- Too soon for waka answers
- Voting underway in the Bay
- Garages destroyed in suspected arson
- Burling and Tuke continue lead
- Fisherman survives hours in water
- Flu jab rate above national average
- What’s on Today? Voting
- Second arson attack in Papamoa
- Chiefs bypass Tauranga again
- Katikati fisherman found alive
- Canned bus prompts safety fears
- Items stolen from torched house
- Key’s promise to be kept
- Young voters take the test
- Icy effort for Blue September
- "They nearly killed her"
- Worst decision of Erica’s life
- ‘Tornado’ rips through Mount
- Fair Go applies the screws
- Car crashes through Te Puna house
- Riding shotgun with Fair Go
- Gun pointed at man in Matua
- Plea for missing Maz
- Tauranga cop new Police Ten 7 host
- Papamoa markets move from Plaza
- Crash on Concord Ave
- Why big acts bypass Tauranga
- Paddle to dog's rescue
- New leads in Luana Williams case
- Opposition strong for Waterfront waka
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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