Local government excellence programme

CouncilMARK™ is a measure for better community value and is New Zealand’s local government excellence programme

The CouncilMARK™ programme is designed to improve the public's knowledge of the work councils are doing in their communities and to support individual councils further improve the service and value they provide. The programme incorporates an independent assessment system that assesses how councils are performing and the work they're undertaking to grow the value they deliver.  Councils receive an overall performance rating from an Independent Assessment Board and commentary on their performance. 

Four Programme Priorities

The programme encourages a culture of continuous improvement and assists councils to further engage with their communities on the issues that matter locally.

To view the CouncilMARK™ website click here.

Council groups

Councils are grouped according to their population size and type.  Unitary councils are grouped with the three territorial authority groups. This information helps the reader of the report understand the council’s context and setting.  Councils in bold have opted into the programme.

2019 CouncilMARK councils

Percentage of population based on 2015 estimated data from Statistics New Zealand.


Date updated: 21 March 2019