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Published: 2014-09-25 00:00:00

Waikato Regional Council is to keep a very tight focus on greater efficiency and effectiveness following a year in which it achieved just under 90 per cent of performance targets and cost savings delivered a total surplus of $2.7 million.

These results were highlighted today as the council adopted its Annual Report for 2013/14. The report also noted a range of key achievements such as the completion of the Tui Mine remediation project at Te Aroha and major progress in reducing nitrogen getting into Lake Taupo. 

“The council has much to be proud of over its performance last financial year,” chairperson Paula Southgate said after the meeting. 

“We have kept costs under tight control while delivering solid results across the wide range of significant activities the council is involved in. 

“The results reflect the council’s tight focus on increasing efficiency and effectiveness and this will be ongoing in 2014-15. 

“For example, a fit for purpose review designed to boost performance will continue as will work through the Waikato Mayoral Forum to deliver greater all round local government efficiency and effectiveness across the region,” said Ms Southgate. 

She noted co-operation with others would be a key to further success on projects such as:

  • Healthy Rivers: Plan for Change/Wai Ora: He Rautaki Whakapaipai for the Waikato and Waipa rivers
  • Lake Taupo protection
  • Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari, the spatial plan project for the Hauraki Gulf
  • the Waikato Mayoral Forum spatial plan project for the wider region
  • implementing an economic development strategy for Waikato. 

“All these require us to work closely with the likes of iwi, central and local government, the farming sector, environmental organisations and others,” said Ms Southgate.

“The spirit of co-operation in the region is strong and we’ll be doing all we can to deliver results by working with others.” 

Other highlights of the council’s work from 2013/14 included:

  • a solid 8.7 per cent return for the council’s multi-million dollar investment fund and a $4 million increase in the value of total investments
  • completion of the $2.4 million remediation of the council’s Hamilton headquarters at $142,000 under budget
  • a very effective response to the greater than 1-in-100 year flood that affected parts of the region in June, especially north-west Coromandel.

The full annual report will be available online next month at www.waikatoregion.govt.nz/annual-report.