The Top of the South Island comprises three Territorial Local Authorities (TLAs) – Tasman District Council (TDC), Nelson City Council (NCC) and Marlborough District Council (MDC). These councils also perform the functions of a regional council and thus are therefore also unitary authorities.
Many government departments and organisations cover the whole Top of the South region for example – Nelson Marlborough District Health Board, Tasman District Police, Ministries of Justice, Education, Social Development and Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology.
A number of these organisations, particularly Nelson Marlborough District Health Board, the Ministry of Social Development and the Economic Development Agency, have worked closely with the three Councils in developing the indicator set to show how we are doing across the region in relation to community outcomes and their social, cultural, environmental and economic components. This collaborative approach reflects that this is a community-wide issue with all residents and organisations having a part to play.
By monitoring the indicators over time we will be able to show progress towards achieving the community outcomes. For areas like the health sector this is particularly important given the impact social and economic factors have on the health status of the community.