Coun­cil flies through au­dit

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After a week-long au­dit by two as­ses­sors, Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay District Coun­cil has again gained In­ter­na­tional Ac­cred­i­ta­tion New Zealand (IANZ) ac­cred­i­ta­tion

The en­tire CHBDC Build­ing Con­trol Author­ity (BCA) team was in­volved through­out the week, work­ing with the as­ses­sors, in­clud­ing tak­ing the as­ses­sors out to build­ing in­spec­tions. The as­ses­sors au­dited pro­ce­dures, sys­tems and how coun­cil im­ple­ments th­ese.

IANZ ac­cred­i­ta­tion of build­ing con­trol pro­cesses within coun­cils in New Zealand was in­tro­duced in 2006 to en­sure that a coun­cil’s build­ing prac­tices met cri­te­ria and stan­dards across a number of reg­u­lated re­quire­ments.

The out­come of an ac­cred­i­ta­tion is de­fined on how many non-com­pli­ances are recorded and what fol­low-up is re­quired by IANZ. The assess­ment un­der­taken this month re­turned a pos­i­tive out­come with no out­stand­ing non-com­pli­ances and no fur­ther ac­tion was re­quired by IANZ.

Build­ing Con­trol Author­ity lead Mur­ray Lougher says this is an out­stand­ing re­sult and made pos­si­ble by the con­tin­u­ing hard work put in by the build­ing team.

“It’s a great ac­knowl­edge­ment of our team’s com­mit­ment and ded­i­ca­tion to achiev­ing pos­i­tive out­comes,” says Mr Lougher.

The as­ses­sors ac­knowl­edged the good prac­tices and per­for­mances of the CHB District Coun­cil.

The BCA’s com­puter sys­tems were seen to be user friendly and gave ready ac­cess to files when re­quired dur­ing assess­ment.

The as­ses­sors also high­lighted the high stan­dard of record keep­ing.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Monique David­son says this is a great out­come for the district.

“This is a re­flec­tion of a high­per­form­ing team, that over the past few two years has worked hard to lis­ten to the needs of the in­dus­try and ratepay­ers, while keep­ing up with a growth in build­ing con­sent ap­pli­ca­tions and in­spec­tions,” says Mrs David­son.

“The growth in CHB is un­prece­dented.

“The BCA has con­sented 80 new and re­lo­cated dwellings in our district this year, at a value of $19m, up from 48 sim­i­lar con­sents in 2017. Our BCA is con­stantly seek­ing to im­prove our ser­vices to our cus­tomers and look for­ward to new changes and growth in 2019.”

The assess­ment un­der­taken this month re­turned a pos­i­tive out­come with no out­stand­ing non-com­pli­ances.

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