The Council must exercise prudent stewardship and efficient and effective use of its resources in the interests of our residents if we are to maximise overall community well being.

City assets and resources are well-managed

The Council is responsible for managing its revenues, expenses, assets, liabilities, investments, and general financial dealings prudently, and in ways that promote the current and future interests of residents. This has become increasingly important in Christchurch following the earthquakes.

Key points

  • 100 km of water mains have renewals deferred as they have out performed their expected lives; these are expected to be renewed in the next 10 years.  There is an expected increase in renewals over the next 45 years.
  • 32 kilometres of wastewater main have had renewal defered - it is expected to take 20 years to catch up on this.  In addition there will be an increased demand for renewals over the next 50 years.
  • Approximately 1,000 km (45%) of Christchurch’s street network sustained significant damage in the earthquakes. The initial phases of repair or replacement of this is expected to be completed by SCIRT in 2016. However, it will not be of the same standard as pre-earthquakes and it will be approximately 30 years before the whole network is returned to a reasonable level of service.
  • Over 90% of residents are satisfied with the quality of the water supply infrastructure in 2016.  Resident satisfaction of footpaths and roads in 2016 increased from the previous year, to 51% and 37% respectively.
  • The Long Term Plan 2015-25 forecast the Council will meet all the financial prudence benchmarks over the next 10 years, except for the debt servicing benchmark, which will not be meet in 2019 and following years.

Water Supply - Remaining Life of Mains

Water Supply - Remaining Life of Mains graph

Source: CCC, 2015 Infrastructure Strategy


Wastewater - Remaining Life of Mains

Wastewater - Remaining Life of Mains graph

Source: CCC, 2015 Infrastructure Strategy


Satisfaction with Council Infrastructure

Satisfaction with Council Infrastructure graph

Source: CCC, General Service Satisfaction Survey


Satisfaction with overall performance of Council services

Satisfaction with overall performance of Council services graph

Source: CCC, General Service Satisfaction Survey


More detail and information

Infrastructure Strategy 2015-2045: Outlines the pressures and demands on the city's core infrastructure that is required over the next 30 years.

Council Long Term Plan 2015-25 Financial Prudence Benchmarks (external link) : The purpose of this statement is to disclose the Council’s planned financial performance in relation to various benchmarks to assess whether the Council is prudently managing its revenues, expenses, assets, liabilities, and general financial dealings.

2015 Annual Report: (external link) The report shows the Council’s overall financial position and performance as measured by its achievement against its financial key performance indicators.  Financial prudence benchmarks reporting are on page 141.

Statutory obligations are met by the Council

The Council has a range of statutory obligations and responsibilities; including everything from policy, planning and reporting requirements, to obligations set out in legislation such as the Resource Management, Building and Biosecurity Acts. Meeting our legal obligations effectively is a key part of being a good corporate citizen.

Key points

  • In 2016, 96% of resource consent processing of simple consents met statutory timeframes, this was a drop from 99% in previous years. Complex resource and subdivision consents have been within 1% of statutory timeframes at 99% processed within the statutory timeframes.
  • In the past 3 years statutory timeframe targets for processing building consents have improved considerably. In the year to June 2016, 97% of consents were processed in the statutory timeframes compared with just 57% in 2014.
  • The Council regained its building consent authority status in the year to June 2015.  Food premise inspections have exceeded the level of service, while swimming pool inspections was just below 90% of its level of service.  LIM processing was just below the statutory requirement at 99% processed within statutory timeframes.

Resource Consents Processed on Time

Resource Consents Processed on Time graph

Source: CCC, End of Year Levels of Service Reporting


Building Consents Processed on Time

Building Consents Processed on Time graph

Source: CCC, End of Year Levels of Service Reporting


Other Regulatory Approvals Processed on Time

Other Regulatory Approvals Processed on Time graph

Source: CCC, End of Year Levels of Service Reporting


More detail and information

Annual Plans and Reports: An annual plan is the Council's budget for one financial year. It explains how the Council intends to finance the activities and services it provides during that year as directed by its long term plan. The Annual Report sets out what the Christchurch City Council did in the past year, why we did those things, how much they cost, and how we paid for them. 

Independent Financial Reports: Independent Financial Position Reports to Christchurch City Council 2013.