisational management in the public sector. They are jointly sponsored by BearingPoint and the Institute of Public Administration New Zealand (IPANZ).
The finalists in six categories were announced at a function in Wellington tonight. They are:
Public Service
Ministry for the Environment Projects to Reduce Emissions (PRE) Programme Ministry of Education Assessment Tools for Teaching and Learning (asTTle) Ministry of Social Development – Office of Disability Issues New Zealand Sign Language Videos Ministry of Education Te Mana
Local Government
Environment Waikato Biosecurity Information System Auckland Regional Council Text Updates for Service Delays
State Sector
Housing New Zealand Corporation/Counties Manukau District Health Board The Healthy Housing Programme Asure NZ Ltd Pi³ MasterCube Massey University/Ministry of Health Te Rau Puawai: Workforce 100 Creative New Zealand/Ministry of Research, Science and Technology (MoRST) Smash Palace
Innovation in Services to Maori
Massey University/Ministry of Health Te Rau Puawai: Workforce 100 Ministry of Education Te Mana
Innovation in Technology
Department of Conservation Development of New Trap Technology Ministry of Education Assessment Tools for Teaching and Learning (asTTle) Asure NZ Ltd Pi³ MasterCube Auckland Regional Council Text Updates for Service Delays
Management of Innovation
Asure NZ Ltd Pi³ MasterCube
With only one Management of Innovation finalist chosen, Asure NZ Ltd is this year’s category winner for its Pi³ MasterCube. The other award winners will be announced on 11 October.
BearingPoint Managing Director Keith Robbins says BearingPoint and IPANZ initiated the awards six years ago specifically to highlight and recognise the high level of creativity in the public sector.
“As a business consulting and systems integration company, we serve public sector organisations around the world and we often find the distinct challenges faced by the sector give rise to unique and innovation solutions.
“The quality of the finalists continues to exceed expectations and on behalf of BearingPoint, IPANZ and our other sponsors, I’d like to congratulate this year’s finalists on their achievements.”
IPANZ President, Christine Goodman says recognising public sector innovation helps to ensure the sector remains as forward-thinking and open to new ideas as the rest of the economy.
“The awards not only celebrate innovation, but also help to share and promote new ideas and to dispel some of the outdated images of the public sector as less likely to be leading the game.
“There are some fantastic things happening out there, and we want to both recognise and increase awareness of them. That awareness in turn helps to increase trust and confidence in the public sector, and enhances our ability to recruit as people know they are coming into an environment where fresh ideas and innovation are not only welcomed but embraced.”
The winners of the BearingPoint Innovation Awards 2004 will be announced at a ceremony in Wellington on 11 October. As well as six category winners, a Supreme Award winner will also be chosen.
Finalists
Public Service
Sponsored by the State Services Commission
Ministry for the Environment
Projects to Reduce Emissions (PRE) Programme
The Projects to Reduce Emissions Programme is a key part of the Government’s policy package to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and participate in international efforts under the Kyoto Protocol to reduce climate change. The projects include specific activities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the Kyoto Protocol’s first commitment period (2008 – 2012) in return for an incentive of Kyoto Protocol Emission Units. These units will be internationally tradeable when the Protocol comes into force. For an initiative to qualify as a Project it must achieve quantifiable reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. In 2003, PRE provided the incentive to achieve 4 million tonnes of greenhouse gas abatement that would not otherwise have occurred, indirectly providing one billion dollars of additional investment by companies at no direct financial cost to the Crown. Projects successful in the first tender round include the Palmerston North Awapuni Landfill Project; the Esk Hydro Power Project in Hawkes Bay and New Zealand Windfarms Project in Manawatu.
Contact person: Martin Harvey 04 916 7614
Ministry of Education
Assessment Tools for Teaching and Learning (asTTle)
asTTle is a leading edge CD-Rom tool that enables teachers to create and analyse literacy and numeracy tests. It is the first bilingual assessment tool to be developed in New Zealand. It allows precise interpretations of individual student achievement rather than a score, providing specific feedback for teachers and students, and access to resources for next steps in learning. It enables teachers to monitor student progress and compare results with similar schools and nationwide data. Since its launch in 2001, over 95% of primary schools and 115 secondary schools have requested access to it and it has generated a high level of interest from overseas education providers. The latest version will be released early next year and development is underway to make it a web-based tool.
