Auditor-General Lyn Provost’s report Consulting the community about local authorities’ 10-year plans – presented to the House of Representatives recently – says that local authorities have generally responded well to the new requirements for producing a consultation document.
But some local authorities “missed the opportunity” to use their documents to improve engagement with their communities.
The report sets out the Office of the Auditor-General’s observations of the first generation of consultation documents, including impressions of their overall effectiveness, examples of weaknesses and strengths, and opportunities for improvement.
It says the better consultation documents presented good information on the significant issues and the options and implications for the community, described financial and infrastructure strategies well, and provided specific consultation questions about the options.
The Office of the Auditor-General will publish a further report on observations about the adopted 2015-25 LTPs before the end of this year.
To read the full report, go to www.oag.govt.nz
This article was first published in the September 2015 issue of NZ Local Government Magazine.