Council bosses in the zone
Mayors, councillors, and chief executives from throughout the North Island gathered in the South Waikato recently for a Local Government New Zealand Zone Two meeting.
Zone meetings are held throughout New Zealand, providing councils in geographic areas with an opportunity for communication, collaboration and information sharing.
There are six zones in the country with Zone Two incorporating the likes of Gisborne, Coromandel, and the South Waikato but during the meeting the mayor of Dunedin, Dave Cull, as well as the chief executive of Local Government New Zealand also attended as speakers.
South Waikato mayor Jenny Shattock said she was pretty excited about hosting Zone Two as it was ‘‘the first time we have hosted the event.’’ ‘‘It gave us an opportunity to talk shop about various issues facing councils collectively. These discussions are essential for councils to learn from each other, use each other’s strengths, ask for guidance and assistance and ensure that we work collaboratively where possible across the sector and region,’’ she said.
The meeting also provided an opportunity for the council to showcase two major South Waikato projects; the Tokoroa Road Rail Terminal and the South Waikato Trade Training facilities.
Zone Two mayors, councillors and chief executives tour the Tokoroa Road Rail Terminal.