The Ashburton District Council website has been ranked sixth out of 78 local authorities across New Zealand.
The ranking, awarded by the Association of Local Government Information Management (ALGIM), was based on the quality of information, navigation, engagement and services available on the website.
ALGIM commissioned independent web experts to do a technical and content survey of all the websites.
This year's ranking is a marked change from last year's position where Council's website was ranked 40th out of 78.
Information Systems Manager Gordon Tupper says the high ranking position reinforces the work Council has put in to developing a well-structured, easy to use, informative website.
He says the improvements made over the last 24 months - through implementing a new website with redesigned and defined content - have made a significant difference to the readability and functionality of the website.
"I think this is a fantastic result. It shows the value that's been invested in the improvement of the site and the services it can deliver to our residents and a global audience."
He says the focus for the next 12 months is maintaining the website, identifying the online services that will make a difference for the customer and ensuring it continues to provide quality online experiences.
The website averages 9,000 visits a month
New services and features added to the website since 2013 include:
- Online submissions
- Dog re-registration and payments
- Rates payments
- Building consents
- Parking infringement payments
- Request for services
- Public notices
- Cemetery search