We aim to be the best, and we want you to have confidence in the way we work and our performance. We're regularly audited and certified. Find out more about some of our certifications.
Our council’s performance was comprehensively and independently assessed in March 2017 as part of the CouncilMARK™ local government excellence programme, resulting in an A rating.
Developed by Local Government New Zealand, CouncilMARK™ gives communities a clear picture of how their councils are performing, including where they are excelling and areas for improvement.
Participating councils are assessed across the areas of leadership, financial decision making, service delivery and community engagement every three years, and given a standard from AAA to C.
In December 2017, we became the first regional council in New Zealand to attain Certified Emissions Measurement and Reduction Scheme (“CEMARS”) certification for our carbon emissions management and reduction scheme in relation to our corporate activities.
To maintain CEMARS certification, we've set a target to reduce emissions intensity by 2 per cent per year from the base year of 2016-2017.
The most recent results:
• 2017/2018: 1419 tonnes of CO2 emissions (tCO2e)
• 2016/2017: 1672 tCO2e (our base year)
This means we managed to achieve a 15 per cent reduction in 2017/2018, compared to 2016/2017. A seemingly great result, but please note that the majority of that reduction can be attributed to reduced flood pump use, as a result of less rainfall.
Read more, in our plan and report below.