CoLAB was initially established to provide the local authorities in the Waikato Region with a vehicle to procure shared services.
The key purpose of CoLAB has evolved and it now drives
collaboration between councils, and aims to improve customer service and performance, and to reduce costs.
Some of the CoLAB achievements are Shared Valuation Data Service (SVDS), Local Government Health & Safety
Pre-qualification Scheme, Insurance, Waikato Building Consent Group, Road Asset Technical Accord (RATA), Waikato Regional Transport Model (WRTM), Future Proof, Aligned Resource Consent Planning, Regional Infrastructure Technical
Specifications (RITS), Collaboration Agreement with Energy
Efficiency Conservation Authority (EECA), Professional Services Panel (PSP), IT Professional Services Panel, Waikato Regional Aerial Photography Service
(WRAPS), and more.
Much of the work of CoLAB is undertaken by Working Parties
or Advisory Groups made up of staff representatives from the
shareholding councils, with expertise and interest in particular
Member councils pay a small annual levy, depending on their
size. Services provided by CoLAB are funded on a user pays
basis - each council pays for and receives the financial benefit of its share of any particular service.
The company was established in 2005 to promote shared services between local authorities across the Waikato region. By working together, CoLAB can reduce costs, achieve effectiveness and efficiency gains, reduce duplication of effort and eliminate waste through repetition, promote and contribute to the development of best practice, and improve customers’ experiences.
Much of the work of CoLAB is undertaken by working parties or advisory groups made up of staff representatives from the shareholding councils who have expertise and interest in particular services.
Costs to be involved
Member councils pay a small annual levy, depending on their size. Services obtained are funded on a user pays basis – each council pays for and receives the financial benefits of its share of any particular service.
Board of Directors
The CoLAB Board has six directors – an independent Chair and council representatives appointed by:
– Hamilton City Council – Waikato Regional Council – Central Waikato (representing Waikato and Waipa District Councils) – East Waikato (representing Hauraki, Matamata-Piako and Thames-Coromandel District Councils) – South Waikato (representing Otorohanga, Rotorua, South Waikato, Taupo and Waitomo District Councils)
The Board publishes a Statement of Intent in June and holds an Annual General Meeting in November each year. The accounts are audited annually by Audit New Zealand, and the Annual Report is generally published in August.