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New CouncilMARK™ report drills into Dunedin City Council performance

February 26, 2019

Dunedin City Council is the latest local authority to receive a CouncilMARK™ report from the programme’s Independent Assessment Board (IAB), which has identified an organisation that has overcome legacy financial...

CouncilMARK™ report: New Plymouth facing unique challenges

March 5, 2019

A CouncilMARK™ report issued for New Plymouth District Council says that while the region has experienced relative prosperity and growth, changes to the economy of New Zealand’s ‘energy capital’ may...

CouncilMARK™ report delivers ‘A’ grade to small council doing big things

March 13, 2019

The Independent Assessment Board which oversees CouncilMARK™, the local government excellence programme, has today awarded Hauraki District Council with an A rating, citing stand out performance in governance, strategy and...

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.

Independent Assessors

The Board has recruited a team of Independent Assessors who are experienced in the four priority areas to:

  • Leadership, strategy and governance;
  • Financial decision-making and reporting;
  • Service delivery and asset management; and
  • Communication and engagement.

Assessors have relevant expertise and experience and fulfil the following criteria:

  • Undertake assessment of councils against the process determined by the independent assessment board;
  • Recommend assessment ratings and commentary reports for participating councils to be reviewed and finalised by the IAB;
  • Continue with the refinement of the performance indicators before they are finalised by the IAB; and
  • They are completely independent from Council.

 Click here to view the Independent Assessors.