Coun­cil bosses in the zone

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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.

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