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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.

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    Toby Stevenson (Chair)

    Independent assessment board

    Toby Stevenson, Director of Sapere Research Group and independent company director, is the inaugural chair of the Independent Assessment Board to oversee the local government ratings system. 

    Mr Stevenson brings a wealth of experience to the role as both an independent director and an economist with 30 years’ experience in strategic risk management.

    Mr Stevenson has significant experience as an independent consultant and director.  He has provided independent evidence on economic benefits for resource consent applications with a number of local authorities and has given expert evidence in the Environment Court and Employment Relations Authority in New Zealand.  He sat on the Ministerial Review of the Electricity Industry in 2009 that led to 29 changes to the electricity industry being passed in legislation.  Mr Stevenson is also the Chairman of King Country Energy.

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    Albert Brantley

    Independent assessment board member

    Mr Brantley is a former chief executive of Genesis Energy and current chief executive of Ōtākaro Limited, the Crown-owned company tasked with delivering Christchurch’s anchor projects.

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    Debbie Birch

    Independent assessment board member

    Ms Birch has more than 30 years’ experience in global financial markets offshore and in New Zealand and most recently has been GM, Investments with Te Tumu Paeroa. Previously Ms Birch has held senior executive positions in major global banks and also ran her own funds management business in Australia.