Mayoral Column

Tuesday 29 January 2019 - Waitomo News

 

I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude and appreciation of our Chief Executive, Dave Clibbery as we approach the end of his tenure with council.  Dave has been in the role since 2008 and was there when I was initially elected as councillor in 2010.

From the moment I entered my office as Mayor in October 2013, I have observed and worked with a Chief Executive whose primary focus has been on what is best for the Ōtorohanga District. Along with providing the best service possible, Dave’s underlying endeavour has always been about efficiency and cost effectiveness. With the continual increases in legislative demands placed on Local Government and territorial authorities, this has been a commendable achievement.

Councils have to be run like any successful business, and like any business the smaller it is the less discretionary spend is available. Ōtorohanga District Council is a small council and as such, has faced this challenge.

In the recent report on funding and financial inquiry published by the NZ Productivity Commission, Ōtorohanga featured as the only council of the 25 rural councils in NZ that has had an average per capita rates increase of less than 2% per year for the last 20 years. The 9 councils, of the 67 nationally that had achieved lower rates increases than ours were either high growth areas or had significant commercial assets. It is important to note that Ōtorohanga has achieved this while continuing to reduce debt under Dave’s leadership.

During my time as an elected representative, it has been a privilege to work with and learn from such a talented, hardworking and modest leader. Thank you Dave for your service to the Ōtorohanga District, I wish you and Maree the best of luck and loads of fun in your new venture.

 

Nga mihi nui,

Max