Regional council asks if it is partnering to improve shared services

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council asks the community to be part of a council-controlled organization with other New Zealand regional councils.

The company would support shared services and collaborative activities across the regional sector.

New Zealand’s 16 regional and unit councils are already working together on areas of common interest and now want to take this arrangement further by creating a shared services company.

HBRC Managing Director James Palmer supports Hawke’s Bay’s involvement in this new board-controlled organization, with the aim of improving results, improving access to specialized and costly resources, reducing costs and share the risks.

“Each regional council is facing increased demands from the central government to implement a series of reform programs,” Palmer said.

“Like other organizations competing in the same talent market, we strive to attract and retain staff, and efficiently deliver the full range of our services. This is why our preferred approach is to become co-owner of a new shared services company. We would access solutions specifically designed for regional councils and people with specialist knowledge in IT, regulatory services, biodiversity and land management functions.

The CCO would result in the restructuring of Regional Software Holdings Limited, a current CCO set up by six regional councils which serves a similar purpose.

HBRC is seeking community feedback on the proposal to participate in the new CCO from April 29 to May 15.

A public hearing will be held on June 1 and a final decision will be made on June 29.

Get more information and have your say at hbrc.govt.nz

HBRC is seeking community feedback on the proposal to participate in the new CCO from April 29 to May 15.

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