News & Media

Below you will find media releases and news about the CouncilMARK™ local government excellence programme.

For programme enquiries please contact: 

Angela Rego
Programme Manager
04 924 1200

For media enquiries please contact:

Helen Mexted
Deputy Chief Executive Advocacy
029 924 1221



CouncilMARK™ Independent Assessment Board releases first council reports

The Independent Assessment Board which oversees the new local government excellence programme CouncilMARK™ has today released the first set of council assessments and grades. 

July 13, 2017

Local government assessments to show and grow council value released

Local Government New Zealand congratulates the first councils to have been assessed through the local government excellence programme, CouncilMARK™. 

July 13, 2017

New board members bring top skills to Local Government Excellence Programme

Local Government New Zealand is pleased to confirm the addition of two further high calibre members to the board overseeing its new programme designed to lift and demonstrate council performance.

April 17, 2017

Programme to show and grow council performance kicks off

A new programme aimed at lifting and demonstrating the value of local government kicked off this week, with the first council undergoing independent assessment.

April 17, 2017

New chair for Local Government Excellence Programme board

Local Government New Zealand is delighted to announce the appointment of Toby Stevenson, Director of Sapere Research Group and independent company director, as the inaugural chair of the Independent Assessment...

April 17, 2017

Twenty one councils set to lead local government standards system

Strong support for the new local government standards system shows a desire within the sector to raise performance and deliver better outcomes for communities, Local Government New Zealand President Lawrence...

April 17, 2017

New standard announced for council performance

Local Government New Zealand has today issued details of a new independent standards system that measures the performance of local authorities.

April 17, 2017

LGNZ signals new programme to demonstrate and support council performance excellence

Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) has today signalled a new Local Government Excellence Programme, designed to improve the public’s knowledge of the work councils are doing in their communities and...

April 17, 2017

Release on the New Zealand Local Government Survey

Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) and its membership councils are embarking on a significant programme of work to deliver improved performance and heighten the value that is delivered to communities...

April 17, 2017