The preparation and issue of this report is a legislated requirement of the Local Government Act 2002, as part of the triennial election cycle. This report has been prepared by the Chief Executive and has not had any input from elected members.
The purpose of the report is to provide information about the local authority in the lead up to the local government election on 8 October 2016.
This is not a standalone document. It restates the forecasts contained within the 2015/25 Long Term Plan, as well as a summary of performance over the last three years. The financial information contained in this Pre-Election Report has been compiled from the following sources:
- The financial information for the years 2013/14 and 2014/15 has been extracted from the Annual Reports for these years.
- The financial information for the 2015/16 year and onwards has been extracted from the 2015/25 Long Term Plan.
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The information in this document has not been separately audited, however, all components of the financial information presented in the following pages has been separately audited by the Auditor General, through its agent Ernst and Young, either as part of the Annual Report audits or the 2015/25 Long Term Plan audit. This includes the 2015/16 Annual Plan information, which was audited as year one of the 2015/25 Long Term Plan. Any changes to these audited documents have been disclosed directly underneath the changed report.
As the district has less than 20,000 residents, WDC is eligible for reporting concessions that have been applied in the preparation of this document. Primarily this concession is that WDC is able to utilise the information for the 2015/16 financial year annual plan (or budget) for this report and is not required to prepare a forecast of actual costs for the financial year. Unaudited monthly reporting is now prepared that details variance to budget and also includes limited forecasting. These reports are available as they are adopted by Council.
From the Chief Executive Officer
The preparation and issue of this report is a legislated requirement of the Local Government Act 2002, as part of the triennial election cycle.
The requirement to prepare a pre-election report was introduced by Section 99A of the Local Government Act 2002.
This politically independent report, prepared by the Chief Executive, provides information to promote discussion leading up to the 2016 local election about the issues facing the local authority. The content of the report, which focuses on key financial parameters from the past three years and projections for the next three years, is specified in the Act.
This report is prepared and published to meet the requirements of the Act.
Basis of Preparation
This report is being released in the pre-election period. Special care has been taken to ensure that it is politically neutral. It is presented as an apolitical document, and is not a manifesto, either whole or in part, for any candidate or political grouping taking part in the election campaign.
While this report has not been audited, much of the information presented has been sourced from audited reports. For example, the first two years' retrospective financial data have been audited as they have been taken directly from the respective annual reports.
Every three years, citizens have the right to elect their district leaders – the Mayor and councillors. The process gives us the chance to think about how we want the district to be governed and changed.
I am pleased to present Council's Pre-Election Report ahead of the 2016 triennial elections.
This report is designed to draw the public's attention to the key issues over the coming years, and to the current Council's performance against the adopted Financial Strategy as well as the forecast financial position for the incoming Council.
This report assesses Council's present and future needs for our community and the recent progress and future planned programme of work to meet these challenges. Council's role as outlined within its Long Term Plan 2015/25 (LTP) is to deliver well-maintained infrastructure and high-performing core services, as well as ensuring that our communities can meet future challenges and plan effectively for the future.
We have striven in the LTP to keep expenditure to a minimum whilst focusing on maintaining our core levels of service. The LTP lays out a plan for maintaining a sound infrastructure and core services as well as looking for new and creative solutions to see Wairoa prosper.
Economic development will remain a key priority for the Wairoa District Council (WDC). Our goal will be to partner with others to further develop a Council environment which assists businesses and innovative individuals to bring about real change for the district of Wairoa.
This Pre-Election Report also outlines significant issues for the district including the Rating Review, the Rocket Lab development and the Māhia and Opoutama Wastewater Scheme.
Major projects outlined in this report include: the Tawhara Reservoir, the Wairoa Sewerage Treatment Plant (expiry of discharge consent), roading subsidies from the NZTA and the District Plan.
As a Council we are facing increasing amounts of central Government imposed legislative requirements that we must conform to – like the new health and safety law. Pressure from central Government continues with reforms to the local government sector announced by the Minister in March to enable councils to deliver better services for ratepayers. The reforms include more flexibility to collaborate and develop shared services; reorganisation processes that can be locally led and driven; and greater use of council-controlled organisations, with improved accountability tools to safeguard local democracy. According to the Minister, the costs of local services are rising faster than council revenues, so councils need new ways to manage finances, improve efficiencies and create value for ratepayers.
This is not a standalone document. Residents interested in reading more about the information contained in this report should look at the WDC Long Term Plan 2015/2025 and Annual Plans. Additional information on past performance is contained in the Annual Reports. All of these documents are readily available from our website, or can be accessed by calling into Council's office and requesting a copy.
I'm committed to leading an organisation that delivers, is accessible and open. This report is part of that commitment. An informed community is, after all, part of a healthy democracy. It aims to add to the public discussion in the lead up to elections that close on Saturday 8 October 2016.
Wairoa District Council
8 June 2016
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