Regional Sector Shared Services Council Controlled Organisation

Closed 15 May 2022

We are asking the community for feedback on this proposal to participate in a council-controlled organisation (CCO) with other regional and unitary councils. The new CCO would support shared services and collaborative activities in the regional sector.

About the consultation

The 16 regional councils and unitary authorities in Aotearoa New Zealand work together on areas of shared interest. They now wish to take this arrangement a step
further by creating a shared services company. This is in response to:

  • increased demands from central Government to deliver a broad range of reform packages
  • capacity and capability challenges and competition between councils to attract and retain staff
  • expectations from our communities for councils to do more with the same, or less.

This change will lead to improved outcomes from investment in national programmes of work. It will also improve access to specialist and expensive resources, reduce costs and share risk.

Consultation opens - 29 April 2022

Consultation closes - 8pm, 15 May 2022

Hearings - 1 June 2022

Decision made by HBRC - 29 June 2022

Why are we consulting?

We are consulting with anyone who may be affected or have an interest, and encourages any member/s of the community to provide their views on the proposed participation in the CCO through this consultation process. HBRC must consult prior to becoming a shareholder of a CCO. This is stated in section 56 of the Local Government Act 2002.

What is a CCO?

A council-controlled organisation can be a company, partnership or trust arrangement for the sharing of profits, union of interest, co-operation, joint venture or other similar arrangement in which one or more local authorities, directly or indirectly, controls the organisation.

What will the structure be?

This organisation is intended to be a company with up to 16 shareholders – the 16 regional councils and unitary authorities in New Zealand. 

The company will be created by restructuring Regional Software Holdings Limited (RSHL), a current CCO created by six regional councils for this purpose. The six existing shareholders do not need to consult.

Depending on the final adopted structure of the CCO, HBRC may hold shares or some other form of ownership. HBRC will contribute to the operating costs of the CCO. These contributions will replace existing contributions to national programmes, and will be at a similar cost. 

HBRC will maintain part-ownership of the CCO as long as it continues to operate, and while HBRC continues to use the services provided by the CCO.

Find out more about the consultation in our Consultation Document.

Consultation Document

Have your say

Thanks for taking the time to get involved. Submissions open on 29 April 2022 and close at 8pm on 15 May 2022. Have your say by completing the online form below, letting us know if you wish to present your submission at a hearing on 1 June 2022.

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