Hauraki District Council

Auditing the Future: 2009

The Hauraki District Council is a small to mid-sized district council servicing three main townships and a rural area. The Hauraki District is located centrally and benefits from its proximity to Auckland and the Coromandel. Although tourism is important to the region, farming is the predominant industry of the Hauraki District.

The Hauraki District Council’s LTCCP is notable for its overall clear presentation and readability. The LTCCP provides a good combination of quantity and breadth of information, and does not use overly technical terms.

The LTCCP contains good information explaining the LTCCP and the relevant legislative framework. It also explains the content of particular sections of the LTCCP well.

The LTCCP explains how the Hauraki District Council has interpreted its obligations under the Local Government Act 2002 (the Act) to address sustainability. A diagram further supports the Hauraki District Council’s explanation of the relationships between sustainability, well-being, and the various parties contributing to community outcomes.

All sections of the LTCCP effectively balance the quantity and relevance of information. This balance is strongest in the groups of activities information. Some examples of this are:

  • The sections providing group of activity information and detailed activity information are well structured and clear. Strategic issues, with a broader impact at the group of activities level, are articulated well. This is supported by more specific strategic issues included at the activity level. The two levels are appropriately differentiated. Graphs are also used well to help the reader understand the financial information, and also to visually present performance information.
  • Comprehensive narrative explanation is included throughout the groups of activities section. This is particularly well done in the explanation of current levels of service. These explanations are supported by a further section signalling possible changes to levels of service and implications of these changes. A good example of this is included in the roading activity.
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