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Mayor Neil Brown, and Chief Executive Hamish Riach, contribute articles to the Ashburton Courier and Ashburton Guardian on a number of topical issues.
What a great week to be a Kiwi. We live in a place where we have what many around the world don’t have - the luxury of free speech, democratic government, a high standard of living, and a world-class rugby team who proved once again they are the world champions.
For me, farming in the Ashburton district is about as good as it gets – the cold winters that refresh the soil; the dry summers that provide superb growing conditions for crops and pastures; and the plentiful supply of water from our braided rivers.
The New Zealand Council for Infrastructure Development (NZCID) is a private body promoting best practice in infrastructure development for the benefit of all New Zealanders.
Council annually reviews the performance of its only employee, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Like all performance reviews, there is an agreed process between the two parties and I’d like to share with you how we do this.
Law firm Simpson Grierson has again carried out a survey of what Mayors and Chairs of New Zealand’s local councils think are the major issues facing their communities and councils.
There's something about the coming of spring, with its warmer weather and longer daylight hours that brings a sense of hope and optimism throughout the district.
Local Government New Zealand and the Government have embarked on a project to look at how local government’s management of risks can be improved.
On Friday 28 August I was fortunate to be present at the launch of the Canterbury Regional Economic Development Strategy by the Minister for Economic Development, Steven Joyce.
Last week I was in Wellington as part of a representative group of Local Government chief executives who meet periodically with their Central Government peers.
The Canterbury Mayoral Forum gets together on a regular basis to share experiences, discuss ideas, and explore common interests for the region.
Each year Ashburton District Council allocates grants to local organisations who provide community support services within the district.
Congratulations to the Japanese Women’s Basketball team for their spectacular win at the EA Networks Centre on Sunday 9 August against our Tall Ferns.
At this time each year Ashburton District Council managers and staff carry out performance reviews for the previous year’s work.
Last week Andrew Dalziel, Cr Russell Ellis and I attended the Local Government New Zealand Conference in Rotorua, representing Ashburton District Council.
One of the most important measures for any business is customer satisfaction, and Ashburton District Council is no different.
Many people are unaware of the role that local government has to play in health; when in fact local government was originally established primarily to look after the health of the community.
Ashburton District Council ended its financial year on 30 June 2015. It should have gathered in at least $55.8 million in income throughout the year.
Our annual Residents’ Survey results have been released and they are showing us some clear messages – what we are doing right and what we need to work on.
One of Ashburton District Council’s responsibilities is to provide rural fire services for the district. The Council is one of New Zealand’s 76 Rural Fire Authorities.
Last week I was pleased to be involved in the Trustpower Community Awards ceremony as the opening speaker. These awards recognise the hard work and dedication of our volunteer groups in the community.