Plan cri­tique

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

The au­dit­ing of Porirua City Coun­cil’s 10-year plan has shown up a num­ber of ‘‘could do bet­ter’’ is­sues but the coun­cil’s chief ac­coun­tant says criticism should be taken as pos­i­tive.

In­de­pen­dent au­dits of coun­cil plans is es­sen­tial to en­sure they are com­ply­ing with leg­isla­tive and fi­nan­cial re­port­ing stan­dards. Al­though Ernst & Young signed off on the coun­cil’s long-term plan in June, they pre­pared a let­ter for the coun­cil’s au­dit and risk sub­com­mit­tee ear­lier this month, out­lin­ing observations and ar­eas for im­prove­ment. Dur­ing the re­view, the au­di­tors noted: Some fore­cast reval­u­a­tions, de­vel­op­ment con­tri­bu­tions, in­ter­est rev­enue and cash sur­pluses were recorded in­cor­rectly or not recog­nised. The im­pact of this meant the ‘‘big pic­ture’’ was un­able to be seen clearly

The ‘At a Glance’ sec­tion had a ‘‘tell’’ rather than ‘‘con­sult/dis­cuss’’ for­mat

The po­ten­tial im­pacts of the risk-based ap­proach the coun­cil has re­gard­ing wa­ter and road­ing in­fra­struc­ture should have been clearer

A coun­cil re­port noted that key staff re­signed in the months lead­ing up to the LTP be­ing pre­pared, and some of the bud­get­ing soft­ware had ‘‘lim­i­ta­tions’’.

Car­toon cre­ation: Matthew Cot­tle, 6, put a foam mat­tress to good use in mak­ing his Spongebob Squarepants cos­tume for Tawa School’s dress as a book char­ac­ter day.

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