Council Controlled Organisations
Council Controlled Organisations (CCO's) are any organisation in which one or more local authorities control 50 per cent or more of the voting rights or appoints 50 per cent or more of the directors. Find out more about them below.
BOPLASS is a company governed by a board of directors, and we're one of nine shareholding councils. To ensure synergy between the company activities and Council's shareholding activities, the directors are also the Chief Executives of their respective shareholding councils.
BOPLASS was set up to foster collaboration between councils in the delivery of services, particularly back office or support services. The company is owned by nine councils - Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Rotorua Lakes Council, Western Bay of Plenty District Council, Kawerau District Council, Tauranga City Council, Ōpōtiki District Council, Whakatāne District Council, Taupō District Council and Gisborne District Council.
By working together with the full support and involvement of council staff, BOPLASS provides benefits to councils and their stakeholders through improved levels of service, reduced costs, improved efficiencies and/or increased value through innovation. This is achieved primarily through joint procurement and shared services.
New Zealand Local Government Funding Agency (LGFA)
The primary purpose of LGFA is to provide more efficient financing costs and diversified financing sources for New Zealand local authorities and council-controlled organisations. They do this by raising debt on behalf of local authorities on terms that are more favorable to them than if they raised the debt directly.
By providing more favorable terms, LGFA helps local authorities to manage their debt more effectively and free up resources to invest in important community projects. This, in turn, helps to support the economic growth and well-being of our District and New Zealand as a whole.
Tourism Bay of Plenty (TBOP)
Established in 2002, Tourism Bay of Plenty are responsible for promoting our District as a top visitor destination. But they're not just about marketing - they take a holistic approach to the visitor experience known as Destination Management.
As a Destination Management Organisation (DMO), TBOP takes into consideration the perspectives and expectations of local residents, iwi, visitors, industry businesses, Te Taiao (the environment), and local government. Their strategic approach aims to support the regenerative growth of our tourism sector for the benefit of everyone involved.
Their globally recognised strategic vision, Te Hā Tāpoi | The Love of Tourism, ensures that the visitor experience is deeply rooted in our cultural heritage and natural environment. By doing so, Tourism Bay of Plenty helps our natural environments to flourish, while supporting the economic benefits of tourism to disperse throughout our community.
Co-Lab was initially established to provide the local authorities in the Waikato Region with a vehicle to procure shared services. It has since grown to include Bay of Plenty and Coromandel councils.
The company is owned by 12 councils – Waikato Regional, Hamilton City, Hauraki District, Matamata Piako District, Otorohanga District, Rotorua District, South Waikato District, Thames Coromandel District, Waikato District, Waipa District, Waitomo District and Western Bay of Plenty District councils.
Western Bay joined Co-Lab in 2022 to benefit from the work Co-Lab does with the 12 councils to make councils more effective and efficient and improve the experience communities have when engaging with councils.