Tararua Dis­trict Coun­cil gains lo­cal gov­ern­men­tos Coun­cilMark

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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.

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