Reviewed 26 June 2015
See the Investment Policy (part of the Treasury Risk Management Policy) [PDF, 1.3 MB] page 8 of the document, for full details.
Introduction Council generally holds investments for strategic reasons where there is some community, social, physical or economic benefit accruing from the investment activity. Generating a commercial return on strategic investments is considered a secondary objective. Investments and associated risks are monitored and managed, and regularly reported to Council. Specific purposes for maintaining investments include:
- For strategic purposes consistent with Council’s LTP;
- To reduce the current ratepayer burden;
- The retention of vested land;
- Holding short-term investments for working capital requirements and liquidity management;
- Holding investments that are necessary to carry out Council operations consistent with Annual Plans, to implement strategic initiatives, or to support inter-generational allocations;
- Holding assets (such as property) for commercial returns;
- Providing ready cash in the event of a natural disaster, the use of which is intended to bridge the gap between the disaster and the reinstatement of normal income streams and assets;
- Investing amounts allocated to accumulated surplus, Council created restricted reserves and general reserves;
- Investing proceeds from the sale of assets.
Council recognises that as a responsible public authority all investments held, should be low risk. Council also recognises that low risk investments generally mean lower returns. Council can internally borrow from reserve funds in the first instance to meet future capital expenditure requirements, unless there is a compelling reason for establishing external debt.
The Council’s general policy on investments is that:
- The Council may hold financial, property, and equity investments if there are strategic, commercial, economic or other valid reasons (e.g. where it is the most appropriate way to administer a Council function);
- The Council will keep under review its approach to all major investments and the credit rating of approved financial institutions;
- The Council will review its policies on holding investments at least once every three years.