Contact person: Elizabeth Eppel 04 463 8109
Ministry of Social Development – Office of Disability Issues
New Zealand Sign Language Videos
These are New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) video clips that can be viewed on www.odi.govt.nz. The videos are aimed at making information more widely and easily available to the 7000 people who use NZSL as their first or preferred language. This initiative has enabled greater participation by deaf people in democratic processes. No other government agency has made information on their websites available in sign language and there are only a small number of examples elsewhere in the world, mainly on non-government organisations’ websites. Feedback has been positive and deaf people have been impressed both with the information being made accessible to them and the quality of the signed video clips. Subjects covered in the video clips include the NZSL Bill; how to make a submission to a select committee; Office for Disability Issues; and the NZ Disability Strategy.
Contact person: Don Gray 04 916 3743
Ministry of Education
Te Mana
Te Mana is a Ministry of Education information programme aimed at changing attitudes towards Maori achievement in education. Its key message is Te Mana – ki te taumata – get there with learning, and it is aimed at rangitahi (Maori youth), their teachers and whanau (parents and caregivers). The programme was developed in response to one of the Ministry’s key strategic goals – to turn around the low level of Maori achievement and participation in education – and includes a national television advertising programme, resources and workshops, and 22 pouwhakatahi (Maori Liaison Officers) who work directly with Maori. The programme is having an impact, with research showing 61% of rangitahi and 45% of whanau interviewed had taken action as a result of Te Mana.
Contact person: Howard Fancy 04 463 8003
Local Government
Sponsored by Kensington Swan
Environment Waikato
Biosecurity Information System
This innovation has resulted in integration of a number of GIS, animal and plant databases to enable a more effective Biosecurity Information System. The new system is modelled on a system developed by Environment Bay of Plenty and replaces many small, isolated databases of inaccurate, incomplete and outdated data and maps. External contractors have found it a very useful resource for pest information that they can easily access and utilise in their daily work. It is a cost-effective, replicable solution that could be of value to other regional councils.
Contact person: John Simmons 07 859 0872
Auckland Regional Council
Text Updates for Service Delays
This is a unique and innovative service that allows Auckland’s suburban train operator to communicate directly with train commuters when services are delayed. The advisory system uses the mobile phone network for text messaging and has already proved popular with commuters. The programme is the first of its kind in New Zealand to provide real time passenger information and has applicability for uptake by other regional councils. It costs commuters just 20 cents to join and messages are free. It covers all services on all lines and helps to ease frustrations and minimise disruption to commuters, filling a significant customer service gap while regional rail upgrades are implemented.
Contact person: Elena Trout 09 373 9963
State Sector
Sponsored by Momentum
Housing New Zealand Corporation/Counties Manukau District Health Board
The Healthy Housing Programme
This joint initiative is unlike any other health and housing model operating internationally, and has resulted in demonstrable health improvements in target Housing New Zealand Corporation tenants. It was originally designed to reduce the risk of infectious diseases, particularly meningococcal disease, but has evolved to reducing over-crowding related diseases and improving the overall health and wellbeing of participating families. The programme involves a range of tailored interventions from modifying HNZC houses to facilitating contact between families and relevant health and social support agencies. An independent evaluation of the programme’s first 18 months shows it has succeeded in delivering healthier homes, increased awareness of infectious diseases and improved health status. Following the Counties Manukau success, the programme has also been implemented in the Auckland and Northland District Health Board areas.
Contact person: Chris Mules 09 262 9500
Asure NZ Ltd
Pi³ MasterCube
Asure NZ Ltd is a State Owned Enterprise that provides qualitative assurance products and services to the wider meat and food industry. It works in partnership with clients to achieve control over key food chain processes. The Pi³ MasterCube is a management information visualisation tool that provides a 3-D visual picture of a business to indicate where processes can be improved. A number of companies have picked up the technology for use. Its primary benefit is that it enables both qualitative and quantitative information to be displayed and analysed, leading to greater quality assurance around food safety for consumers.
Contact person: Terry Pierson 027 476 1089
Massey University/Ministry of Health
Te Rau Puawai: Workforce 100
This is a long-term strategic and innovative workforce development programme that has achieved significant results. It was started in 1999 with the aim of contributing 100 Maori graduates to mental health within five years, to accelerate the development of a professional Maori mental health workforce. That aim has been achieved. By 2003, 100 Maori graduates had obtained a qualification and almost all programme participants are now employed within the mental health sector. The programme works through providing bursary support to students as well as mentoring and support, and creating a learning environment based on Maori values. It is the first programme to take this approach to workforce development. It has produced qualified professionals to strengthen Maori Mental Health and foster greater health benefits for Maori.
