Councils share success stories

JANINE RANKIN
Last updated 12:00 21/12/2012

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Success stories from Horizons Regional Council, the Palmerston North City Council, Tararua, Manawatu and Horowhenua districts have been included on the Office of the Auditor-General's website.

The office said that in an environment of fiscal constraint, New Zealand's public sector was looking for more effective and efficient ways to deliver public services.

"Public sector agencies told us that it can be hard to find out about the ideas and experiences of others - so we contacted 190 agencies and asked for their success stories."

As a result, 47 stories have submitted.

They have not been audited, relying on the councils' own assurances that their stories are fair.

Horizons' story is about setting up the Manawatu River Leaders' Accord in response to community concerns about pollution of the river and getting agreement on an action plan.

City council chief executive Paddy Clifford documents his efforts over five years to simplify financial reporting and achieve a $2 million budget surplus in the first year alone.

Horowhenua talks about co-operation with other councils through the Manawatu-Wanganui Local Authority Shared Services that has achieved savings for members in projects such as the regional archives, shared rating valuations, and pooled insurance services.

Manawatu District chief executive Lorraine Vincent talks about the importance for small district councils to form partnerships with neighbours, such as shared building services with Palmerston North, and joint support of Vision, Destination, and Sport Manawatu.

Tararua's story is about rebuilding trust between its staff and councillors, and between the council and Horizons.

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