South Taranaki District Council has a strong internal culture that is positively reflected amongst staff and in its interactions with its community and stakeholders. The Council is largely responsive to community needs and is performing competently in most assessment areas. Major infrastructure works in recent years provide a sound footing for the future. The Council has a self-described conservative approach to risk. With strong commitment, a sound financial setting, requisite operating expertise, continuous improvement and community engagement, the Council is well-placed to further increase its effectiveness.