Contact person: Professor Barrie Macdonald 06 350 5799
Creative New Zealand and Ministry of Research, Science and Technology (MoRST)
Smash Palace
This programme has run since 2001 and aims to facilitate and support innovation and collaboration between the arts, and research, science and technology sectors. It started with international research and local forums, and has culminated in a pilot funding programme supporting three projects involving collaboration between New Zealand artists and scientists. They include a project that explores the future of reading; a project to increase understanding of Motueka River catchment issues and development of software to create an online web-based performance venue in which audience members and performance members interact in real time.
Contact person: Rob Garrett 04 498 0734
Innovation in Services to Maori
Sponsored by Te Puni Kokiri
Massey University/Ministry of Health
Te Rau Puawai: Workforce 100
This is a long-term strategic and innovative workforce development programme that has achieved significant results. It was started in 1999 with the aim of contributing 100 Maori graduates to mental health within five years, to accelerate the development of a professional Maori mental health workforce. That aim has been achieved. By 2003, 100 Maori graduates had obtained a qualification and almost all programme participants are now employed within the mental health sector. The programme works through providing bursary support to students, as well as mentoring and support, and creating a learning environment based on Maori values. It is the first programme to take this approach to workforce development. It has produced qualified professionals to strengthen Maori Mental Health and foster greater health benefits for Maori.
Contact person: Professor Barrie Macdonald 06 350 5799
Ministry of Education
Te Mana
Te Mana is a Ministry of Education information programme aimed at changing attitudes towards Maori achievement in education. Its key message is Te Mana – ki te taumata – get there with learning, and it is aimed at rangitahi (Maori youth), their teachers and whanau (parents and caregivers). The programme was developed in response to one of the Ministry’s key strategic goals – to turn around the low level of Maori achievement and participation in education – and includes a national television advertising programme, resources and workshops, and 22 pouwhakatahi (Maori Liaison Officers) who work directly with Maori. The programme is having an impact, with research showing 61% of rangitahi and 45% of whanau interviewed had taken action as a result of Te Mana.
Contact person: Howard Fancy 04 463 8003
Innovation in Technology
Sponsored by Microsoft
Department of Conservation
Development of New Trap Technology
This is the result of an initiative to develop new trap technology that is both effective and efficient and also meets accepted draft ISO humane standards for animal welfare. New draft ISO humane standards are being developed for animal welfare reasons, which will restrict the use of existing trap technologies in future. DoC led the drive to develop a new tool and spent three years developing testing and producing new technology resulted in three new traps of varying size. This new technology will be used to protect New Zealand’s threatened species from introduced predators. The new traps have proven to be evidentially better than others in the marketplace and more cost-effective to produce.
Contact person: Alan Edmonds 04 471 0726
Ministry of Education
Assessment Tools for Teaching and Learning (asTTle)
asTTle is a leading edge CD-Rom tool that enables teachers to create and analyse literacy and numeracy tests. It is the first bilingual assessment tool to be developed in New Zealand. It allows precise interpretations of individual student achievement rather than a score, providing specific feedback for teachers and students, and access to resources for next steps in learning. It enables teachers to monitor student progress and compare results with similar schools and nationwide data. Since its launch in 2001, over 95% of primary schools and 115 secondary schools have requested access to it and it has generated a high level of interest from overseas education providers. The latest version will be released early next year and development is underway to make it a web-based tool.
Contact person: Elizabeth Eppel 04 463 8109
Asure NZ Ltd
Pi³ MasterCube
Asure NZ Ltd is a State Owned Enterprise that provides qualitative assurance products and services to the wider meat and food industry. It works in partnership with clients to achieve control over key food chain processes. The Pi³ MasterCube is a management information visualisation tool that provides a 3-D visual picture of a business to indicate where processes can be improved. A number of companies have picked up the technology for use. Its primary benefit is that it enables both qualitative and quantitative information to be displayed and analysed, leading to greater quality assurance around food safety for consumers.
Contact person: Terry Pierson 0274 761089
Auckland Regional Council
Text Updates for Service Delays
This is a unique and innovative service that allows Auckland’s suburban train operator to communicate directly with train commuters when services are delayed. The advisory system uses the mobile phone network for text messaging and has already proved popular with commuters. The programme is the first of its kind in New Zealand to provide real time passenger information and has applicability for uptake by other regional councils. It costs commuters just 20 cents to join and messages are free. It covers all services on all lines and helps to ease frustrations and minimise disruption to commuters, filling significant customer service gap while regional rail upgrades are implemented.
