Council chief executive David Ward: “Figures are an encouraging sign”

Selwyn achieves best

by Mike Isle

Selwyn District Council has received the highest credit rating of any council in New Zealand after being awarded an AA+ by ratings agency Fitch Ratings.

The rating is a measure of the council’s ability to meet its financial commitments, and the rating means that the organisation is at very low risk of defaulting on its loans.

In its assessment, Fitch Ratings took into account the strength of the council’s financial management and the district’s economy, driven by population growth.

It recognised the council’s prudent financial forecasts and the diversity of the district’s economy including professional, scientific and technological services.

Council chief executive David Ward said the rating shows the financial strength of the district and the council’s work to set Selwyn up for the future.

“This is a reflection of the growth in the Selwyn district, but also of the good work done by the council in responding to that growth and planning its economic future well. A lot of hard work has been put in by staff to ensure we’re handling our finances in the best way for Selwyn now and into the future and we’re delighted that is reflected in the rating.”

It is the first time the council has sought a credit rating. The rating will support the significant capital investment it is making to match the booming growth of the district, and the efforts to do this in a prudent financial manner that sets up the district for the future.