We are proud to present the 2020/2021 Annual Report to you, our community.
Council revenue increased compared to budgets due to higher grants and subsidies than anticipated, offset by lower financial contributions due to decreased subdivision activity. However, additional expenditure was incurred due to higher building control costs and accreditation compliance costs and costs associated with Te Manahuna Ki Uta project - fully funded by the Provincial Growth Fund.
The management team worked on finalizing and delivering our Long Term Plan 2021-2031 during 2020/2021, with the final plan being adopted in December 2021.
We actively progressed our Te Manahuna Ki Uta project as we partnered with Iwi and other key stakeholders to develop a destination plan for Tourism for our district.
The spatial planning project went through a multistage process for each township that included substantial engagement with each community. This consultation culminated in the adoption of the Spatial Plans by Council on 29 June 2021.
In the local government sector there is significant reform and change with the Three Waters Reform, ongoing reviews into the Resource Management Act and the Future of Local Government. We continue to monitor and provide feedback on these reforms as maintaining a strong local voice for our communities needs remains paramount.