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Mackenzie District Council is New Zealand’s third smallest council and has the lowest population density. It encapsulates some of New Zealand’s finest high country and mountain scenery, including Mt Cook National Park, which has contributed to 20 per cent and 30 per cent growth in international and domestic tourism, respectively.

  • Tourism, along with a strong agriculture sector, provides the district with a resilient economy.
  • With 4,300 residents, forecast to increase by only 600 in the next 10 years, its size means it will continue to face some substantial challenges.

CouncilMARK Backgro​u​nd

The CouncilMARK™ programme, developed by Local Government New Zealand, is designed to improve the public's knowledge of the work councils are doing in their communities and to support individual councils to further improve the service and value they provide to all New Zealanders.​​​

Councils that participate in CouncilMARK are given a rating ranging from AAA to C, after being assessed across these four priority areas:

  • Governance, leadership and strategy
  • Financial decision-making and transparency
  • Service delivery and asset management
  • Communicating and engaging with the public and business.​


In May 2018, Mackenzie District Council received a B rating after completing its inaugural assessment as part of the CouncilMARK™ local government excellence programme.​​

Read the Assessment Report

Assessment Summary

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