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Policy Work

The Auckland Council will have an open and transparent programme of policy work, organised by a council "business committee" and monitored through the Mayoral Office.

What this is about

This proposal is in response to a NZ Herald editorial, published on 27 November 2015.  

Councillors do not have good oversight of the whole-of-council policy programme and how the parts fit together. This problem is not unique to Auckland Council - it was an issue for Manukau City Council when I was working there and I expect other councils struggle with the same problem.

We partly solved the problem at Manukau City by producing a quarterly report for the Performance and Accountability Committee, giving an overview of the whole council work programme: what pieces of policy work had been added to the agenda, which had been completed, and what progress had been made on current policy projects.

I was the council officer responsible for producing that report, and a copy is been appended to this proposal. You will see that the appendix to the report is set out under the same headings as the council's Long Term Plan, so the councillors can clearly see how their various pieces of decision-making work fit together as part of an overall programme.

An example of that quarterly report (30 June 2010) is appended to this proposal.

How it will be done

As mayor, I will instigate quarterly reports of a whole-of-council work programme, including policy work being produced in the council and the council-controlled organisations.

I will also establish a "business committee" comprised of myself, the Deputy Mayor, council committee chairs, local board chairs and a representative of the Independent Maori Statutory Board. This committee will oversee the council's work programme: receiving and reviewing policy project plans and monitoring progress of the overall work programme.

I see the role of developing and driving forward an agreed policy agenda as a core mayoral responsibility.  The business committee secretariat and the monitoring and reporting function will therefore be operated by the mayoral office, and paid for from the mayoral budget.
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David Hay,
24 Nov 2015, 21:08
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David Hay,
24 Nov 2015, 21:08