Taranaki is a successful region with a history of strong regional unity.
Councils in Taranaki recognise the benefits of sharing services. Such arrangements can result in significant cost savings and efficiencies, and allow councils to learn from each other and improve their services.
In June 2015, the Taranaki Mayoral Forum published an overview of the shared services and collaboration between the Taranaki Regional Council and the New Plymouth, Stratford and South Taranaki District Councils.
Taranaki’s shared services
Regional strategy: Civil Defence; land development and subdivision infrastructure standards; Powerco Garden Spectacular; Rural Fire Authority; waste management; Regional Transport Committee; tourism and economic development.
Regulatory: Oil and gas industry; Regional Plan enforcement; alcohol licensing; alcohol and approved products policy; stock-truck effluent disposal.
Improved customer service: Guided walk programmes; integrated specialised software; Land Air Water Aotearoa website; carpooling website; shared library services; pest control; Puke Ariki museum and library; public transport; rates collection; public GIS system; water conservation.
Specialised staff share: Instrumentation and electrical; harbourmaster; hazardous substance response; health and safety; hydra mowing; road safety education; community capacity-building; trade waste services; triennial elections; water treatment plants; waste minimisation.
Buying power: Chemicals; library databases; insurance; valuation services, aerial photography; waste management & disposal; waste collection.
Joint forums: Mayoral forum; advertising group; pensioner housing; social housing; regional disability strategy; transport technical advisory group; services coordination group; SH3 Working Party; Taranaki Biodiversity Trust and Forum; museums and galleries network; youth services; water and wastewater operations.
Initiatives under investigation: Coastal structures monitoring; Food Act regulation; gambling policy; general bylaw review; information technology; cycle trails; property management; roading collaboration; safety management; liquid waste collectors.