Coun­cil re­ceives BB rat­ing

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Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay District Coun­cil has re­ceived a BB rat­ing from in­de­pen­dent as­ses­sors as part of a lo­cal govern­ment ex­cel­lence pro­gramme, re­flect­ing the new lead­er­ship in place is en­abling the coun­cil to be­come re­spon­sive to cur­rent and emerg­ing com­mu­nity needs.

The coun­cil re­ceived the BB rat­ing af­ter com­plet­ing its in­au­gu­ral as­sess­ment as part of the Coun­cilMARK™ lo­cal govern­ment ex­cel­lence pro­gramme.

The re­sult gives CHB District Coun­cil in­de­pen­dent ex­ter­nal con­fi­dence that the work started is on the right track, based on best prac­tice in the sec­tor, says CHB mayor Alex Walker.

The pro­gramme, de­signed by Lo­cal Govern­ment New Zealand, gives coun­cils and com­mu­ni­ties an in­de­pen­dent view on how their coun­cil is car­ry­ing out their role.

Mayor Walker said the grad­ing put Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay District Coun­cil on an even par with a num­ber of its peers in­clud­ing Ruapehu, Master­ton, Up­per Hutt and Whakatane District Coun­cil’s and re­flects the sig­nif­i­cant work taken place to build trust through ef­fec­tive com­mu­nity en­gage­ment, com­mu­ni­ca­tion and trans­parency.

The in­de­pen­dent as­ses­sors made note of coun­cil’s rep­u­ta­tion be­ing rein­vig­o­rated un­der the lead­er­ship of the mayor, coun­cil and chief ex­ec­u­tive which is lead­ing a clear sense of pur­pose and di­rec­tion with strong com­mu­nity sup­port as a re­sult of com­mu­nity en­gage­ment de­scribed as a “best in class” ap­proach.

Mayor Walker says her elected mem­bers had big as­pi­ra­tions for how CHB District Coun­cil should be de­liv­er­ing value for the com­mu­nity and their ap­proach has been brave, pa­tient and fu­ture-fo­cused.

“We have been care­fully putting the build­ing blocks in place for two years now and I am in­cred­i­bly proud of where we have got to. But this is still just the be­gin­ning and we have many chal­lenges yet to work through. The Coun­cilMARK™ as­sess­ment gives us, and our com­mu­nity an in­cred­i­ble con­fi­dence boost to con­tinue to move for­ward with surety,” she says.

The as­ses­sors also noted that while strong in­clu­sive lead­er­ship to lead the trans­for­ma­tional pro­gramme ex­ists, the coun­cil’s de­liv­ery of core in­fra­struc­ture ser­vices to meet com­mu­nity ex­pec­ta­tions of per­for­mance has been com­pro­mised by in­ad­e­quate in­vest­ment in the past, and coura­geous lead­er­ship will be re­quired to se­cure fund­ing and to main­tain com­mu­nity sup­port for in­fra­struc­ture up­grades.

“Tak­ing part in the pro­gramme has given us an in­de­pen­dent view on our strengths and weak­nesses and it is in­cred­i­bly heart­en­ing that the as­ses­sors, and a num­ber of our key stake­hold­ers, be­lieve we are not just do­ing what we need to, but we are do­ing it well,” says chief ex­ec­u­tive Monique David­son.

Mrs David­son also said the re­port was a re­flec­tion on the work of the whole team and re­in­forced the coun­cil’s com­mit­ment to lift­ing its per­for­mance where it could to ben­e­fit its com­mu­ni­ties.

“Of course like with any­thing, there is al­ways room for im­prove­ment and we will be look­ing at the rec­om­men­da­tions to de­velop an ac­tion plan in those ar­eas we are not al­ready ad­dress­ing, to help take our per­for­mance to the next level,” she said.

■ The full re­port is avail­able on the Lo­cal Govern­ment New Zealand web­site http:/ /­coun­cil­mark/re­sults/

Rat­ing re­flects “sig­nif­i­cant work” — CHB mayor Alex Walker.

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