Annual Report 2018/2019 Adopted
The Kaikōura District Council Annual Report 2018/2019 has been adopted.
The financial operating result for the year to 30 June 2019 was a sound $4.48 million surplus. Aside from variances caused by slower than expected progress on the infrastructure rebuild, Council’s revenue streams largely met budgets. Borrowings were $7.74 million lower than budgeted and the Council used available cash to repay debt.
CEO Angela Oosthuizen said, “this year was all about improving how Council manages and delivers services. Despite a number of challenges, we have made good progress in several key areas and I am proud of what the team has achieved.”
Key achievements for the Council over 2018/19 included securing approximately $4.9million of funding from NZTA for earthquake related infrastructure work, receiving $750,000 of Lotteries funding to repair and upgrade the Memorial Hall, improvements to the management of the roading network, being among the first local authorities on the South Island to provide an online building consent application service, upgrading the resource recovery centre and the landfill equipment with funding from the Ministry for the Environment and passing the Ministry of Primary Industry audit for food verification services.
“A real highlight for me in our journey towards a sustainable future was the fact that our resource recovery and landfill operator, Innovative Waste Kaikoura, managed to deal with a 30% increase in total waste volumes while maintaining a New Zealand leading 50% diversion rate from landfill. The team up there are doing great things for our small district” Oosthuizen said.
Other highlights included working with the Ministry for Business Innovation and Employment to repurpose four Temporary Accommodation units to community housing and the communications team winning a national award for excellence in response and recovery communications.
Throughout the year, Council staff have balanced a focus on service delivery with restoring the Councils ability to plan for the future and accurately measure performance, Oosthuizen said.
“As we’ve moved out of earthquake recovery and towards a new normal we’ve been able to report actual performance across 50 more measures than last year. Even more pleasingly, thanks to teamwork and a focus on systems and processes we achieved or exceeded 78 out of 114 performance measures this year”.