- Second Bay defeat for Black Caps
- Bay cops help in shooting case
- School looks to grow industry
- Public plea for wanted man
- Wait goes on for Mount bar
- Peace Run heads to Tauranga
- $750K of synthetic drugs seized
- Biggest NZ security effort since 9/11
- Calls to arm police full-time
- 4km/h speed tolerance in place
- Sunny start to long weekend
- International flights a no go
- Te Puke display up in flames
- Cracks showing in SmartGrowth plan
- Steamers seek new approach
- Mount search unsuccessful
- Last ride for smashed car
- Man dies in Welcome Bay crash
- Risky driving caught on film
- Parents' plea for "precious boy" Jack
- Armed police cordon at Mount
- Man killed in crash named
- Tourists robbed at McLaren Falls
- Severe weather warning for EBOP
- Traffic delays after city crash
- No Tauriko special housing area
- Secret agent mum from Matua
- The changing trends of tattoos
- Driver praised after boy hit
- New lead in bank robbery case
Debates and discussions arise
BOP Regional Council Chairman
This year is an election year for local government and that means all sorts of interesting debates and discussions are taking place up and down the country.
A big focus is how we keep delivering services, and delivering them better, at the least cost.
This is not limited to councils … the economic climate dictates that all businesses, including public services, drive down their costs while delivering their ‘product'.
We all want our region, the Bay of Plenty, to grow and prosper, but we're compelled to do this on low or no funding increases.
So Bay of Plenty Regional Council is doing what most businesses are doing. They're looking at how they can be fully effective and efficient, while still delivering the wide range of services required by a variety of laws and agreements and demanded by their communities.
In fact the chief executive Mary-Ann MacLeod has been instructed by council to have a close look at all spending and how the council can deliver to higher effectiveness at least costs. She has a strong commitment to this and great staff who every day do the best they can with the ratepayers' dollars.
We are seeing progress already. I've already seen how the executive leadership team has been streamlined while also being more accountable for what is delivered.
I've been impressed with how the regional council has shared services such as human resources, communications, IT and geospatial services with other councils in the Bay. By sharing services all councils have saved money and worked better together. It's exciting to know staff and managers are looking for more ways to share services and gain more efficiencies.
More will be delivered this year under the council's programme banner of ‘doing business better'. It's a big year for managers and staff as they've promised to achieve greater efficiency and effectiveness in everyday work through a rolling programme of efficiency reviews.
When people talk about local government reform, the conversation is often about the same thing: what's the best governance model for our region that will achieve the highest productivity and efficiency? The ‘Rethinking Local Government Conference' today will be a good step for the Bay in sharing information and views, to help us prepare for change in whatever form it comes.
I'm really looking forward to this conference and the ideas it produces, and I'll update you in my next column.
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