Ashburton District Councillors will be honing their governance skills today at a Local Government NZ (LGNZ) Audit and Risk workshop.
Mayor Angus McKay, who will be one of five Councillors attending the event, said the Audit and Risk workshop would be a refresher for Councillors in areas that were crucial for good governance. "Audit and Risk is all about making the very best financial decisions for ratepayers and ensuring that all of these decisions are as transparent as possible."
"To be an effective Councillor you need to regularly expand and update your knowledge. The LGNZ workshops are designed to help us ask the right questions of the right people at the right time, so that we can make the best decisions."
Among the topics that will be covered at the workshop are 'risk management and the role of an elected member'; 'the importance of good reporting'; 'the roles of external audit v internal audit'; and 'why an audit and risk committee?'
The workshop, which is being hosted by Waimakariri District Council, will be facilitated by Philip Jones, a chartered accountant who worked for many years as Chief Financial Officer at Western Bay of Plenty District Council.
Last year, Ashburton District Council hosted a similar workshop on the Resource Management Act, which was attended by elected members from Ashburton and neighbouring districts.