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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.
It’s been an amazingly busy start to the new Council term. But I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.
Over the years the Government has been tinkering away, reforming bits and pieces of a number of acts that determine how local government functions. In total, there have been 44 reforms to three key Acts, the Local Government Act 2002 (LGA), the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) and the Land Transport Management Act 2003 (LTMA) since their inceptions. Currently there are two Bills before Parliament that introduce further changes.
Next week is National Volunteer Week (June 19 – 25) and having attended the TrustPower Ashburton District Community Awards on June 7, I wish to dedicate my column this month to all those people who give their time and efforts to helping others and the community they live in.
After recent public debate, I want to assure everyone that Council follows the letter of the law when consulting with the people of Ashburton district, and considers the community’s interests in all our decisions.
It’s been an interesting summer season – the El Nino conditions have definitely wreaked havoc with a number of holiday plans with some wide variations in temperatures and rainfall.
A very happy new year to everyone. As we begin 2016, it’s a good time to reflect on our achievements, consider what we could do better and look ahead to what the next year has in store for us.
My recent trip to China proved successful on many levels. I had the privilege of revitalising our sister city relationship with Puyang city.
With $724m of assets and an annual turnover of over $50m, it is important for Ashburton District Council to be able to keep residents and ratepayers fully informed about its financial state, and to provide confidence that it can properly manage its money.
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.