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Performance in spotlight

Published: 23 March 2017

News type: Local news   

Source: North Canterbury News

The Waimakariri District Council's (WDC) performance has come under scrutiny.

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Waimakariri Mayor David Ayers

Two assessors from Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) visited the district as part of LGNZ's local government excellence programme, Mayor David Ayers said.

"Local government excellence is a new process LGNZ has developed to help councils look at self-improvement."

The WDC was the only council in Canterbury and one of 22 nationwide which volunteered to participate in the new programme.

The assessors will review the council's performance in governance and leadership, financial stewardship, community engagement, communications and service delivery.

Chief executive Jim Palmer said it was likely the feedback would be available around the middle of year, once the assessment across the 22 participating councils was completed and it will be made known to the public.

"We elected to be involved and it's really about helping us to improve as an organisation.

The programme will look at what constitutes best practice, which is what we are primarily interested in."

Mr Palmer said the council was entering into a new phase, after spending the last five to six years focused earthquake recovery, rapid development and "supporting our community"

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