The Far North District Council has improved its performance but there are several identified areas for improvement. There is willingness at the Council for this to occur. The Far North, which is still suffering in parts from deprivation, needs economic growth and an active Council to support this. There is little room for increased Council income from residents who are often on fixed and low incomes, and Council rates and charges are already high compared to average household incomes. The Council is responsive to its communities and has committed staff whom are open to improvement. With a new Long Term Plan being prepared, it is opportune for the Council to match its resources to its commitment.