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11.3.1 Substantive CCO services and activities


  1. Auckland Transport (AT) was established as a statutory entity [1], a fact that restricts the level of change the council can make to its structure without a change to the legislation. AT’s purpose is “to contribute to an efficient, effective and safe Auckland land transport system in the public interest” [2]. AT operates under the Local Government (Auckland Council) Act 2009 [3], and is also subject to the Land Transport Management Act. Find out more about Auckland Transport.

  2. Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development was established by an Order in Council in 2010 to lift Auckland’s economic wellbeing, support and enhance the region’s  contribution to the NZ economy and help Auckland compete internationally as a desirable place to visit, live, work, invest and do business. Find out more about ATEED.
  3. Development Auckland Ltd (Panuku Development Auckland) was established by council resolution in 2015 following the completion of the governing body’s CCO review. Panuku is an amalgamation of two former council CCOs - Auckland Council Property Ltd and Auckland Waterfront Development Agency.  Its purpose is to contribute to the Auckland Plan’s implementation and encourage economic development by facilitating urban redevelopment that optimises and integrates good public transport outcomes, efficient and sustainable infrastructure and quality public services and amenities.  Panuku Development Auckland is also responsible for managing the council’s non-service property portfolio and provides strategic advice on other property portfolios, such as recycling or redeveloping sub-optimal or underutilised council assets to balance commercial and strategic outcomes. Find out more about Panuku.

  4. Regional Facilities Auckland (RFA) was established by an Order in Council in 2010. It provides a regional approach to Auckland’s arts, culture and heritage, sport and leisure sector. RFA manages more than $1 billion worth of major facilities and landmark venues across the region, including the ANZ Viaduct Events Centre, Aotea Centre, Aotea Square, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Auckland Town Hall, Auckland Zoo, Bruce Mason Centre, Mt Smart Stadium, The Civic, QBE Stadium and Western Springs Stadium.

  5. The CCO RFA is a charitable trust but is governed by a corporate trustee RFA Ltd which is a company that has a Board of up to 9 directors. RFA’s objectives are to support Auckland as a vibrant city that attracts world class events and promotes the wellbeing of the communities of Auckland by engaging those communities and visitors in arts, culture, heritage, leisure, sport and entertainment venues. It is also tasked with continuing to develop, from a regional perspective, world class arts, culture, heritage, leisure, sport and entertainment venues as well as working with central government to integrate and review legislation associated with regional entities. Find out more about RFA.

  6. Watercare Services Ltd provided bulk water and wastewater services prior to Auckland’s 2010 local government reorganisation. Under the amalgamation legislation, Watercare was named as the Auckland water organisation until 1 July 2015 [4]. During the 2014/2015 CCO review, the council confirmed the continuation of Watercare in that role. Watercare is governed by the Local Government (Auckland Council) Act 2009 [5], and must manage its operations efficiently, with a view to keeping the costs of water and wastewater supply at minimum levels while maintaining the assets’ long-term integrity [6]. Watercare is prevented from paying a dividend or distributing any surplus to the council as owner [7]. Find out more about Watercare.



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