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New CouncilMARK™ reports show councils are on track to improve performance

October 31, 2018

The latest reports of local government excellence programme CouncilMARK™ have been released today for Central Hawke’s Bay District Council and Tararua District Council.

CouncilMARK™ Independent Assessment Board releases latest council reports

August 28, 2018

The Independent Assessment Board which oversees the local government excellence programme CouncilMARK™ has released today the reports of council assessments and ratings for Environment Canterbury and Upper Hutt City Council.

Mackenzie District Council receives B CouncilMARK™ rating

May 28, 2018

Communities are being served well by the Mackenzie District Council, a report completed under the local government excellence programme CouncilMARK™ shows.

Independent governance

An independent assessment board

The Independent Assessment Board oversees the CouncilMARK™ programme and its assessment system. It refines and confirms the performance indicators in the system, oversees the independent assessors that undertake the assessments and is responsible for the awarding of assessment ratings and reports to councils.

Click here to view the Independent Assessment Board members.

A robust performance assessment framework

The CouncilMARK™ programme incorporates a set of performance measurement principles, an over-arching performance framework and a set of underlying performance indicators that guide the team of independent assessors.

The four priority areas were derived from public and business feedback from the New Zealand Local Government Survey 2015.

LGNZ worked with Cameron Partners to develop indicators for each priority contained with an overall performance “system” that:

  • enable a current state and gap analysis assessment for councils;
  • provide a grading in each area; and
  • lead to an overall publicly available rating.