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Below you will find media releases about the CouncilMARK™ Programme. For all media enquiries related to the programme please contact:

Sean Gillespie
Principal Media Manager
T 021 914 464


For programme enquiries please contact:

Stephane Mino-Vercellio
Programme Coordinator
T 021 924 720

Local Government New Zealand congratulates Taupō District Council on its completion of the local government excellence programme, CouncilMARK™.    

Following assessment Taupo District Council received a BBB rating in what is the first report released in 2018.

The Independent Assessment Board which oversees the local government excellence programme CouncilMARK™ has today released the second set of council assessments and ratings. IAB Chair Toby Stevenson says CouncilMARK™ reports measure indicators across leadership, finance, asset management, service delivery and community engagement for nine councils.

The second round of council assessments through the local government excellence programme CouncilMARK™ have been released and include the programme’s first AA rating.

Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) and its membership councils are embarking on a significant programme of work to deliver improved performance and heighten the value that is delivered to communities by local governments across New Zealand.

Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) has today signalled a new Local Government Excellence Programme, designed to improve the public’s knowledge of the work councils are doing in their communities and to support individual councils to further improve the value they provide to all New Zealanders.

Local Government New Zealand has today issued details of a new independent standards system that measures the performance of local authorities.

Strong support for the new local government standards system shows a desire within the sector to raise performance and deliver better outcomes for communities, Local Government New Zealand President Lawrence Yule says.

Local Government New Zealand is delighted to announce the appointment of Toby Stevenson, Director of Sapere Research Group and independent company director, as the inaugural chair of the Independent Assessment Board to oversee the new local government ratings system.

A new programme aimed at lifting and demonstrating the value of local government kicked off this week, with the first council undergoing independent assessment.

Local Government New Zealand is pleased to confirm the addition of two further high calibre members to the board overseeing its new programme designed to lift and demonstrate council performance.