Kāpiti CEO Welcomes Review Of His Organisation

Kāpiti Council’s Chief Executive Wayne Maxwell says he welcomes the Independent Organisation Review ordered by the Mayor and Councillors in June last year.

Kapiti CEO Wayne Maxwell

“The report authors, Martin Jenkins, presentation of the Review’s findings reinforces ( the view ) that the right party was selected to undertake the review,” he says.

‘Delivers what we hoped for’

“The review delivers what we hoped for. We have a strong organisational culture, one that I’m extremely proud of.

“And the report acknowledges our achievements and the enormous contribution our staff make, day in and day out, to meet the needs of our customers and our community.

“As an organisation we accept that there are areas where we can do better.

Optimising links with Mana Whenua

“And we welcome the opportunity the review provides for us to optimise the way we do things and strengthen our relationships with mana whenua and our elected representatives.

“There are a lot of recommendations in the report and I will be taking some time to digest the review’s findings, and engage with my staff and senior leadership team, before providing a formal response to the Mayor and Councillors.”

They’ll get a formal response later

“Any changes resulting from this review need to be done well and that takes time.

Can’t act overnight

“We simply can’t act on all of the recommendations overnight without compromising the delivery of key projects or increasing the burden to Kāpiti ratepayers.”

To view a copy of the Independent Organisational Review report visit: https://www.kapiticoast.govt.nz/your-council/the-role-of-council/2019-independent-organisational-review/

I have a few problems with this report. A concern is with the terms of reference. Specifically D: how the Council can add greater value for Kāpiti residents by being more responsive and effective. I feel this should have been ‘how the Council can add greater value for Kāpiti ratepayers and residents by being more responsive and effective’. In addition, while Martin Jenkins may be an AOG provider, I would have preferred the review to be conducted through the offices of the Auditor General. I don’t mean to suggest that Martin Jenkins would whitewash a report to ensure future work but going through the AG removes that possibility.

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