7 Dec 2016

Auckland Council's $28k scorecard

12:55 pm on 7 December 2016

Auckland Council has used $28,000 of advertising credit to promote its new scorecard, which shows how well it is doing.

Auckland City Council building

Auckland City Council building Photo: RNZ / Diego Opatowski

Earlier in the year the council bought $112,000 of advertising with the New Zealand Herald. The council intended to run four articles explaining its Unitary Plan, but because of internal debate over what could be said, they only ended up running two.

The remaining credit has bought it space on page 24 of the paper, and on the website, promoting its Progress Snapshot in dozens of areas.

The snapshot collates previously available data, such as the council achieving its target of $41 million in efficiency savings in the past year, and delivering below forecast average rate rises.

Among the biggest shortfalls highlighted is the construction of only 1.1km of new cycleways compared with a target of 16.4km, and only 27 percent of iwi groups satisfied with council consultation.

The council said the snapshot was a commitment to greater transparency.

"Aucklanders have told us they want more visibility on what the council is doing to improve its performance and deliver the services that matter to them most," the council's CEO, Stephen Town, said in a statement.

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