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Acting Mayor Neville Atkinson has welcomed today’s release
of the Local Government New Zealand Excellence report, which saw Waimakariri District
Council given an AA rating.
Waimakariri was one of 21 foundation councils admitted to
the programme, and one of just three from the South Island, alongside the
Nelson City and Queenstown-Lakes District Councils.
The AA rating Waimakariri achieved was the highest of any in
“It’s a very pleasing result, recognition for the whole
District,” Mr Atkinson said.
“The elected representatives and Council staff work very
hard to serve the Waimakariri community to the best of their collective
ability, and I think that is acknowledged in the LGNZ Excellence report.”
Mr Atkinson says the assessment provided further positive
reinforcement of Council performance.
It followed on from the recent acknowledgement of the
excellence of Council’s customer service delivery.
Last month, Waimakariri was awarded the runner-up position
among 73 councils nationwide at the annual ALGIM nationwide Customer Service
and Information Management Awards in Dunedin.
Community feedback on overall performance has also been
positive, Mr Atkinson noted, with council receiving an 89% satisfaction rate
for the quality of the service provided in its recent customer satisfaction
survey, released earlier in the year.
“Council values include endeavouring to ‘do better every
day, to take responsibility, and to work with you [Waimakariri residents], and
“These external acknowledgements are a good indicator that
we are living up to that promise,” Mr Atkinson said.
Even so, Mr Atkinson said council would continue to strive
for improved performance.
“There is always room for improvement. We are all aware of
it, and we will continue to aspire to drive our performance standards even
higher,” he said.
“Organisations are often at their most vulnerable when
things are going well. As gratifying as the recent positive feedback has been,
we won’t be getting comfortable.”
The only Canterbury authority to participate in the Excellence
programme, Council’s work in the post-earthquake period was specifically
acknowledged in the report overview.
LGNZ noted the leadership and vision Council had shown for
the recovery of the district following the 2010 and 2011 Canterbury
Recovery was achieved, it said, through careful financial
management and re-investment in critical infrastructure.
LGNZ also acknowledged Council had recognised the need to shift
its focus to the future in order to tackle the key issues facing the district.
Councils are being assessed every three years as part of the
Excellence programme and are being given a standard from AAA to C.
Once they receive their initial rating, Councils are
encouraged to discuss results with communities and use the assessments to plan
LGNZ has set up the independent assessment system to give
communities a clear and independent picture of how well their Council is
performing in serving the community.
“It provides for communities a thorough and trusted standard
for council performance. They will now
know that their Council meets an A, B, or C standard,” LGNZ’s Chief Executive
Malcom Alexander said.
“For Councils this will help them improve to deliver top
value for communities. They will now
know how they perform in dozens of services, and where the community wants
21 Councils involved in the programme are:
Available download:Waimakariri District Council Independent Assessment Report (pdf, 1019.5 KB)