Council Mark report Nov 2017

Excerpt page 5: (see also page 9 for Financial assessment)

Strengths:

Council is well-led by a highly-regarded Mayor, capable Chief Executive and competent senior leadership group.
The Council has a genuine commitment to working with Māori/Iwi, and to make decisions of benefit to all stakeholders.
Core infrastructure is in good condition and is well managed by a competent team.
Communications and engagement with external stakeholders is both strong and multi-faceted.
Council’s financial strategy and management deliberately balance debt, investment and the propensity and capacity of residential ratepayers.
The Chief Executive and senior leadership group ensure that Councillors are well informed of their obligations.

Areas of Improvement:

Council Mark report Nov 2017

[note this is before the Cultural Centre, CAB and traffic lights projects]

One of our main concerns is the financial literacy of councillors.

Summary

Page 5: (see also page 9 for Financial assessment)

Strengths:

Council is well-led by a highly-regarded Mayor, capable Chief Executive and competent senior leadership group.
The Council has a genuine commitment to working with Māori/Iwi, and to make decisions of benefit to all stakeholders.
Core infrastructure is in good condition and is well managed by a competent team.
Communications and engagement with external stakeholders is both strong and multi-faceted.
Council’s financial strategy and management deliberately balance debt, investment and the propensity and capacity of residential ratepayers.
The Chief Executive and senior leadership group ensure that Councillors are well informed of their obligations.

Areas of Improvement:
The lack of a singular vision is emerging as a constraint to longer-term planning and economic development.
Councillors would benefit from a greater focus on professional development and performance evaluation.
Councillors would benefit from enhanced financial literacy.
The Council should revisit its assumptions on the long-term capacity of district growth and the capacity to absorb rate increases
Council would benefit from more complete understanding of the true value and life of underground assets, to inform decision-making.

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