Contact person: Elena Trout 09 373 9963
Management of Innovation
Sponsored by Leadership Development Centre
Asure NZ Ltd
Pi³ MasterCube
Asure NZ Ltd is a State Owned Enterprise that provides qualitative assurance products and services to the wider meat and food industry. It works in partnership with clients to achieve control over key food chain processes. The Pi³ MasterCube is a management information visualisation tool that provides a 3-D visual picture of a business to indicate where processes can be improved. A number of companies have picked up the technology for use. Its primary benefit is that it enables both qualitative and quantitative information to be displayed and analysed, leading to greater quality assurance around food safety for consumers.
Who is BearingPoint?
BearingPoint Inc is one of the world’s largest business consulting, systems integration and managed services firms serving Global 2000 companies, medium-sized businesses, government agencies and other organisations.
It provides business and technology strategy, systems design, architecture, applications implementation, network infrastructure, systems integration and managed services.
Its services are designed to help clients generate revenue, reduce costs and access the information necessary to operate their business on a timely basis. Based in Virginia in the United States, BearingPoint has been named by Fortune as one of America’s Most Admired Companies in the computer and data services sector.
BearingPoint has approximately 16,000 staff in 39 countries, who average 12 years of industry-specific experience. They access the latest technology information through approximately 50 alliances with leading software and hardware companies. They know how to build strong working relationships with clients and provide objective guidance and readily share information to empower clients to lead.
These strengths enable BearingPoint teams to:
Apply practical know-how to solve large and small problems
Be productive on the first day of every engagement
Anticipate and resolve client challenges through knowledge of client processes and culture, emerging industry trends and market dynamics
Help clients empower their businesses and become or remain marketplace leaders
For further information, visit www.BearingPoint.com
Introducing the Institute of Public Administration New Zealand (IPANZ)
IPANZ is a voluntary, non-profit organisation committed to promoting the highest professional standards in policy development and public sector management. IPANZ works closely with kindred organisations in New Zealand and overseas.
Membership
IPANZ members range across the central and local government agencies, universities and other academic institutions, and include people in the private sector with an interest in public administration.
In addition to its individual members IPANZ has some 51 corporate members drawn from core government departments, Crown entities, local government, and a number of private sector companies.
Goals and objectives
IPANZ is an independent incorporated society with the following goals:
 To provide leadership and informed debate on public sector issues
 To promote improvement in public policy and public sector management
 To increase public understanding of the work of public servants
 To promote the highest standards of professionalism by its members
 To improve the quality of its service to members
The objectives of IPANZ are:
 To provide opportunities for members to discuss and exchange information on current theories and best practice in public policy and public management
 To support and encourage the education and training of public servants in public policy and management
 To promote the study of the theory and practice of public policy and management
 To provide fora for informed debate on public sector issues of the day
 To promote and foster an ethos of public service excellence
 To recognise outstanding service and contributions to public sector management and policy within New Zealand
 To liaise, form strategic alliances and co-operate with New Zealand and overseas organisations interested in public policy and management
IPANZ achieves its objectives by:
 Publishing Public Sector, a quarterly journal of comment on policy development and current management issues in New Zealand
 Arranging seminars and workshops for debate and sharing information on current and emerging issues that are significant in the way New Zealanders govern themselves
 Providing networking opportunities for new and experienced members of the public administration community
The culture of IPANZ
IPANZ is non-partisan. It treasures its independence. It seeks to identify issues relevant to the public sector and to expose them to systematic analysis and informed debate. It encourages the presentation and testing of contrasting views in a neutral and respectful environment.
IPANZ aims at financial self-sufficiency. It does not seek to accumulate profit, but only to have its activities meet their cost, with sufficient resources to ensure adequate working capital and financial stability.
Organisation
IPANZ is organised around a management committee consisting of the President, Vice-President and members nominated by corporate and individual members. Committee members assigned to various subcommittees and project groups provide practical support. A New Professionals group works for people of all ages who are in the early stages of their public sector careers.
Annual fee (payable April) incl. one copy of each quarterly issue of Public Sector
GST inclusive $94 individual membership
Corporate membership on request $30 student membership
To join
You may post or fax the attached form to IPANZ at the address below,
or email your name, address and telephone number to enquiries@ipanz.org.nz
or join on-line www.ipanz.org.nz/SITE_Default/join.asp
See our website www.ipanz.org.nz

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