Tararua District Council gains local governmentos CouncilMark
Originally launched in 2016 the CouncilMARK programme was designed to improve public knowledge of the work that Council is doing in their communities.
Encouraging a culture of continuous improvement, it assists councils to further engage with their communities on issues that matter locally.
Its vision is to enable Councils and communities to share information and input into decisions that over time will lead to more united plans, actions and achievements.
Councils are assessed and awarded an overall CouncilMark rating depending on their performance in four priority areas:
r Governance, leadership and strategy; r Financial decision making and transparency; r Service delivery and asset management; and
r Communicating and engaging with the public and businesses. Tararua District Council has completed its inaugural assessment as part of the CouncilMARKv local government excellence programme and been given an overall CouncilMARKv rating of BB.
Mayor Tracey Collis said the opportunity to benchmark the council and gain valuable feedback through the CouncilMARK process helps give an insight into the strengths and weaknesses of both governance and management.
pWhile the report highlights a new mayor and half of the councillors as relatively new to their roles, it is pleasing to see us recognised as strong, united and connected to our communities.
pMy ongoing commitment is for my team to work more cohesively with the Chief Executive to develop strategies with measurable outcomes and clear goals.
Chief Executive of Tararua District Council, Blair King, says the assessment recognised how the Tararua Alliance and staff have improved capital delivery and improved asset knowledge.
pThe improvements encouraged relate to getting business plans on-line to help the community influence timing and objectives of council projects. This work links to building a clear roadmap of projects and how we are tracking.